BUS 8400 - Introduction to Research Methods and Designs
Introduces students to an array of quantitative and qualitative research methods and designs and their appropriate application in empirical research. Topics related to quantitative research include measurement, sampling, hypothesis testing, variables, validity, reliability, and causation. Different quantitative research designs will be covered including experimental and quasi-experimental, survey, field, designs utilizing existing data, and evaluation research. Topics related to qualitative research will also be covered including interviewing, coding, nonrandom sampling, quality of evidence (credibility and dependability). Qualitative designs covered include case study, phenomenological, and grounded theory. The course will serve as a refresher on basic statistical concepts, including descriptive and inferential statistics, and the appropriate use of parametric and nonparametric procedures. Ethics involved in research are covered including the protection of human subjects as required by the Baker College Institutional Review Board (IRB).
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Prerequisite(s): BUS 8920
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