Ph.D. Dissertation Handbook

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Version: May 2005

0.1 - Copyright Page
0.2 - Preface
0.3 - Table of Contents
1.1 - Key Definitions
1.1.1 - Advancement to Candidacy
1.1.2 - Comprehensive Examination
1.1.3 - Concept Paper
1.1.4 - Continuous Enrollment
1.1.5 - Departmental Review
1.1.6 - Dissertation Committee
1.1.7 - Dissertation Proposal
1.1.8 - Electronic Learning Resource Center (ELRC)
1.1.9 - Ethics Committee /Institutional Review Board (IRB)
1.1.10 - Methodology
1.1.11 - Oral Defense
1.1.12 - Research Area
1.1.13 - Research Topic
1.1.14 - Satisfactory Academic Progress
1.2 - Understanding Dissertations
1.2.1 - What a Ph.D. Dissertation Is (and Isn’t)
1.2.2 - Selecting a Research Topic
1.3 - Understanding NCU’s Dissertation Process
1.3.1 - Macro- level Process Map
1.3.2 - Overview of Process Activities
1.3.3 - Detailed Process Map
1.4 - Dissertation Committees: Organization and Roles
1.4.1 - Establishing the Dissertation Committee
1.4.2 - Committee Communications
1.4.3 - Role of the Dissertation Committee Chair
1.4.4 - Working with the Dissertation Committee Chair
1.4.5 - Role of the Dissertation Committee Members
1.4.6 - Role of the External Reviewer
1.4.7 - Payment of Dissertation Committee Members
1.4.8 - Expected Review Cycles’ Durations
2.0.1 - Department Course Numbers and Suffixes
2.1 - Research Course Descriptions and Objectives
2.1.1 - RSH8951 - Research Questions, Constructs, and Design
2.1.2 - RSH8952 - Measurement of Constructs and Concept Paper
2.1.3 - RSH8953 – Design, Statistics, and Data Analysis
2.1.4 - RSH8954 – Research Ethics and Proposal
2.1.5 - DIS9007 - Doctoral Dissertation Proposal - Continuation of
2.1.6 - DIS9017 - Doctoral Dissertation Data - Continuation of DIS9007
2.1.7 - DIS9027 - Doctoral Dissertation Defense
3.1 - Introduction
3.2 - Statement of the Research Problem
3.3 - Definition of Key Terms
3.4 - Brief Overview of Related Literature
3.5 - Methodology
3.6 - Annotated Bibliography
4.1 - Introduction or Overview
4.1.1 - Statement of Problem
4.1.2 - Definition of Key Terms
4.1.3 - Brief Review of Related Literature
4.1.4 - Highlights and Limitations of Methodology
4.1.5 - Research Expectations
4.2 - Review of Related Literature
4.3 - Methodology
4.3.1 - Overview
4.3.2 - Restatement of the Problem
4.3.3 - Statement of Hypotheses
4.3.4 - Description of Research Design
4.3.5 - Operational Definition of Constructs and Key Variables
4.3.6 - Description of Materials and Instruments
4.3.7 - Selection of Subjects
4.3.8 - Procedures
4.3.9 - Discussion of Data Processing
4.3.10 - Methodological Assumptions and Limitations
4.3.11 - Ethical Assurances
4.4 - References
4.5 - Appendices
5.1 - Overview
5.2 - Findings
5.3 - Analysis and Evaluation of Findings
5.4 - Summary
6.1 - Summary
6.2 - Conclusions
6.3 - Recommendations
6.4 - References
6.5 - Appendices
9.1 - Construction
9.10 - Dissertations
9.11 - Electronic Sources
9.11.1 - Article on a web page.
9.11.2 - Article retrieved from a database.
9.11.3 - Web page
9.12 - Common Mistakes on References
9.12.1 - Article Titles
9.12.2 - Author’s initials
9.12.3 - City with no state or country
9.12.4 - Editions
9.12.5 - Editors
9.12.6 - Electronic Resources
9.12.7 - Hanging Indent
9.12.8 - Journal Volume Number, Issue, and Page Numbers
9.12.9 - Material Not Dated
9.12.10 - State Name for Publisher’s Location
9.12.11 - URL Address
9.13 - Sample Page Formats.
9.13.1 - Sample Title Page
9.13.2 - Sample Copyright Notice
9.13.3 - Sample Copyright Release Agreement
9.13.4 - Sample Dissertation Abstract
9.13.5 - Sample Approval Page
9.13.6 - Sample Table of Contents
9.13.7 - Sample Reference Page
9.2 - Technical Specifications
9.2.1 - Print
9.2.2 - Reproduction
9.2.3 - Paper
9.2.4 - Copying Procedures
9.2.5 - Electronic Submission
9.3 - Format
9.3.1 - Margins
9.3.2 - Text Spacing
