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Course : Introduction to Research

Course Number
EDUC 5053
Section Number
Fall 2023
Bridwell Hall,
Dittika Gupta
Days & Times
Final Exam Day/Time

Course Objectives

Primary goals for this course are to provide students the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary

1.    To read, understand, and appreciate research, and

2.    To write a literature review (around 7-8 pages in length).





Students will be able to


1.        Understand the rationale, purpose and ethical implications of research in educational settings. (CACREP standard a, e and f)

2.        Identify types of data and associated appropriate measures of central tendency and descriptive statistics. (CACREP Standard b, c and d)

3.        Describe null and directional hypothesis and interpret both from research questions. (CACREP Standard b, c and d)

4.        Describe the differing types of reliability and validity and analyze the value of each in research articles. (CACREP Standard b, c and d)

5.        Analyze inferences from bivariate correlation statistics (both parametric and nonparametric). (CACREP Standard b, c and d).

6.        Interpret written results of parametric tests including; t-tests, ANOVA, and post hoc tests. (CACREP Standard b, c and d)

7.        Interpret written results of nonparametric tests including Mann Whitney U, Kruskall Wallis, Chi Square, Fischer, and Wilcoxon.

8.        Interpret results of qualitative research including single case, case study, focus groups, ethnography, and content analysis of written documents. (CACREP standard a and e)

9.        Analyze quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research (CACREP Standard b)

10.     Use information from critical analysis of previous research to create a literature review synthesizing multiple resources and contrasting differing points of view.

Taking an online class requires you to have access to a computer (with Internet access) to complete and upload your assignments. It is your responsibility to have (or have access to) a working computer in this class. Assignments are due by the due date, and personal computer technical difficulties will not be considered reason for the instructor to allow students extra time to submit assignments, tests, or discussion postings. Computers are available on campus in various areas of the buildings as well as the Academic Success Center. Your computer being down is not an excuse for missing a deadline!! There are many places to access your class! Our online classes can be accessed from any computer in the world which is connected to the internet. Contact your instructor immediately upon having computer trouble. If you have technical difficulties in the course, there is also a student helpdesk available to you. The college cannot work directly on student computers due to both liability and resource limitations however they are able to help you get connected to our online services. For help, log into D2L. 

Students should participate in all online activities of this course. It is important that students should meet all the deadlines as posted online. In case of any emergency situation (like death or illness in family and so on) it is important that the student should report the same to the professor in a timely manner. It is your course and the primary intention should be to reach the goals and acquire proficiency in the topics discussed in the course. Although in general students are graded on intellectual effort and performance rather than attendance, absences may lower the student’s grade where class attendance and class participation are deemed essential. Excessive tardiness or absence (as determined by the professor), disruptive online attitude, or failure to consistently class requirements might result in instructor-drop, if required. Attendance for the mandatory zoom meeting is a part of student’s grade and failure to appear during your chosen time would lead to loss of those points. 

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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