Dissertation Proposal and Research II – DISS 988

CG • Section 16WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

A course designed as a continuation of DISS 987. This course is the second step of dissertation research and writing. Under the guidance of the dissertation chair and committee members, students will research and write chapters to add to the prospectus and materials from DISS 987.

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

Rationale

This course is the second step in completing the dissertation for the PhD in Theology and Apologetics degree. In DISS 988, the PhD candidate researches and prepares new chapters for the dissertation. The tasks for this course must be successfully completed before the student can move to the third step in dissertation writing.

Course Assignment

Before taking this quiz, the student will schedule and hold at least one meeting with his or her dissertation committee to discuss the progress on his or her dissertation. The discussion may include issues related to the contents of the proposal and the following chapters, issues concerning proper sources, and any other issues that the committee may need to address. The student is required to meet virtually at least ONCE with the dissertation committee, but since there are 2 weeks to complete this assignment they may meet more than once. Only ONE grade will be submitted for this assignment. This meeting must take place prior to the last day of Week 2. (CLO: A)

For these, the student will construct a first draft of two new chapters for the dissertation. This assignment will provide an opportunity to formulate thoughts on the dissertation topic while producing new chapters based on the information contained in the prospectus. The student will submit new chapter drafts on the dissertation topic (in consultation with the dissertation chair and committee). The dissertation chair and committee will return these first drafts for revision. (CLO: B)

For these, students will revise the two chapters for the dissertation based on feedback from the dissertation chair and committee. This assignment will provide an opportunity to formulate thoughts on the dissertation topic while editing and revising new chapters based on the information contained in the feedback from the dissertation chair and committee. The student will submit revised drafts on the dissertation topic (in consultation with the dissertation chair and committee). (CLOs: C, D, E) 

The student will respond to four true/false questions about the contents and assignments of the class. The dissertation chair will use these responses to determine whether or not the student is ready to move on to DISS 989. (CLO: B)