9.3.3 - Font Style and Size
9.3.4 - Page Numbers
9.3.5 - Section Headings
9.3.6 - Abstract Specifications
9.3.7 - Table of Contents
9.3.8 - References
9.4 - Tables, Charts & Photographs
9.4.1 - Tables and Charts/Figures
9.4.2 - Photographs
9.5 - Arrangement
9.6 - Publishing Requirements
9.6.1 - Submission
9.6.2 - Copyrighting of Dissertations
9.6.3 - Publishing of Dissertations
9.6.4 - Regulations Regarding Joint Authorship
9.6.5 - Published Articles in Dissertations
9.6.6 - Release Agreement
9.7 - Common Grammatical Mistakes
9.7.1 - Articles within a Paper
9.7.2 - Hyphens
9.7.3 - In-text Citations
9.7.4 - Journals, Books, Etc. within a Paper
9.7.5 - Numbers
9.7.6 - Years
9.8 - Articles
9.8.1 - Articles
9.8.2 - Articles retrieved from a database.
9.9 - Books
9.9.1 - Books
9.9.2 - Book Chapters
9.9.3 - Books that have been edited
11.1 Appendix A - Ethics Committee Approvals and Approval Application Forma
11.1.01 Appendix A Exhibit 1 - Application for Approval for the Non-Use of Animals or Humans
11.1.02 Appendix A Exhibit 2 - Application for Approval for the Use of Animals or Humans
11.1.03 Appendix A Exhibit 3 - Informed Consent Guidelines
11.1.04 Appendix A Exhibit 4 - Example I: Sample Informed Consent Form for Research Project
11.1.05 Appendix A Exhibit 5 - Example II: Sample Informed Consent Form for Interview Project
11.2 Appendix B - Checklists for Evaluating Proposals and Dissertations
11.2. 04 Appendix B Exhibit 4 - Assessment of Oral Defense
11.2.01 Appendix B Exhibit 1 - Guidelines for Proposal and Dissertations Evaluations
11.2.02 Appendix B Exhibit 2 - Dissertation Proposal Assessment and Review Form
11.2.03 Appendix B Exhibit 3 - Assessment of Dissertation
11.2.05 Appendix B Exhibit 5 - Acceptance of Dissertation
11.3 Appendix C - Dissertation Content Checklist
11.4 Appendix D - External Reviewer Agreement of Participation Form
12.1 - Appendix E: Pre-Dissertation Review Form
12.2 - Appendix F: Doctoral Candidacy Letter
12.3 - Appendix G: Evaluating Proposals and Dissertations
12.3.1 - Guidelines for Evaluation
12.3.2 - Dissertation Proposal Assessment and Review Form
12.3.3 - Assessment of Dissertation and Oral Defense
12.4 - Appendix H: Dissertation Content Checklist
12.5 - Appendix I: External Reviewer Forms
12.6 - Appendix J: Oral Defense Proctor Form

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00.1 - Copyright Page

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00.2 - Preface

Access to this Ph.D. Dissertation Handbook on the NCU website is made available to all Learners and mentors of Northcentral University at no cost.  The contents of the document are copyrighted by NCU and are meant only for the guidance of our doctorate Learners and mentors.  All other use is prohibited.

The intent of this handbook is to provide Learners and mentors with a common understanding of NCU’s Dissertation Process, and with a consistent set of guidelines for the format and production of the dissertation.  The version of the Handbook to be used depends on the dissertation course sequence in which the Learner is enrolled.  If changes in the course sequence or revisions of the Handbook are made during the writing of a dissertation, please contact the department chair to determine whether previous formatting or other specifications may continue to be used.

Learners enrolled in the RSH895X courses (courses 1-4) use this 2005 revision, downloadable from: http://learners.ncu.edu/handbooks.asp 

Learners enrolled in the RSH890 course (6-modules A-F or 4-modules A-D) use the version downloadable from:

http://learners.ncu.edu/dissertation_handbook/dissertation_handbook.htm  

Learners in the RSH897/898 dissertation courses use the version downloadable from: 

http://mentors.ncu.edu/dissertation_handbook/01_table_of_contents.asp

00.3 - Table of Contents

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