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Doctoral Seminar II


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Course length

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Course level: Graduate

In this course students refine the requisite skills necessary to further their dissertation concept for review and approval. Students expand their work from Second-Year Residency by applying critical analysis to refine the research method, inform the selection of a research design, and to develop a focused literature review. Competencies: Articulate knowledge gaps in a selected field by synthesizing relevant literature in content, theoretical/conceptual framework, and research methodology and design. Define appropriate research methodology and design for a research study. Describe the scope, limitations and delimitations, population, sample, and possible instrument(s) used in a research study. Evaluate the relevance of research studies related to the selected research topic. Synthesize historical and current sources of literature plus theoretical/conceptual and methodological/ design literature relevant to the selected research topic.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Précis Critical Review

Literature Review Strategies

Research Design Selection

Reevaluation of Research Questions/Hypotheses

Evaluation of Population and Sample

Literature Review Components

Dissertation Topic Elevator Pitch

Finalizing the Concept Review


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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