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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 2 credits
Academic Year: 2013 - 2014
Course Instructors:

Acquaints doctoral students with the dissertation proposal and preparation for preliminary oral examination processes. Assists students in making progress on their own proposal through refinement of writing, literature synthesis and critique, and peer review skills. Each session focuses on a specific stage of proposal development for behavioral research including developing a comprehensive conceptual framework, formulating research questions and hypotheses, choosing appropriate study design and methodologies, identifying reliable and valid measures, developing a sound data analysis plan, and ensuring compliance with Human Subjects regulations. Reviews departmental and school-wide requirements for dissertation proposals and preliminary examinations. Discusses application of dissertation proposal and examination preparation skills to professional activities such as manuscript development and conference presentations.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Make progress on their dissertation proposals and discuss the dissertation proposal writing process
Build competencies for peer review and manuscript development that will enhance their proposal development skills
Demonstrate skills for oral presentation and defense of their research in both academic and professional settings

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation will be based on class participation and attendance, individual presentations on proposal topics, written exercises, and initial draft of dissertation proposal.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Monday 1:30 - 3:20
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Restriction: HBS doctoral students
Instructor Consent: Consent required for all students

Required for HBS doctoral students in their 2nd year

For consent, contact:
Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Grade is given for both 410.870 and 410.871 upon completion of 410.871.