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Jan Spyridakis
HCDE 516
Seattle Campus

Experimental Research Methods

Introduction to experimental research methods in human centered design and engineering. Examines the relationship between theory and research, hypothesis testing, experimental designs, modes of observation, sampling, validity, and data analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: introductory statistics course. Offered: Sp.

Class description

HCDE 516 introduces students to research methods used in technical communication. Students examine the relationship between theory and research, hypothesis testing, experimental designs, modes of observation, sampling, validity, and data analysis and interpretation. Many students use HCDE 516 as a basis for beginning a research study that will lead to the conduct of a full study that they may publish or that they refine into a thesis or dissertation topic.

Student learning goals

Construct a research problem and specific research question based on relevant literature.

Identify relevant variables and create hypotheses.

Design a research study.

Construct and administer experimental instruments.

Select and apply appropriate data analysis methods.

Write a research report.

General method of instruction

Lecture, class workshops, lab sessions.

Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: introductory statistics course or permission of instructor.

Class assignments and grading

Short assignments, worksheets, and class workshops. Research Paper. Oral Presentation.

Rubrics for all assignments. See more on course website.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Jan Spyridakis
Date: 05/29/2012