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Research Conceptualization and Design




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Course level: Doctorate Courses

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.


This doctorate level course requires proof of completion of a Master's degree. Be prepared to provide documentation during the checkout process.

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  • 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.


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