Schedule - Analysis of Professional Literature

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Date

Class Content

Learning Exercises /  Assessment

1

Jan 23

Class 1:
INTRODUCTION

  • Overview

  • Scientific inquiry

  • Philosophy, theory, models, research, evaluation, thesis, & project

  • Research process

  • Research questions

  • Brainstorming

  • Concept mapping

  • Tasks for Week 2

due next Wed: Task 1: Research Question Ideas & Development

2

Jan 30

Class 2:
 RESEARCH QUESTIONS

  • Refining the research question

  • Skeleton of a research project

  • Annotated reading and resource lists

  • Evaluating quality of resources

  • Searching strategies & tips

  • Thesis guidelines

 

 

3

Feb 6

Class 3:
LITERATURE REVIEWING

  • How to construct an outline of a literature review

 

due next Wed: Task 2: Final Research Question, Research Thesis, Definition of Key Terms & Annotated Reading List

4

Feb 13

Class 4:
QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGNS

  • Introduction
  • Experimental designs
  • Quasi-experimental designs
  • Non-experimental designs
  • Design exercise

 

due next Wed: Task 3: Literature Review - Plan

 

5

Feb 20

Class 5: QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS

  • Quantitative Research Design presentations

  • Types of sampling

  • Measurement

 

6

Feb 27

Class 6: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH I

  • Paradigms
  • A Continuum of Qualitative Research
  • Examples of Qualitative Research
  • Design exercise

 

due next Wed: Task 4: Literature Review - Draft

7

Mar 6

Class 7: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DATA COLLECTION

  • Qualitative Reserach Design presentations

  • Open-ended survey questions

  • Interviewing

  • Observing

  • Diaries

  • Reporting and discussing

  • Practical advice

  • Research exercise

 

optional: 2nd draft lit. review due

8

Mar 13

Class 8: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH ANALYSIS & INTERPRETATION

  • Research presentations

  • Coding and analysis exercise

  • Summary

 

optional: 2nd draft lit. review due

9

Mar 27

SPRING BREAK NO CLASS

optional: 2nd draft lit. review due

10 Apr 3

Class 9: RESEARCH ETHICS & OVERVIEW

  • Overview

  • History of ethics in human subject research

  • Current ethical procedures in human subject research

  • Issues in professional research ethics

  • Practical advice for completing an IRB Form

  • Overview of exams (Tasks 5 & 6)

  • Preparation for presentations (Task 1)

  • Q&A on final literature review (Task 7)

  • How to write an abstract

 

11

Apr 10

INSTRUCTOR AWAY NO CLASS

due April 9: Task 5: Quantitative Research Exam

12

Apr 17

INSTRUCTOR AWAY NO CLASS

due April 16: Task 6: Qualitative Research Exam

13

Apr 24

INSTRUCTOR AWAY NO CLASS due April 23: Task 7: Literature Review Final

14

May 1

Class 10: PRESENTATIONS I

  • 10-15 min. presentations of literature review and research design proposals + 5-10 minute discussion

 

May 1 or May 8 - Task 8: Research Design (Presentation)

 

15

May 8

Class 11: PRESENTATIONS II

  • 10-15 min. presentations of literature review and research design proposals + 5-10 minute discussion

  • Review and Evaluate

 

May 1 or May 8 Task 8: Research Design (Presentation)

due May 7 -  Task 9: IRB Form