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Research Methods

Students will select one of the following options:

  1. Qualitative Research Methods: Six hours in qualitative research methods.
  2. Quantitative Research Methods: Six hours of graduate-level courses in statistics and/or quantitative research methods.
  3. Electronic Information Retrieval: Six hours of graduate-level library science courses concerning electronic and online information retrieval.
  4. Rhetorical Criticism and Discourse Analysis: Six hours of specified graduate-level courses in English.
  5. Holistic Research Methods: Six hours of specified graduate-level holistic research methods courses.
  6. Foreign Language: Six hours of graduate or twelve hours of undergraduate courses in the same foreign language or equivalency examination.
  7. American Sign Language: Six hours of graduate-level American Sign Language courses or equivalency examination.

Qualitative Research Methods

Students may select a minimum of six hours of the following courses:

WS 5773 Qualitative Research Methods. Qualitative research philosophies including phenomenological, critical and feminist perspectives. Research design, data collection, analysis, and writing. Strategies for studying women's lives and developing culturally sensitive models. Responsible research and professional ethics including IRB process. Hands-on research. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor when topics change. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours. Note: This course is required for the Qualitative Research Methods Option.

DNCE 5023 Methods of Research in Dance. The role and tools of research in dance. Types of strategies and investigative techniques with focus on qualitative research. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

FS 6793 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Family Science. Advanced qualitative research design and its application in family sciences; analysis and evaluation of qualitative research; data collection and interpretation; emphasis on research questions and ethical issues; preparation of a qualitative research plan. Prerequisites: A master’s level research methods course. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

NURS 6004 Theory and Foundations of Nursing Research. Critical analysis of theory and study of qualitative and quantitative methods. Emphasis on inductive and deductive logic involved in knowledge development and testing. Examines limitations posed by quantitative and qualitative methods. Prior statistical and philosophical content is applied in examining current problems of concern to courses. Independent literature reviews and utilization of basic research theory provide opportunities to pose questions for future research. Prerequisites: Completion of statistics research tool, NURS 6023. Four lecture hours a week. Credit: Four hours.

NURS 6024 Theory and Methods of Qualitative Nursing Research. Explores methods of qualitative research including the choice of design and methods to address substantive human health problems. Examines qualitative data analysis techniques, including the use of software programs. Practicum provides opportunity to collect data for analysis and prepare a report. Prerequisites: NURS 6004 or permission of the instructor. Three lecture hours and three practicum hours a week. Credit: Four hours.

PSY 6863 Qualitative Research Methods and Program Evaluation. Study of philosophical, conceptual, and practical bases of qualitative methodologies, with a particular focus on program evaluation. Emphasis on qualitative inquiry, data collection and analysis, and integration of qualitative/quantitative data. Three lecture hours per week. Credit: Three hours.

READ 6483 Qualitative Research. Theories and methods of qualitative research conducted in social settings. Prerequisite: doctoral level graduate status. Three lecture hours per week. Credit: Three hours.

READ 6493 Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Analysis. Advanced methods of qualitative research design, collection and analysis of data gathered in social settings. Prerequisite: Graduate introductory level qualitative research course. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SOCI 5773 Qualitative Research Methods. Qualitative research philosophies including phenomenological, critical and feminist perspectives. Research design, data collection, analysis, and writing. Strategies for studying women’s lives and developing culturally sensitive models. Responsible research and professional ethics including IRB process. Hands-on research. May be repeated for credit with permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

Quantitative Research Methods

Students may select a minimum of six hours of the following courses:

CSCI 5663 Statistical Programming. Design of statistical programs to manipulate raw data, generate reports and analyze data. Numerous case studies demonstrate appropriate analysis based on the experimental design. Advanced statistical research methods such as ANOVA, MANOVA, repeated measures ANOVA, Multiple Linear and Logistic regression, factor analysis and survival analysis SAS. Prerequisite: Six hours undergraduate statistics or three hours graduate level statistics or equivalent. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

CSCI 5793 Statistical Computer Packages. Survey of major statistical computation program systems with special emphasis on SPSSX and BMDP. Basic concepts of control language and data set preparation, program execution and interpretation of statistical program output. Prerequisite: Intermediate statistics or permission of the instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

CSCI 5893 Statistical Packages II. A further survey of major statistical computation program systems. Concepts of control language and data set preparation, program execution and interpretation of statistical program output will be studied. Prerequisite: CSCI 5793: Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

CSCI 5921 Statistical Analysis with Computers. Exposure to available University resources in research design and data analysis, including fully computerized statistical analysis techniques. Appropriate for graduate students who are at least in the proposal/prospectus phase. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. May be repeated for additional credit. Credit: One hour.

