ES 532: Qual/Quant Resrch Design Techniques


84019 (for web registration)




Ann Holland






Summer 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Sat 5/19 - 5/20 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Sat 6/9 - 6/10 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Sat 6/23 - 6/24 (8:00AM-11:59AM)
Sat 7/7 - 7/8 (8:00AM-11:59AM)


Competency Area: RMC-W Required; ASJS, CB, CERT, EE, SDCC, SDS – Methods
Restricted to RMC-W students from April 10 -17. Open to all ES students on April 18.

The purpose of this course is to gain a basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research approaches so that students, in their professional life, can assess research reports that must be evaluated in order to develop policy and/or to inform implementation. The material presented is done at depth and breadth to provide a basic understanding of how research is done and why specific techniques and approaches are used for answering specific questions. Students will try out different methodological approaches that include basic statistical analysis and design, field techniques, and computer models. Through the development of a research proposal, students will ground discussion of theory in the practical concerns of research; framing research questions; designing a small study; collecting and analyzing data; dealing with validity, reliability, and ethical issues; and writing a research report. Additional contact hours will be met by specific online coursework.