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Genetic Counseling Program Thesis Proposal Development III

East Baltimore
2nd term
Health Behavior and Society
2 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  3:00 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Course Instructors:
Chenery Lowe

415.880 and 415.881


This is the third of a series of three courses which provide students with the skills needed to turn a research idea into a formally presented and orally defended thesis proposal. In this final course of the series, students refine their working proposal for submission to the Executive Committee and prepare for the oral examination.

Students are expected to have turned a nascent research idea into a workable proposal for the conduct of a research study that will constitute the ScM thesis.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. 1) Demonstrate skills necessary to finalize a written protocol addressing an independent research question by: a) succinctly summarizing and orally presenting literature to support an original genetic-counseling related research question, b) justify a research question or hypotheses and a study design to address your research question, c) critically assess and defend the design, methods and instruments proposed, d) consider and address protection of human subjects issues associated with the research, particularly in light of COVID-related research restrictions. 2) Demonstrate review and feedback skills by participating in the peer review process 3) Orally present and defend a formal proposal for independent thesis research to classmates and other peer reviewers in preparation for the oral exam 4) Submit a formal proposal for independent thesis research to the Executive Committee in advance of oral exams
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Participation
  • 20% Written Assignment(s)
  • 35% Written Assignment(s)
  • 35% Presentation(s)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

1. For Methods of Assessment percentages, the first written assignment is worth 20% and the second one is worth 35%.