Milestone 2: Data Analysis Draft
Work with your dissertation chair to determine any specific instructions or guidance that he or she may have for you.
Now that you have collected the data for your study, it is time to demonstrate doctoral ability to analyze the data. For a quantitative study, you will complete the descriptive and inferential statistical tests. For a qualitative study, you will likely complete some type of coding (although note that the emergent nature of qualitative research means that data analysis happens throughout the process).
Using the Dissertation Template for BUS8115and BUS8120, draft the initial data examination and statistical analysis section of chapter 4. Depending on your study, you may or may not use the provided terminology (in the template) for your headings. Check with your dissertation chair for advice.
Note: You will use the same template document for both BUS8115 and BUS8120.
Your objective for this task is to do your analysis and start reporting your findings succinctly. You should expect several iterations of feedback with your dissertation chair. Your dissertation chair will assess this task as complete when he or she concludes that you have conducted all the necessary analysis and have drafted clear and accurate findings. The analysis does not have to be in completely finished form (next task), but it needs to be well developed, with only minor revisions required.
Important note: Dissertation writing is highly recursive. As you write material in one section, you may need to make some adjustments or additions in other sections in order to build a cohesive document. Your analysis and reporting of data might necessitate some updates to chapters 1 and 3 of your dissertation.
- Submit a draft of your analysis.
- Use APA style in preparing your paper and citing references.
- Post the paper to the Milestone 2 Submissions Area.
- Notify your dissertation chair (e.g., via e-mail) when you have submitted the paper.
Note: A successful dissertation requires self-directed behaviors. To successfully pass each dissertation course, you must successfully complete (pass) each milestone presented in the course materials. Additionally, you must complete the milestones in the order they are presented in the course. The tasks in some milestones may take you more than a week to complete. Finish each milestone before you move on to the next milestone. In your planning, also allow time for feedback from your dissertation chair/committee and revisions as part of completing each task.