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NURS 7402 Dissertation Proposal Development
Credit hours: 2 per Semester
Cluster: Scholarship and Writing,


Course Level: Doctoral

Course Type: PhD


Course Open to: PhD Students

Institution:University of Utah

Pre-requisites: Instructor Permission

Course Description: OVERVIEW OF CONTENT: This is the second of a two-course sequence related to writing the dissertation proposal. This focuses on the process of dissertation proposal development. Recognizing that students are in different phases in the dissertation proposal trajectory, the course provides an opportunity to synthesize the knowledge gained from prior course work and apply this knowledge to the student’s area of inquiry. This course is designed to transition the student to independent dissertation work. To that end, the process of writing and implementing a dissertation will be discussed with all students. Prior to enrolling in this course students must have a well-defined area of inquiry. OBJECTIVES: By the end of the semester, students should be able to – 1. Articulate the process of proposing and completing a doctoral dissertation including the development of a timeline for progression to proposal defense 2. Develop an initial dissertation proposal appropriate for the student's area of inquiry in conjunction with their dissertation Chair / Advisor 3. Demonstrate critical thinking through collegial peer review of other initial dissertation proposals


Method of Instruction: synchronous

Delivery Platform: Internet Video Conferencing

Campus visits required: none

Course Contact: Heather Clarkson



Tuition: current NEXus tuition rate


Other considerations: n/a


Available Seats by Semester for this course:



Section: 002
Instructor: Lee Ellington, PhD
Seats: 2
Credits: 2 / Semester
Start Date: 01-07-19
End Date: 05-03-19


Section: 02
Instructor: TBA
Seats: 2
Credits: 2 / Semester
Start Date: 01-06-20
End Date: 05-02-20


Section: 091
Instructor: Kristin Cloyes, PhD
Seats: 2
Credits: 2 / Semester
Start Date: 01-19-21
End Date: 05-05-21

This course meets using Internet Video Conferencing (or Zoom, depending on instructor preference). Please make sure you are available to attend class: Tuesdays, 2:30PM-4:30PM in the mountain time zone.


Section: 091
Instructor: TBA
Seats: 2
Credits: 2 / Semester
Start Date: 01-10-22
End Date: 04-27-22

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