Graduate Counselling and Applied Psychology (GCAP) 697

Thesis II (Revision 2)


Delivery Mode: Paced study; online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Graduate Studies

Prerequisite: GCAP 696 and permission of the program

Faculty: Faculty of Health Disciplines

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GCAP 697 Thesis II: Conducting, Writing and Dissemination of Research is the second thesis course. In this 12-month 3 credit course students will actively engage in the research process, write the thesis and be examined on the thesis. If the requirements of GCAP 697 are not completed by the end of the course, students will be permitted a continuation of up to 12 months in which to complete course requirements. A continuation fee equivalent to one course registration will apply. Program fees will also apply.

In order to achieve the goal of completing the thesis, students will:

  • Obtain ethical approval to conduct thesis research, from the Athabasca University Research Ethics Board and any other appropriate approval bodies. Ethical approval must be obtained prior to data collection.
  • Engage in data collection and analysis.
  • Receive approval of the final thesis (that is, a "Pass" in adjudication of the thesis by a thesis examination committee).
  • Receive a "Pass" on the oral thesis examination.
  • Submit the approved thesis electronically to the thesis repository.


GCAP 697 is organized in a seminar (not weekly)-based format in which thesis students can participate in online discussions in a Moodle workspace about their research and the thesis process, with fellow students and their supervisory committees, if so arranged in advance with your supervisor. As well, a private Moodle workspace is available for communication between each student and his/her supervisor. GCAP 697 is an asynchronous, unpaced online course. This means that there is no predetermined time when students must log in to complete course work. Please note that the use of Moodle for Thesis II is entirely at the discretion of your supervisor.

Course Evaluation

A final grade (pass/fail) for GCAP 697 will be assigned after the approved thesis has been submitted to the thesis repository.

Other Information

Students with a disability, who require academic accommodation, need to register with the Access to Students with Disabilities Centre at Athabasca University. Notification of the need for academic accommodation must normally be provided to the program office no later than fourteen (14) days prior to the first day of class. It is the student's responsibility to register with the Disability Centre to request academic accommodation if required and to notify the instructor that such accommodation has been requested. Every reasonable effort will be made to accommodate individual student needs. However, because GCAP courses are paced, all student are required to participate weekly in the online discussion forums. There are also several courses where online exams are required.

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice.

Opened in Revision 2, 2013.