Residency 1: Completing the Prospectus/Concept Paper

$420.00

This three-week online course enables students to leave with a quality draft of the prospectus.

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Description

This three-week online course enables students to leave with a quality draft of the prospectus.

  • Location: ONLINE via Blackboard.com
  • Dates: November 2019 (exact dates TBD)
  • Textbook Link: Amazon.com
  • eBook Link: TBD
Week 1 – ASYNCHRONOUS
  • Assignment 1 – day 1 – students are required to check in and introduce themselves to the rest of the class in an open forum. A structured set of questions will be provided. Students will be required to reply to a minimum of two different peers within the first three days of class. This is a graded assignment.
  • Assignment 2 – day 1 – students will upload their prospectus for review by faculty. This is a graded assignment.
  • Assignment 3 – day 3 – students are required to state their problem statement in a forum. They are required to provide feedback to a minimum of two peers. This is a graded assignment.
  • Assignment 4 – throughout the week – students will read required text;
    • Section 1 – Introduction – 15 pages
    • Section 2 – Literature review – 15 pages
    • Section 3 – Prospectus/concept paper – 15 pages
  • Assignment 5 – day 4 – two discussion questions will be provided to stimulate discussion of reading assignment. Students are required to provide feedback to a minimum of two peers. Faculty will monitor the DQ’s and answer questions. This is a graded assignment.
  • Day 6 and 7 – faculty return student prospectus with grade and feedback on how to proceed. The graded paper does not count toward the course grade. It is intended to show the student exactly where they stand so they are able to develop a plan to succeed.
Week 2 – SYNCHRONOUS

Week two provides training specific to the literature review, developing a problem statement as well as a purpose statement. It is designed specifically for the student in the first few years of the graduate program who have not had a concept paper or prospectus approved. It consists of basic education as well as several group exercises.

Monday
We will video conference from 12:00 noon (all times EST) to 5:00 PM.
Topics for day 1

  • Introductions
  • Stress levels – this exercise helps students communicate with each other. It allows them to see that many of them have very similar issues and that they are not alone in their fears and anxieties. It also enables faculty to identify major issues many of the students have so they can be addressed in the training.
  • Preparing yourself for the journey ahead – this discussion/exercise helps students see what the key milestones involved in the research process are, so they can develop a realistic timeline to completion of the degree.

Tuesday
Topics for day 2 – video conference from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Literature review – the first half of day is spent on the literature review. There are several group exercises that require students to work together in the learning process. Together they will learn to assemble a synthesis matrix, identify major findings within a literature, identify major shortcomings within a literature, identify a research gap in the literature that is worthy of a dissertation level study or applied research project.
  • The Problem Statement and the Purpose Statement – the second half of day two focuses on exercises that help students write clear and concise Problem and Purpose statements. We end the day by giving students time to rewrite their own problem and purpose statements, then present them to the rest of the class for immediate feedback.

Wednesday
Topics for day 3 – video conference from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Identifying the correct research method for your study.
  • Identifying the correct research design for your study.
  • Quantitative vs. Qualitative
  • Data collection techniques
  • Students will work on and update their prospectus with help from faculty. One on one discussions will take place as necessary by sharing documents on screen, so we can go through the prospectus line by line where necessary.

Thursday
Topics for day 4 – video conference from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

  • Population and Sample selection
  • Identifying the correct unit of analysis
  • Variables
  • RQ’s and Hypotheses
  • Instrumentation
  • Students will work on and update their prospectus with help from faculty. One on one discussions will take place as necessary by sharing documents on screen, so we can go through the prospectus line by line where necessary.

Friday
Topics for day 5 – video conference from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

  • Students will work on and update their prospectus with help from faculty. One on one discussions will take place as necessary by sharing documents on screen, so we can go through the prospectus line by line where necessary.
  • Graded assignment – students will give a 2-minute oral presentation to the class. In two minutes or less they will explain what their study is about, why it is important, and how they plan to carry out the study. A grading rubric will be created for this assignment and distributed to students via the syllabus.
Week 3 – ASYNCHRONOUS
  • Day 1 – graded assignment – students are required to upload their revised prospectus for final review and feedback from faculty.
  • Day 2-5 – one-on-one video conferences will take place for final discussions about the student prospectus.
  • At this point everyone in the course should have a prospectus that is ready for program approval.