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What is a Research Intensive Course?

A Research Intensive Course at UNF involves and requires, within the context of a graded academic course, the faculty-mentored engagement of matriculating students in each and every element discussed in the Definitions section: inquiry, investigation, and production of knowledge, to include a deliverable. Thus, courses which treat only a segment of the research process (a course focused on readings within the scholarly field and culminating in a focused review of the literature, for example; or courses on laboratory methods and techniques or analysis of data which conclude in an essay, reflection, or final exam) may be research exploratory sources, but they are not Research Intensive Courses.

Which departments at UNF offer Research Intensive Courses at the undergraduate level?

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the following UNF departments reported offering one or more undergraduate courses which meet the definition of Research Intensive: 

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood Education, Literacy & TESOL
  • Civil Engineering
  • Economics and Geography
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Physics
  • Political Science & Public Administration
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Teaching, Learning and Curriculum


Following is definitional detail of the three required elements of Research and thus a Research Intensive Course -- inquiry, investigation according to the field, and production of knowledge -- as the definition applies to undergraduate studies at UNF and as a Research course attribute (URES) is to be attached through Banner to appropriate course sections.

Research Intensive Course Banner Attributes

Attribute Code: URES
Description Examples and Elements
Inquiry: The faculty-mentored student identifies a question or problem within the field to investigate. Example: Does this enzyme naturally produce secondary metabolites? If so, can we characterize them? Do they have clinical application?


Example: What role, if any, did Woodrow Wilson's call for self-determination play in fueling Indian nationalists' desire for home rule?


Investigation: The faculty-mentored student conducts a systematic investigation of the question or problem according to the methodologies and standards of the field. Required element: Primary (original) investigation according to the field. For example:
  • Laboratory and/or field experiments and analysis
  • Critical analysis of primary sources

Required element: Secondary (contextual) investigation according to the field (i.e., review of the scholarly literature or body of work relative to the question or problem)


Production of knowledge: The faculty-mentored student develops and demonstrates evidence-based knowledge originating from the systematic investigation in a form appropriate to the standards of the field. Required element: Conclusion, results, or findings; and possibly further directions and/or future implications


Required element: Deliverable, for example:

  • Research paper, published article, etc.
  • Research poster, formal research presentation, etc.
  • Creative digital or multimedia project such as a website, video, podcast, musical composition, or work of art