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Research Constructs and Design


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Course level: Graduate

This course requires students to synthesize the cumulative knowledge gained from the previous research courses to finalize and submit their dissertation concept paper for final review and evaluation. Students select one of two previously drafted concept papers and expand the concept paper to include clear justification of the chosen research method and design; a description of the study population and sample, including the sampling strategy; the methodological approach for collecting and analyzing data; and a brief review of relevant scholarship, including the theoretical or conceptual framework for the study. Competency A: Demonstrate an understanding of the principal components of the I-O PhD concept paper. Competency B: Describe and justify the study population and sample. Competency C: Describe and justify the sampling technique. Competency D: Describe the methodological approach for collecting and analyzing data. Competency E: Propose a well-thought out and written I-O PhD concept paper to address a current problem or issue in the field of I-O psychology and contribute substantively to the I-O psychology literature

What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

I-O PhD Concept Paper Review

Study Population, Sample and Sampling Techniques

Data Collection and Analysis

Data Collection and Analysis (continued)

Putting it All Together

Checking for Originality

Peer Review

Submitting the Final Concept paper


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