Research and Thesis Development – DMIN 820

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 08/30/2021

Course Description

This introductory course prepares the DMin candidate for an understanding and completion of the groundwork elements required to begin writing their DMin proposal. The course is designed to help students identify researchable DMin thesis projects, build sound arguments for a thesis through literature and biblical evaluation, and develop competent research skills to complete the thesis project.

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


It is helpful to write in stages when preparing a DMin thesis with a solid thesis statement, sound research, verifiable conclusions, and a grounded biblical basis. These various skills are best learned in a scaffolding model where each is built upon one another. Once students grasp the elemental pieces of a DMin thesis project, they can then move into the actual writing and explication of those elements. This course begins with the basics components of a good thesis and quickly advances to thesis development using library tools for creating a thesis framework.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 1 other classmate's thread. Each reply must be 200 words. (CLO: B,C)

Kuhne’s Seven Questions Assignment

The student will reply to 7 research questions in at least 1 paragraph each that is related to his/her research project. (CLO:  B,C)

Literature Matrix Assignments (4)

The student will create 4 literature matrices, building upon the previous module: week’s submission, adding 5 source related to the proposed topic per module: week.  (CLO: A,D)

Revised Problem, Purpose, and Thesis Statements Assignment

The student will resubmit the original problem statement from the first Discussion but with revisions per instructor feedback.  (CLO B,C )

Self-Selected Bibliography Assignments

The student will read 2 books related to his/her proposed thesis topic and will report the bibliographic information on each. The student will submit the citation information for the 2 books that he or she chooses to read.  (CLO: A,D)

My Learning Journal Assignments (2)

The student will respond to a prompt and will complete a reflective journal based upon it. The response must be at least 400 words.  (CLO: A,C)

Review of Literature Analysis Assignment

The student will analyze a typical review of literature sample and analyze the content and structure.  (CLO: A,C)

Problem, Purpose, and Thesis and Review of Literature Draft Assignment

The student will submit his/her Problem, Purpose, and Thesis statements along with his/her initial Review of Literature draft based upon his/her Literature Matrix findings. The Review of Literature draft must be 10 pages.  (CLO: B)

Review of Literature Assignment

The student will submit a 10+ page double-spaced Review of Literature containing multiple sources from the matrix. The submission will include a properly formatted thesis template, and revised and augmented Statements in Chapter 1 as well as a Turabian formatted Review of Literature section with subheadings as needed, and a Bibliography page.  (CLO: A,C,D)

Self-Selected Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The student will compose an annotated bibliography of the two books he/she self-selected for this course and for his/her research topic. For each source, the student must provide the complete bibliographic information in current Turabian format, followed by 250 words that serve to summarize the source, and what it will accomplish in his/her paper.  (CLO: A)

Memo to Myself Assignment

The student will evaluate and reflect upon his/her understanding of the requirement for completing a DMIN thesis project.  (CLO: C)

Quiz: DMIN Handbook

The quiz will cover the DMIN Handbook material. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions, and has a 1-hour time limit.  (CLO: C)