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Elizabeth A. Sheppard
ENV H 583
Seattle Campus

Thesis Research Proposal Preparation

Includes reviewing components of research proposals and practicing writing and developing effective aims, hypotheses, background materials, and analytic strategies for writing theses and presenting at scientific meetings. Offered: Sp.

Class description

The main goal of this 1-credit hour class is to help Master's degree students develop some of the skills required for successfully completing the Master's Thesis. During this quarter, students will develop a proposal. Students will also serve on a "study section" to critique the proposals of their peers.

Student learning goals

Identify and create the key components of a research proposal

Demonstrate the ability to conduct literature reviews and gather the critical scientific information related to your research proposal

Demonstrate writing skills by writing, a clear, concise research proposal with scientifically defensible aims, methods and conclusions

Develop the skills to objectively review and write a scientific critique of a colleague’s proposal

Describe the important concepts related to using human subjects in scientific research

Describe the underlying concepts and principles of scientific misconduct and plagiarism

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Written thesis proposal drafts, reflections, and critiques

Completion of assigned work


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Elizabeth A. Sheppard
Date: 03/28/2012