Delivery mode: Grouped study using Moodle
Credits: 3 - Core course
Instructor Spring 2016: Cynthia Blodgett
This core course addresses the subject of research design and data collection methods. It focuses on the tenets of sound research practice to allow students to make reasoned judgments about research they read or undertake and to understand the relationship between research and knowledge development in distance education.
On completion of MDDE 602, students will be able to evaluate project design, data collection, and data analyses common in academic and professional journals. Students who wish to complete a thesis will have foundational knowledge in research design and methods, including a decision-making framework for identifying research questions and choosing an appropriate research design.
The goals of the course are to provide you with the following:
The course is divided into the following units:
Module 1 Science, Social Science and the Construction of Knowledge
Unit 1 History of Science and Research Methods
Unit 2 Epistemology, Theory and Research
Module 2 Understanding Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis
Unit 1 Creating A Research Design
Unit 2 Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis
Module 3 Understanding Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
Unit 1 Qualitative Data Collection
Unit 2 Analyzing Qualitative Data
Module 4 Engaging the Research Enterprise
Unit 1 The Knowledge Base and Ethics in Research
Unit 2 Dissemination and Politics of Research Findings
Your grade will be based on three assignments and your participation in the course.
Analyzing Quantitative Data
Analyzing Qualitative Data
Research Article Critique
Online study guide and readings.
Neuman, W. L. (2011). Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches (7th ed.). Toronto: Pearson. (eText).
IBM SPSS software, (requires internal or external cd drive).
Early access to the Moodle Learning Management System begins a few days before the official start date of your course. At that time you will have limited access to the course. On the Official Start Date of the course, instructors will be available and the discussion forums will become active.
Last updated by MM May 27, 2016