Revising and Editing the Methods Section Workshop: CAEX 8040/8045

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SKIL 8040/8045:
Revising and Editing the Methods Section

The Doctoral Writing Workshop: Revising and Editing the Methods Section is a 0 credit, 6-week course for students who have a working draft of their methods section and feel like they need some extra help or support with the writing component of their dissertations, project study, or doctoral study methods section.

NOTE: Students must already have an approved premise or prospectus to be eligible for this workshop.


Free tuition for current Walden doctoral students. Students are responsible for any applicable fees, including the tech fee

Workshop Information

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.

Course Outcomes
  • Week 1: Self-reflection: Strengths and weaknesses in writing
  • Week 2: Course discussions/Submit 3-5 page section for review
  • Week 3: Course discussions/Submit 3-5 page section for review
  • Week 4: Course discussions/Submit 3-5 page section for review
  • Week 5: Course discussions/Submit 3-5 page section for review
  • Week 6: Create a plan for moving forward
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Term Dates

Quarter Term Dates

SKIL 8040
0 credits, 6 weeks​

Semester Term Dates

SKIL 8045
0 credit, 6 weeks


Frequently Asked Questions

How much time can I expect to spend on a SKIL course?

Most SKIL courses are 1.5 quarter credits and 1 semester credit. Therefore, according to Walden’s Credit Hour Guidelines, you should expect to spend 42 total hours on SKIL coursework. This translates to 10.5 hours per week for 4-week courses, 7 hours per week for 6-week courses, and 5.25 hours per week for 8-week courses. Note that these numbers are only an estimate, as the actual time spent depends largely on the student and their specific abilities and needs.

Are there any required texts for SKIL courses or workshops?

Most of our courses and workshops require the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (i.e., APA manual). This is the only text we require; other learning resources are built into the classroom.

How are SKIL Courses Graded?

SKIL courses, seminars, and workshops are graded on the S (Satisfactory) / U (Unsatisfactory) system. Grades in SKIL courses do appear on your transcript, but the grades do not impact your Grade Point Average (GPA).


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Testimonial 2

"I loved this workshop. I was exactly what I needed to pull me out of my writer's block and get me moving again. I only wish I would have taken the previous two workshops!"



"Highly recommend these workshops for all dissertation students."



"The course is well organized. Students can focus on topics they find challenging in their writing. Students also have the opportunity to apply the instructor's comments in the revisions. Moreover, discussions and writing assignments involve concrete work or applications that relate to the proposal or actual work. That last trait made the course more meaningful to me. I was able to revise various sections of my draft and integrate the feedback I received from the instructor, my peers, my Chair, as well as apply the knowledge I gained in this course."