This course is primarily designed to prepare doctoral students for the process of writing their research outlines and dissertation proposals. In addition, it will allow students to gain the skills necessary to critically evaluate the design of published research in their respective areas of expertise. The target audience for the course is doctoral students in the School of Educational Studies (SES) who have completed their first qualifying exam, research tools (i.e., taken qualitative, mixed, and/or quantitative methods courses), and who are at or near the proposal stage of their doctoral programs. Students will be required to work with their peers and the instructor to craft a mock dissertation proposal which will include the following sections: (1) introduction (i.e., purpose, statement, and research questions), (2) literature review map, (3) theoretical framework, and (4) methods (i.e., sample, data collection, data analysis, and limitations).
NOTE: This course is required for all doctoral students in SES entering in summer 2013 or later. Although the focus will be on proposal development, it does not take the place of the doctoral advisor and dissertation committee. Students must consult with their advisor regarding the expected format and content of their dissertation proposal.
Prerequisite: 62 units of completed course work, including transfer units; two completed, recorded research tools; and one approved, recorded qualifying exam.
Enrollment Instructions: Students who meet the prerequisites and have no holds on their student account can register for the course via the Student Portal; otherwise, e-mail Cece Gaddy (firstname.lastname@example.org) to have your name put on the waiting list. The SES Office will review the readiness (including both fulfillment of requirements and length of time in the program) of each person on the waiting list and, upon dean/instructor approval, register eligible waitlisted students on a space available basis.