Upon course completion, students will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast alternate investigation methods with the scientific method. Evaluate both quantitative and qualitative investigation methods.
2. Formulate a technical management capstone problem or question using appropriate operational definitions, measurement tools and research design.
3. Evaluate the advantages and limitations of selected investigation tools and techniques.
4. Analyze some of the uses and abuses of statistics in applied research.
5. Analyze and discuss in writing the major steps involved in conducting a technical management research study.
6. Prepare a written plan designed to investigate a selected topic.
7. Write the front pages for a Graduate Capstone Project (GCP) Proposal, to include the title page, GCP committee page, acknowledgements page (optional), disclaimer page (optional), partial Abstract, Table of Contents, List of Tables and List of Figures.
8. Write Chapter I: Introduction for a GCP Proposal, to include a statement of the specific problem, a statement of the significance of the problem, a section describing the researcher’s work setting and role, limitations to the GCP Proposal, and timelines of the GCP Proposal.
9. Write Chapter II: Review of Relevant Literature and Research. A thorough search and review of literature will be conducted prior to writing this chapter. The chapter will include a statement of the hypothesis or investigation question, and (optional) anticipated monetary benefits of the GCP Project.
10. Write Chapter III: the Methods section of a GCP Proposal to include sections concerning: investigation technique, design, population, sources of data, the data gathering instrument, pilot study, pretest, distribution method, reliability, validity, constructs, and treatment of data and procedures.
11. Write the references section of a GCP Proposal, as well as Appendix A: Bibliography, and other appendixes as applicable, such as Letter of Permission, and the Data Gathering Instrument. 3
12. Describe and summarize data using descriptive and inferential statistical procedures, as applicable to each investigation design.
13. Develop a formal written GCP Proposal with no errors in spelling, punctuation, or grammar. The product must reflect the degree of professionalism expected of an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate student. The proposal will be presented orally in class (Not Applicable to Online classes).
14. Demonstrate an ability to retrieve reference materials from the Hunt Memorial Library electronic databases.
15. Demonstrate and increase in computing, critical thinking, speaking, and writing skills in this course, as mutually agreed upon between the student and instructor.