Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Discussion

Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Discussion

Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis Discussion


Once you have chosen a topic, this Discussion provides the opportunity to share with your classmates your choice of topic that you have identified.

For this Discussion, you will examine your process for deciding on a research topic, including the critical thinking involved, and describe the topic that will become the focus for your Capstone Project.


  • Consider a topic of interest related to your MS program.
  • Review the Learning Resources for this week, especially those related to choosing a topic and narrowing your search.
  • Search the Walden University Library and/or internet and complete a preliminary search in the academic literature to make sure there are scholarly sources, current peer-reviewed journal articles, about this topic.

Post a brief summary of your topic. Support your information with citations to the research literature about your topic. Briefly explain why you selected the topic and the relevance to your MS program.


You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.

Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

Likewise, large type, large margins, large indentations, triple-spacing, increased leading (space between lines), increased kerning (space between letters), and any other such attempts at “padding” to increase the length of a paper are unacceptable, wasteful of trees, and will not fool your professor.

The paper must be neatly formatted, double-spaced with a one-inch margin on the top, bottom, and sides of each page. When submitting hard copy, be sure to use white paper and print out using dark ink. If it is hard to read your essay, it will also be hard to follow your argument.