6003

Research and Evaluation Design and Methods


In this course, students will become familiar with the research process with the basic aim of developing skills to critically evaluate the work of others and to understand possible approaches in the design of their own research projects. The initial emphasis in the course will be on formulating research questions and determining strategies that may be used to address a particular research theme. As the course unfolds, the approach will switch to understanding how various qualitative and quantitative research techniques may be used to address research questions that the students have posed. The students will be assessed on the critique of published research and will be required to submit written work throughout the duration of the course.

One of the key features of the course is participation in class and on-line discussion. Students will target their work towards developing research questions and designing research plans to address specific questions.