Honors Project Program Handbook
Honors Project Policy
Examples of Projects
Honors Project Forms
The Community College of Aurora Honors Program provides enhanced educational opportunities and promotes academic dialogue between highly motivated students and faculty.
(The Honors Project Program has undergone some minor changes this semester, so please read the updated information below.)
Application Deadline for Spring 2015 Semester: March 3, 2015
Results Due to Honors Committee: May 12, 2015
(Exceptions made at the Honors Committee's discretion.)
Note: Taking a course for Honors Designation is different from graduating “with honors.” Completion of an honors project allows a student to receive the Honors Designation (“H”) on his/her transcript for that specific course. Graduating with Honors requires a specific GPA.
An Honors Project means the student engages in an original project which will result in an intellectual dialogue between the student and the instructor. The instructor will guide the student and oversee the project, much like a thesis advisor. Honors work is not necessarily more work; rather it is more challenging and requires one to be more creative. The project may expand upon an assignment of the course or be a stand-alone project. It may more deeply explore an element of the course’s curriculum or follow a thread that the course alludes to. At least two of CCA’s six Lifelong Skills should be practiced (Communication, Critical Inquiry, Personal Responsibility, Quantitative Reasoning, Technology, and Aesthetics). Some possibilities for Honors Projects include:
- Community Service Projects
- Undertaking a project in which the results are presented to the class
- Leading a study group for students in the class
- Completing a term paper on a topic that is more original and more challenging than those assigned in the course.
Upon successful completion of the Honors project, the student will receive the Honors Designation on his/her transcript (“H”). Should a faculty member decide not to participate in an Honors Project with the student, said student may petition the Honors Committee in order to explore options.
Student Eligibility Requirements:
- Student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
- Student must have completed 6 or more credit hours at CCA
- Student must be enrolled in course numbered 100 level or above
Honors Project Policy
(All submissions should be emailed to Honors.CCA@ccaurora.edu or sent in hardcopy to Candace McClelland-Fieler, C208E. Links to forms are below.)
- The Honors Project Form must be completed by the student and the instructor in total, with a description of the project, end project documentation type, and applicable S-numbers, by the application deadline (four weeks from the start of regular classes).
- The form will be reviewed by the Honors Committee. The instructor will also provide a copy to the student.
- If the project does not meet academic standards, the Honors Committee will provide suggestions for changes to meet academic standards when appropriate. The instructor and student will then have two weeks to resubmit the Honors Project for reconsideration.
- The student and the faculty member should plan on meeting four to six times throughout the semester for project guidance and structure. This ensures that the student works on the project during the course of the semester and not just at the end.
- Successful completion of the project will be determined by the instructor. Honors Projects will be completed pass/fail to receive the Honors Designation on the student’s transcript (“H”). The project should not be counted as extra credit.
- The student must earn an A in the course and pass the Honors Project to earn Honors Designation.
- Upon completion of the approved project, the instructor will submit a copy of the approved application, final grade in the course, project completion documentation, and supplementary pay form to indicate successful completion to the Honors Committee.
- The Honors Committee will submit all successfully completed applications to enrollment services for an Honors Designation to be added to the student’s transcript.
- Students will be able to verify the Honors Designation by the 2nd week of the following semester.
Examples of Projects
(For more ideas and to view an archive of projects, visit the Honors Project Program D2L shell):
- Anthropology/History/English: Compile an oral history of an American war veteran or civilian worker who supported them. Prepare an Audio and Video Recording Log and submit your interview to the Veterans History Project. (Oral Communication and Written Communication as well as Inter/Intra Personal Responsibility)
- Astronomy: The student will conduct a minor planet search using the CCA Observatory’s 14 inch telescope and CCD camera. The search will use data collected during 2-4 observing sessions under the supervision of the course instructor. The data collected will be analyzed using the software package CCDSoft to produce a list of candidate minor planets. Any potentially new minor planets will be reported to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Minor Planet Center for confirmation by other observers. Students will prepare a report (4-6 pages) summarizing their observations, data analysis, and results. (Critical Inquiry, Technology, and Communication.)
- Literature/Music/Theatre: Attend three plays in the Denver community and prepare presentations to the class highlighting the compositional elements in each of the plays. (Aesthetic Perception and Oral Communication)
- Math for Liberal Arts: The Fibonacci Association is a research organization dedicated to the investigation into the Fibonacci sequence and related topics. Check your library for the Fibonacci Quarterly. The first two journals of 1963 contain a basic introduction to the Fibonacci sequence. See your math instructor for other resources. Present a 30 minute lesson to the class showing what you have learned. (Oral Communication and Quantitative Reasoning)
- Microbiology: Agree with your instructor an area of microbial disease to research. Find several scientific papers to read and discuss with instructor. Write a 2-4 page paper on your findings. (Written Communication and Inter/Intra Personal Responsibility)
Honors Project Forms
Honors Project Form (Word format - best for editing on your computer)
Honors Project Form (Adobe PDF format)
Honors Project Completion Form (Word format)
Honors Project Completion Form (Adobe PDF format)
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