Delivery mode: Online course using Moodle
Credits: 3 - Thesis program route course
Prerequisites: All MDDE Core Courses
Instructor Spring 2016: Nathaniel Ostashewski
MDDE 701: Quantitative Research Methods is the first of the four courses in the thesis program route. The course focuses on the knowledge and skills that a distance education researcher or practitioner must possess in order to interpret the results of empirical investigations as reported in the distance education and social science literature, as well as to conduct such investigations in their thesis research. Such knowledge and skills are beneficial for graduate students preparing to develop their thesis proposals. The computer-based data analysis tool, SPSS, will be used to carry out course-related exercises and to prepare students for the selection and implementation of appropriate statistical tests for their future thesis research.
The goals of this course are to provide students with the concepts and skills required to interpret and evaluate the results of research reported in the social sciences and distance education literature, as well as to acquire an effective set of advanced computer-based, statistical and data analysis skills for their future thesis endeavors.
The course is divided into seven units:
Unit 1: Format of Articles/Descriptive statistics
Unit 2: Parametric Inferential Statistics
Unit 3: Inferences Concerning One or Two Means
Unit 4: Tests on Three or More Means/Post-hoc comparisons
Unit 5: Statistical Tests on Ranks (Non-parametric Tests)/Survey Data Analysis
Unit 6: Bivariate Correlation/Multiple Regression
Unit 7: Factor Analysis
The Students will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis for each assignment and for the final grade. The assignments are described below.
Assignment 1: A series of problems on the normality/non-normality of distributions, on tests concerning one or two means, on tests concerning three or more means, and on post-hoc comparison tests.
Assignment 2: A series of problems on statistical tests on ranks, on survey data analysis, on bivariate correlation/multiple regressio,n and on factor analysis.
Online Study Guide
Huck, S. W. (2012). Reading Statistics and Research. Toronto: Pearson Higher Education.
SPSS Student Version software, (cd format).
Early access to the Moodle Learning Management System, begins a few days before the official start date of the course. At that time you will have limited access to the course. On the Official Start Date of the course, the instructor will be available and the discussion forums will become active.
Last updated by MMJune 01, 2016