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  • Dissertation Handbook

    Dissertation Handbook

    2013-2014 Effective for courses beginning on or after July 1, 2013

    University of the Rockies

    555 E. Pikes Peak Avenue

    Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903-3612

    (719) 442-0505

    www.rockies.edu

  • Dissertation Handbook

    Bridgepoint Education | Quick Guide 2

    QUICK GUIDE

    SYMBOLS AND ABBREVIATIONS

    WHERE DO I FIND OUT . . .

    To find out . . Look in . . .

    Who does what Section 2.2 Section 3.0 The steps in the process Section 2.3

    What a Transition Point is Section 2.4 How to choose a committee Section 3.0

    How to choose a topic Section 4.0

    How to write the Letter of Intent

    Section 4.2 Appendix C Appendix E Appendix F

    How to write the proposal

    Section 5.0 Appendix B Appendix C Appendix F

    IRB Handbook

    How to write the final dissertation

    Section 6.0 Appendix B Appendix C Appendix F

    What happens during the Preliminary Oral Defense Section 5.4

    What happens during the IRB Review Section 5.5 IRB Handbook What happens during the Final Oral Defense Section 7.2

    This symbol is used throughout this document to draw attention to important or critical reminders.

    This symbol is used to point out tips and tricks to

    help you throughout the dissertation process.

    DA Dissertation Administrator

    IRB Institutional Review Board

    LOI Letter of Intent

    RRB Research Review Board

  • Dissertation Handbook

    Bridgepoint Education | Table of Contents 3

    TABLE OF CONTENTS Quick Guide ................................................................................................................................................... 2

    Symbols and Abbreviations ................................................................................................................... 2

    Where do I find out . . . ......................................................................................................................... 2

    Table of Contents .......................................................................................................................................... 3

    1.0 Introduction ............................................................................................................................................ 6

    1.1 The Purpose of a Dissertation ............................................................................................................. 7

    1.2 Acceptable Types of Research ............................................................................................................ 7

    2.0 The Dissertation Process ......................................................................................................................... 8

    2.1 Overview of the Dissertation Process ................................................................................................. 8

    2.1.1 Six Phases of the Dissertation Process ......................................................................................... 8

    2.1.2 Courses, Forms, and Documents ................................................................................................. 9

    2.2 Roles and Responsibilities ................................................................................................................. 10

    2.3 Dissertation Process and Checklist ................................................................................................... 13

    Prerequisites and Coursework ............................................................................................................ 13

    Phase 1: Finalize a Research Topic ...................................................................................................... 14

    Phase 2: Form a Committee ................................................................................................................ 15

    Phase 3: Prepare and Defend Dissertation Proposal .......................................................................... 15

    Phase 4: Conduct Research: Collect and Analyze Data ....................................................................... 16

    Phase 5: Write the Dissertation .......................................................................................................... 17

    Phase 6: Present and Defend .............................................................................................................. 17

    2.4 Dissertation “Transition Points” ....................................................................................................... 19

    3.0 Choosing a Dissertation Committee ..................................................................................................... 23

    3.1 Responsibilities of the Dissertation Committee Chair ...................................................................... 23

    3.2 Responsibilities of the Dissertation Committee Members (Non-Chair) ........................................... 23

    3.3 Choosing the Committee Chair and Members ................................................................................. 24

    3.4 Choosing Committee Members from Outside the university ........................................................... 24

    4.0 Selecting a Topic ................................................................................................................................... 25

    4.1 Research Topic Selection .................................................................................................................. 25

    4.2 Dissertation Letter of Intent (LOI) ..................................................................................................... 26

    4.2.1 Parts of the Letter of Intent ....................................................................................................... 26

  • Dissertation Handbook

    Bridgepoint Education | Table of Contents 4

    5.0 Writing and Defending the Dissertation Proposal ................................................................................ 27

    5.1 Purpose of the Dissertation Proposal ............................................................................................... 27

    5.2 Parts of the Dissertation Proposal .................................................................................................... 27

    5.2.1 Chapter I: Introduction .............................................................................................................. 27

    5.2.2 Chapter II: Review of the Literature .......................................................................................... 28

    5.2.3 Chapter III: Method .................................................................................................................. 29

    5.3 Review by the Dissertation Committee and Research Review Board .............................................. 30

    5.4 Preliminary Oral Defense .................................................................................................................. 31

    5.4.1 Scheduling the Oral Defense ...................................................................................................... 31

    5.4.2 Process During the Oral Defense ............................................................................................... 31

    5.5 Review by the IRB ............................................................................................................................. 32

    6.1 Conducting Research ........................................................................................................................ 33

    6.2 Organization and Content ................................................................................................................. 33

    Front Matter ....................................................................................................................................... 34

    Chapter I: Introduction ....................................................................................................................... 35

    Chapter II: Review of the Literature ................................................................................................... 35

    Chapter III: Method ............................................................................................................................ 35

    Chapter IV: Results ............................................................................................................................. 35

    Chapter V: Discussion ......................................................................................................................... 36

    Back Matter ......................................................................................................................................... 36

    6.3 Writing Suggestions .......................................................................................................................... 37

    7.0 Dissertation Review and Final Oral Defense ......................................................................................... 38

    7.1 Review of the Dissertation ................................................................................................................ 38

    7.2 Final Oral Defense .................