Teaching > RWU HP451 Senior Thesis Project (draft, version 090714)
|Slated for Preservation, thesis by Allison Collins.
Posted on the Web and included as part of a co-presentation
and publication with Philip Marshall forThe Roofing Conference
and Exposition for Historic Buildings, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, March 17-19, 1999.
Course Number and Title
HP 451 Thesis in Historic Preservation
Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval of faculty and
Refer to Thesis Proposal for submission.
Directed, in-depth study under the advisement of faculty.
Individual faculty members.
Advising hours will be posted on my faculty office door each
week, a week in advance. Please sign up and bring an agenda.
If you plan to discuss drafts, proposals, drawings, field notes,
photographs, or similar material, please leave a copy in my
faculty mailbox with a note asking me to preview your work at
least two days before your meeting — to provide enough
time to consider carefully your work before getting together.
"Serves as the cumilating academic experience for outstandign students in the major. Students work closely
with a faculty supervisor in a self-defined and self-directed
study of an aspect of historic preservation. Students are encouraged
to select a focus which demonstrates original and critical thinking,
and contributes to available scholarship. Research results are
in many cases of publishable quality and/or serve as the basis
for scholarly presentations to professional groups. (3 credits) Special offering
Roger Williams University, University Catalog, 2008-2009, p. 394
Refer to catalog description.
In addifition, Honors Program students are referred to requirments of the Honors Program.
Advising hours will
be posted on my faculty office door each week, a week in advance.
Please sign up and bring an agenda. If you plan to discuss drafts,
proposals, drawings, field notes, photographs, or similar material,
please leave a copy in my faculty mailbox with a note asking
me to preview your work at least two days before your meeting
— to provide enough time to consider carefully your work
before getting together.
Primarily, this course requires students to initiate, pursue,
and successfully complete a research exercise that demonstrates
ability to apply information and skills developed over four
years of undergraduate education. It is a focused experience
that explores in detail a particular topic in historic preservation.
It typically has less of a theoretical orientation and more
of a practical orientation. In some cases the work product may
result in publishable material. In other cases specific work
may be undertaken in conformance with established, professional
standards in the field. For example, a student might conduct
research to nominate a structure to the National Register of
Historic Places. Most commonly, the thesis is a sustained, in-depth
research project resulting in a 20-25 page paper. By arrangement
with a faculty sponsor other types of projects, such as organizing
an exhibition or a tour guide, may be considered a “culminating
experience” equivalent to the thesis.
material is developed by the student, under the advice of the
Reading (under development)
Becker, Howard S. (1998). Tricks of the trade: how
to think about your research while you're doing it. Chicago,
Ill., University of Chicago Press.
Thomas, Robert Murray and Dale L. Brubaker. Theses and Dissertations: A Guide to Planning, Research, and Writing. Corwin Press, 2nd edition, 2007. Amazon
The Basics of Academic Writing, Dr. Kendra Gaines, Graduate Writing Resource, The University of Arizona.
How Not to Plagiarize
Sites that discuss the wrong doing of plagiarism and tells
you how to avoid it. The first link includes guidelines on
how to appropriately cite sources in your report.
Citing your Resources, RWU Libraries
Style Manual Used by SAAHP
Refer to format, above. Students are expected to take the initiative
in adhering to the schedule for completing work, attending occasional
class meetings, and meeting individually with the Instructor.
Retain absolutely all records of research, correspondence (including
thank-you letters to professionals who help you during your
research), meetings, site visits, drafts and any other project-related
material. Compile in an organized manner, for submittal with
the final report.
Students are required to discuss their thesis at the end of
the semester in a quasi-public presentation to fellow students,
and/or practitioners and the public.
examined conceptualizations of select objects of study
— i.e., theory-building.
self-aware of your normative perspectives (calling into
view the "philosophy of social science," including
ontology and epistemology)
strategies to address scholarly questions.
a whole into its component parts; examining a complex
object, its elements, and interdependences.
and presenting an evidence-based position or argument.
||Producing a clearly
written research proposal and well-documented thesis.
The final grade is based on the thesis submitted. Consideration
will also be given to the presentation, material compiled during
your work, and the student completing the course requirements
on time and in a professional manner.
Thesis shall be converted to an Adobe PDF file for distribution. Two bound copies shall be printed on archival paper stock, 8-1/2" by 11".
Syllabus – Schedule of Class Meetings
Occasional class meetings, as scheduled by the Instructor.
Meetings between student and Instructor are to be set up by
To be included.
- Regular meetings with the faculty member.
- Use of primary and secondary sources.
- Use of recognized, professional methods for citation and documentation.
- Assessment of student proficiency of skills employed in the
field and consideration of the skills in addressing the scope
of the thesis work.
- Thesis proposal