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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 500
Course Title: Research Design
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

The study of educational research from a comprehensive perspective. Included are: techniques and concepts of social and behavioral research; writing in the APA format; ethical standards governing educational research; experiences in the use of internal and external critique methods; readings in curriculum, assessment, philosophical and psychological research products; experiences accessing and using archival and web-based data sources; evaluation of descriptive, true-experimental and quasi-experimental research designs; identification and use of appropriate parametric and nonparametric statistical analyses; computation and interpretation of effect size tests of practical significance; conducting primary and secondary source literature reviews; demonstration of research designing; and use of portfolio research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing; full MAT or M.Ed. status.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):

Graduate standing; full MAT or M.Ed. status.

Course Rotation for Day Program:

No Day Course Rotation

Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Publication manual of the American Psychological Association
By American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association)
Fundamentals of Educational Research
By McMillan, J. H. (Pearson)
Course Learning Outcomes
  1. Models what it means to be an educated person they read, question, and create, and are willing to try new things. (4.1)
  2. Demonstrates familiarity with learning theories and instructional strategies, and stays abreast of current issues in American education. (4.2)
  3. Critically examines their practice on a regular basis to deepen knowledge, expand their repertoire of skills, and incorporate new findings into their practice. (4.3)
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Introduction to research design
  • Conducting literature reviews and writing in the APA format
  • Research designs and data collection methods
  • Data analyses
  • Critically evaluating research products
  • Research proposals

Recommended maximum class size for this course: 15

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Terrence Mason Date: November 14, 2016
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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