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Research Design

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This course is designed to provide students with an overview of qualitative and quantitative research approaches and the application to work in different types of organizational and institutional settings. Various qualitative and quantitative research designs are discussed. Students learn about the elements of a research plan and how to develop and align them within a given research method and design to address a given problem in their field of study. RES/722 emphasizes understanding of the development and flow of the research study, from identifying a researchable problem to determining an appropriate detailed research response. To be effective and valuable, research should be crafted in a cascading manner with the purpose and design of the study aligned and integrated into a cohesive and logical analytical framework. Research questions must flow directly from the problem and purpose statements; the method and instrumentation selected must be driven by the data sought. The analysis must be appropriate to the purpose and nature of the data collected. Learners are introduced to this cohesive approach to research formulation through assignments that focus on major aspects of the research process and how they fit together to generate useful information to address a research problem in the field of inquiry. Competency A: Apply qualitative research principles and their philosophical underpinnings to different research problems. Competency B: Apply quantitative research principles and their scientific method underpinnings to different research problems. Competency C: Distinguish between qualitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. Competency D: Distinguish between quantitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. Competency E: Develop strategies to learn how to formulate research questions that will address potential knowledge gaps in a selected field of research. Competency F: Determine the appropriate research method and research design for a research problem. Competency G: Determine appropriate sampling, data collection, and associated analytical approaches for qualitative and quantitative research designs. Competency H: Evaluate published quantitative and qualitative research studies. Competency I: Examine critical elements in a research concept paper.

This graduate-level course is 8 weeks To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 8 weeks

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    Reviewing Literature

    • Competency I: Examine critical elements in a research concept paper. [Wk 2]
    • Competency E: Develop strategies to learn how to formulate research questions that will address potential knowledge gaps in a selected field of research. [Wk 2]
    • Competency F: Determine the appropriate research method and research design for a research problem. [Wk 2]
    • Competency A: Apply qualitative research principles and their philosophical underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 2]
    • Competency B: Apply quantitative research principles and their scientific method underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 2]
    • Competency C: Distinguish between qualitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 2]
    • Competency D: Distinguish between quantitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 2]
    • Competency G: Determine appropriate sampling, data collection, and associated analytical approaches for qualitative and quantitative research designs. [Wk 2]
    • Competency H: Evaluate published quantitative and qualitative research studies. [Wk 2]

    Identifying a Researchable Problem

    • Competency A: Apply qualitative research principles and their philosophical underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 3]
    • Competency B: Apply quantitative research principles and their scientific method underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 3]
    • Competency C: Distinguish between qualitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 3]
    • Competency D: Distinguish between quantitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 3]
    • Competency E: Develop strategies to learn how to formulate research questions that will address potential knowledge gaps in a selected field of research. [Wk 3]
    • Competency F: Determine the appropriate research method and research design for a research problem. [Wk 3]
    • Competency G: Determine appropriate sampling, data collection, and associated analytical approaches for qualitative and quantitative research designs. [Wk 3]
    • Competency H: Evaluate published quantitative and qualitative research studies. [Wk 3]
    • Competency I: Examine critical elements in a research concept paper. [Wk 3]

    Situating a Researchable Problem

    • Competency D: Distinguish between quantitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 4]
    • Competency A: Apply qualitative research principles and their philosophical underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 4]
    • Competency B: Apply quantitative research principles and their scientific method underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 4]
    • Competency C: Distinguish between qualitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 4]
    • Competency E: Develop strategies to learn how to formulate research questions that will address potential knowledge gaps in a selected field of research. [Wk 4]
    • Competency F: Determine the appropriate research method and research design for a research problem. [Wk 4]
    • Competency G: Determine appropriate sampling, data collection, and associated analytical approaches for qualitative and quantitative research designs. [Wk 4]
    • Competency H: Evaluate published quantitative and qualitative research studies. [Wk 4]
    • Competency I: Examine critical elements in a research concept paper. [Wk 4]

