Dissertation Research – EDCO 808

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

Course Description

This course examines strategies for the effective building of a bibliography tailored to the needs creating a literature review in a dissertation proposal for the Ed.D. program in Community Care and Counseling. The role of bibliography and literature review in refining the dissertation topic, research question(s), and design is also considered.


EDCO 716, 737, & 810


For most degree programs, the dropout rate for students who have completed all their coursework and only have their dissertation remaining hovers around 50%. Proper understanding of specific strategies to develop a dissertation will reduce this percentage.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Create a logical, sequential annotated outline, concept map, or draft of your literature review section (chapter 2) of your dissertation proposal.
  2. Develop your research questions, methodology, and associated statistics into a draft of your Methodology Section of your dissertation proposal (chapter 3).

Course Assignment

Class Introduction & Current Dissertation Status

In Module/Week 1, you will create a brief personal biography introducing yourself to the class which includes some information on how you’ve progressed in your dissertation development. Your brief biography/dissertation interests can be a video or written post. Here is a non-exhaustive list on what it may include: Your current job, cultural/family background, hobbies, a recent picture, and how you have progressed in developing your dissertation. Share only what you are comfortable with and feel free to add any other details that you wish. This is due in week 1.

Optional Webex Meetings or Phone Calls with Instructor As-Needed

You may request a WebEx or phone call with me to help you in developing your proposal. Just email me and we will arrange a time. If I chair other students who also want a WebEx or phone consultation, several students may attend at the same time.

(Meets learning outcomes A-B)

Dissertation Question and Answer Center Posts (4)

The Dissertation Question & Answer Center (DQAC) will be our central hub of text-based communication around your dissertation.  Your first required post in week 2 should give me an update on your dissertation proposal development status since EDCO 737 and EDCO 810.  Some students may be further along the process than others.  That is fine.  Just give me a sense of where you are right now in the process.  After week 2, let's keep using the thread to track your progress.  You may post any time and any week, but week's 2, 4, 5, and 8 I will be posting grades for our overall communication up until that point.  For example, in week 4, I will consider all our communications from weeks 3 and 4 together.   Our interactions will keep you on track as you progress on writing your Initial Draft Literature Review, Methodology, and Statistics.  Use your posts for any questions you have and to formulate your step-by-step goals along the way.  At least one post is required in week's 2, 4, 5, and 8.  You may also interact with other students around their dissertation proposal development process.  Keeping your posts related to your dissertation in your own thread will permit an easy way for both of us to keep track of how your dissertation proposal develops over time. You can also post a response to other students' questions in their threads if you like. Subscription to your original post thread is required.  That way you can tell immediately when I reply to you and I can tell when you have a new post for me. To subscribe to your original post thread, click on your thread, move the cursor and an icon will appear allowing you to subscribe in the upper right.  Click on it and an email message will confirm successful subscription. When I post a reply, you will receive an email alert. If you are subscribed and do not receive these email alerts, please contact the Help Desk.  You are encouraged to use the DQAC as much as you like to keep moving on your project (i.e., go beyond the required posts to keep communicating with me about your project). See Blackboard in the Course Guides & Assignments section, the Assignment Instructions folder for further information.

(Meets learning outcome A-B)

Initial Draft—Dissertation Proposal

You will create your dissertation proposal draft in accordance with the latest edition of the dissertation handbook. This is due in week 6 to permit revisions, updates, and further interaction with the instructor if necessary. You may submit as many early submissions as you like before week 6. Just email your instructor that an early submission is there. See Blackboard in the Course Guides & Assignments section, the Assignment Instructions folder for further information.

(Meets learning outcome A-B)