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2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook 
2017-2018 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PADM 651 - Research Methods Seminar (3 Credits)

Prerequisite: None
This course examines research methods used to produce accurate data on a range of important public policy and public administration issues. Students will learn the importance of formulating research questions and how to frame them; the range of methodologies that can be employed and why and when to use them; and the tools of research methodology and how to utilize them. They will also learn how to analyze data in order to produce research reports in which conclusions are supported by reliable data. In this seminar, students will discuss the theoretical and operational issues critical to doing research and will develop tools and techniques for conducting both quantitative and qualitative research. Students will critique and evaluate specific research studies and will make presentations, posing questions for group discussion. Finally, students will develop an operational familiarity with computer-based programs for statistics and data analysis. Several class sessions will be scheduled in a computer lab for SPSS training.