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Unit 10 Track 1 Final Assignments and Preparing for Track 2
INTRODUCTION
Congratulations! It is time now to wrap up the Dissertation Research Seminar – Track 1 final assignments. Up to this point, you have worked through activities with a broad focus in order to develop your skills as a scholar-practitioner, critical thinker, independent researcher, and professional communicator. You have received valuable feedback from your peers, your instructor, and from self-assessment activities throughout the course. With that feedback and self-assessment insight, you have a clear understanding of your strengths and areas that need continued improvement. In this unit, you will complete the Track 1 Final Assignments.

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OBJECTIVES
To successfully complete this learning unit, you will be expected to:

Demonstrate personal development in basic research skills by completing a paper describing a specific research topic that includes a summary of the literature review developed to date, a well-crafted problem statement, and a description of how the study will advance the science in one’s chosen specialization.
Create a plan for further development by determining steps for deepening and broadening the literature review on a selected topic, planning for refining the problem statement, and determining resources to be utilized to improve research skills.
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[u10s1] Unit 10 Study 1
Drafting Your Assignment
You are required to submit your Final Track 1 Assignment to SafeAssign prior to submitting it to the courseroom assignment area. Use the SafeAssign Draft option to check your writing and ensure that you have paraphrased, quoted, and cited your sources appropriately. Run a SafeAssign report, saving your paper as a draft. Based on your SafeAssign results, make any necessary changes to your paper before submitting your final assignment to your instructor for grading.

Please review the Academic Honesty Policy in the resources.

What is the SafeAssign Source Matching Tool?
SafeAssign supports the development of your skills in preparing written coursework—both discussions and assignments. Each submission generates a report to help ensure that you have used outside sources ethically and effectively. By submitting work to SafeAssign as drafts, you can make revisions before submitting final work for grading. The SafeAssign source matching tool is available via a link in the courseroom.

Visit SafeAssign on Campus to see more information and instructions for using SafeAssign.

Resources
Academic Honesty Policy.
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[u10a1] Unit 10 Assignment 1
Track 1 Final Assignment
Assignment Context
Over the course of your Track 1 experience, you:

Identified a research topic.
Developed a problem statement.
Identified potential theoretical and practical implications for your topic.
Considered ethical implications for your identified population.
Assignment Instructions
Through an iterative process, you developed and refined an early draft of sections of your research plan. You presented your research plan in the final session of the residency. For this assignment, please analyze the feedback that you received in the courseroom and the final Residency session, integrate relevant recommendations, refine your work, and complete the following sections of your Dissertation Research Plan, using the Track 1 Final Assignment Template, provided in the resources.

1.1 Research Topic
1.2 Research Problem.
2.1 Research Problem Background.
3.1 Theoretical Foundations.
3.2 Contributions to Theory.
3.3 Theoretical Implications.
3.4 Practical Implications.
4.3 Ethical Considerations
6. References.
Review the Track 1 Final Assessment Scoring Guide to ensure that you address all grading criteria for this assignment. Your instructor will also use the scoring guide to provide you with feedback that can inform your current development stage of your dissertation and the areas that you should focus on between the Track 1 and Track 2 Dissertation Research Seminars. Review the Faculty Expectations discussion for any changes to due date information. Submit your assignment by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CST, at the end of Week 5. Late submissions may result in no credit for Track 1.

Important: You must receive a minimum of 70% on this assignment AND receive a Basic, Proficient or Distinguished performance evaluation on all grading criteria in this assignment in order to pass this course.

Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.

Resources
Track 1 Final Assignment Scoring Guide.
Track 1 Final Assignment Template.
The Writing Center – Graduate Resources.
Writing Feedback Tool.
Smarthinking.
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Track 1 Final Assignment Template

1.1 Research Topic (2 paragraphs)

FIRST PARAGRAPH: Describe the specific topic to be studied.

SECOND PARAGRAPH: Describe the significance of this topic to your program/field (e.g., Psychology, Counseling, Business, Technology, Public Service Leadership, Education, etc.) AND your specialization within your program.

The Research Topic should be correctly formed:

• The Research Topic should be appropriate for the specialization.
• The Research Topic should use appropriate language for key concepts/phenomena.
• The target population should be named
• The concepts should be appropriately focused.
Use current (within 5-7 years), scholarly, PRIMARY resources to support statements.

Use APA style in citing all resources.

