Research Conceptualization And Design – res709 (3 credits)

This course provides an overview of social science research methodologies and their application in context to the student's degree program. Foundational concepts include the examination and application of theoretical frameworks, critical analysis of scholarly literature and interpretation of data through a theoretical lens. Students also explore quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods and the core elements of an effective research plan. Competencies: Describe how conceptual and theoretical frameworks provide the foundational elements of social science research and inform the interpretation of data and other research findings. Identify the significance of scholarly literature and how gaps in extant literature provide a direction for new research. Summarize the ethical issues of research involving human subjects. Identify and explain quantitative and qualitative research methods and assess their appropriateness for different research problems Assess quantitative and qualitative research studies and discuss the concepts of methodological rigor, credibility, validity and reliability. Evaluate the research topic, research question, and purpose and problem statements for methodological and theoretical alignment. Establish strategies for formulating clear, concise research questions that are methodologically sound, theoretically grounded and researchable.

This graduate-level course is 8 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Research Methodologies and Designs

  • Competency G: Establish strategies for formulating clear, concise research questions that are methodologically sound, theoretically grounded and researchable [Wk 7]
  • Competency A: Describe how conceptual and theoretical frameworks provide the foundational elements of social science research and inform the interpretation of data and other research findings. [Wk 7]
  • Competency B: Identify the significance of scholarly literature and how gaps in extant literature provide a direction for new research. [Wk 7]
  • Competency C: Summarize the ethical issues of research involving human subjects. [Wk 7]
  • Competency D: Identify and explain quantitative and qualitative research methods and assess their appropriateness for different research problems. [Wk 7]
  • Competency E: Assess quantitative and qualitative research studies and discuss the concepts of methodological rigor, credibility, validity and reliability. [Wk 7]
  • Competency F: Evaluate the research topic, research question, and purpose and problem statements for methodological and theoretical alignment. [Wk 7]

Ethical Issues in Research

  • Competency A: Describe how conceptual and theoretical frameworks provide the foundational elements of social science research and inform the interpretation of data and other research findings. [Wk 8]
  • Competency B: Identify the significance of scholarly literature and how gaps in extant literature provide a direction for new research. [Wk 8]
  • Competency C: Summarize the ethical issues of research involving human subjects. [Wk 8]
  • Competency D: Identify and explain quantitative and qualitative research methods and assess their appropriateness for different research problems. [Wk 8]
  • Competency E: Assess quantitative and qualitative research studies and discuss the concepts of methodological rigor, credibility, validity and reliability. [Wk 8]
  • Competency F: Evaluate the research topic, research question, and purpose and problem statements for methodological and theoretical alignment. [Wk 8]
  • Competency G: Establish strategies for formulating clear, concise research questions that are methodologically sound, theoretically grounded and researchable. [Wk 8]

Formulating the Problem Statement

  • Competency G: Establish strategies for formulating clear, concise research questions that are methodologically sound, theoretically grounded and researchable. [Wk 5]
  • Competency A: Describe how conceptual and theoretical frameworks provide the foundational elements of social science research and inform the interpretation of data and other research findings. [Wk 5]
  • Competency B: Identify the significance of scholarly literature and how gaps in extant literature provide a direction for new [Wk 5]
  • Competency C: Summarize the ethical issues of research involving human subjects. [Wk 5]
  • Competency D: Identify and explain quantitative and qualitative research methods and assess their appropriateness for different research problems. [Wk 5]
  • Competency E: Assess quantitative and qualitative research studies and discuss the concepts of methodological rigor, credibility, validity and reliability. [Wk 5]
  • Competency F: Evaluate the research topic, research question, and purpose and problem statements for methodological and theoretical alignment. [Wk 5]

