In this course, doctoral students follow a structured approach to designing their dissertation study, refining their research question/s, and developing the operational details for their study. The focus is on clearly specifying the assessment criteria and organizational requirements needed to justify a proposed improvement in professional practice, and on designing and implementing such an assessment. Students will revisit the foundations of research methods and apply them to the modifications required for creating the required dissertation deliverables. Concepts covered include research problems, questions and hypotheses, data types, quantitative and qualitative approaches, research designs, variables and scales, data collection instruments, and sampling.
By the end of this course, the student should know or be able to:
- To develop an understanding of the underlying concepts of academic research
- To apply these research concepts to the modifications required for dissertation deliverables
- To work on and complete the Chapter 2 of the dissertation proposal (a.k.a., the Literature Review)