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Craig W. Thomas
PPM 502
Seattle Campus

Research Design

Provides a rigorous foundation for interdisciplinary research design. Introduces iconic types of theory (predictive, interpretive, and explanatory) and the philosophical foundations underlying these. Reviews a range of methodological approaches to research: experimental and quasi-experimental, statistical and quasi-statistical, comparative case-study, ethnographic, and triangulation. Offered: A.

Class description

This course introduces graduate students to basic research issues in the applied social sciences and develops practical skills for conducting research. The goal is to provide solid grounding in the logic of research design—not to achieve proficiency in any one methodology. As an introductory course, you need not have any prior background in research methods; the course is, nonetheless, rigorous.

Student learning goals

Recognize the types of methods appropriate for addressing particular research questions;

design your own research project in a dissertation prospectus or grant proposal; and

identify methodological strengths and weaknesses in published research in your field.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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.
Last Update by Blake N Cooper
Date: 10/19/2009