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Directed Reading/Research (SLS 699V)
The “v” in SLS 699v means that 699s are offered for variable amounts of credit, usually from one to three. 699v credits are graded Cr/NC.
The purpose of the 699 option is to provide a registration credit to a student who may wish to study a topic relevant to SLS in greater depth than it might be covered in a regular course. For example, a student might become interested in schema theory as it applies to reading, and wishes to look at what has been said in the literature about schema theory in general and its applications to reading instruction in particular. Another application of the 699 option is when a student may have a research question he or she wishes to answer, but that research project doesn’t quite fit into existing course offerings.
Once a student has decided to elect the 699 option, the next step is to locate a faculty member to guide and direct the work. (See Faculty Interests and Expertise for help in selecting an appropriate faculty member.) After a faculty member has been located who is willing to direct the 699, the student should obtain an SLS 699v Directed Reading/Research Approval Form (see Forms).
The faculty then discusses with the student how the 699 will be conducted, makes suggestions for compiling a bibliography, establishes how often the faculty member and student will meet to discuss the 699, specifies what is expected in terms of a paper, report, etc. This discussion is transferred onto the form and signed by the faculty supervisor. Completeness ensures that both the faculty and student can maintain a clear goal and outcome for proper credit to be given.
699s are listed on the student’s transcript as “Directed Reading/Research.” There is no limitation to the nature of topic pursued. Students in any graduate program may take 699s as electives.
Plan A (thesis) students should note that they must complete a minimum of 27 credits of course work (excluding 699) as part of their program. The total number of credits in 699 and credits in thesis research (SLS 700) applied to meet the minimum requirements shall not exceed 12. It is possible to count 699 credits towards the 700 credit requirements. (See MA Program Plans—A for further details.)
During the registration period, the student’s signed approval form should be given to the department secretary (to be included in the student’s file). The student will recieve a registration approval code or Course Registration Number (CRN) to be used to register for the 699.