Review of the doctoral candidates' proposed capstone project concepts and methodology under the supervision of a consultant.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
The doctoral candidate will complete his or her capstone 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 capstone prospectus ready to be developed into a full capstone proposal under the guidance of the candidate’s faculty mentor.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student 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, E)
1. Part 1 - Introduction
The candidate will submit a well-developed draft of the Introduction section, including a title page the overview, organizational profile, and introduction to the problem. The Introduction – Part 1 draft will be a minimum of 1.5 pages, excluding the title page. (CLO: A)
2. Part 2 - Introduction
The candidate will submit a well-developed draft of the Introduction section, expanding upon the previous Part 1 submission, including the significance of the problem, purpose statement, central research question, and definitions. The Introduction – Part 2 draft will be a minimum of 2 full pages, excluding the title page and Part 1. (CLO: B)
3. Part 3 - Procedures Approaches
The candidate will submit a well-developed draft of the Procedures section of the prospectus, including a title page, an overview, interview procedures, and interview questions. A minimum of 10 questions are required and each must be grounded in the topic literature. The draft will be a minimum of 4 full pages. (CLO: C)
4. Part 4 - Procedures Approaches
The candidate will submit a well-developed draft of the Procedures Approaches 2 and 3 of the prospectus. The candidate will include a title page and add to the Approach 1 submission by choosing two approaches from among focus group, survey, documents, and/or artifacts. A focus group requires a minimum of 10 questions. A survey requires a minimum of 3 demographic questions and 10 survey questions of similar type. The draft will be a minimum of 7 full pages. (CLO: C)
5. Part 5 - Final Submission
The candidate will submit a fully developed prospectus aligned with the course textbook and the Capstone Handbook, especially the Example Educational Report (chapter nine of the textbook). The final prospectus must be at least 14 pages (including only the Introduction and Procedures sections) and address all instructor feedback on the previous section submissions. The candidate will revise and improve upon every section of his/her prospectus and incorporate new sources. (CLOs: A, B, and C)
Quiz: Plagiarism Awareness
The quiz will cover the LU Academic Honesty Policy and the APA Manual’s plagiarism policy. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 4 questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (CLO: D)