CA797 Thesis-Resrch Prospectus & Desgn

for S1P 2007

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CA 797 Thesis – Research Prospectus and Design


S1P 2007 MCB


Dr. Joan E. Aitken


Professor, Communication Arts

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

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Course Description:
(Offered in 16 week format) With the approval of the Program Director, 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. 3 cr.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. To prepare a graduate thesis proposal.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Submit assignments to eCollege dropbox:


Due Unit 1

1.06 Title Page
1.07 Abstract
Due Unit 2

1.08 I.  Introduction 
A.  Problem. 

Due Unit 5

B.  Review of Literature:  Theory Building (Group according to ideas, NOT according to research articles).
1.  Paragraph about first idea from review of literature.
2.  Paragraph about second idea from review of literature.
3.  Paragraph about third idea from review of literature.
Due Unit 6

1.09 II.  Method
1.13  References  (emphasize quantitative, peer-reviewed articles in the field of communication and leadership).  Each reference listing will be cited in your final proposal and each citation in your final proposal will be in the reference list. 

Due Unit 7

1.14  Appendix (e.g., measure or unpublished test and its validation). 

Due Unit 8

Entire revised proposal together.

Academic Honesty:
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 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


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 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Attendance Policy:

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 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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