Required of all candidates in SOE doctoral degree programs. Completion and review of the dissertation prospectus under the supervision of a dissertation methodologist.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
Under the direction of the methodologist, the doctoral candidate will complete his or her dissertation prospectus with a specific focus on alignment among his or her research problem, question(s), design, and analysis. The final outcome of the course is a dissertation prospectus ready to be developed into a full dissertation proposal under the guidance of the candidate’s chair and committee member(s).
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the candidate will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 350–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge as well as integration of biblical principles. In addition to the thread, the candidate is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–200 words. (CLO: C)
The candidate will submit a well-developed draft of the first chapter of his/her prospectus. The candidate will revise and improve upon every section based on the research plan developed in EDUC 919. (CLO: B, C)
Chapters 1 - 2
The candidate will submit a well-developed, 15-page draft of the second chapter of his/her prospectus following the quantitative template in the Dissertation Handbook. (CLO: B, C)
Chapters 1 - 3
The candidate will submit a well-developed 10–15-page draft of the third chapter of his/her prospectus following the quantitative template in the Dissertation Handbook. The candidate will revise and improve upon every section within Chapter 3 based upon the research plan developed in EDUC 919. (CLO: B, C)
The candidate will submit a 30–50-page, updated, full dissertation prospectus, including a literature review of Chapter 2. The candidate must include at least 25 references in current APA format to support the paper. (CLO: C)
Design Text Summary
Candidates are required to select and master a primary text directly related to their study design. In additional to Gall, et al, the candidate could use the texts from EDUC 815. The candidate will submit a 3–4-page (excluding title, abstract, and reference pages) summary, in current APA format, of the primary text selected corresponding with his or her research design. The candidate must include a reference page of scholarly references in addition to the selected text. A minimum of three sources will be cited. There are four required sections. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate mastery of the primary text and additional references will only be used minimally in support of the primary text. (CLO: C)
Quiz: Dissertation Process
The quiz will cover the Dissertation Handbook. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (CLO: A)
Quiz: Plagiarism Awareness
The quiz will cover the LU Academic Honesty Policy and the current APA Manual’s plagiarism policy. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 4 questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (CLO: A)
Quiz: Securing a Chair
The quiz will cover the Dissertation Handbook information on how to identify and contact a chair. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 6 questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (CLO: A, D)
Dissertation Committee Form
The candidate will complete the Dissertation Committee Form after creating his or her dissertation committee. After completing the form, the candidate will upload a screenshot to verify completion of the form. (CLO: D)