How do I prepare for my proposal conference call?

by | April 29, 2012

Podcast Description: Milestone 7 is defense of your dissertation proposal. It is the time when your entire committee gathers to learn more about and ask you questions on your first three chapters of your dissertation.

Transcript: The following presentation is a production of Capella University and is not intended for commercial use.

Welcome to another topic in a series of podcasts regarding aspects of the comprehensive exam and dissertation process.

After IRB approval, you move to milestone 7 in which your goal is to successfully defend your dissertation proposal and IRB. This is a time when you will meet with your mentor and committee members to share information about your first three chapters. This podcast explains how to prepare for the conference call.

You will need to do these things:

First, schedule time for a conference call with your dissertation committee. Set up the conference call with a vendor. A preferred vendor list is available on iGuide and in your 9920 courseroom. Make sure you communicate conference call information to your committee members in a timely manner and send them complete and clear instructions on how to access the meeting.

Second, conduct a planning conference with your mentor at least one week before the call. This planning meeting with your mentor will help to ensure your success in the defense. Ask your mentor what content to include and what kinds of questions your committee is likely to ask you. That way, you can plan for them and have some information at the ready. Ask your mentor if he or she requires a PowerPoint to be sent to your committee members before the conference call date. The PowerPoint will help guide the discussion.

During the conference call, work through each of your three chapters. You may wish to highlight these topics:

1. The objectives of the conference call, which include…
2. The purpose of the study
3. The main research question
4. Significance of the study
5. The problem being investigated
6. A report on the literature review in terms of the conceptual framework of the study, how it sets the study in the context of existing literature, and how it informs the design of the methodology of the study
7. Plan and rationale for the research methodology and design
8. A presentation of any critical issues on the study and how they will be addressed
9. A time for questions and answers

The committee will approve your proposal, or it may ask you to revise your proposal or IRB according to feedback that your committee shares. The collaborative nature of the conference call may elicit new ideas and actually strengthen your proposal.

If you pass the proposal defense, your mentor will submit the Milestone Completion Form that indicates you have completed the Proposal Conference Call. Then, you will move to dissertation milestone 8—gathering your data and writing Chapter 4.

Capella receives notification of proposal conference call completion and will update your milestone transcript. At this time, the next milestone bundle will be released to you and your mentor. This bundle consists of milestone 8 (mentor provides preliminary approval of Chapter 4) and milestone 9 (mentor provides preliminary approval of Chapter 5 and the full dissertation).

Remember, you bring unique circumstances to your doctoral journey. Follow-up with your doctoral advisor for clarification and additional information about the dissertation process.

This presentation has been brought to you by Capella University and may not be re-transmitted or used for any commercial purpose without the expressed written consent of Capella University.

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