Dissertation Writing, Draft Prospectus

Draft Prospectus, Dissertation Writing

Development of the prospectus is an iterative process that lays the foundation for your DPI Project. The prospectus will also assist your project chair in providing valuable feedback to guide you in your project development. Dissertation Writing

General Requirements: Dissertation Writing

Use the following information to ensure successful completion of the assignment:

  • Locate and download the most recent version of the prospectus template in the DC Network (http://dc.gcu.edu). This document has help and criteria information embedded to assist you in the completion of the prospectus.
  • Locate “The 10 Strategic Points for the Prospectus, Proposal, and Direct Practice Improvement Project” document (completed in previous courses). You will use information from this document to write the prospectus and attach this document as an appendix in the prospectus. Dissertation Writing
  • Review “Academic Quality Review Checklist (AQR)” (Chapters 1-3 only) for use in writing the prospectus.
  • Doctoral learners are required to use APA style for their writing assignments. The APA Style Guide is located in the Student Success Center. Dissertation Writing
  • This assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful completion.
  • You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Please refer to the directions in the Student Success Center.

Directions: Dissertation Writing

Complete a draft of your DPI Project prospectus according to the instructions and criteria provided in each section of the prospectus template. The draft should include information taken from “The 10 Strategic Points for the Prospectus, Proposal, and Direct Practice Improvement Project” document (from previous courses). Use the “Academic Quality Review Checklist (AQR)” (Chapters 1-3 only) to assist you in writing this prospectus. Include the following sections in the prospectus: Dissertation Writing

  1. Introduction: Provide an overview of your project.
  2. Background of the Problem: Provide an overview of the history and present state of the problem.
  3. Theoretical Foundations: Identify and describe one or two theories or models to be used to inform the project. Identifies the seminal source for each theory or model (a seminal source may be quite old and may be published in a textbook). Illustrate how the theory or model will inform your project.
  4. Review of the Literature/Themes: Describe the main and subthemes of your project. You should begin with at least three main themes with three subthemes each. Your literature review will eventually be 30+ pages with over 50 references (85% of these references must be from primary sources that is less than 5 years.
  5. Problem Statement: Specify the problem proposed for the project by presenting a clear declarative statement that begins with “It is not known . . . .” Identify the need for the project. Identify the broad population (not the sample) for the project. Describe how this project may contribute to solving the problem.
  6. Purpose of the Project: Describe the purpose of this project. Use a declarative statement “The purpose of this project is to . . . .” Describe the methodology and design. Describe the specific population that this project will affect and how this project will contribute to the field. Dissertation Writing
  7. Clinical Questions and Variables: Provide a brief introduction to the question portion. State your clinical questions or PICOT questions. Describe and operationally define each variable of interest.
  8. Significance of the Project: Provide an overview of how this project fits with other research in the field. Be specific and relate to other studies. How will this project contribute to the research overall? What is the expected value? Dissertation Writing
  9. Rationale for Methodology: Clearly justify the methods chosen for this project. Ensure the methods align with the project questions or PICOT questions. Describe why this method is the best fit.
  10. Nature of the Project Design: Describe the design you have chosen for this project. Discuss why this design is appropriate based on the method chosen and the project questions.
  11. Instrumentation or Sources of Data: Describe the sources of data you will use. One source must be a valid and reliable tool, survey, or questionnaire. You may use your discussion question from Topic 3 to assist with this section. Describe in detail all data collection instruments. Describe the validity and reliability of each as appropriate (one must be valid and reliable).
  12. Data Collection Procedures: Describe step by step how you will collect data. All major steps need to be described. Include a discussion of project sample recruitment, sample selection, and assignment to groups (as applicable). Describe the process of obtaining informed consent, if applicable.
  13. Data Analysis Procedures: Begin by describing your demographic data from your participants. How will you analyze this data using descriptive statistics? Restate each project question or PICOT question. For each question, describe in detail what inferential statistics you will use to analyze your data. Include steps to ensure your data meet the assumptions for each inferential statistic used. Describe the a priori alpha level you plan to use. Dissertation Writing
  14. Ethical Considerations: Provide a description of ethical issues related to your project and how you plan to deal with them. Consider your methodology, design, and data collection. Compare to a randomized controlled trial. Address anonymity, confidentiality, privacy, lack of coercion, informed consent, and potential conflicts of interest. Discuss how you plan to adhere to the Belmont Report key principles (respect, justice, beneficence). Dissertation Writing

 

