Qualitative Dissertation Prospectus – EDDR 981

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 06/08/2022

Course Description

This course assists candidates in completion of their quantitative dissertation prospectus (Chapters 1, 2, and 3) under the supervision of an expert qualitative methodologist.

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

Rationale

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).

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify a dissertation chair and a methodologist/second committee member.
  2. Produce a draft of the dissertation prospectus: Chapter Two.
  3. Produce a draft of the dissertation prospectus: Chapter One.
  4. Produce a draft of the dissertation prospectus: Chapter Three.
  5. Produce a completed dissertation prospectus.
  6. Describe the dissertation process at Liberty University’s School of Education.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

The Creswell and Poth (2018) textbook is used for this course and includes a reviews of any readings necessary for the candidate to ensure competence with basic qualitative research. Additionally, the Saldaña (2021) text will be used as a supplement to the candidate's primary design text for the qualitative data analysis and coding activities during this course and throughout the dissertation process. Finally, the methods text chosen by each candidate in EDDR 917 will be referenced as needed to ensure sufficient understanding of the chosen method is demonstrated in the prospectus.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

The candidate will complete the discussions in two parts. First, the candidate should post a new thread in response to the provided discussion prompt. Then, the candidate should reply to the specified number of classmates. Threads should be posted by the end of Thursday of the Module Week the discussion is assigned and replies should be posted by the end of Sunday of the same Module Week. Discussions will take place during weeks 1, 3, and 5 of this course. (MLO: B)

Dissertation Committee Request/Confirmation

Candidates will solicit a qualified dissertation chair/methodologist in Module 1: Week 1. This activity will be repeated each week until a dissertation chair is secured. There are two required dissertation committee members: one is the dissertation chair and the methodologist (ideal) and the other is a second reader or second reader and methodologist (less than ideal). (MLO: A)

Prospectus: Chapter Two Assignment

Submit a well-developed draft of the second chapter of your prospectus. Be sure to submit the entire template as a whole, not just Chapter 2. Using previous course work related to your topic, address any previous instructor comments. The document must conform to the latest version of the Dissertation Handbook, especially the Qualitative Template. The submission must be a minimum of 15 pages (5 pages beyond what was required in EDUC 860) of content for Chapter 2, beginning with the chapter overview and ending with the chapter summary. The chapter must include a minimum of 40 different unique sources and accompanying reference pages. (MLO: B, E)

Prospectus: Chapter One Assignment

Submit a well-developed draft of the first chapter of the prospectus, including all front matter found in the Qualitative Template. Be sure to submit the entire template as a whole, not just Chapter 1. Revise and improve upon every section based on your work developed in previous courses and address all comments made by previous instructors. The document must conform to the latest version of the Dissertation Handbook, especially the Qualitative Template. The chapter must include a minimum of 25 different unique sources and accompanying reference pages.  (MLO: C, E)

Prospectus Chapter Three Assignment

Submit a well-developed draft of the third chapter of the prospectus. Be sure to submit the entire template as a whole, not just Chapter 3. Revise and improve upon all chapter sections developed in previous courses and address all comments made by previous instructors. The document must conform to the latest version of the Dissertation Handbook, especially the Qualitative Template. (MLO: D, E)

Prospectus: Final Submission Assignment

Submit a well-developed draft of the entire prospectus, including front matter, references, and appropriate appendices. The document must conform to the latest version of the Dissertation Handbook, especially the Qualitative Template. The final submission contain 60 sources. You must address all comments regarding previous chapters made by the instructor. (MLO: E)

Quizzes (4)

Four quizzes will ensure a comprehensive understanding of the dissertation process, how to secure a dissertation chair/methodologist, plagiarism, and the Qualitative Dissertation Template. (MLO: F)