Dissertation and Research I – EDDR 987

CG • Section 16WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/03/2022

Course Description

This course assists candidates in completion of their dissertation proposal (Chapters 1, 2, and 3) under the supervision of a dissertation chair and committee.

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


Under the direction of a dissertation chair, the doctoral candidate writes a dissertation manuscript in preparation for the dissertation defense.  

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the primary steps of the dissertation process.
  2. Develop a timeline, semester goals, and write progress reports regarding his or her dissertation.
  3. Execute research and collect data.
  4. Complete a dissertation defense with committee.

Course Assignment

Readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Course Introduction

Discussion: Progress Report Submissions (3)

The candidate will post a progress report update in Modules 1, 7, and 15: Weeks 1, 7, and 15. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Quiz: Manuscript Upload (3)

The candidate will complete a quiz that requires the candidate to confirm continually work on the manuscript.  Also, the candidate will upload the most recent copy of their manuscript.  This upload will not initiate a formal review of the manuscript; however, this manuscript upload will provide a back-up copy of the manuscript, provide evidence of progress within the course, and track progress within the program.  (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Quiz: Manuscript Development Progress (12)

The candidate will self-report acknowledgment of weekly progress on this quiz. Also, this quiz serves to show course activity and attendance; therefore, each quiz must be completed within the assigned module and should not be taken early.  (MLO: A, B, C, D)