COM 564
Applied Quantitative Research Methods

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Course Overview

The objective of COM 564 is to acquaint you with quantitative and qualitative research methods. The topics we?ll examine include quantitative and qualitative research designs, measurement scales and questionnaire construction, sampling, data collection methods and related topics. This is an applied course designed to increase your understanding of the role of research in organizations and its application to organizational decision making.


Course Goals

As a result of taking this course, you will develop an understanding of a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods and related topics. These include sampling, measurement scales, question wording and questionnaire design. You also will learn how to use research methods to better understand people and to contribute to informed organizational decision making and problem solving.


Course Work

Participation: The purpose of graded course participation is to help ensure you are learning the material in COM 564. As course material dictates, I will ask you to read the lecture slides provided, listen to the lectures and take notes, read related course materials and assignments, and post comments as appropriate. You have a total of 5 online discussion board exercises to complete. You also should respond to others' posts by Sunday at 11:59 PM of the week the discussion is assigned. Initial posts are due by Friday at 11:59 PM in the assigned week. Feel free to contribute to all of the posts but at least two responses to others' posts are required. I will follow a rubric to grade your posts, so please review the provided rubric. 

Two open book tests: The purpose of the tests is to make sure you are learning the concepts for this course. The tests will timed. You will have 120 minutes to complete each test. The tests will be primarily multiple-choice and true/false questions, with a few short answer questions. You may use your book and notes while completing the tests. The tests will be available for seven days (Monday 6AM to Sunday 11:59PM). You can take the test any time within these seven days. Once you have opened the test, you will have 120 minutes to complete the test. The test will automatically submit after 120 minutes of of opening the test.

Assignments: There will be four assignments in this course. Each assignment is designed to help you practice and apply concepts we have been learning in the course. The assignments will ask you to apply information from your textbook and from lecture, submitting a written assignment. Each assignment will have a set of instructions, and will be graded according to a rubric. 


Late Work Policy

All work is due at the times and dates specified in the syllabus. Work turned in up to 24 hours late will be worth half credit and I will not accept work that is more than 24 hours late. Please contact me as soon as possible if you miss any work.


Instructor Interaction

I will check the course space and email regularly. General course questions should be posted to the Questions for Instructors discussion board, this way others benefit from the information as well. As I check email and the course space regularly, I plan to be able to reply to any messages you have within 48 hours, if not sooner. Please keep this in mind when sending questions. Last minute questions about the exam or assignments may not be responded to in time, so it is important that you review materials prior to the deadlines to allow adequate time for questions and responses if necessary. 


Grading

There are 200 points possible in the course. I will use a straight scale (including pluses and minuses) to determine final grades.

Course Work Points Percent of Final Grade
Discussion/Participation 20 10%
Tests 100 (50 each) 50%
Assignments 80 (20 each) 40%
Total 200 100%

 

Grade Percentage Grade Percentage
A 93-100% C 73-76%
A- 90-92% C- 70-72%
B+ 87-89% D+ 67-69%
B 83-86% D 60-66%
B- 80-82% F 0-59%
C+ 77-79%    

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