T C 516
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.
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
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.
For more information, see the course Web site: http://faculty.washington.edu/jansp/TC516