Introduction to the Thesis Writing Project – MUSC 880

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/09/2022

Course Description

This course prepares the student to begin the thesis writing project.

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

Rationale

It is vital that each student understand the thesis writing process. This course will assist students in having a complete and thorough understanding of the thesis writing process and defense expectations. Students will have key instructors who will demonstrate how to accomplish the IRB Application and how to develop surveys and other research data.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Quiz: Research Question and Hypothesis

The student will study the Research Question and Hypothesis Documents provided and complete the quiz. Measurable learning outcomes A and C are assessed in this quiz.

Topic Inquiry Study Assignment

The student will complete a Topic Inquiry Study by using the Topic Inquiry Worksheets templates. Measurable learning outcomes A, C, and D are assessed in this assignment.

Abstract Writing and Chair Pairing Tool Assignment

The student will write an abstract of 200-250 words describing the topic’s description, rationale, the selected research approach, and the potential value to the field. The abstract must be submitted as a Word document, and must adhere to the current Turabian writing style as described in the required manual. The student will also enter required information into the Chair Pairing Tool via the Chair Pairing Tool Link. Measurable learning outcomes A, B, and C are assessed in this assignment.

Literature Review Assignment

Building a strong, relevant, and current collection of scholarly sources is imperative for a strong beginning of the writing process. Therefore, the student will identify 16 scholarly sources pertinent to the field of study and complete 16 literature review charts using the templates provided for the following:

  1. Four journal articles (published within the last 10 years)
  2. Four theses/dissertations (published within the last five years)
  3. Four books
  4. Four magazine articles (published within the last five years)

Measurable learning outcomes A, C, D, and E are assessed in this assignment.

Peer-Review Discussion: Abstract and Proposal: Seven Sections

Preparing for peer feedback is crucial to a mutually beneficial learning experience for the author and the reviewer. Therefore, the student will prepare a completed draft of the proposal paper to include a title page, abstract, introduction, background of the problem, statement of the problem, purpose of the study, three research questions, significance of the study, definition of terms, assumptions, limitations. The paper must be between 8–10 pages of content, not including the title page, abstract, and bibliography. The student will consult the Turabian writing manual for formatting and writing style guidance. Measurable learning outcomes A, C, and D are assessed in this Peer-Review Discussion.

Peer-Review Discussion: Proposal Paper with PowerPoint Presentation: First Draft

The student will develop the proposal paper. The paper must be between 10–11 pages in length, not including the title page, abstract, and bibliography. The seven sections of the proposal must be included in this paper. The PowerPoint must coincide with the paper. The presentation should consist of a title and bibliography slide, and one slide for each of the seven sections of the proposal. Both documents should be uploaded to the discussion thread for Peer-Review. The student will consult the Turabian writing manual for formatting and writing style guidance. Measurable learning outcomes A, C, D, and E are assessed in this assignment.

Peer-Review Discussion: Proposal Paper First Draft

Receiving and creating feedback in a peer review is a valuable part of the learning and refining process in the development of the abstract, proposal, and first chapter. Therefore, the student will email their personal proposal paper to another student. Each student will complete one peer review and comment on the student's paper according to the requirements in the instructions and rubric criteria. The reviewer will enter comments on the draft by using the “Review” function in Word. The student will also provide summary feedback at the end of the paper noting what the peer did well and what they need to improve on. The student will then upload the paper as a reply, along with summative comments of encouragement. Measurable learning outcomes A, B, C, and D are assessed in this assignment.

Partial Chapter One Assignment

The student will write a partial Chapter One in preparation for a full Chapter One. This document should be between 15-20 pages in addition to the title and bibliography page. Measurable learning outcomes A, B, C, and D are assessed in this assignment.

Peer-Review Discussion: Partial Chapter One

Receiving and creating feedback in a peer review is a valuable part of the learning and refining process in the development of the abstract, proposal, and first chapter. Therefore, the student will email their personal proposal paper to another student by Thursday of the module/week it is due. Each student will complete one peer review rubric as the reviewer by reading another student’s proposal paper and assessing each item in the rubric, and the second peer review as a reviewer for another student’s Chapter 1. The reviewer will enter comments on the draft by using the “Review” function in Word. The student should also provide summary feedback at the end of the paper noting what the peer did well and what they need to improve on. The student will then upload the paper as a reply, along with summative comments of encouragement. Measurable learning outcomes A, B, C, and D are assessed in this assignment.

Proposal Paper with PowerPoint Presentation: Second Draft Assignment

Building on the review feedback from peer reviews, the student will prepare a proposal paper to include a title page, abstract, introduction, background of the problem, statement of the problem, purpose of the study, three research questions, significance of the study, definition of terms, assumptions, limitations. This paper should correspond with the final version of the PowerPoint and “unpack” the bullet points. The paper should be between 12-15 pages in length. The student will consult the Turabian writing manual for formatting and writing style guidance. The paper will adhere to the current Turabian writing manual for formatting and writing style, and must be submitted in a Word Document. Measurable learning outcomes A, B, C, and D are assessed in this assignment.

The student will create a PowerPoint using Word, that systematically outlines the proposal bullet points with one slide that identifies the title, statement of primary research question, significant of the question, core concepts, working hypothesis, method, research plan, and bibliography. Measurable learning outcomes A, C, D, and E are assessed in this assignment.

Final Chapter One Assignment

The student will submit a completed Chapter 1 (The Introduction Chapter of the Thesis) containing the title page, abstract, introduction, background of the problem, statement of the problem, purpose of the study, three research questions, significance of the study, definition of terms, assumptions, limitations, and a working bibliography citing only the works referenced within the chapter. The chapter should be between 20–25 pages in length in addition to the title page, an abstract of 200–250 words, and bibliography. The student will consult the Turabian writing manual for formatting and writing style guidance. The paper will adhere to the Turabian writing manual for formatting and writing style, and must be submitted in a Word Document. It is highly recommended that the student submit his/her document to the Liberty University Writing Center for feedback. Measurable learning outcomes A, C, D, and E are assessed in this assignment.