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RSCH 670 : Research Methods

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College of Aeronautics (WAERO)
Research Methods
This course is designed to equip students with the theoretical techniques and skills to identify and apply for solving qualitative and quantitative research problems. The course introduces the need for non numerical data analysis and how part of a methodology can allow for in depth analysis of complex issues and relationships. Sampling and data gathering in systematic manners are incorporated into research methodologies. The use of numerical analysis on qualitative data is covered to result in significance solutions and recommendations.

The goals of this course are: to provide the student with a thorough understanding of qualitative data handing and research planning techniques for scientific research. Successful students will be able to undertake independent research to collect and present qualitative data and use the outcomes to justify conclusions and make informed decisions

Upon course completion, the student will be able to:

1. Identify and discuss the rationale behind the need for qualitative data analysis.

2. Apply and solve problems using the different types of sampling techniques available.

3. Develop questionnaires and subsequently analyze the findings using both statistical and inferred techniques.

4. Conduct and analyze data from a range of interviewing procedures.

5. Develop and critique methodologies that are applicable at the graduate level.

6. Evaluate various types of academic research and identify weaknesses and good practices.7. Review, collate and present data from various literature sources.

8. Present quantitative data in written, table and diagram format.

9. Draw conclusions from detailed qualitative research.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
Dr. Kent Anderson - 3/1/2015
Dr. Ian McAndrew - 3/1/2015
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