Comprehensive Exam and Doctoral Research Project Concept – BMAL 785

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course will focus on students completing research concept paper and preparing students for their doctoral research project.

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


BMAL 785 serves as the bridge course for the DSL Program, providing the necessary steps and activities needed to transition from the taking of courses to the production of a doctoral‐level research project.

Course Assignment

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

Students will submit weekly progress reports throughout the course.

Students will prepare a research concept paper providing the foundation for their proposed doctoral level research project. Specific requirements for the paper can be found in the Concept Paper Guide.

Task 1: Problem Statement Outline
Task 2: Research Questions
Task 3: Methodology
Task 4: Research Framework Outline
Task 5: Draft Research Concept
Task 6: Final Research Concept

Each of these tasks must be completed in sequence, and each is graded 1/0 (Pass/Fail). The student will continue to revise a failed attempt unit is successfully completed. Only then can the student move ahead to the next task.