Formulating the Purpose Statement

  • Competency A: Describe how conceptual and theoretical frameworks provide the foundational elements of social science research and inform the interpretation of data and other research findings. [Wk 6]
  • Competency B: Identify the significance of scholarly literature and how gaps in extant literature provide a direction for new research. [Wk 6]
  • Competency C: Summarize the ethical issues of research involving human subjects. [Wk 6]
  • Competency D: Identify and explain quantitative and qualitative research methods and assess their appropriateness for different research problems. [Wk 6]
  • Competency E: Assess quantitative and qualitative research studies and discuss the concepts of methodological rigor, credibility, validity and reliability. [Wk 6]
  • Competency F: Evaluate the research topic, research question, and purpose and problem statements for methodological and theoretical alignment. [Wk 6]
  • Competency G: Establish strategies for formulating clear, concise research questions that are methodologically sound, theoretically grounded and researchable. [Wk 6]

Formulating the Research Questions

  • Competency C:Summarize the ethical issues of research involving human subjects. [Wk 4]
  • Competency D:Identify and explain quantitative and qualitative research methods and assess their appropriateness for different research problems. [Wk 4]
  • Competency E: Assess quantitative and qualitative research studies and discuss the concepts of methodological rigor, credibility, validity and reliability. [Wk 4]
  • Competency F: Evaluate the research topic, research question, and purpose and problem statements for methodological and theoretical alignment. [Wk 4]
  • Competency G: Establish strategies for formulating clear, concise research questions that are methodologically sound, theoretically grounded and researchable. [Wk 4]
  • Competency A:Describe how conceptual and theoretical frameworks provide the foundational elements of social science research and inform the interpretation of data and other research findings. [Wk 4]
  • Competency B:Identify the significance of scholarly literature and how gaps in extant literature provide a direction for new research. [Wk 4]

The Foundations of Social Research

  • Competency A: Describe how conceptual and theoretical frameworks provide the foundational elements of social science research and inform the interpretation of data and other research findings. [Wk 1]
  • Competency B: Identify the significance of scholarly literature and how gaps in extant literature provide a direction for new research. [Wk 1]
  • Competency C: Summarize the ethical issues of research involving human subjects. [Wk 1]
  • Competency D: Identify and explain quantitative and qualitative research methods and assess their appropriateness for different research problems. [Wk 1]
  • Competency E: Assess quantitative and qualitative research studies and discuss the concepts of methodological rigor, credibility, validity and reliability. [Wk 1]
  • Competency F: Evaluate the research topic, research question, and purpose and problem statements for methodological and theoretical alignment. [Wk 1]
  • Competency G: Establish strategies for formulating clear, concise research questions that are methodologically sound, theoretically grounded and researchable. [Wk 1]

Theoretical Frameworks as a Basis for Research

  • Competency A: Describe how conceptual and theoretical frameworks provide the foundational elements of social science research and inform the interpretation of data and other research findings. [Wk 2]
  • Competency B: Identify the significance of scholarly literature and how gaps in extant literature provide a direction for new research. [Wk 2]
  • Competency C: Summarize the ethical issues of research involving human subjects. [Wk 2]
  • Competency D: Identify and explain quantitative and qualitative research methods and assess their appropriateness for different research problems. [Wk 2]
  • Competency E: Assess quantitative and qualitative research studies and discuss the concepts of methodological rigor, credibility, validity and reliability. [Wk 2]
  • Competency F: Evaluate the research topic, research question, and purpose and problem statements for methodological and theoretical alignment. [Wk 2]
  • Competency G: Establish strategies for formulating clear, concise research questions that are methodologically sound, theoretically grounded and researchable. [Wk 2]

The Analysis, Evaluation and Utilization of Literature

  • Competency A: Describe how conceptual and theoretical frameworks provide the foundational elements of social science research and inform the interpretation of data and other research findings. [Wk 3]
  • Competency B: Identify the significance of scholarly literature and how gaps in extant literature provide a direction for new research. [Wk 3]
  • Competency C: Summarize the ethical issues of research involving human subjects. [Wk 3]
  • Competency D: Identify and explain quantitative and qualitative research methods and assess their appropriateness for different research problems. [Wk 3]
  • Competency E: Assess quantitative and qualitative research studies and discuss the concepts of methodological rigor, credibility, validity and reliability. [Wk 3]
  • Competency F: Evaluate the research topic, research question, and purpose and problem statements for methodological and theoretical alignment. [Wk 3]
  • Competency G: Establish strategies for formulating clear, concise research questions that are methodologically sound, theoretically grounded and researchable. [Wk 3]

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