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MGMT 661 : Project Development Techniques

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College of Business (WBUAD)
Project Development Techniques
A study of current scientific research methods that includes techniques of problem identification, hypothesis formulation, literature search strategies of libraries and on-line databases, design and use of data-gathering instruments, formulation of a research model and plan, and appropriate statistical data analysis. The COB Capstone Guidelines format and American Psychological Association (APA) style will be reviewed and followed. A formal Graduate Capstone Project proposal will be developed and presented by each student as a basic course requirement.

This course is designed to develop comprehension of the scientific method of investigation, including research methods, sources of information, the process of collecting and analyzing data, and techniques used for preparing and presenting reports in formats acceptable to academic and business settings. The course will emphasize the scientific method as a tool for problem solving. This course will help students acquire technical management investigation skills and knowledge applied to identifying and solving business problems, drawing conclusions, and making recommendations. The student will develop and prepare a formal written Graduate Capstone Project proposal to be presented orally in class. [The oral presentation is not applicable for Online classes.]

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.

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
Input Grading Item100

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
Wayne Harsha, Ed.D. - 4/23/2015
Timothy Holt - 4/23/2015
Dr. Aaron M. Glassman - 4/23/2015
Dr. Bobby McMasters - 4/23/2015
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