Dissertation Proposal and Research – COUC 989

CG • Section 16WK • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 05/03/2022

Course Description

Preparation for research and writing of the Dissertation.

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


Students in a Ph.D. program must show evidence of the ability to conduct an independent, scholarly research investigation that demonstrates expertise and excellence in the profession and significantly contributes to the general body of knowledge in the profession.

Method of Instruction: This course does not require the student to attend a regularly scheduled, in-person or digital synchronous class meeting. However, the expectation is that the student consults with their dissertation chair over the entire duration of this semester-long digitally delivered course and submit work on a consistent basis.

Course Assignment

Readings, presentations, and dissertation handbook


Course Requirements Checklist

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

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

The candidate will acknowledge that they have read, understand, and agree to the terms in the Advising Guide.

Discussions (4)

The candidate will post a progress report update in every module. In addition to the thread, the candidate is encouraged to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. (CLO: A, C, D, E)

Quiz: Dissertation Submission

The candidate will complete a quiz that requires the candidate to confirm continual work on the manuscript.  Also, the candidate will upload the most recent copy of their manuscript.  This upload will not initiate a formal review of the manuscript; however, this manuscript upload will provide a back-up copy of the manuscript, provide evidence of progress within the course, and track progress within the program. (CLO: C, D)

Benchmark Dissertation Proposal Assignment: (Chapters 1-3) and Drafts of Chapters Four and Five

The candidate will submit finalized defense proposal (chapters 1-3) and drafts of chapters four and five (CLO: A-I)

*The Benchmark assignment is due in the second term of COUC 989.