Research Design

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the practice of research and research design. The course develops understandings of the principles, processes and techniques used in social science research. Students will use key concepts and methods of research to carry out strategic data-driven inquiry for organizational improvement and effective decision-making. Students will learn methods for researching institutional processes, as well as strategies for conducting data-based inquiries. Leaders depend upon systematic information to inform them about specific problems. This course provides the skills necessary to design and conduct systematic studies using quantitative research methods. In addition, this class provides students the foundational knowledge and skills to critically critique and apply research. [3 credits]