PSYC 552 — Diversity Research in IR

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

Required Back­ground
Stu­dents must have com­pleted PSYC 550 and 551 before begin­ning this course.

Course Objec­tives (Stu­dent Learn­ing Outcomes)

  1. Describe, com­pare, and cri­tique approaches to Insti­tu­tional Research design.
  2. Dis­cuss issues related to the diver­sity of col­lege campuses.
  3. Be famil­iar with pro­ce­dures within insti­tu­tions regard­ing data col­lec­tion, includ­ing Insti­tu­tional Review Boards and Informed Consent.
  4. Design a research project for pri­mary data col­lec­tion using quan­ti­ta­tive and/or qual­i­ta­tive research methods.
  5. Ana­lyze the data with quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive method­olo­gies for Insti­tu­tional Research.

Course Objec­tives (Related to IR Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate Pro­gram Learn­ing Outcomes)

  1. A solid foun­da­tion in quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive IR research meth­ods and related method­olog­i­cal the­ory for pri­mary data collection.
  2. 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:

  1. Effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion through writ­ten and oral modes.
  2. Crit­i­cal and cre­ative think­ing skills in acquir­ing a broad base of knowl­edge and apply­ing it to com­plex issues.
  3. Com­pe­tence in a major area of study.
  4. Appre­ci­a­tion for and under­stand­ing of an expanded world per­spec­tive by engag­ing respect­fully with a diverse range of indi­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties, and viewpoints.