CA798 Thesis - Research

for U1P 2008

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CA 798 Thesis - Research


U1P 2008 MCB


Aitken, Joan Evelyn

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APA (2001). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. 5th ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

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Graduate School Checklist for Thesis Students

Proposal defense Date ____________________

Thesis Defense Date:______________________

Thesis submitted to Graduate School for approval: _______ (Yes) ________ (no)

Four Copies of thesis submitted on good quality bond paper_______ (Yes) _______ (No)

Additional copy submitted if copyright is requested _____ (Yes) _______ (No)

Copyright application form completed _______ (Yes) ______ (No)

Copyright fee paid _________ (Yes) ________ (No)

Fee for binding of the thesis paid ________ (Yes) ______ (No)

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Course Description:
With approval from the Associate Dean for the School of Arts and Humanities, interested and capable students may elect the thesis option to satisfy degree requirements. The six (6) credit hour thesis option provides students with the opportunity to explore a topic of interest through an in-depth research project. Students electing the thesis option shall adhere to the requirements set forth in the Graduate School's Thesis Standards and Procedures manual.

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Educational Philosophy:
You must have comprehensive exams completed BEFORE enrolling in this course.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

You must have a committee approved thesis proposal submitted to the graduate school BEFORE enrolling in this course!  NO EXCEPTIONS.  Here is the form: proposal form.doc


Class Assessment:
I honestly don't know what the department's policy is (graded or pass/fail). 

I expect students to have a high quality thesis draft submitted to me BEFORE enrolling in this course.  I expect students to revise until they reach high quality. 

Comprehensive exams, the committee approved thesis proposal submitted to the Graduate School, and the thesis draft must be completed BEFORE enrolling in this course.

The completed thesis must be submitted to me WEEK ONE OF THE COURSE and to the committee by WEEK THREE OF THE COURSE.

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Hardcopies with a cover memo of your timeline of the completed and revised thesis must be submitted to all committee members no later than six weeks prior to the date of commencement. That gives your committee only two weeks to read your thesis and for you to defend it. Obviously, that probably won't work. Make sure you warn the committee of your deadlines in advance, and you will want to send materials as you go along so there is less for them to read and respond to at the end. If you wait too long, you may not be able to graduate. During summer, you may not be able to have a committee meeting at all, so make sure the faculty you need will be available.


Please be sure to send an electronic copy to each chapter to each committee member as soon as it is done.



We have no control over this deadline, so meet it! This means the paper is in final form, all corrections made, on the correct paper, with forms signed. The Graduate School should receive a copy for final approval no later than three weeks prior to the day on which the degree is to be conferred.


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August Completion or December Commencement: April 1 



May Commencement: November 1

Nov. 1!

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Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26

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Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 28

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