Introduction to research methodologies in preparation for completion of the capstone project in music and worship studies.
This course is intended to take the student through the process of research in preparation for developing the internship and master's thesis or project design. It is a prerequisite to completing the Internship and the Master’s Thesis and culminates in the preliminary research proposal.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify the differences between quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method.
- Employ research methods practically in relation to upcoming individual research projects.
- Design strategies of inquiry for research topics.
- Formulate research questions and hypotheses.
- Create a research proposal containing unique aspects of the selected topic.
Textbook readings and presentations
Assigned readings will be in textbooks, available online, or on the course website under “Course Documents.” (MLOs: A, B, C, D, and E)
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 Hypotheses Guidelines", and take the multiple choice 5-item quiz. This quiz focuses on the principles that make a solid research question and correctly-worded hypothesis. The time limit for this quiz is 1 hour. (MLOs: A, C, and D)
Topic Inquiry Study Assignment
The student will complete the three-part worksheets that focus on selecting a solid and unique research topic by narrowing down the student's topic of interest. (MLOs: A, B, C, and D)
Working Abstract Writing Assignment and Abstract Pairing Tool
The student will complete the working abstract writing exercise as a means of creating a unique and informative abstract. The abstract must be one single-spaced paragraph with no indentation, should contain 200–250 words, be free of quotes and citations, and include the research and methodology. (MLOs: A, B, and C). The student will complete the Abstract Pairing Tool after contacting faculty members to seek a two-person thesis committee (Advisor and Reader).
Literature Review Assignment
The student will create a literature review with 8 scholarly sources on the topic of his or her choice relating to worship. The final submission should include a title page, 2 book review forms, 2 magazine review forms, 2 journal article review forms, and 2 theses/ dissertation review forms. The final document should be approximately 9 pages long and follow APA format. (MLOs: A, C, and D)
Abstract and Proposal Section Assignment
The student will revise the original abstract and will write a seven-section proposal. The body of the paper must consist of 8–10 pages of content, not including the title page, abstract, and bibliography of at least 10 sources. This assignment must follow APA format. (MLOs: A, C, and D)
Proposal Paper with PowerPoint Presentation: First and Second Drafts Assignments
The student will compose two drafts of the proposal paper, which is an unpacked version of the seven sections. The body of the first paper must consist of 10–11 pages of content, in addition to a title page, abstract, and a bibliography of at least 15 sources. The body of the second paper must consist of 12–15 pages of content, in addition to a title page, abstract, and a bibliography of at least 15 sources. The student will also create a corresponding PowerPoint, with each section having its own slide. The PowerPoint must include a title slide, one slide for each of the seven sections, and a bibliography slide. Each slide must contain the main points of the section, with a maximum word count per slide of 50 words. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, and E)
Peer-Review Discussion: Abstract and Proposal Paper
The student will exchange the abstract and proposal paper with a fellow classmate for giving and receiving critique and review. The reviewer will use the track changes review option to enter comments concerning Turabian edits needed. Each reviewer must include a review of the Turabian style and must include at least three citations from the Turabian text. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, and E)
Proposal Paper with PowerPoint Presentation: Final Assignment
Professor and peer feedback is examined and incorporated into the revised proposal to reflect word economy, scholarly writing, and substantiated statements throughout. For the final paper, the abstract must be one single-spaced paragraph with no indentation, consisting of 200–250 words. The body of the paper must consist of 12–15 pages of content, in addition to a title page, abstract, and bibliography of at least 15 sources. The PowerPoint must include a title slide, one slide for each of the seven sections, and a bibliography slide. The PowerPoint must contain one slide per each of the seven sections. Each slide should have 50 words or fewer. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, and E)