Research and Thesis Development – DMIN 820

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

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.


Admission to the DMIN program; (DMIN 810 and BIBL 810 and BIBL 820 and BIBL 830) or (CHPL 810 and CHPL 820 and CHPL 830 and DMIN 810) or (DMIN 810 and CHMN 810 and CHMN 820 and CHMN 830) or (DMIN 810 and DSMN 810 and DSMN 820 and DSMN 830) or (DMIN 810 and EVCP 810 and EVCP 820 and EVCP 830) or (DMIN 810 and EVCP 820 and EVCP 830 and EVCP 840) or (DMIN 810 and EVCP 810 and EVCP 830 and EVCP 840) or (DMIN 810 and EVCP 810 and EVCP 820 and EVCP 840) or (DMIN 810 and HOMI 810 and HOMI 820 and HOMI 830) or (DMIN 810 and LEAD 810 and LEAD 820 and LEAD 830) or (DMIN 810 and PACO 830 and PACO 835 and PACO 840) or (DMIN 810 and APOL 810 and APOL 820 and THEO 810) or (DMIN 810 and WRSP 820 and WRSP 835 and WRSP 845)


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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyze biblical and academic literature related to his/her area of research.
  2. Formulate his/her DMIN project thesis statement.
  3. Present an understanding of the elements of a complete DMIN thesis project.
  4. Demonstrate a working knowledge of library research skills.

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/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. 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 threads. Each reply must be 200 words.

Kuhne’s Seven Questions

The student will reply to 7 research questions in at least 1 paragraph each that is related to his/her research project.

Literature Matrix (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.

Revised Problem, Purpose, and Thesis Statements

The student will resubmit the original problem statement from Discussion Board Forum 1 but with revisions per instructor feedback.

Self-Selected Bibliographies

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.

My Learning Journal (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.

Instructor Conference Report

Submit a 1 page report based upon a 30–60 minute conversation with your instructor regarding the thesis project, problem / purpose / thesis statements and review of literature and methodology.

Review of Literature Analysis

The student will analyze a typical review of literature sample and analyze the content and structure.

Problem, Purpose, and Thesis and Review of Literature Draft

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.

Review of Literature

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. 

Self-Selected Annotated Bibliography

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.

Memo to Myself

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


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.