Case Studies and Thesis Design

Fall 2020
Graduate Only
Class Size: 50
8 Credits per quarter
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The fourth program in the core sequence allows students to deepen their understanding of the research process as they make decisions about their own thesis research design and methodology. Activities and assignments help students understand how their thesis builds upon and fills gaps they identify in previous research. Students will complete a literature review to guide their their own research framework and study design. They will write a prospectus in collaboration with a reader assigned in the course of Case Studies to facilitate the thesis research process. Through this course, students will improve their ability to communicate academic research to a broad audience via posters and oral presentations. Successful completion of this program is required to enroll for thesis credits.

CLASS SCHEDULE: Tuesday and Thursday nights, 6pm-10pm. Some class meetings will be reserved for optional individual meetings on thesis research.


To successfully participate in this program, students will need access to Microsoft Word or similar technology, Zoom, and Canvas. Students can expect our remote teaching to be around 4 hours of synchronous (scheduled) coursework per week, using Zoom and Canvas. Students will have access to alternatives to synchronous (in person or remote) participation if conditions require.


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GR (8): 10133

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DateRevision 2020-08-24 John Kirkpatrick added as faculty