Course Descriptions

Research


RES 7105
Statistics for Research
3 credits

This course provides a survey of statistical techniques to support doctoral research in business and the social sciences. Basic statistical concepts will be reviewed, and the student will be introduced to methods of organizing, interpreting, and presenting quantitative data. Students will gain an understanding of which statistical methods are appropriate for analyzing different research datasets, and how to develop proper statistical interpretations from those analyses. Topics include descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing, probability distributions, sampling and sampling distributions, testing for significance, multiple regression, and regression analysis.


RES 7106
Disciplined Inquiry I
3 credits

This course introduces students to the dissertation research process and helps them visualize ways to frame their research interests and develop related research questions. Students will learn about research methods, with a particular focus on qualitative methods. The course will investigate the design and use of qualitative research methods and develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the different research approaches. It builds skills in writing using APA format and skills in searching for, evaluating, and organizing academic literature with an emphasis on conducting and writing literature searches and analyzing and properly communicating research results.


RES 7107
Disciplined Inquiry II
3 credits

Following RES 7106, this course continues to acquaint students with the dissertation research process and to help them visualize ways to frame their research interests and develop related research questions. Students will learn about research methods, with a particular focus on quantitative methods. The course will investigate the design of quantitative research methods and develop an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the different research approaches. Working in small groups, they will conduct a survey research project. They will continue to build skills in writing using APA format. Students will become familiar with SPSS analytical software and properly communicating statistical results

Prerequisite(s): RES 7105, RES 7106


RES 7111
Research Design
3 credits

Students will develop an understanding of research design, applying its principles to their research interests as they understand them at this point in the program. The common methods used in business-related research will be discussed with emphasis on case study and action research modalities. Students will become versed in the requirements of a literature search and will produce an abbreviated version relevant to the pursuit of their dissertation topic. They will draft a research concept brief including consideration of how they will operationalize their concept

Prerequisite(s): RES 7105, RES 7106, RES 7107, DBA 7300 or DBA 7310, DBA 7400