Kwantlen Polytechnic University Outline for the Research Paper

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GEOG 1101: Human Geography (L10)
Assignment Basics
Due Dates: 1) Topic Statement – February 4, 2020
2) Main Paper – April 7, 2020
Length: 8 pages (9 pages maximum including maps, tables and charts) of double-spaced, 12 point font, typed
text, one inch margin of all sides, excluding the reference list. You are required to submit a printed copy of
your paper to the instructor. Marks will be deducted if you do not follow these formats/instructions in your
Value: 25% of the final grade
Description/Purpose of Assignment
In this assignment, you will critically examine a human geography topic/issue focusing on any geographical
region or country of the world. The geographical extent is open (e.g. local, regional, national or global) and the
topic can discuss any aspect of human geography (e.g. population, settlement, agriculture, economy,
urbanization, globalization, culture, resources, tourism, environment, etc.). Since the geographic extent and
themes are open, this should give you considerable room to select a topic of your interest. A simple description
is not good enough; you need to critically analyze the topic/issue of your interest in the field of human geography.
1) Finding a suitable topic
The first step in working on this assignment is finding a suitable topic to write your research paper. In some
respect, this is the most challenging and important stage of the process because everything else stems from
finding an appropriate topic. Scan the television and newspapers—both paper and online sources—and keep
your eyes open for news or issues that are interesting to you. If you don’t know where to start, look at the table
of contents from your textbook which should provide you a number of possible topics/themes which you might
want to consider. I am also available at this stage to help you in selecting an appropriate topic for this assignment.
2) Doing your research
Once you have determined what topic you will work on, your next step is to examine various sources of
information on the topic. The key with your research effort is to access a variety of information sources such as
magazines, newspapers, news broadcasts, movies, and academic sources including journal articles and books.
As you do your research, be sure to take notes as necessary and to write down the full, bibliographic reference
for your information sources. You will need the latter when you type up your reference list that shows all of the
sources of the ideas and facts that you have used in your research paper. By the end of the research process, you
should be able to draft up a clear outline for your paper.
3) Writing your research paper
In general, your paper should be structured according to the following schema, which we will discuss more in
detail in one of our classes very soon:
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1) Introduction (about 1 page)
This section introduces the specific topic or issue you have selected for the paper, and outlines the goal
and objectives of your research paper. The key in this section is to introduce the topic, outline the main
objectives, and mention why this topic or issue is important, without going into excessive detail—leave
the latter for the body of the paper which will follow.
2) Body (5-6 pgs.)
In this section you will present the information you have gleaned from your research on the topic. At
this point, you are to keep your analysis descriptive and also present the data if available on the topic or
issue you are investigating. You will have the opportunity to present your evaluation and opinions in the
conclusion part of the paper. The purpose of this section is simply to present the background information
on the topic or issue that will help the reader better understand what is going on. As you organize and
write this section, you may want to make use of sub-headings and paragraphs to organize the information
3) Conclusion/Recommendations (1-2 pgs.)
In this section of the paper you will briefly summarize the main findings of your analysis, and provide
your evaluation of what is going on. Avoid introducing any new topic in this section, but you could
provide your own recommendations to improve the situation. However, if you want to use this section
to also discuss some future directions that the topic/issue is taking, feel free to add this information with
documented sources.
4) References/Works Cited (1-2 pgs.)
At the end of your writing, you should list in detail all the materials and sources that you have used in
your research paper. As a requirement of this assignment, you should use at least five
academic/refereed sources (excluding the textbook and my lecture notes) which I will explain in the
class. For your information, Wikipedia is not considered as an academic source. In case of online
sources, make sure to write the source name, web address and date of access.
As you write the paper, keep all your outlines, rough notes, and drafts on hand as evidence in your favour in the
unlikely event that you are accused of plagiarism. This is a good policy not only in this class, but all of your
university courses in which there is a research assignment. During the research and writing process, I am
available (with enough advance notice before the due date) to guide you in selecting an appropriate topic and
main points for the body part of your paper. However, I will provide only general feedback on the content and
will not perform a detailed proof reading of your work.
Distribution of Marks
Topic Statement – 1 mark
Introduction – 2 marks
Main body – 10 marks
Conclusions – 1 mark
References – 5 marks
Maps/diagrams/images/tables – 2 marks
Grammar/Spelling/format – 4 marks

Total marks – 25 marks

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