Comprehensive Exam and Doctoral Research Project Concept – BMAL 785

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will focus on students completing a comprehensive exam, preparing a Concept Paper, and preparing students for their Doctoral Research Project.


BMAL 700, 702, 703, 704, 710, 714, 716, 720, 727, 770, & 780

As stated in the Liberty University Graduate Catalog, it is the student’s responsibility to make up any prerequisite deficiencies that would prevent the successful completion of this course.


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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate the ability to articulate and apply knowledge gained in the DSL core courses.
  2. Develop a comprehensive research proposal for an applied business
  3. Demonstrate the ability to integrate the Christian worldview with the practice of business.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Students will submit the comprehensive exam during week three. The exam will consist of three graded parts (10–12 pages each). Successful completion of the three parts with a passing score on each one is required to continue on to the doctoral
research project. Specific requirements for the exam can be found in the Comprehensive Exam Instructions document and the Grading Rubrics.

Even though the exam is pass/fail, each question in the exam will be evaluated on a 100 point scale. A student must score at least 88% on each section and at least 88% on the entire exam in order to pass. Students that fail one section of the exam will be allowed to retake that one section and will have one week to resubmit the section. Students failing multiple sections of the exam
will not have an opportunity to retake the exam and will need to retake the course. For students that do fail the entire exam or a section of the exam, no comments or feedback beyond pass/fail on each section along with specific areas of the rubric that need to be addressed will be provided.


  1. The Comprehensive Exam is excluded from the late policy discussed below and must be submitted by the end of Week 3 for
  2. Any paper with high SafeAssign scores will be evaluated for If plagiarism is found, the student will receive a score of 0 on the
    comprehensive exam.

Students will prepare a brief concept paper in APA format providing the foundation for their proposed research project in Module/Week 7. Specific requirements for the paper can be found in the Concept Paper Instructions document. The problem statement and research questions will be submitted for review prior to moving forward with the complete paper.

Problem Statement ‐ Week 4 Pass/Fail (1 point)

Research Questions ‐ Week 6 Pass/Fail (1 point)

Concept Paper ‐ Week 7 Pass/Fail (1 point)

Each of these assignments must be completed in sequence. The student will continue to revise a failed attempt unit is successfully completed. Only then can the student move ahead to the next assignment.

Students will submit weekly progress reports throughout the course.