LSP800 - Applied Research Project

Outline info
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Subject Title
Applied Research Project

Subject Description
In this course, learners will develop a major research paper in their area of specialization. The learner begins the research process by utilizing research techniques and the thesis proposal developed in LSP700. The major research paper is completed through weekly class meetings, individual consultation with an advisor and independent research. The research paper forms a part of the learner's professional portfolio.

Credit Status
One liberal studies credit towards a degree program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. compile research data using various electronic and non-electronic sources on a chosen topic.
2. create a major research paper incorporating all required elements including appropriate documentation
3. accept responsibility for completion of a major research paper
4. demonstrate computer skills through the application of electronic research skills, statistical software and E-learning system software.
5. demonstrate effective participation in an E-learning environment

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

  • Data - Editing and Coding
  • Quantitative Statistical Analysis - Hypothesis Testing
  • Interpret results to answer research question(s)
  • Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Write an effective research report
  • Present the research report

Mode of Instruction
Informal meetings with instructor, E-learning, independent research.

Prescribed Texts
Please see instructor's addendum for specific texts.

Reference Material
All students are required to use the following research guide for their assignments:
Guide to Research & Citation: MLA Style. Seneca Libraries. Latest Version. Seneca College.

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation

Progress Reports [4] 10%
• Final Thesis/Research Submission 65%
• Formal Presentation [Group and Individual] 25%

Evaluation of Work

Evaluation is based on correct language usage, organization and mastery of the subject at a post-secondary level. Students are expected to learn professional standards of performance in the subject areas, and tests and assignments will be graded on that basis. In recognition of the significance of exceptional communication skills in the work place, marks are deducted for language errors on all tests and exams. A student can be failed on the basis of language errors alone.

Policy on Missed Tests/Presentations and Late Assignments

Dates for tests, quizzes, exams, presentations etc. have been pre-arranged and are non-negotiable. Unless a valid medical note or authenticated letter attesting to a valid reason for an absence is provided, a grade of zero will be assigned on any missed evaluation.
Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the specified date. Late submission of assignments will be subject to a penalty of ten percent (10%) per day and will not be accepted beyond TWO (2) business days after the assignment due date—late assignments will not be accepted, under any circumstance, once the graded assignments have been returned to the class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that a copy of all assignments is kept.
In the case of acceptable extenuating circumstance, your professor may grant an extension to a due date but such extension requests must be discussed prior to the assignment due date.
English Competency

The ability to communicate effectively is essential for success in business. Therefore, you must demonstrate English competency in this subject in both oral and written work. Strive to be clear and concise. Ensure your written work is consistent with the rules of English grammar, especially in sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation. Always spell check, edit, and proofread your work.

Language Across the Curriculum Rubric
 Clear    Confusing  
 Good Detail    Lacks Detail  
 Easy to Follow    Difficult to Follow  
 Answers Question    Evades Question  

Seneca College Library Resources
Be sure to begin all your research, assignment support and career preparation at the Seneca College libraries website where you will find information about our services and collections including, print and e-books, databases that will lead you to thousands of articles in magazines, newspapers, journals, encyclopedias, carefully selected websites, how-to tutorials, streamed videos and much more.

Accounting & Financial Services Subject Guide
Go to for an online customized guide for accounting and financial services students that meets specific program needs – you will find library resources, websites, industry associations and organizations, a business glossary, career sites for accounting and financial services students and more.

For rules on citing your sources, consult Seneca Libraries' online MLA Citation Guide at, or purchase a print copy of the Guide to Research & Citation: MLA Style in the Seneca Bookstore.
Ensure that you do not commit plagiarism. Information on academic honesty, including the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism tutorial is available through the library at:

Please retain this course outline document for future educational and/or employment use.

Program Coordinator
Cynthia Duncan

Approved by: Academic Program Manager - Business Studies Danielle Mercier