Human Services (HSRV) 477

Project Implementation I (Revision 1)

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Permanently closed, effective October 28, 2015.

Delivery Mode: Individualized study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Reading course - Social Science

Prerequisite: HSRV 311 and HSRV 322 and professor approval.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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HSRV 477 is not available for challenge.

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This is an independent study course. It involves student-initiated units of study that are based on a contracted study arrangement worked out between an individual student, an approved project's supervisor and Athabasca University (via the program coordinator). Topics must be chosen in consultation with the program coordinator, and can be adapted to local, comparative or international contexts.

The primary purpose of this course is to enable students to use independent study and research to carry out an already designed project. It might be carried out in the community, workplace, or other human services-related setting. It emphasizes the steps necessary to successfully complete and evaluate a small research project.

Ideally, completion of Project Implementation I will prepare the student to follow up the completed project by further elaborating the research design, conducting a similar project without supervision, transferring this technique to another research context, developing a comparative case-study, or applying for funding to carry out work of this kind.

Because this research intends to build on previous learning, students registering in Project Implementation I must have completed HSRV 311 and HSRV 322 or equivalent courses from another institution. Students are encouraged to take HSRV 455: Project Design I before registering in HSRV 477: Project Implementation I.


Before receiving permission to register, the student identifies a problem or subject to study, prepare a topic, and assesses possible research methods and materials to ensure that the proposed topic is feasible. The student contacts the program coordinator for a preliminary discussion of the topic and supervision. The student submits a Project Proposal on the basis of which the student is granted or denied permission to register in the course. If successful, the course coordinator arranges for a project supervisor to be assigned.

Once registered the student and supervisor arrange a learning contract setting out the work to be undertaken and the timelines for completion of these assignments. A preliminary research proposal consisting of four to six pages is then submitted to the project supervisor for grading.

Once the work for the course is half to two-thirds completed, the student prepares a progress report that meets the requirements agreed to in the learning contract. The progress report may take the form of a rough draft of part of the final report.

The project report will integrate the original and revised research proposal, incorporate the activities defined in the learning contract and present a final product that is the student's own critical analysis of the current trends and outcomes related to the particular problem, issue or choice selected. This piece of work is 20 to 25 pages in length.

Upon completion of the course work, students will be invited to submit an executive summary or other synopsis of their project for use on the course home page to communicate their findings to other students.


Your final grade in HSRV 477: Project Implementation I will be based on the grades you achieve on the three written assignments. To receive credit for HSRV 477, you must achieve a grade of at least 60 per cent on each assignment and obtain an overall course composite grade of ā€œDā€ (50 percent) or better. The following indicates the assignments for credit and their weighting toward your final grade.

Finalized Project Proposal Progress Report Project Report Total
20% 30% 50% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Course materials will be determined by the student and project supervisor as part of the preliminary research proposal.

Other Materials

The course materials supplied for Project Implementation I consist of a student manual, a community resource workbook.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, May 8, 2002.

Updated January 22 2016 by SAS