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5.0 %INTRODUCTION: This section briefly overviews the research focus or problem, why this study is worth conducting, and how this study will be completed. This Introduction section elaborates on Point 1(the Topic) from the 10 Strategic Points. Dissertation Writing
Introduction is not included. Introduction is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. Introduction is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions.is included but lacks detail. Introduction is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. Introduction is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail
5.0 %BACKGROUND OF THE PROBLEM: The background section explains both the history and the present state of the problem and research focus. This Background of the Problem section uses information from Point 2 (Literature Review) in the 10 Strategic Points. Background of the problem is not included. Background of the problem is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. Background of the problem is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. Dissertation Writing Background of the problem is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. Background of the problem is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS AND/OR CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK: This section identifies the theory(s) or model(s) that provide the foundation for the research. This section should present the theory(s) or models(s) and explain how the problem under investigation relates to the theory or model. The theory(s) or models(s) guide the research questions and justify what is being measured (variables) as well as how those variables are related (quantitative) or the phenomena being investigated (qualitative). This section uses information from Point 2 (Literature Review) from the 10 Strategic Points. A description of the theoretical foundations and/or conceptual framework is not included. A description of the theoretical foundations and/or conceptual framework is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A description of the theoretical foundations and/or conceptual framework is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. A description of the theoretical foundations and/or conceptual framework is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A description of the theoretical foundations and/or conceptual framework is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE THEMES/TOPICS: This section lists the major themes or topics related to the research topic. It provides a short one or two sentence description of each theme/topic and identifies its relevance to the research topic supporting it with at least one citation from the literature. This section uses information from Point 2 (Literature Review) from the 10 Strategic Points. Dissertation Writing
A review of the literature themes/topics is not included. A review of the literature themes/topics is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A review of the literature themes/topics is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. A review of the literature themes/topics is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A review of the literature themes/topics is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail. Dissertation Writing
5.0 %PROBLEM STATEMENT: This section includes the problem statement, the population affected, and how the study will contribute to solving the problem. This section elaborates on Point 3 (Problem Statement) from the 10 Strategic Points. A problem statement is not included. A problem statement is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A problem statement is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. Dissertation Writing A problem statement is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A problem statement is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %RESEARCH QUESTIONS: This section narrows the focus of the study by specifying the research questions to address the problem statement. Based on the research questions, it describes the variables and/or groups and their hypothesized relationship for a quantitative study or the phenomena under investigation for a qualitative study. Recommended minimum: (a) Two research questions along with related hypotheses and variables for a quantitative study; (b) Two research questions along with the phenomenon description for a qualitative study This section elaborates on Point 5 (Research Questions) and Point 6 (Hypothesis/Variables or Phenomena) from the 10 Strategic Points. A description of research questions addressed is not included. A description of research questions addressed is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A description of research questions addressed is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. A description of research questions addressed is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A description of research questions addressed is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY: This section identifies and describes the significance of the study and the implications of the potential results based on the research questions and problem statement, hypotheses, or the investigated phenomena. It describes how the research fits within and will contribute to the current literature or body of research. It describes potential practical applications from the research. This section does not directly come from any section of the 10 Strategic Points. Dissertation Writing However it does build on the Background to the Problem, Problem Statement, and Theoretical Foundations sections that are developed from the 10 Strategic Points. A description of the significance of the Study is not included. A description of the significance of the Study is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A description of the significance of the Study is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. A description of the significance of the Study is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A description of the significance of the Study is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %RATIONALE FOR METHODOLOGY: This section clearly justifies the methodology the researcher plans to use for conducting the study. It argues how the methodological framework is the best approach to answer the research questions and address the problem statement. It uses citations from textbooks and articles on research methodology and/or articles on related studies. This section elaborates on the methodology part of Point 7 (Methodology and Design) in the 10 Strategic Points. A rationale for methodology is not included. A rationale for methodology is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A rationale for methodology is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. Dissertation Writing A rationale for methodology is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A rationale for methodology is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %NATURE OF THE RESEARCH DESIGN FOR THE STUDY: This section describes the specific research design to answer the research questions and why this approach was selected. Dissertation WritingIt describes the research sample being studied as well as the process that will be used to collect the data on the sample. This section also elaborates on the Design part of Point 7 (Methodology and Design) in the 10 Strategic Points. A description of the nature of the research design for the study is not included. A description of the nature of the research design for the study is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A description of the nature of the research design for the study is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. A description of the nature of the research design for the study is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A description of the nature of the research design for the study