Dissertation I – NURS 988

CG • Section 16WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 05/30/2022

Course Description

This course is the second step for students and faculty to actualize the student's dissertation. Students will also progress through the IRB process and begin to conduct their research.

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


Under the direction of a dissertation chair, the doctoral candidate conducts the dissertation research and 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. Develop a timeline, semester goals, and write progress reports regarding his or her dissertation.
  2. Design and conduct an original research project in order to answer his/her research questions.
  3. Obtain approval for his/her measures and appropriate Institutional Review Board(s).
  4. Analyze research and compare the findings with other related topics.

Course Assignment

Assigned readings and presentations

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

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate is required to post 9 Dissertation Updates (progress reports). In these posts, the candidate will describe his/her progress on dissertation and goals for all of the modules. Using a minimum of 100 words, the candidate must describe his/her goals in detail in regard to the specific aspects of the dissertation he/she intends to address. There are no minimum number of replies that a candidate needs to make to peer initial posts, however meaningful and supportive posts are encouraged. (MLO: A, B, C, D)