410.871.01 | AY 2013-2014 - 2nd Term | 2 Credit(s)
M 1:30:00 PM
  • Contact Information
  • Course Learning Objectives

    Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Make progress on their dissertation proposals and discuss the dissertation proposal writing process
    • Build competencies for peer review and manuscript development that will enhance their proposal development skills
    • Demonstrate skills for oral presentation and defense of their research in both academic and professional settings
  • Course Description

    Acquaints doctoral students with the dissertation proposal and preparation for preliminary oral examination processes. Assists students in making progress on their own proposal through refinement of writing, literature synthesis and critique, and peer review skills. Each session focuses on a specific stage of proposal development for behavioral research including developing a comprehensive conceptual framework, formulating research questions and hypotheses, choosing appropriate study design and methodologies, identifying reliable and valid measures, developing a sound data analysis plan, and ensuring compliance with Human Subjects regulations. Reviews departmental and school-wide requirements for dissertation proposals and preliminary examinations. Discusses application of dissertation proposal and examination preparation skills to professional activities such as manuscript development and conference presentations.

  • Intended Audience

    HBS doctoral students

  • Methods of Assessment

    Grading Policy: Student evaluation will be based on class participation and attendance, individual presentations on proposal topics, written exercises, and initial draft of dissertation proposal.

    Grading Restrictions: Pass and Fail

  • Academic Ethics Code

    The code, discussed in the Policy and Procedure Memorandum for Students, March 31, 2002, will be adhered to in this class:

    Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.

  • Disability Support Services

    If you are a student with a documented disability who requires an academic accommodation, please contact Betty H. Addison in the Office of Student Life Services: baddison@jhsph.edu, 410-955-3034, or 2017 E. Monument Street.