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Dissertation Process


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Course level: Graduate

This 5-day residency course begins the formal development of the learner’s doctoral dissertation. The development will be ongoing throughout the curriculum and results in a dissertation defense and submission to the Dean’s office at the end of the program. Competency A: Apply best practices for creating and delivering compelling presentations as an I-O practitioner. Competency B: Apply critical thinking skills to assess beliefs, opinions, and assertions using science, logic, and reliable information. Competency C: Articulate the critical success factors for producing an original, sound, and well-written doctoral dissertation study. Competency D: Understand methods to search literature for emerging trends, concepts, and concerns affecting Industrial/organizational psychologists. Competency E: Identify three potential dissertation topics to contribute substantively to the industrial/organizational psychology body of knowledge and affect organizational development. Competency F: Evaluate human subjects’ requirements and ethical issues in conducting research with human subjects. Competency G: Demonstrate an understanding of the criteria for choosing a dissertation committee and how to enhance the learner-chair relationship.

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Thinking Critically

Producing a Well-Written Doctoral Dissertation Study

Surveying the Literature

Identifying Three Potential Dissertation Topics

Putting It Together: Three Potential Dissertation Topics


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