Applied Research in Higher Education
Taught by Jacqueline Honda Ed.D.
This course is designed to familiarize students with the research procedures necessary to collect and analyze primary data in Institutional Research. Students will be able to utilize quantitative and qualitative research methods to create instruments necessary for the collection of primary data and to use statistical tools to analyze it appropriately. Students will also familiarize themselves with Institutional Review Board procedures that are required when doing primary research in a university/institutional setting.
Course Units: 4
Weekly Workload: 9–12 hours on coursework and 4 hours on the internship
Students must have completed PSYC 550 and 551 before beginning this course.
Course Objectives (Student Learning Outcomes)
- Describe, compare, and critique approaches to Institutional Research design.
- Discuss issues related to the diversity of college campuses.
- Be familiar with procedures within institutions regarding data collection, including Institutional Review Boards and Informed Consent.
- Design a research project for primary data collection using quantitative and/or qualitative research methods.
- Analyze the data with quantitative and qualitative methodologies for Institutional Research.
Course Objectives (Related to IR Graduate Certificate Program Learning Outcomes)
- A solid foundation in quantitative and qualitative IR research methods and related methodological theory for primary data collection.
- Professional socialization, including familiarization with IRB processes.
Course Objectives (Related to University Learning Outcomes)
While this course in many ways contributes to all the university learning outcomes, it most centrally contributes to your ability to demonstrate:
- Effective communication through written and oral modes.
- Critical and creative thinking skills in acquiring a broad base of knowledge and applying it to complex issues.
- Competence in a major area of study.
- Appreciation for and understanding of an expanded world perspective by engaging respectfully with a diverse range of individuals, communities, and viewpoints.