1.2 Research Problem (1 Paragraph)

Write a brief statement that fully describes the problem being addressed.

In simplified terms, the research problem should take this form:
“The research literature on _________ indicates that we know ________, we know __________, but we do not know ______________.”
The Research Problem should be correctly stated:
 Existing literature and key findings should be summarized
 Gaps or problems in the existing literature should be clearly formulated
 The Research Problem should be explicitly stated, not implied.

Use current (within 5-7 years), scholarly, PRIMARY resources to support statements.

Use APA style in citing all resources.

2.1 Research Problem Background (3 paragraphs)
Provide a brief SUMMARY of your review of the research literature on the topic. This should include citations from at least 10 articles, but should indicate that you have performed a review of the literature on the topic. This should be demonstrated by providing a statement about the body of existing literature on the topic, then, summarizing recent research findings on the topic, highlighting the findings that are most relevant to your proposed study, demonstrating how your proposed research could add to the existing literature on the topic. Be sure to provide appropriate in text citations and include references in the reference section.

Note: The Research Plan requires a minimum of 75 articles. This is a Track 3 expectation. For Track 1, you only need 10. You will continue to build your literature review after you leave Track 1.
Use current (within 5-7 years), scholarly, PRIMARY resources to support statements.

Use APA style in citing all resources.
Note: This will not be your full dissertation literature review but an initial foundation. You will continue to add to your literature review throughout your dissertation process.

3.1 Theoretical Foundations

Briefly describe the primary theoretical basis for the study. Describe the major theory (or theories) that will serve as the lens through which you will view the research problem and research questions and provide any corresponding citations.

Note: The theoretical foundation should be a theory from your discipline that supports your topic. In doing so, certain constructs (explanatory ideas) from that theory would be used to support the research focus.
Use current (within 5-7 years), scholarly, PRIMARY resources to support statements.

Use APA style in citing all resources.

3.2 Contributions to Theory

Describe how your study will contribute to theory in your field by meeting one or more of these four criteria.

1. The study should generate new theory.

2. The study should refine or add to an existing theory.

3. The study should test to confirm or refute a theory.

4. The study should expand theory by telling us something new about application or processes
Use current (within 5-7 years), scholarly, PRIMARY resources to support statements.

Use APA style in citing all resources.

3.3 Theoretical Implications

Describe the theoretical implications you believe your study could have for your field AND your specialization area. This will be the theoretical framework(s) to be used in conceptualizing the study and analyzing the data.
Use current (within 5-7 years), scholarly, PRIMARY resources to support statements.

Use APA style in citing all resources.

3.4 Practical Implications

Please describe the specific practical implications that may result from this research that can be used by any or all of the following stakeholders: the population being studied, professionals for whom this topic pertains, and/or the wider community itself.
Use current (within 5-7 years), scholarly, PRIMARY resources to support statements.

Use APA style in citing all resources.

4.3 Ethical Considerations

Describe any ethical considerations given the sample, population, and/or topic.

Is the proposed population or research topic greater than minimal risk?

• If yes, has the researcher had a consultation with the IRB consultant?

• If yes, please include the IRB’s summarize the IRBs consultant’s response.

Use current (within 5-7 years), scholarly, PRIMARY resources to support statements.

Use APA style in citing all resources.

6. References

Provide a reference list for all of the articles cited in this assignment, following APA 6th edition formatting (see chapter 7 of the Publication Manual for examples). Use current (within 5-7 years), scholarly, PRIMARY resources to support statements.

Review the Track 1 Final Assignment Scoring Guide to ensure you meet all grading criteria. Review the assignment due date information provided in both the Syllabus and the Faculty Expectations discussion to effectively plan your time.

Track 1 Final Assignment Scoring Guide
Due Date: End of Unit 10
Percentage of Course Grade: 0%.

