• Project Based Research


    Instructor - Mr. Mario Falcon



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    Credentials - Bachelor of Arts in Communications Arts

                        University of The Incarnate Word 2006,

                        Trade & Industrial Education 8th-12th,

                        Media Technology


    Course Overview - Project-Based Research is a course for students to research a real-world problem. Students are matched with a mentor from the business or professional community to develop an original project on a topic related to career interests. Students use scientific methods of investigation to conduct in-depth research, compile findings, and present their findings to an audience that includes experts in the field. To attain academic success, students must have opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply, and transfer their knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.


    Students will develop their portfolio of work that will assist them in gaining entry level employment, earning admittance into college film/video, television/radio broadcasting, and audio production programs, as well as securing post-secondary scholarships. Additional time beyond regular school hours is required for productions.



    SD card, notepad(s), and pen.


    Students will be able:

    *To conduct independent research on a topic of their choice focusing on subjects that will yield personal enrichment and/or career development. The project provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic of personal or professional interest and to address the latest trends or issues through focused study and applied research. The project allows students to demonstrate their ability to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their academic program to real-world issues and problems. The final projects should affirm students' ability to think critically and creatively, to solve practical problems, to make reasoned and ethical decisions, and to communicate effectively.

    *To enhance students’ communication skills, focusing on learning the aspects of interpersonal communication skills required within a professional setting. Students will focus on verbal and nonverbal communication that occurs between employees, employers, customers, and/or clients within business and industry.


    *To utilize the types of technology required to perform workplace tasks in a professional manner. Students will understand how computerized systems are integral to businesses’ effectiveness and completing workplace tasks with accuracy and efficiency.


    *Students will understand the professional ethics legal responsibilities pertaining to business and industry. Students will analyze ethical dilemmas in a variety of workplace situations to demonstrate professional reasoning through an ethical and moral lens. Students will research laws that govern workplace practices across different industries.


    *Students will prepare a formal presentation of their research information and findings before a panel of experts; the ideal panel would consist of community members arranged by the school to be held in the evening to accommodate work schedules for those outside of the school. Student presentations will consist of the student’s purpose and reasons for choosing the topic, new information gained, and plans for pursuing additional information about the subject. Students will share any tangible evidence/application of the skills and knowledge acquired from the project.