RES702: Quantitative Doctoral Research Methods

Course Credits:
3
Course Hours Per Week:
20

Course Overview

This course focuses on the quantitative paradigm of doctoral-level research from a practitioner-based perspective using non-inferential and inferential analyses.  The theoretical and philosophical foundation of quantitative methods, including deductive inquiry, other inherent assumptions and analytical tools for descriptive and correlation study design, provide the groundwork for the justification of an empirical quantitative research design to address a pertinent research problem. 

The course project results in a research prospectus that presents a justified research problem, research question, conceptual framework, study setting, population and sampling method, and a plan for quantitative data collection and analysis methods for a proposed quantitative research study.

A research prospectus is a common precursor document that may lead to a proposal to conduct a research study.  In this course, the components of a non-experimental quantitative research prospectus are developed throughout the course and presented in Module 8 as a polished doctoral-level research prospectus as the course project.  The final research prospectus will incorporate:

  • A justified research problem worthy of doctoral-level study
  • Study Purpose
  • Research question(s)
  • Conceptual framework
  • Research setting
  • Population and Sampling Frame
  • Sampling Method
  • Data Collection & Analysis Plan
  • References

The audience for the prospectus will be the decision makers that would typically determine whether the study would proceed to a research proposal.  The prospectus will be formatted using APA style and JIU requirements for dissertation documents.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish frameworks, approaches, and theoretical traditions in quantitative research.
  • Incorporate the conventions nonexperimental analysis in an applied research design to address relevant problems within the field.
  • Contrast quantitative research design with mixed-methods research design.
  • Select and propose a plan for apposite sampling, data collection, and analysis methods for nonexperimental quantitative inquiry.
  • Formulate a scholarly writing style at the level of extant research scholarship within the field.
  • Inculcate ethical maturity as a principal investigator in all aspects of the qualitative research process.
  • Critique a self-profile as a professional research practitioner prepared to undertake creative and intellectual risks to solve relevant problems within the field.
  • Justify and defend the selection of an appropriate nonexperimental quantitative method and design to investigate a relevant research problem.

Course Prerequisites