February 2, 2018

Purdue Northwest Curriculum Document

Program Name: Honors College


  • Document No: HONR 17-02 NEW COURSE HONR 44000
  • Proposed Effective Date: Fall 2018
  • Submitting Department: Honors College
  • Date Reviewed by Department: Not Applicable
  • Submission Date: 1/26/2018
  • Date Reviewed College/School Curriculum Committee: 2/2/2018
  • Contact Person:Heather Fielding, Associate Dean of the Honors College / Associate Professor of English

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  • Approval by Faculty Senate:
  • Date Reviewed by Senate Curriculum Committee:
  • Name(s) of Library Staff Consulted: Not Applicable
  • Will New Library Resources Used?: No
  • Form 40 Needed?: Yes


Task: Course Change or New Course Approval

    • Program Name: Honors College
    • Degree Name(s):

Section II: This section is for changes in courses only


This new course in the Honors College gives honors students a new elective option that will allow them to work with a faculty mentor on a research project for honors credit.


There is student demand for research assistantships in the Honors College, and student research is a proven high-impact educational practice. This course will also be of use to students preparing to write honors theses.



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HONR 44000: Honors Research Assistantship

Class 3, cr 3.

Prerequisites: HONR 21100 or HONR 21200

Credit Hours: 3.0. Students work with a faculty mentor on a research project. Students will contribute to ongoing research while learning current research techniques. Admission by special permission. Typically offered Fall Spring Summer.


Course Objectives / Learning Outcomes:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of current research methodologies in their discipline and know when to use them.
  2. explain the existing body of relevant research and will be able to explain how their project fits in
  3. identify and practice research ethics and responsible conduct in research
  4. apply problem solving skills to address research setbacks
  5. work autonomously in an effective manner, setting and meeting deadlines
  6. explain their research to others in the field and to broader audiences through research presentations
  7. reflect constructively on their research experience in making decisions about their future

Impact on Students:

This course will provide Honors College students with another possible way to earn required honors course credit. It will also provide research opportunities to students across the university, especially in those disciplines that do not currently offer research courses.

Impact on University Resources:

Not Applicable.

Impact on other Academic Units:

Not Applicable.