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Are you a Community Health Sciences Major Considering an Independent Study Project/Directed Readings (CHSC 3P30, 4P30)?
Independent Study Project and Directed Readings are opportunities for students to explore a topic of study that falls outside the usual curricular offering. The concept of Independent Study Project/Directed Readings is flexible. The Independent Study Project/Directed Readings should be considered as a truly open learning experience, where the student chooses the area of interest and the Faculty member ensures that the work output is at the level of an undergraduate student.
Typically, the student is required to submit three pieces of work (yet this could vary between Faculty mentors), again, form of the work is negotiated with the professor. The faculty member and the student contract the value, volume, and timelines for the work to be completed. The evaluative process then becomes one of collaboration, while the "learning" is primarily the responsibility of the student.
Using a contract system (Project Proposal Outline) approved by the Faculty mentor and the Chair, ensures that the Independent Study Project/Directed Readings cannot become an interminable project that takes longer than the normal career to complete. In some cases, it is recommend that the student begin the "project work" prior to enrolling "officially." This has been most successful since many of the individuals seeking the Independent Study Project/Directed Readings cannot attend class at the regular scheduled times because of external commitments (family, work, etc.). In this way the student begins the commitment to the Independent Study Project/Directed Readings but is not under the administrative pressure to complete the projected workload within a constrained time period. In any case, the role of the Faculty mentor is minimal relative to input, but the student's self-directed learning is what ensures success.
How do I apply?
If you have further questions please contact the CHSC Undergraduate Program Coordinator/Advisor: Jackie Bean.