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Jan Spyridakis
T C 516
Seattle Campus

Research Theory and Application in Technical Communication

Introduction to research methods 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. Prerequisite: introductory statistics course. Offered: Sp.

Class description

Students learn to conduct empirical research in Technical Communication. Students learn through lectures, discussions, class workshops, homework.

Student learning goals

Construct a research problem from relevant literature.

Identify relevant variables and create hypotheses..

Design an experimental research study.

Construct and administer experimental instruments.

Select and apply appropriate data analysis methods, and interpret results.

Write a research report.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Introductory statistics course.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments consist of course readings, analysis of research designs, short written exercises, a research paper, an annotated bibliography, an oral presentation on the research paper, and a midterm quiz. Grades are based on these activities.

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Last Update by Jan Spyridakis
Date: 03/27/2009