College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Sport Administration and Leadership

Colloquium

  • The Colloquium is the culminating project for the MSAL program.

    There are two options within the Colloquium: the Applied Inquiry Option (SADL 5890) or the Research Option (SADL 5990). The Applied Inquiry Option focuses on consulting for a sport organization by evaluating four content areas and making recommendations for improvement in those four areas. The Research Option focuses on researching an area of the student's interest, collecting data, analyzing the data either quantitatively or qualitatively, and then presenting the results both orally and in writing. (See the course descriptions and each option area for more detailed information on each option.) Each student is required to choose one of the two options by the end of the third quarter, if not before. 

    Students must have completed at least 39 credits toward their degree before they can register for either Colloquium Option. Students are required to judge the colloquium preceding the colloquium during which they will present.

    Students register for the chosen option during the quarter that they will present even though they will start their projects before that quarter. See timelines and deadlines under each option.
     

    If the student chooses the Research Option, the student may always choose to switch to the Applied Inquiry Option at any time. If the student chooses the Applied Inquiry Option, the student may switch to the Research Option at any time; however, the student must take an approved statistics class before the student will be given permission to start on the research project.

    All questions should be directed to Galen Trail.   

    Advisor Assignment

    After the student has been approved for whichever option the student chose, the student may ask one of the following people to be the colloquium advisor. However, the advisor may decline because he or she either already have too many advisees or he or she does not have the expertise to help the student in the area in which the student would like to focus the project.

    After an advisor has agreed to advise the student, the student needs to inform Dr. Trail. Information on the two options can be accessed by clicking on either of the following links.

    Research Option: SADL 5990 

    The Research Option focuses on developing the understanding of how to use research to solve problems for entities or organizations. Specifically, students will learn how to identify a problem, analyze the situation, gather relevant information, interpret the information, and propose a solution. This program's culminating activity includes a manuscript and oral presentation to invited faculty, students and practitioners.

    Research Projects

    There are two potential types of research projects, although there can be overlap between the two: Quantitative research project or Qualitative research project.

    Each has different requirements and different sets of instructions. Please discuss with the program coordinator which option you would like to do by the end of the third quarter (end of Spring Quarter of the first year) before proceeding.

    Prerequisites

    The Research Option is open to graduate students pursuing a Master in Sport Administration & Leadership who have taken at least 30 credits in the degree program and have taken a quantitative or qualitative statistics class at the graduate level.

    SADL 5990 must be taken during the quarter that the student will present the colloquium.

    Quantitative Research Option

    The quantitative research project manuscript is approximately 20-33 pages (excluding references, tables, and appendices) and will consist of the following five major sections:

    1. Introduction (2-3 pages)
    2. Review of Literature (8-12 pages)
    3. Methods (2-4 pages)
    4. Results (2-4 pages)
    5. Discussion (6-10 pages) 

    However, before starting the process, you must download and read the deadlines for the quantitative option (see below). Then determine whether you need to submit your proposal to the IRB. Please discuss with your advisor before making this decision.

    • The first deliverable is the prospectus. Please follow the quantitative prospectus example and use the rubric (see below).
    • Second, create and submit the outline. Examples of outlines are found below.
    • Third, create and submit the proposal within the outline. See examples below.
    • Fourth, submit IRB protocol to advisor if going through IRB is necessary.
    • Fifth, submit full draft of paper within outline (example below).
    • Sixth submit final copy of paper (examples below). Use rubric as well for a guide.
    • Seventh, submit PowerPoint presentation (examples below).

    Links to all forms for Quantitative Research Option

    Qualitative Research Option

    The qualitative research project manuscript is approximately 25-41 pages (minimum 7400 words) and will consist of the following five major sections:

    1. Introduction (2-4 pages)
    2. Review of Literature (8-12 pages)
    3. Conceptual/Theoretical Framework (2-5 pages)
    4. Method (2-4 pages)
    5. Findings (8-11 pages)
    6. Conclusions/Discussion (3-5 pages) 

    Links to all forms for Research Option

    Applied Inquiry Option – SADL 5890

    The Applied Inquiry option focuses on the student acting as an outside consultant for a sport organization. Specifically the student will evaluate at least four aspects of a sport organization by answering four of the questions referred to in the Applied Inquiry Questions (see link to pdf below). Each evaluation is supported by appropriate theoretical rationale, an analysis of the aspect, and specific recommendations for the organization on how to improve the aspect.

    The student chooses any 4 of the Applied Inquiry questions to respond to across the Colloquium time frame. Each question is answered specific to the focal organization (identified by the student and advisor). This culminates in an oral presentation given by the student during the Colloquium Presentation for the quarter that the student would like to graduate.

    The due dates are in the separate Deadlines document (see below) and are dependent on the quarter that the student wishes to present the colloquium.

    All students must discuss their colloquium-option decision with Dr. Trail by the end of their third quarter (Spring quarter of their first year).

    Prerequisites

    This Option is open to graduate students pursuing a Master's in Sport Administration & Leadership who have taken at least 36 credits in the degree program and have taken SADL 500. 

    The 3 credits of SADL 5890 must be taken during the quarter that the student will present the colloquium.

    Links to all forms for Applied Inquiry Option: