Develop a Winning Research Paper and Academic Writing
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Develop a Winning Research Paper and Academic Writing

Learn to develop a research topic, theoretical foundation, academic writing and manage your research supervisors
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Last updated 10/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • How to develop and write an effective and rewarding research topic.
  • Substantially increase the quality of your academic writing.
  • How to develop and write an evidence-based theoretical framework.
Requirements
  • Basic understanding of the academic research process.
Description

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About This Course

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One of the most challenging yet rewarding academic experiences that one can accomplish is earning a doctoral degree.  However, many doctoral students - especially those in fully or partial online programs - struggle with the early stages of developing their dissertation.

It is extremely important to plan your dissertation study with an end goal in mind because decisions that you make during these early stages can, and likely will, have an impact on later stages of your dissertation project.  This course is designed for students and professional researchers who are in the pre-proposal stage of their dissertation project.  This could mean that you will sometime soon formally begin to develop your study, or it could be that you have recently started your study but are still in the development stages.  However, the course is not limited to those who are in a doctoral program or who are conducting a dissertation project.  Others who will find the course to be helpful include undergraduate students, early career researchers, and those who wish to learn about the process of conducting and writing about rigorous research studies.

In addition to the technical skills, here is what you will get from the course:

* Develop more meaningful writing content

* Write with much improved academic quality

* Save time by doing your work correctly from the start

This course contains a great amount of detail and was designed to give you step-by-step examples for everything from determining your research topic to becoming a great academic writer that will surely impress your colleagues and committee.  With our lectures we also provide the PowerPoint slides and other very helpful supporting materials that you can download to use for your own dissertation or research project.

Who this course is for:
  • Doctoral students in both online and traditional programs who are conducting a dissertation research project.
  • Early career researchers.
  • Undergraduate or Masters students who are beginning to conduct independent research.
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 03:42:06
+ Developing a Dissertation or Research Topic
3 lectures 44:24

Learning goals for this course include:

  1. Factors to consider when developing an evidence-based research or dissertation topic.

  2. Understanding potential obstacles for developing a dissertation topic.

  3. Identifying the audience for your final project.

  4. Effectively communicating with your research supervisor(s).

Learning topics Part 1 include:

  • Why it is important to do this quality work early in the process.

  • Exploring your general interest in a dissertation or research topic.

Be sure to download the learning materials:

  • PowerPoint slides

  • Bulleted outline of the Lecture's 3 modules

  • Worksheet for writing out your ideas for developing a research topic

Preview 09:34

Learning goals for this course include:

  1. Factors to consider when developing an evidence-based research or dissertation topic.

  2. Understanding potential obstacles for developing a dissertation topic.

  3. Identifying the audience for your final project.

  4. Effectively communicating with your research supervisor(s).

Learning topics in Part 2 include:

  • Defining the reason(s) for your interest in a research topic.

  • Potential challenges when developing a dissertation research topic.

  • Consideration of your current knowledge and experience when developing or selecting a research topic.

  • Solving a problem within your topic of interest.

Be sure to see Part 1 for:

  • PowerPoint slides

  • Bulleted outline of the Lecture's 3 modules

  • Worksheet for writing out your ideas for developing a research topic

Preview 13:29

Learning goals for this course include:

  1. Factors to consider when developing an evidence-based research or dissertation topic.

  2. Understanding potential obstacles for developing a dissertation topic.

  3. Identifying the audience for your final project.

  4. Effectively communicating with your research supervisor(s).

Learning topics in Part 3 include:

  • Developing initial research questions regarding your topic of interest

  • Where to get more information about your topic idea.

  • Knowing your audience and why it's important at this stage.

  • Effectively working with your dissertation supervisor(s).

  • Drafting a 300-400 word evidence-based research topic.

  • Review of this three-part module.

Be sure to see Part 1 for:

  • PowerPoint slides

  • Bulleted outline of the Lecture's 3 modules

  • Worksheet for writing out your ideas for developing a research topic

Part 3: Getting Information, Knowing Your Audience, Working With Your Chair
21:21
+ Early Dissertation Writing - Becoming a Quality Academic Writer
3 lectures 01:48:42

Learning topics in Part 1 include:

  • Proper in-text citing (APA Focus).

  • Navigating and using features of Google Scholar.

  • Understanding features and benefits of reference management software.

  • Inserting citations and references from reference management software.

  • Understand some changes to the APA 7th Edition writing manual.

Downloadable resources:

  • PowerPoint for Parts 1-3

  • MS Word outline for Part 1

Part 1: Citing, Referencing, Reference Management Software
31:33

Learning topics in Part 2 include:

  • Identifying and correct 20 common academic writing errors.

Downloadable resources for Part 2:

  • MS Word outline for Part 2

Part 2: 20 Writing Errors and How To Fix Them
43:36

Learning topics in Part 3 include:

  • Understanding heading levels in APA manuscripts.

  • Structure of APA manuscripts.

  • APA guidelines for Tables.

  • APA guidelines for Figures.

Downloadable resources for Part 3:

  • MS Word outline for Part 3

Part 3: Dissertation and Writing Style Guide (APA Focus)
33:33
+ Developing Your Theoretical Framework
3 lectures 57:17

Learning topics in Part 1 include:

  • Defining Theory and Theoretical Framework.

  • The role and importance of Theoretical Framework in your dissertation.

  • Quality of measures used to assess your Theory of interest.

Downloadable resources:

  • PowerPoint slides for Parts 1-3

  • Bulleted outline of Parts 1-3

  • Worksheet for writing out your ideas about theoretical foundation

Part 1: Defining Theoretical Framework, Identifying Theories, Selecting Measures
19:15

Learning topics in Part 2 include:

  • Selecting appropriate evidence-based measures for your theory.

  • Overview of major and specific theories to include in your dissertation.

Be sure to see Part 1 for downloadable:

  • PowerPoint slides

  • Bulleted outline of the Lecture's 3 Parts

  • Worksheet for writing out your ideas about theoretical foundation

Part 2: Potential Theories to Include in Your Study or Dissertation
21:01

Learning topics in Part 3 include:

  • Selecting appropriate evidence-based measures for your theory.

  • Incorporating your theory into your statistical analysis plan.

Be sure to see Part 1 for downloadable:

  • PowerPoint slides

  • Bulleted outline of the Lecture's 3 Parts

  • Worksheet for writing out your ideas about theoretical foundation

Part 3: Incorporating Theory into Your Analysis Plan
17:01