CRITERIA NON-PERFORMANCE BASIC PROFICIENT DISTINGUISHED
Describe the specific topic to be studied, the significance of this topic to your program/field (e.g., Psychology, Counseling and Human Services, Business, Technology, Public Service Leadership, Education, etc.) and specialization within the program. The research topic should be appropriate for your specialization, use appropriate language for key concepts/phenomena, name the target population, and the concepts should be appropriately focused.
9% Does not describe the specific topic to be studied and/or the significance of this topic to the program/field (e.g., Psychology, Counseling and Human Services, Business, Technology, Public Service Leadership, Education, etc.) and specialization within the program. Describes the specific topic to be studied, the significance of this topic to the program/field (e.g., Psychology, Counseling and Human Services, Business, Technology, Public Service Leadership, Education, etc.) and specialization within the program. The research topic is appropriate for the specialization, but one or more of the items is not clearly articulated: the research topic does not use appropriate language for key concepts/phenomena, the target population is not named, and/or the concepts are not appropriately focused. Clearly articulates the specific topic to be studied, the significance of this topic to the program/field (e.g., Psychology, Counseling and Human Services, Business, Technology, Public Service Leadership, Education, etc.) and specialization within the program. The research topic is correctly formed: the research topic is appropriate for the specialization and uses appropriate language for key concepts/phenomena, the target population is named, and the concepts are appropriately focused. Clearly and skillfully articulates the topic to be studied with accuracy, efficiency, and effectiveness. The significance of the topic to the program/field and specialization has potential to make a significant contribution to the literature. The research topic is correctly formatted: the research topic is appropriate for the specialization, the research topic uses appropriate language for key concepts/phenomena, the target population is named, and the concepts are appropriately focused.
Summarize existing literature and key findings; clearly formulate gaps or problems in the existing literature; and explicitly state, not imply, the research problem.
9% Does not summarize existing literature and key findings. Gaps or problems in the existing literature are not identified and/or the research problem is not identified. Summarizes existing literature and key findings. Gaps or problems in the existing literature are identified, but not clearly formulated, and/or the research problem is implied, but not explicitly stated. Clearly articulates the summary of the existing literature and key findings, gaps or problems in the existing literature are clearly formulated, and the research problem is explicitly stated, not implied. Clearly articulates the summary of the existing literature and key findings; gaps or problems in the existing literature and the research problem are highly sophisticated and tightly organized.
Summarize a review of the research literature on the topic demonstrated by a statement about the body of existing literature on the topic, a summary of recent research findings on the topic, the highlighting of findings relevant to the proposed study, and an explanation of how the proposed research will add to the existing literature on the topic.
9% Does not summarize a review of the research literature on the topic demonstrated by a statement about the body of existing literature on the topic, a summary of recent research findings on the topic, the highlighting of findings relevant to the proposed study, and an explanation of how the proposed research will add to the existing literature on the topic. Summarizes a review of the research literature on the topic, but one or more of the following is not clearly articulated: a statement about the body of existing literature on the topic, a summary of recent research findings on the topic, highlighted findings relevant to the proposed study, and/or an explanation of how the proposed research will add to the existing literature on the topic. Clearly articulates a summary of the review of the research literature on the topic demonstrated by a statement about the body of existing literature on the topic, a summary of recent research findings on the topic, the highlighting of findings relevant to the proposed study, and an explanation of how the proposed research will add to the existing literature on the topic. Clearly articulates a summary of the review of the research literature on the topic that is highly sophisticated and organized, demonstrated by statements about the body of existing literature on the topic, summaries of recent research findings on the topic, and the highlighting of findings providing compelling and accurate evidence that convinces the reader to agree with the supporting argument in the presentation of the background and with how the proposed research will make a significant contribution to the existing literature on the topic.
Describe the primary theoretical basis for the proposed study and the major theory (or theories) that will serve as the framework for identifying the research problem and developing research questions.
9% Does not describe the primary theoretical basis for the proposed study and/or the major theory (or theories) that will serve as the framework for identifying the research problem. Describes the primary theoretical basis for the proposed study and the major theory (or theories) that will serve as the framework for identifying the research problem. Clearly articulates the primary theoretical basis for the proposed study and the major theory (or theories) that will serve as the framework for identifying the research problem. Critically argues the theoretical basis for the proposed study and the major theory or theories that will serve as the framework for identifying the research problem and includes evaluations of competing theories and why the primary theory emerged as most relevant.
Describe how the proposed study will contribute to theory in the field by meeting one or more of the following criteria: the study should generate new theory, the study should refine or add to an existing theory, the study should test to confirm or refute a theory, and the study should expand theory by telling us something new about application or processes.