    Preparing a Concept Paper

    • Competency D: Distinguish between quantitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 8]
    • Competency E: Develop strategies to learn how to formulate research questions that will address potential knowledge gaps in a selected field of research. [Wk 8]
    • Competency G: Determine appropriate sampling, data collection, and associated analytical approaches for qualitative and quantitative research designs. [Wk 8]
    • Competency H: Evaluate published quantitative and qualitative research studies. [Wk 8]
    • Competency B: Apply quantitative research principles and their scientific method underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 8]
    • Competency I: Examine critical elements in a research concept paper. [Wk 8]
    • Competency C: Distinguish between qualitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 8]
    • Competency F: Determine the appropriate research method and research design for a research problem. [Wk 8]
    • Competency A: Apply qualitative research principles and their philosophical underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 8]

    Identifying a Research Problem

    • Competency B: Apply quantitative research principles and their scientific method underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 1]
    • Competency C: Distinguish between qualitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 1]
    • Competency E: Develop strategies to learn how to formulate research questions that will address potential knowledge gaps in a selected field of research. [Wk 1]
    • Competency F: Determine the appropriate research method and research design for a research problem. [Wk 1]
    • Competency G: Determine appropriate sampling, data collection, and associated analytical approaches for qualitative and quantitative research designs. [Wk 1]
    • Competency H: Evaluate published quantitative and qualitative research studies. [Wk 1]
    • Competency I: Examine critical elements in a research concept paper. [Wk 1]
    • Competency A: Apply qualitative research principles and their philosophical underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 1]
    • Competency D: Distinguish between quantitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 1]

    Purpose of the Research

    • Competency G: Determine appropriate sampling, data collection, and associated analytical approaches for qualitative and quantitative research designs. [Wk 5]
    • Competency H: Evaluate published quantitative and qualitative research studies. [Wk 5]
    • Competency I: Examine critical elements in a research concept paper. [Wk 5]
    • Competency E: Develop strategies to learn how to formulate research questions that will address potential knowledge gaps in a selected field of research. [Wk 5]
    • Competency F: Determine the appropriate research method and research design for a research problem. [Wk 5]
    • Competency C: Distinguish between qualitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 5]
    • Competency D: Distinguish between quantitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 5]
    • Competency A: Apply qualitative research principles and their philosophical underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 5]
    • Competency B: Apply quantitative research principles and their scientific method underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 5]

    Preparing Research Questions and Hypotheses

    • Competency H: Evaluate published quantitative and qualitative research studies. [Wk 6]
    • Competency I: Examine critical elements in a research concept paper. [Wk 6]
    • Competency A: Apply qualitative research principles and their philosophical underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 6]
    • Competency B: Apply quantitative research principles and their scientific method underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 6]
    • Competency C: Distinguish between qualitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 6]
    • Competency D: Distinguish between quantitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 6]
    • Competency G: Determine appropriate sampling, data collection, and associated analytical approaches for qualitative and quantitative research designs. [Wk 6]
    • Competency E: Develop strategies to learn how to formulate research questions that will address potential knowledge gaps in a selected field of research. [Wk 6]
    • Competency F: Determine the appropriate research method and research design for a research problem. [Wk 6]

    Research Plan Considerations

    • Competency A: Apply qualitative research principles and their philosophical underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 7]
    • Competency B: Apply quantitative research principles and their scientific method underpinnings to different research problems. [Wk 7]
    • Competency C: Distinguish between qualitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 7]
    • Competency D: Distinguish between quantitative designs and their appropriateness to different research problems. [Wk 7]
    • Competency E: Develop strategies to learn how to formulate research questions that will address potential knowledge gaps in a selected field of research. [Wk 7]
    • Competency F: Determine the appropriate research method and research design for a research problem. [Wk 7]
    • Competency G: Determine appropriate sampling, data collection, and associated analytical approaches for qualitative and quantitative research designs. [Wk 7]
    • Competency H: Evaluate published quantitative and qualitative research studies. [Wk 7]
    • Competency I: Examine critical elements in a research concept paper. [Wk 7]
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