Research Methodology for Bible Exposition – BIBL 988

CG • Section 16WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 04/29/2022

Course Description

A 16 week course designed to develop dissertation research, analyze research findings, and compile conclusions based on guided research into an approved dissertation prospectus. The outcome of dissertation writing by the conclusion of the course should approximate three chapters of content for the student’s dissertation. Writing progress will develop under the oversight of the student’s dissertation mentor.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

BIBL 988 is the first course that facilitates dissertation writing for the PhD student. It also is the first official course wherein the student develops a working relationship with their faculty mentor. Based on an approved prospectus, the student will write the first three chapters of their PhD dissertation within the BIBL 988 course. The initial stages of dissertation writing are essential for eventual success at the defense level, so intentional and regular supervision and mentoring is a critical component within the first 16 weeks of dissertation development.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Organize a strategy for dissertation writing relevant to the first three chapters of the PhD dissertation.
  2. Engage in research pertaining to the first three chapters of the PhD dissertation, based on an approved PhD prospectus.
  3. Develop a relationship with a faculty mentor for PhD dissertation research and writing.
  4. Produce the content of three chapters of dissertation writing.
  5. Refine the product of the first three chapters of dissertation writing through consultation and revision.

Course Assignment

Readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Students will meet virtually with their mentor to establish expectations and a working relationship. This meeting will be verified through a quiz. (MLO: A, C)

Students will write and submit the first draft of chapter one of their dissertation. Special focus is on the introduction to the dissertation topic and thesis. (MLO: A, B, D)

Students will submit the final draft of chapter one of their dissertation. This draft should reflect revisions based on mentor feedback from the first draft submission. (MLO: D, E)

Students will write and submit the first draft of chapter two of their dissertation. Content should follow that proposed in the dissertation prospectus. (MLO: B, D)

Students will submit the final draft of chapter two of their dissertation. This draft should reflect revisions based on mentor feedback from the first draft submission. (MLO: D, E)

Students will write and submit the first draft of chapter three of their dissertation. Content should follow that proposed in the dissertation prospectus. (MLO: B, D)

Students will submit the final draft of chapter three of their dissertation. This draft should reflect revisions based on mentor feedback from the first draft submission. (MLO: D, E)

Students will meet virtually with their mentor to review progress and to establish expectations moving forward. This meeting will be verified through a quiz. (MLO: C)

Student will contact his/her mentor to request registration in BIBL 989.  This will be verified through a quiz.