9% Does not describe how the proposed study will contribute to theory in the field by meeting at least one of the following criteria: the study should generate new theory, the study should refine or add to an existing theory, the study should test to confirm or refute a theory, and the study should expand theory by telling us something new about application or processes. Describes how the proposed study will contribute to theory in the field by meeting at least one of the following criteria: the study should generate new theory, the study should refine or add to an existing theory, the study should test to confirm or refute a theory, and the study should expand theory by telling us something new about application or processes. Clearly articulates how the proposed study will contribute to theory in the field by meeting at least one of the following criteria: the study should generate new theory, the study should refine or add to an existing theory, the study should test to confirm or refute a theory, and the study should expand theory by telling us something new about application or processes. Critically evaluates and clearly articulates the degree to which one or more of the following criteria will contribute to theory in the field: the study should generate new theory, the study should refine or add to an existing theory, the study should test to confirm or refute a theory, and the study should expand theory by telling us something new about application or processes.
Describe the theoretical implications the proposed study could have to your field and your specialization area.
9% Does not describe the theoretical implications the proposed study could have to the field or specialization area. Describes the theoretical implications the proposed study could have to the field or specialization area. Clearly articulates the theoretical implications the proposed study could have to the field or specialization area. Critically evaluates and clearly articulates the theoretical implications the proposed study could have to the field and specialization.
Describe the specific practical implications that may result from this research that can be used by any or all of the following stakeholders: the population being studied, professionals for whom this topic pertains, and the wider community itself.
9% Does not describe the specific practical implications that may result from this research that can be used by any or all of the following stakeholders: the population being studied, professionals for whom this topic pertains, and the wider community itself. Describes the specific, practical implications that may result from this research that can be used by any of the following stakeholders: the population being studied, professionals for whom this topic pertains, and the wider community itself. Clearly articulates the specific, practical implications that may result from this research that can be used by any of the following stakeholders: the population being studied, professionals for whom this topic pertains, and the wider community itself. Critically evaluates and clearly articulates the specific, practical implications that may result from this research that can be used by any of the following stakeholders: the population being studied, professionals for whom this topic pertains, and/or the wider community itself.
Describe the ethical considerations of the study given the sample, population, and topic.
9% Does not describe the ethical considerations given the sample, population, and topic. Describes the ethical considerations of the study given the sample, population, and topic. Clearly articulates an understanding of ethical considerations of the study given the sample, population, and topic. Clearly articulates a sophisticated understanding of ethical considerations of the study given the sample, population, and topic.
Provide a reference list for all of the articles cited, following APA 6th edition formatting and using current (within 5–7 years), scholarly, and primary resources to support statements.
9% Does not provide a reference list for all of the articles cited, follow APA 6th edition formatting, and/or use current (within 5-7 years), scholarly, and primary resources to support statements, or more than five errors are present. Provides a reference list for all of the articles cited, follows APA 6th edition formatting, uses current (within 5–7 years), scholarly, and primary resources to support statements. No more than five errors are present. Provides a reference list for all of the articles cited, follows APA 6th edition formatting, uses current (within 5–7 years), scholarly, and primary resources to support statements. No more than three errors are present. Provides a reference list that is accurate by both forward and backward comparisons, citations are formatted correctly, current (5–7 years) scholarly, peer-reviewed literature from leading journals in the professional literature (e.g. APA, Academy of Management). No errors are present.
Write in a sufficiently scholarly tone and make few editorial or mechanical (grammar, usage, typography, etc.) errors. (ALL)
9% Writes in an insufficiently scholarly tone and makes more than two editorial or mechanical errors per page. Writes in a sufficiently scholarly tone and makes no more than ten editorial or mechanical errors per five pages. Writes in a sufficiently scholarly tone and makes no more than five editorial or mechanical (grammar, usage, typography, etc.) errors. (ALL) Writes in a sufficiently scholarly tone and makes no editorial or mechanical (grammar, usage, typography, etc.) errors.
Adhere to APA 6th edition style and formatting rules.
10% Provides a document that contains more than ten errors in APA formatting. Provides a document that contains no more than ten errors in APA formatting. Provides a document that contains no more than five errors in APA formatting. Provides a document that contains no APA formatting errors.I sent three important items: the Assignment itself, the Assignment Templates and the Scoring Guides. And it would be about at most five pages which will include two paragraphs in section 1.1, section 1.2 one paragraph, section 2.1 3 paragraphs, sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 and 3.4 all will be one paragraph each and finally, section 4.3 will have two paragraphs. Then the reference page(s).  each paragraph has to be at least six or more sentences.  

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