Each student in the MN Program at the UW Tacoma School of Nursing and Healthcare Leadership will complete a scholarly inquiry requirement by one of the three options (each option is described in detail below):
To assist students in developing their scholarly inquiry project or thesis, a one-credit seminar (TNURS 597) is offered each Spring Quarter. The seminar covers how to choose the supervisory committee and project or thesis proposal development. Specific information about these three options is below. Students that choose the course work option for scholarly inquiry will take six credits of 500-level courses and should not take the TNURS 597 Seminar.
Describe how completing these courses and potential course activities might constitute scholarly inquiry (use each course description and course objectives to guide your response)
Include criteria for the culminating paper
Requirements of the culminating paper:
Describe in detail the two additional courses taken, how these courses enabled the student to specifically meet one or more of curriculum option learning outcomes and one or more MN program goals
Explain how the coursework reflects scholarly inquiry activity (e.g., what research was conducted? What evidence was acquired? Was a concept analyzed or researched? Were evidence-based best practices identified?)
Describe how coursework will be integrated with future professional goals
Student must enroll in 1 credit of TNURS 596 in order to have the culminating paper evaluated by the committee; should be completed in the final quarter at UWT
Student must submit one copy of the culminating paper with title page to the Chair for approval.
All graduating students must complete the end of program survey. Students should be aware that they will take two, 500-level courses (minimum of three credits each) and 1 credit of TNURS 596, for a total of 7 credits. Students must take the courses for a grade and achieve a grade of 2.7 or higher. The student’s supervisory committee determines the format of the final examination, a requirement of the University of Washington Graduate School. Public presentation of coursework option at discretion of supervisory committee
Created by MNC; approved by UW Tacoma Nursing faculty May 2008; revised and approved Oct 22, 2013
The proposal or plan for thesis must be approved by the supervisory committee prior to the student beginning activities (or course work) to fulfill the plan. A master’s thesis requires the student to work with his or her supervisory committee in developing the research proposal.
If the thesis involves the collection of data from or about human subjects, a human subjects application is required. (See Information on human subjects.)
During the working phase of the thesis, students and faculty maintain close contact with meetings, phone calls, or e-mails. The frequency and nature of contact varies depending on the student’s need and the faculty involved. Faculty expect students to contact them regularly about their progress.
Once a student has a committee and is enrolled TNURS 700 (thesis), student must remain continuously enrolled (AUT, WIN, SPR) in TNURS 700 until graduation, unless the student has obtained on-leave status from the UW Graduate School.
Steps for the final approval of the thesis
Each student should discuss with his or her committee chair the final product for the thesis and the final exam. Begin this process early, as it is common to have multiple drafts of papers that must be reviewed.
Once the thesis is nearing completion, the student will present drafts of the manuscript to the supervisory committee chair. Students should allow at least two weeks for the chair to read the paper and provide feedback. The decision to give materials to other member(s) of the committee is a shared decision by the student and the chair.
The supervisory committee approves the thesis prior to the final examination of the student (see "Final Examination for Master's Degree"). All committee members must have a final copy of the thesis two weeks before the final exam.
If the student is engaged in research with data from or about human subjects, the student should retain all signed consent forms for the time specified by UW Human Subjects.
The thesis MUST be approved by the supervisory committee and each title page signed (original signature) by the chair of the committee.
The student should turn in one spiral bound copy (with a clear plastic cover) of the thesis to the Graduate Program Advisor. Students should also give each member of the supervisory committee a bound copy. (NOTE: For thesis requirements, additional copies are required as noted below.)
All graduating students must complete the end of program survey.