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Introductory Research Methods

Course Code GS-140
Lecture hours per week 3
Lab hours per week
Course Availability: Open
Description: This course introduces students to all the component parts of the research process, including the choice of the research topic and research questions, the literature review, ethical concerns, and the choice of paradigm, conceptual framework, approach, design and data collection and analysis. This holistic approach chosen for this course differs from the more traditional introductory methods courses which often focus solely on technical procedures. The chosen approach is designed to allow students to recognize what research means in the various disciplines they encounter during their college experience given the emphasis on elements of research common to all disciplines. The holistic approach will also support the idea that good research is within the grasp of all students. It gives students the skills they need to get research underway through the planning and production of a research proposal. The proposal is the vehicle that allows students to practice putting together all the component parts, and also to arrive at an understanding of how all the parts fit together.