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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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IDS 405 - Essentials of Project Funding in the Social Sciences

Students enrolled in this course will be introduced to essentials of project funding specific to the social sciences disciplines. Course topics include defining the purpose and identifying the need for funding, completing a needs assessment, and identifying funding resources. Students will be required to submit a funding proposal. Course will be offered every year. Course will not have an established scheduling pattern.

Prerequisites: senior status and B or higher in ENG 102.

Credits: (5)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

Activity (optional)


Define a problem or identify an opportunity for a funding.


Students will research a problem/opportunity related to the Social Sciences by conducting a literature review, analyzing data and developing a problem statement for a potential funding proposal.

Rubric completed by instructor and peers. The students’ problem statement will be evaluated on its clarity and conciseness, and how well the data and literature support it.



Choose, assess and prioritize funding options.


Students will create three project outlines and timelines based on actual funding opportunities.

Graded worksheets.


Prepare a viable funding proposal solution, including goals, objectives, outcomes and evaluation techniques.


Students will propose an effective and practical solution for the problem statement.

Rubric completed by instructor. Students will be evaluated on (1) how well their proposal adheres to the required content, (2) how relevant their research design/plan and evaluation process are, and (3) how well the plan and evaluation meet the  purpose of funding proposal.


Propose a final and complete funding plan.

Students will  present a final funding proposal to the class.

Rubric completed by instructor and peers. Students will be evaluated on the description of the project, the research and use of strong examples-including data, valid sources, and specific stories-to create a compelling proposal, their awareness of the audience, their ability to include information appropriate to the funder and how well they follow the format of the funding proposal. Lastly, the proposal is expected to be well-organized, free of grammar and spelling errors.


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