Doctoral Research Project I – BMAL 887

CG • Section 16WK • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 04/29/2022

Course Description

This course is the first step for DSL Doctoral Candidates in the process of developing and completing their research project. Doctoral Candidates will develop Section 1 which includes the Foundation of the Study to include a detailed Literature Review relevant to the proposed research project.

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


BMAL 887, Doctoral Research Project I, is the first step for DSL doctoral candidates to develop and complete their research project. It provides a focused study of the problem, purpose, significance, theoretical framework, biblical integration, and important literature relevant to the proposed project.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop a clearly stated leadership problem to be addressed by the proposed research study.
  2. Determine the most appropriate research method and design for the proposed research study.
  3. Develop the conceptual framework that informs the proposed research study and links it to the existing body of knowledge.
  4. Develop a Foundation of the Study for the Doctoral Research Project.
  5. Interpret the proposed research study in relation to a Christian worldview.

Course Assignment

Readings and lecture presentations

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

Discussion: Progress Reports (15)

Students will submit weekly progress reports throughout the course.

Doctoral Research Project Guide: Tasks (8)

  • Task 1: Bullet Point Outline
  • Task 1: Bullet Point Outline - Admin Review
  • Task 2: The Problem
  • Task 3: The Nature of the Study
  • Task 4: The Research Framework
  • Task 5: Review of the Professional and Academic Literature
  • Task 6: Supporting Material
  • Task 7: Section 1, Foundation of the Study