Applied Research – EDUC 816

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

Course Description

The objective of an applied dissertation is to identify a problem of practice in the workplace and generate solutions to improve practice or policy on the issue. This course addresses the methods, skills, and knowledge necessary for completion of an applied research project.


EDUC 750


A doctoral education should prepare the graduate to innovate his/her workplace and identify implications for practice, policy, or research. This course is designed to equip the candidate to identify problems, design interventions, and generate solutions to improve policy or practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the purpose of applied research.
  2. Differentiate between basic and applied research.
  3. Describe the nature and characteristics of applied research.
  4. Discuss the steps in a program evaluation.
  5. Design an applied project to address a problem in practice.

Course Assignment

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will complete 2 Discussion Board Forums in this course. The candidate will post 1 thread of at least 300–350 words in response to the provided prompt. The candidate must then post replies of at least 150–200 words each to 2 of his/her classmates’ threads. For each thread and reply, the candidate must support his/her assertions by demonstrating content knowledge with at least 1 scholarly citation and 1 biblical citation in current APA format. Acceptable sources include the textbook, the Bible, scholarly journal articles, etc. Discussion board posts may not be submitted as attachments. (MLO: C, D)

Applied Research Design Summary

The candidate is required to complete a summary of the course text Chapter 1: Applied Research Design – A Practical Approach on the provided template. The word count requirement is 1,200–1,500 words. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate mastery of the basic processes and requirements of the leader of an applied research project. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Journal Article Review

The candidate will write a journal article review of a predetermined applied research journal article. The review must be 1–2 pages (excluding the title and reference pages) and follow current APA format. The paper must include 1 citation per required heading. (MLO: C)

Ethical Research Summary

The candidate is required to complete a template summary of the course text Chapter 4: Planning Ethically Responsible Research. The word count requirement is 1,000–1,200 words. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct ethical research. (MLO: C)

Theoretical Framework Analysis

The candidate will write a proposed theoretical framework for his or her own proposed capstone project (MLO: C).

Capstone Project – Section One Initial Submission

Using the Capstone Project template provided, the candidate will prepare an initial first submission with supporting details based on the reading and coursework. The initial submission will receive feedback from the instructor and then the candidate will complete a more detailed Section One for the final submission. (MLO: E)

Leadership Interview

Using the provided questionnaire, the candidate will interview a leader of an educational or occupational organization. The candidate is responsible for locating this person and is not to contact the School of Education Field Office. Afterwards, the candidate must write an interview summary of at least 500 words and a conclusion of at least 500 words in current APA format. The summary must include at least 2 citations from the textbook and the reflection must contain 1 biblical citation. (MLO: A

Capstone Project – Section One Final Submission

Using feedback from the instructor from the Capstone Project – Section One Initial Submission assignment, the candidate will write a fully developed preliminary final draft of Section One of her or her Capstone Project. Note: The literature review should only be 2 pages in length, and not 20 pages, as given on the template. The final submission in EDUC 880 requires at least 20 pages. (MLO: E).

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple choice or true/false questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D)