Thesis Project Writing Stage 1 – DMIN 840

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

Course Description

The candidate will write, revise, and complete chapters 1 and 2 of their DMIN thesis project. In addition, the candidate will complete and submit their IRB application in order to begin the field research phase of their project.


Admission to the DMIN program; DMIN 830


This course provides a structured framework for guiding the candidate through the first two chapters of their thesis project. In this course, the mentor will engage the candidate regarding analyzing and synthesizing the literary, theoretical, and theological framework for the study. In addition, the mentor will ensure the candidate has successfully completed the IRB application in order to move directly into the research phase of the program once this course is successfully completed. The provision of the mentor ensures the candidate stays on topic and on schedule to meet the full requirements of a DMin thesis project in a timely fashion.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compose a defensible argument for the thesis position, problem, or purpose.
  2. Evaluate the precedent literature related to the proposed thesis project.
  3. Analyze the theoretical and theological foundation of the thesis project in light of precedent literature.
  4. Recognize the required elements needed for IRB approval.

Course Assignment

Lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Quizzes (2)

After a consultation with the assigned mentor, the student will take a quiz responding to an understanding of the expectations and requirements for completing the assignments in the course and thesis writing skills. In addition, the student will take a brief quiz concerning Liberty’s IRB process and requirements. (MLO: D)

CITI Training

The student will enroll in a 4-hour training module provided by an outside source to learn the nuances of field research and IRB requirements. At the conclusion of the training, the student will take a quiz and will provide evidence of passing for a grade. (MLO: D)

Data Collection Documents

All the necessary documentation required by IRB, including any supplemental forms, will be completed and submitted for a grade prior to IRB. (MLO: D)

IRB Documentation

The student will prepare all necessary IRB documentation and submit those to the mentor for analysis, and then to the IRB office once approved by the mentor. (MLO: D)

DMIN Thesis Proposal

The student will complete and perfect all of Chapters 1 and 2 of his/her DMIN thesis, including a substantive bibliography. (MLO: A,B,C)