is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The purpose statement section provides a reflection of the problem statement and identifies how the study will be accomplished. It explains how the proposed study will contribute to the field. This section elaborates on Point 8 (Purpose Statement) in the 10 Strategic Points. A statement of the purpose of the study is not included. A statement of the purpose of the study is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A statement of the purpose of the study is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. A statement of the purpose of the study is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A statement of the purpose of the study is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %INSTRUMENTATION OR SOURCES OF DATA: Describes, in detail, all data collection instruments and sources (tests, questionnaires, interviews, data bases, media, etc.). Discusses the specific instrument or source to collect data for each variable or group (quantitative study). Discusses specific instrument or source to collect information to describe the phenomena being studied (qualitative study). This section elaborates on Point 9 (Data Collection) in the 10 Strategic Points. Dissertation Writing A description of instrumentation or sources of data used is not included. A description of instrumentation or sources of data used is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A description of instrumentation or sources of data used is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. Dissertation Writing A description of instrumentation or sources of data used is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A description of instrumentation or sources of data used is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %DATA COLLECTION PROCEDURES: This section details the entirety of the process used to collect the data. It describes each step of the data collection process in a way that allows another researcher to replicate the study. This section elaborates on Points 4 (Sample and Location) and Point 9 (Data Collection) in the 10 Strategic Points. Data collection procedures are not included. Data collection procedures are included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. Data collection procedures are complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. Dissertation Writing Data collection procedures are complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. Data collection procedures are extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %DATA ANALYSIS PROCEDURES: This section describes how the data was collected for each variable or group (quantitative study) or for each research question (qualitative study). It describes the type of data to be analyzed, identifying the descriptive, inferential, and/or nonstatistical analyses. It demonstrates that the research analysis is aligned to the specific research design. This section elaborates on Point #10 (Data Analysis) from the 10 Strategic Points.  A description of data analysis procedures is not included. A description of data analysis procedures is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A description of data analysis procedures is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. A description of data analysis procedures is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A description of data analysis procedures is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
5.0 %ETHICAL CONSIDERATION: This section discusses the potential ethical issues surrounding the research as well as how human subjects and data will be protected. It identifies how any potential ethical issues will be addressed. This section does not use information from any of the 10 Strategic Points. A description of ethical considerations is not included. A description of ethical considerations is included but not all components are present. Large gaps are present in the components that leave the reader with significant questions. A description of ethical considerations is complete and adequate. Small gaps are present that leave the reader with questions. A description of ethical considerations is complete and adequate. No gaps are presents that leave the reader with questions. A description of ethical considerations is extremely thorough, no gaps are present that leave the reader with questions, and includes substantial supporting detail.
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7.0 %Thesis Development and Purpose Paper lacks any discernible overall purpose or organizing claim. Thesis is insufficiently developed or vague. Purpose is not clear. Thesis is apparent and appropriate to purpose. Dissertation Writing Thesis is clear and forecasts the development of the paper. Thesis is descriptive and reflective of the arguments and appropriate to the purpose. Thesis is comprehensive and contains the essence of the paper. Thesis statement makes the purpose of the paper clear.
8.0 %Argument Logic and Construction Dissertation Writing
Statement of purpose is not justified by the conclusion. The conclusion does not support the claim made. Argument is incoherent and uses noncredible sources. Dissertation Writing Sufficient justification of claims is lacking. Argument lacks consistent unity. There are obvious flaws in the logic. Some sources have questionable credibility. Argument is orderly, but may have a few inconsistencies. The argument presents minimal justification of claims. Argument logically, but not thoroughly, supports the purpose. Sources used are credible. Introduction and conclusion bracket the thesis. Argument shows logical progressions. Techniques of argumentation are evident. There is a smooth progression of claims from introduction to conclusion. Most sources are authoritative. Clear and convincing argument that presents a persuasive claim in a distinctive and compelling manner. All sources are authoritative.
5.0 %Mechanics of Writing (includes spelling, punctuation, grammar, language use) Dissertation Writing
Surface errors are pervasive enough that they impede communication of meaning. Inappropriate word choice or sentence construction is used. Dissertation Writing Frequent and repetitive mechanical errors distract the reader. Inconsistencies in language choice (register) or word choice are present. Sentence structure is correct but not varied. Some mechanical errors or typos are present, but they are not overly distracting to the reader. Correct and varied sentence structure and audience-appropriate language are employed. Prose is largely free of mechanical errors, although a few may be present. The writer uses a variety of effective sentence structures and figures of speech. Writer is clearly in command of standard, written, academic English.
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5.0 %Paper Format (use of appropriate style for the major and assignment) Dissertation Writing
Template is not used appropriately or documentation format is rarely followed correctly. Appropriate template is used, but some elements are missing or mistaken. A lack of control with formatting is apparent. Appropriate template is used. Formatting is correct, although some minor errors may be present. Appropriate template is fully used. There are virtually no errors in formatting style. All format elements are correct.
5.0 %Documentation of Sources (citations, footnotes, references, bibliography, etc., as appropriate to assignment and style) Sources are not documented. Documentation of sources is inconsistent or incorrect, as appropriate to assignment and style, with numerous formatting errors. Sources are documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, although some formatting errors may be present. Sources are documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, and format is mostly correct. Sources are completely and correctly documented, as appropriate to assignment and style, and format is free of error.
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