Introduction to the Thesis Writing Project – WRSP 880

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

Course Description

An introduction to the Thesis Writing Process and how ministry is enhanced using current electronic resources. Students will be introduced to all phases of the DWS Thesis writing process, including the thesis timeline, research, writing your thesis, and the finished product, including the abstract and the vita. Students will become familiar with the Thesis Manual and with resources available to them through the library and the Liberty University Writing Center. Use of electronic databases for ministry research and Turabian Formatting will be introduced.

Prerequisites

 All other coursework must be completed prior to registration for WRSP 880.

Rationale

It is vital that each student understand the dissertation writing process. This course will assist each student in having a complete and thorough understanding of how to write your dissertation to the last phase of defense. Students will have key instructors who will demonstrate how to accomplish the IRB Application, and how to develop first-rate surveys and other research data. This course will demonstrate and give guidance through on-hand application and instructional student learning skills on the steps of the Dissertation Project.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Employ basic general writing and research skills.
  2. Analyze sample proposals and each element of the thesis.
  3. Formulate three research questions.
  4. Design a research plan and select appropriate methodology.
  5. Evaluate the project’s potential contribution to the existing body of literature.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Lecture presentations, Assigned Reading, & Teaching Announcements

The elements of each phase of the writing process is supported by the lecture presentations, assigned reading, & teaching announcements. Therefore, the student is required to complete the assigned readings and the teaching announcements by Wednesday of each module in order to prepare for submission.

Topic Inquiry Study- Parts I, II, and III

The student will complete a Topic Inquiry Study by using the Topic Inquiry Worksheets templates.

Abstract

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 worship ministry. The abstract should be submitted as a Word document, and must adhere to the Turabian writing style as described in the required manual.

Proposal Paper for Peer Review

Preparing for peer feedback is crucial for essential for a mutually beneficial learning experiences 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 should be between 12-15 pages in length. The student will email the proposal paper to an assigned student in the class for review. The student will consult the Turabian writing manual for formatting and writing style guidance and will examine sample works on Blackboard.

Literature Review Charts (16)

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 and complete 16 literature review charts using the templates provided for the following:

Four journal articles (at least two published within the last five years)

Four abstracts of dissertations/ theses, and main portions of the dissertations (at least two published within the last five years)

Four books (at least two published within the last five years)

Four magazine articles (at least two published within the last five years)

Proposal PowerPoint

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.

Peer Reviews (2)

Receiving feedback from peers is a valuable part of the learning and refining process in the development of the abstract and chapter one. Therefore, the student will complete one peer review 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, complete the appropriate rubric, and upload to Blackboard as well as email the review rubric and paper with comments to the student-author.

Proposal Paper

Building on the review feedback from Peer Review #1, 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 and will examine sample works on Blackboard. The paper will adhere to the Turabian writing manual for formatting and writing style, and must be submitted in a Word Document.

Chapter 1 of Dissertation

The student will submit a completed Chapter 1 (The Introduction Chapter of the Dissertation) 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. The student will consult the Turabian writing manual for formatting and writing style guidance and will examine sample works on Blackboard. The paper will adhere to the Turabian writing manual for formatting and writing style, and must be submitted in a Word Document.