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SPST699 - Space Studies Capstone

Course Details

Course Code: SPST699 Course ID: 3965 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Preparation for the Master of Science in Space Studies Thesis begins on day one of a student's graduate program of study. The theories, research methods, analytical skills, and substantive knowledge obtained through the Space Studies curriculum provide the basis for the thesis project. In this course, instructors guide students through the thesis process. Students are expected to submit all required components of the research process, including a thesis proposal. The thesis proposal must provide a clear description of a contestable question or problem and a proposed method of answering the question or solving the problem. The thesis requires students to present an original argument using proper academic writing conventions including carefully documented primary and/or secondary sources. Guidance on the format of the thesis and proposal are contained in the APUS End of Program Manual. NOTE: This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA. THIS COURSE IS 16 WEEKS.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 08/25/19 Spring 2019 Session K 16 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 09/22/19 Spring 2019 Session C 16 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 10/20/19 Summer 2019 Session A 16 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 11/24/19 Summer 2019 Session K 16 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 12/22/19 Summer 2019 Session C 16 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session A 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to

  • Describe the components of a thesis
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and conduct an original research project
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply and improve qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and use appropriate scholarly resources in the development of the thesis
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently with the help of a faculty advisor
  • Demonstrate, through effective written communication, the independent research and the results to defend the chosen thesis topic

Grades for this course will be based on the final thesis.

Forums

There are eight forums assigned over the course of the 16 week class; together, these constitute 10% of your grade. Please note that for each forum, the initial post will be due by Wednesday evening and two responses will be due by Sunday evening.

Quiz

Please complete the quiz "Are you ready to write a thesis?" Although not graded, the quiz will help get things moving along.

Weekly Forums

There are a number of other forums that you will be required to post in. These are not weekly, but are coordinated to help you as you work on the different sections of your thesis paper. Forums are due in week 2, week 3, week 5, week 7, week 14, week 15, and week 16. Please remember that your initial posts must be at least 250 words to meet the APUS-wide requirement. Details about each forum are in the description at the top of the forum. Combined, forums count for 10% of your grade in the course.

Thesis Proposal

The thesis proposal is required however it is not included in the overall grade. Any topic related to space is acceptable. However you'll need to present your idea in a thesis proposal. Use the example in the End of Program Manual. Once your topic has been approved (annotated in the feedback area of the thesis proposal assignment or through an individual message), start researching and writing!

Literature Review

The literature review is required and will become a section of your thesis. The review will not be graded separately, but you are required to submit it at the end of week 7 for feedback. Use the example in the End of Program Manual.

Theoretical Framework/Approach

The Theoretical Framework/Approach is required and will become a section of your thesis. The review will not be graded separately, but you are required to submit it at the end of week 8 for feedback. Use the example in the End of Program Manual.

Methodology

The methodology is required and will become a section of your thesis. The review will not be graded separately, but you are required to submit it at the end of week 9 for feedback. Use the example in the End of Program Manual.

Findings/Results/Discussion

The findings/results/discussion section is required and will become a section of your thesis. The review will not be graded separately, but you are required to submit it at the end of week 10 for feedback. Use the example in the End of Program Manual.

Abstract:

The Abstract is required and will become a section of your thesis. The review will not be graded separately, but you are required to submit it at the end of week 11 for feedback. Use the example in the End of Program Manual.

Thesis Draft

The thesis draft is required however it is not included in the overall grade. Provide a draft of your thesis one month prior to the thesis due date to allow adequate time for the professor to provide feedback and necessary vectors.

Thesis for Evaluation

The thesis is due by the last day of the course and is 90% of your overall grade. The thesis will be graded against the rubric located in the resources area of the classroom.

All assignments in this course are given to you prior to the due date. The “due date” for all assignments is the week in which the assignment is due. For the purposes of this course, a “week” is defined as the time period between Monday–Sunday. The first week begins on the first day of the semester and ends at 11:59 PM EST the following Sunday.

NameGrade %
Forum 10.00 %
Week 1 Forum 1.25 %
Week 2 Forum 1.25 %
Week 3 Forum 1.25 %
Week 5 Forum 1.25 %
Week 7 Forum 1.25 %
Week 14 Forum 1.25 %
Week 15 Forum 1.25 %
Week 16 Forum 1.25 %
Capstone Project 90.00 %
Thesis 90.00 %

This course is based on the EOP manual, which is available in the APUS library.

Additional internet resources are linked in the lessons and forums.

Book Title:The required materials for this course will be changing for future sessions. All materials will be available online, located inside the Lessons section of your classroom. Please email booklist@apus.edu for confirmation of the start month.
ISBN:APUPOTI4
Book Title:Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches, 5th ed.
ISBN:9781506386706
Publication Info:Saylor Foundation
Author:Creswell, J.
Unit Cost:$69.32

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.