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SES 1301: Foundations of SES

This course guide lays out, step-by-step, how to conduct and write your research paper for SES 1301.

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Developing a Topic

For this assignment, what do you want to know?

  • Explore what happened to you or someone else.
    • How could I have prevented my injury?
    • Did I get the best, up-to-date surgery for my injury?
    • How can I improve my injury through physical therapy?
    • Etc.
  • Learn about an important component of your future career.
    • How can I best coach giving X, Y, and Z?
    • How can I retain members at my now or future gym?
    • What is the best training techniques for a given sport?
    • Etc.
  • Explore hot topics in sports.
    • Is the Ketogenic diet worth the hype?
    • Is Kinesio Taping effective for preventing injury?
    • What can the NFL do to reduce CTE?
    • Etc.

These questions are to help brainstorm what you want to know. This is not a topic list. This assignment is truly about researching a topic you actually care about.

Consider getting some background information on your topic using some references sources. Try the following resources:

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Revise Your Topic

Finding too much information?

Your topic may be too broad. Narrow it by:

  • Time period
  • Geography
  • Population
  • Aspect (a particular genre or event)
  • Period/Style

Not finding enough information?

Your topic may be too narrow. Broaden it by:

  • Related issues
  • Expand the time period, geographic location, or population