Dissertation I – PSYC 987

CG • Section 16WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 06/15/2022

Course Description

In this course, students will work with their dissertation committee to complete their Dissertation Proposal (Chapters 1-3) and will complete an oral defense of their proposal. Registration Restrictions: Department approval required; PSYC 870 and completion of all core and concentration coursework.

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


The purpose of this course is to complete and defend the Dissertation Proposal under the supervision of the Dissertation Chair, with input from the Dissertation Committee Member.   

Course Assignment

Dissertation Handbook

The candidate will read and adhere to all policies, guidelines, and procedures in the Dissertation Handbook.

Course Readings and Presentations


Course Requirements Checklist

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


Discussions (3)

The candidate will participate in three Discussions focused on providing a description of previous tasks, current progress, all communication and guidance from the chair, goals for the semester, and challenges the candidate is currently facing. Each thread should be between 150 - 400 words. Candidates are encouraged to interact with classmates in the Discussion to help build community and encourage one another.

Quiz: Manuscript Upload (3)


The candidate will complete a quiz that requires the candidate to confirm continual work on the manuscript and upload the most recent copy of their manuscript.  A formal rubric review of the manuscript will be completed by the Chair and Committee Member for each of these three submissions so that the candidate can see where improvements in their manuscript need to be made for approval. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)

Quiz: Manuscript Development Progress (12)

The candidate will self-report acknowledgment of weekly progress on these quizzes throughout the course. Also, these quizzes serve to show course activity and attendance; therefore, each quiz must be completed within the assigned module and should not be taken early. Also, on these quizzes, the candidate will have the opportunity to upload the most recent copy of their manuscript (or portion of their manuscript). The candidate is not required to upload anything to these progress reports, but if they would like their chair to review their manuscript (or portion of it), the candidate may upload their document to these Manuscript Development Progress quizzes. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)

Dissertation Proposal Defense

After the Dissertation Proposal document has been approved by the Chair and Committee Member, the Dissertation Proposal Oral Defense meeting can be held.  In this defense, students will present their Dissertation Proposal and answer questions from the committee.  Successful defense of the Dissertation Proposal fulfills the requirements of this class and will allow the student to progress to PSYC 988.  (CLO: E).