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Spring 2025  |  PA 8082 Section 001: Professional Paper-Writing Seminar (56953)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
MDP/MHR/MPA/MPP/STEP/MURP major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/21/2025 - 05/05/2025
Wed 08:15AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Facilitates completion of research paper on current issues in public policy, management, and science, technology and environment. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives studied in core courses. Written report includes analysis of issue, policy recommendations. All topics accepted. Plan A students welcome. prereq: completion of core courses, or instr consent
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?dlevison+PA8082+Spring2024
Class Description:
Course objective: to help 2nd+ year masters students finish high-quality, well-written individual Professional Papers or Plan A Papers by the end of the semester.

This seminar provides a supportive environment in which students can make regular progress on papers, but it does not dictate how that should happen. The seminar avoids a one-size-fits-all approach to paper-writing. There does not exist one correct series of tasks to produce an excellent paper. Different projects require quite different starting points and different processes.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Required for Humphrey masters students writing professional papers in Spring semester. Space permitting, PhD students may join the group to write dissertation papers.
Learning Objectives:
Graduate school is a time when students are expected to gain substantial knowledge about topics within their areas of expertise and demonstrate their ability to conduct analysis of such topics. Conceptualizing, planning, producing, and polishing a professional paper or Plan A thesis not only train students how to do a substantial in-depth study but also demonstrates this ability to future employers. Other objectives of this seminar include (1) improved writing skills and (2) improved ability to give feedback to others.
Grading:
Students who complete each requirement for each week, in a timely manner, will get an A
or A- in the class. The two hardest things to do are (1) make progress each and every week; and (2) give high-quality feedback to your classmates.
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
In-person seminar format.
Workload:
Students are expected to:

Attend every meeting of the seminar. Anyone who cannot attend due to illness should contact the instructor via email before class begins. Unexcused absences and systematic lateness will lower your grade.

Complete assigned reading, such as Howard Becker's Writing for Social Scientists (which is fun reading, believe it or not, as well as being useful).

Report-in at each class. Questions asked each week include: What goals did you have for today? Did you meet them or not? What are reasonable goals for next week?

Post a each week, including brief responses to the reporting-in questions; expect to elaborate on them in class.

Post your latest (an outline, some written pages, a table, a figure, etc.) for volunteers who will give you feedback on them.

Review short drafts (e.g., outlines, text, tables, figures) and provide high-quality

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/56953/1253
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/dlevison_PA8082_Spring2022.docx (Spring 2022)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
25 October 2022

Spring 2025  |  PA 8082 Section 002: Professional Paper-Writing Seminar (64945)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
A-F or Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
MDP/MHR/MPA/MPP/STEP/MURP major
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/21/2025 - 05/05/2025
Wed 02:30PM - 05:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Facilitates completion of research paper on current issues in public policy, management, and science, technology and environment. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives studied in core courses. Written report includes analysis of issue, policy recommendations. All topics accepted. Plan A students welcome. prereq: completion of core courses, or instr consent
Class Description:
Course objective: to help 2nd+ year masters students finish high-quality, well-written individual Professional Papers or Plan A Papers by the end of the semester.

This seminar provides a supportive environment in which students can make regular progress on papers, but it does not dictate how that should happen. The seminar avoids a one-size-fits-all approach to paper-writing. There does not exist one correct series of tasks to produce an excellent paper. Different projects require quite different starting points and different processes.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Required for Humphrey masters students writing professional papers in Spring semester. Space permitting, PhD students may join the group to write dissertation papers.
Learning Objectives:
Graduate school is a time when students are expected to gain substantial knowledge about topics within their areas of expertise and demonstrate their ability to conduct analysis of such topics. Conceptualizing, planning, producing, and polishing a professional paper or Plan A thesis not only train students how to do a substantial in-depth study but also demonstrates this ability to future employers. Other objectives of this seminar include (1) improved writing skills and (2) improved ability to give feedback to others.
Grading:
Students who complete each requirement for each week, in a timely manner, will get an A
or A- in the class. The two hardest things to do are (1) make progress each and every week; and (2) give high-quality feedback to your classmates.
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:
In-person seminar format.
Workload:
Students are expected to:

Attend every meeting of the seminar. Anyone who cannot attend due to illness should contact the instructor via email before class begins. Unexcused absences and systematic lateness will lower your grade.

Complete assigned reading, such as Howard Becker's Writing for Social Scientists (which is fun reading, believe it or not, as well as being useful).

Report-in at each class. Questions asked each week include: What goals did you have for today? Did you meet them or not? What are reasonable goals for next week?

Post a each week, including brief responses to the reporting-in questions; expect to elaborate on them in class.

Post your latest (an outline, some written pages, a table, a figure, etc.) for volunteers who will give you feedback on them.

Review short drafts (e.g., outlines, text, tables, figures) and provide high-quality

Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/64945/1253
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/dlevison_PA8082_Spring2022.docx (Spring 2022)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
25 October 2022

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