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Doctoral Writing Workshops: Workshop Course Descriptions

CAEX 8100/8105 - Preproposal Doctoral Writing Workshop Course Description

Doctoral students who are transitioning from coursework to preproposal work but find themselves needing additional structure and writing guidance should take this small-group workshop. A “preproposal document” is what each doctoral student must complete prior to beginning the proposal phase of his or her doctoral capstone—in some programs this document is called a prospectus, in others a premise. Receiving assistance from faculty and engaging in supportive discussion with colleagues, students will spend 6 weeks generating content based on their program’s specific preproposal and doctoral capstone writing requirements.

In addition to becoming knowledgeable about the specific requirements of their program, students will also develop a plan for completion of their preproposal document, practice important research and drafting skills, work toward effective communication with faculty, and learn important self-assessment and revision strategies. Importantly, the instruction students receive will be anchored in their own work, as instructor feedback will focus on clarity, precision, concision, and scholarly voice in the capstone document. At the workshop’s conclusion, students will have tailored a set of tools based on their specific needs to ensure they continue to make progress on their preproposal draft.

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CAEX 8010/8015 - Doctoral Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing the Proposal Course Description

With the assistance of the writing faculty member, students will spend 6 weeks advancing their Proposal through tailored one-on-one writing instruction and supportive group work with their peers. They will get to know the required components of the Proposal and have an opportunity to learn how to address common writing issues, such as APA, citing and referencing sources, clarity and concision, and writer’s block.

Importantly, the instruction and feedback students receive will be anchored in their own work. In addition to a further developed Proposal, at the end of the workshop, students will have a tailored plan based on their specific needs to ensure that they can continue to make progress on their draft.

CAEX 8020/8025 - Doctoral Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing the Introduction Course Description

With the help of the writing faculty member, workshop participants will spend 6 weeks advancing the draft of the Introduction through tailored one-on-one writing instruction and supportive group work with the students’ peers.

Students will get to know the required components of the Introduction and have the opportunity to learn how to describe their study, its purpose, and its intentions, as well as address common writing issues associated with the Introduction, such as writing a strong problem statement, articulating the gap in the literature or practice, applying correct use of APA and source citations, and overcoming writer’s block.

Importantly, the instruction and feedback that students receive will be anchored in their own work. The goal of this workshop is to help students make progress toward the completion of the Introduction.  As needed, the writing faculty member will help create a tailored plan based on students’ specific needs to ensure that they can continue to advance their draft.

CAEX 8030/8035 - Doctoral Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing the Literature Review Course Description

Is writing the Literature Review a stumbling block? Is the research relayed without purpose or synthesis?  This small-group workshop is for doctoral candidates who have a working draft of the Literature Review of their dissertation, project study, or doctoral study but need writing guidance and support.

With the help of the writing faculty member, students will spend 6 weeks advancing their Literature Review through tailored one-on-one writing instruction and supportive group work with their peers. Students will get to know the required components of the Literature Review and have the opportunity to learn how to address common writing issues, such as effective use of summary and synthesis, applying correct use of APA and source citations, and articulating search strategies.

Importantly, the instruction and feedback students receive will be anchored in their own work. The goal of this workshop is to help students make progress toward the completion of the Literature Review. As needed, the faculty member will help create a tailored plan based on students’ specific needs to ensure that they can continue to advance their draft.

CAEX 8040/8045 - Doctoral Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing the Methods Section Course Description

Writing about the method or methods of study can be a challenge. It’s not easy to articulate variables, validity, or data analysis plans. Students who feel like they need some extra help or support with the writing component of their dissertations, project study, or doctoral study Methods section should take this small-group workshop.

With the help of the writing faculty member, students will spend 6 weeks advancing the writing of their Methods section through tailored one-on-one writing instruction and supportive group work with their peers. Workshop students will get to know the required components of the Methods section and have the opportunity to learn how to address common writing issues inherent in this section, including effectively explaining data collection and analysis, formatting APA-compliant tables and figures, and articulating ethical procedures and concerns associated with the study.

Importantly, the instruction and feedback students receive will be anchored in their own work. The goal of this workshop is to help students make progress toward the completion of the Methodology section. If needed, the faculty member will help create a tailored plan based on students’ specific needs to ensure that they can continue to advance their draft.

CAEX 8050/8055 - Doctoral Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing the Postproposal Course Description:

This small-group writing workshop is for doctoral students who have a working draft of the postproposal sections (e.g., results, discussion, conclusion, recommendations) of their dissertation, project, or doctoral study but find themselves needing writing guidance and support. (Students must already have an approved proposal to be eligible for this workshop.) With the assistance of the faculty, students will spend 6 weeks writing and revising the postproposal sections through tailored one-on-one writing instruction and supportive group work with their colleagues. They will get to know the required components of these sections and have an opportunity to learn how to address common writing issues, such as APA, tables and figures, scholarly voice, and writer’s block.

Importantly, the instruction and feedback students receive will be anchored in their own work. In addition to further developed postproposal sections, at the end of the workshop, students will have a tailored plan based on their specific needs to ensure that they can continue to make progress on their draft. 

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