Dissertation Process – psych720r (3 credits)

Course Description:

This 5-day residency course begins the formal development of the learner’s doctoral dissertation. The development will be ongoing throughout the curriculum and result in a dissertation defense and submission to the Dean’s office at the end of the program.

Learners will develop a foundational understanding about the composition of the dissertation, including research, analysis, and writing. To facilitate individual interests, learners will develop an interest paper about three topics, each of which can be examined as a dissertation, including the general problem to be researched and supporting literature.

Course Competencies

  •  Apply best practices for creating and delivering compelling presentations as an I/O practitioner.

  •  Apply critical thinking skills to assess beliefs, opinions, and assertions using science, logic, and reliable information.

  • Articulate the critical success factors for producing an original, sound, and well-written doctoral dissertation study.

  • Understand methods to search literature for emerging trends, concepts, and concerns affecting I/O psychologists.

  • Identify three potential dissertation topics to contribute substantively to the I/O psychology body of knowledge and affect organizational development.

  • Evaluate human subjects requirements and ethical issues in conducting research with human subjects.

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the criterial for choosing a dissertation committee and how to enhance the learner-chair relationship.

This graduate-level course is 1 week. This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

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