ELDR 6203 Statistics and Research Methodology I. Statistics and research methodology in the study of human behavior, intermediate level. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ELDR 6213 Statistics and Research Methoology II. Statistics and research methodology in the study of human behavior, advanced level. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

NURS 6014 Theories and Methods of Quantitative Nursing Research. Application of quantitative theories and methods through proposal development and participation in ongoing research to address substantive health problems. Prerequisite: NURS 6004 or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours and three practicum hours a week. Credit: Four hours.

PSY 5304 Advanced Psychological Statistics. Brief review of measures of central tendency and variability. Advanced survey methods of correlational techniques, including multiple correlation. Advanced analyses of variance and non-parametric designs. Prerequisite: Basic statistics or permission of instructor. Four lecture hours a week. Credit: Four hours.

FS 6693 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Family Sciences. Advanced quantitative research design and its application in family sciences; analysis and evaluation of quantitative research; data interpretation; emphasis on hypotheses, variables, ethics, instrumentation, sampling, reliability, and validity; preparation of a quantitative research plan. Prerequisites: A master’s level research methods course and a graduate-level statistics course. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

Electronic Information Retrieval

Students may select a minimum of six hours of the following courses:

LS 5533 Internet Research for Non-Library Science Majors. Internet information research including file structures, web browsers, and online communication. Current Internet trends, issues, practices, and standardization; tolls for research and evaluation of online resources. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

LS 5553 Electronic Information Retrieval for Non-Library Science Majors. Use of electronic resources to access and manage information. Includes online systems, CD-ROM systems, and software packages. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours. Prerequisite: LS 5533.

LS 6723 Critical Inquiry in Information Analysis. The platform course for the doctoral program. Review of approaches to formulated research questions, developing analytic frameworks and examining critical theories. Applies this review to information analysis on the cultural, social, system, and individual levels. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

Rhetorical Criticism and Discourse Analysis

Sudents may select a minimum of six hours of the following courses:

ENG 5083 Bibliography and Research Methods. Methods of research, with focus on techniques appropriate to the thesis or dissertation. Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be repeated for credit up to 12 hours.

ENG 5283 Studies in Literary Criticism. The schools of criticism, focusing on postmodern criticism; the application of some critical theories to the practice of rhetoric; critical theory in a given period. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in English. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 5333 Studies in Writing in Networked Environments. Classroom and business application of rhetorical principles to writing for Internet, electronic communication, and information systems. Emphasis on audience, genre, style, arrangement. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 5343 Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Practice. Introduction to theory and research in rhetoric and composition with special emphasis on preparation for teaching college composition. Prerequisite: Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in English or allied field. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 5353 Rhetoric and Composition: Theory and Pedagogy of Electronic Texts. Rhetorical theories and techniques of teaching with nonprint texts, particular attention to writing and literature. Investigates interactions between text and image. Prerequisite: ENG 5343. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ENG 5373 Professional and Academic Communication. Topics such as managerial communication, academic writing, technical writing. Projects develop writing and communication skills in the student’s discipline. Prerequisite: Nine hours of graduate study or permission of the instructor. May be repeated when topic varies. Three seminar hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 6083 Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition. Students design and conduct research through methods such as textual, ethnographic, historical, and empirical analysis in rhetoric and composition. Students learn to discriminate among types of research, examine scholarship critically, and select appropriate research designs. Seminar and research projects. Three hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

ENG 6313 Studies in Rhetorical Criticism and Discourse Analysis. Directed investigation of topics in semiotics, narratology, discourse analysis, and stylistics as approaches to written texts and other forms of symbolic communication. May be repeated for credit when the specific topic if investigation varies. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

Holistic Research Methods

Students may select a minimum of six hours of the following courses:

ELDR 5203 Research in Education. Practice of skills for prospectus development; types of research; methods; techniques and procedures of educational empirical research; research design; research writing; analyzing research reports; development of research skills for reading professional journals. Three lecture hours per week. Credit: Three hours.

FS 5693 Research Methods in Family Sciences. Development of foundational knowledge of family sciences research methodology; emphasis on skill in planning and conducting family sciences research projects. Prerequisites: 15 hours of master’s level coursework completed and FS 5221. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

PSY 5353 Research Techniques. Types of research methods; techniques and procedure of educational and psychological empirical research; research design; research writing; review of journal articles; general statistics for reading professional journals. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

SOCI 6203 Seminar on Research Methods. Theory and application of quantitative and non-quantitative methods to sociological data. Suggested topics may include: use of available data; qualitative and field techniques; data analysis; techniques of sociological measurement. Prerequisites: A course in statistics and one in basic research design or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Three lecture hours a week. Credit: Three hours.

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