CAEX 8100/8105: Preproposal Doctoral Writing Workshop

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SKIL 8100/8105:
Preproposal Doctoral Writing Workshop

The Preproposal Doctoral Writing Workshop is a 0 credit, 6-week course for doctoral students about to start working on their premise or prospectus and need writing guidance and support.


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

Workshop Information

Course Description

Doctoral students who are transitioning from coursework to preproposal but find themselves needing additional structure and writing guidance should take this small-group workshop. A “preproposal” 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 or prospectus form, 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 advancing their preproposal document, practice important research and drafting skills, 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 preproposal 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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Course Outcomes
  • Week 1: Introduction and Program Requirements
  • Week 2: Supporting Literature and Evidence of Gap
  • Week 3: Problem Statement
  • Week 4: Purpose and Framework
  • Week 5: Research Questions/Hypotheses, Nature of the Study/Methodology/Design, and Significance
  • Week 6: Becoming an Independent Scholar
Register for a SKIL course or workshop

To Register for any SKIL course or workshop, contact your Student Success Advisor.

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Term Dates

Quarter Term Dates

SKIL 8100
0 credits, 6 weeks​

Semester Term Dates

SKIL 8105
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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"I appreciated having an alternate professor offer additional feedback to my assignments.  This confirmed and gave me confidence that my work product is not off base."



"The resources will be of great assistance moving forward. I am very glad I took this course approx. 3 months before the prospectus course."



"The course was beneficial. It helps with critical thinking and how to analyze thoughts before writing. It helps with organization and consistency in following the train of ideas received to strengthen writing to flow as pertains to the topic. This course should be recommended as a stepping stone for struggling writers as often as possible."