Published Oct 8, 2013
Has anyone taken the research class?? I am taking it next month. Any advice??
If you look at past threads there are many postings concerning this course. Be prepared for the worst five weeks of your life. This class is by far the hardest class at UTA. It is poorly planned and the entire course minus two quizzes are all group work. So how your your course will unfold will depend on the assigned members of your group. I can honestly say that if I would have taken this course in the beginning of this program I would have quit and found another school.
+1 on this class being the worst. Poorly designed and poorly taught.
The biggest issue is that you will be assigned to a group against your will. Perhaps the stars will align and you'll be in a great group. Perhaps you'll win the lottery, too. My group was horrible. It was like herding cats.
The group project will be painful because of the group dynamics no matter what you do. Your coach will not care and will not do anything about it. In so many words, you'll be told to suck it up.
Very, very few people make it through with an A. You can produce perfect work and dedicate yourself to the class and despite that, your group members can drag you down. Again, you'll be told to suck it up.
If I'm sounding excessively negative, just know that I'm trying to be as honest as possible. Luckily, it's a short class so the pain is momentary. Get through it and soldier on.
I'm taking it next month too. Not looking forward to it based on previous horror stories. It's only five weeks though, and nobody's died yet...
Meriwhen, ASN, BSN, MSN, RN
Groups are determined at random, so you don't have any say in who is in your group. When I took it, they went down the alphabet and whacked off every 6-7 people into a group.
If you're one of the "I must get an A" types, keep in mind that your group mates may not share your mentality: some go into this class aiming just to pass and couldn't care less about getting an A. So if you're grade-driven, that attitude will probably gall you. But it is what it is...and there's no guarantee that you'd get a better group if you were to withdraw and retake the class. So just tough it out if you can.
If you want an A, you need to ace both quizzes AND have a decent group. It's possible. Tough but possible. Quizzes are 30% of your grade; group work is 70%.
Go to/listen to all of the online office hours. Even though they're not officially recommended, the instructors really break down the assignments in there. If you attend it live, you can ask questions. Otherwise they will keep the office hours up for 1 week.
Also listen to all of her class notes.
The ACs are looking to see if you are working together, so interacting on the discussion boards is very important. That being said, sometimes e-mail gets the attention of your group members a lot faster, and it's sometimes easier for them to reply by e-mail instead of on the board. What we learned to do (we rotated leaders every week) is that if we had to email the group, we put a copy of the e-mail on the discussion board.
If you're the group leader, set out the tasks and deadlines, and be firm with them.
Don't hesitate to pester your AC with questions. I did that constantly.
This will be the worst five weeks of your life. But if you take this course, you will never have to take it again.
You are going to be shocked to find out how many registered nurses cannot formulate a coherent sentence. I suggest you read the submissions of everyone in your group. In my group we had an obvious non-native english speaker. I was reading her section and wondering how she was using advanced english words that I had to look up in the dictionary. Turns out it was plagiarized from our article. That would have done unrepairable damage to our grade.
One more thing: follow the rubrics.
If you want an A, you need to ace both quizzes AND have a decent group. It's possible. Tough but possible. Quizzes are 30% of your grade; group work is 70%.Good luck.
I can attest to the fact that an A is very difficult, but possible. All I can say is do well on the quizes and be prepared to write or rewrite every assignment that is to be turned in. Also make sure you turn in every assignment on your own. DO NOT DEPEND ON OTHERS TO DO THIS! I spent 10 hours correcting the final paper only to have some one turn in the wrong paper, it almost cost me my A. Also the comments made about the faculty not caring and expecting you to accept what ever happens is 100% the truth. I made an A but I spent an average of 40 hours a week working on all the assignments.
thanks for the info..not looking forward to it all...wish me luck
Good Luck to you...Maybe we will be in the same class.
Good Luck to you. Maybe we will be in the same class.
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions and comments. Wish me luck..Praying for a good group!
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