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415.880.01 Genetic Counseling Program Thesis Proposal Development I

Health Behavior and Society
4th term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Debra Roter
Course Instructor s:

Must be enrolled in ScM in Genetic Counseling Program


Discusses the primary elements that comprise a research proposal; how topics for research are selected, pursued, and justified; and how study hypotheses are derived from the existing literature. Includes discussion of the conceptual elements of primary research articles. Provides skills necessary to support the development of a research proposal.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Conduct literature review to support a social science research proposal
  2. Critique published research
  3. Identify gaps in scientific knowledge
  4. Demonstrate skills necessary to conduct an independent research project
  5. Analyze a research problem
  6. Develop a rationale for a research question
Methods of Assessment:

research question log (10%); concept explication paper (25%); group research proposal paper (35%); critique of individual research question and specific aims (10%); class discussion, assignments, and readings (20%)

Enrollment Restriction:

ScM in Genetic Counseling students

Instructor Consent:

No consent required