Dissertation Planning – EDUC 960

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

Course Description

This course provides an avenue for students to receive feedback on their dissertation topic with the objective of determining a viable method for investigating their selected research problem.


EDUC 815 and EDUC 817


It is important for candidates to select a research method that aligns with the nature of their research problem. This course helps candidates develop their statement of the problem and select a method of inquiry in accordance with the nature of the problem.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop a statement of the problem for his/her dissertation.
  2. Differentiate between qualitative and quantitative inquiry.
  3. Write a rationale for his/her dissertation method selection (qualitative or quantitative).

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 Forum

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. The thread must demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate must reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. The thread must contain 500–600 words, and the replies must contain 250–350 words each. For the thread, the candidate must support his/her assertions with at least 3 scholarly citations in current APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in current APA format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last 5 years. Acceptable sources include peer-reviewed articles or published research texts. (MLO: A)

Introduction and Statement of the Problem

The candidate will write an Introduction and Statement of the Problem for his/her proposed dissertation topic. The introduction must be 350–500 words, and the Statement of the Problem must be 250–300 words. The Statement of the Problem must include at least 5 citations, published within the last 5 years. (MLO: A)

Rationale for Method Selection (Initial Submission)

The candidate will write a concise rationale relating the nature of his/her research study with the nature of his/her selected dissertation method (qualitative or quantitative). A clear rationale, linking the selected method to the research problem and purpose, must be provided. The rationale must be 300–400 words and must be supported by at least 3 citations in current APA format. (MLO: B, C)

Rationale for Method Selection (Resubmission)

Based on instructor feedback, the candidate will revise, refine, and resubmit his/her rationale for method selection. (MLO: B, C)