This course focuses on complex quantitative research methods and analyses used in doctoral-level research. The course focuses on experimental and quasi-experimental design using multivariate and inferential analyses. Probability sampling, intervention, and group comparison are integrated into an advanced quantitative study design. Students will also design and pilot test a valid and reliable instrument for quantitative data collection.
The course project is a pilot study report that presents (a) the design and results of a pilot study to test a valid and reliable self-designed instrument appropriate for quantitative data collection, and (b) proposes a study designed to use the pilot-tested instrument in a two-group experimental or quasi experimental research study to investigate a relevant research problem within the field.
Course Learning Objectives
- Appraise inferential and non-inferential statistical methods with emphasis on causal inference.
- Operationalize constructs to develop testable hypotheses.
- Produce and assess valid and reliable data collection instrumentation.
- Validate a quantitative data collection instrument in a pilot setting.
- Formulate an intervention for quasi-experimental or experimental research design using equivalent or non-equivalent groups and probability sampling.
- Plan for an experimental or quasi experimental research study that incorporates multiple variables.