Course Description

LIS 9004-200 (Summer 2024)   Research Methods

Instructor: P. McKenzie

Course Description
This course provides an introduction to qualitative and quantitative research methods. Topics covered include: the research process from finding a researchable question through data gathering and analysis to dissemination of results; qualities of well-designed research; ethical considerations in research; and basic concepts and techniques in qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

0.5 course

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of readings, assignments, and class participation, students will be able to:

1. Design
a) Ask: Construct research questions to explore specific scholarly and/or professional problem-solving, user needs assessment, and evaluation in library and information fields (Program-level learning outcome 1)
b) Design: Identify the best approach for a research project in library and information studies; explain decision making processes at each step of the research process (Program-level learning outcome 1,2,3)

2. Collect
Identify and collect appropriate data to address a specific research question. (Program-level learning outcome 2)

3. Analyze and interpret
a) Analyze: Apply qualitative and quantitative methodological frameworks to analyze data (Program-level learning outcome 2)
b) Interpret: Interpret findings by discussing implications for practice and/or theory in library and information studies. (Program-level learning outcome 2)

4. Critique
a) Evaluate.  Critically evaluate qualitative and quantitative research in library and information studies. (Program-level learning outcome 2)
b) Align. Articulate ethical concerns associated with library and information studies research and their significance for practice; conduct research that aligns with ethical standards for research and professional practice (Program-level learning outcome 3)

5. Mobilize
a) Communicate: Effectively communicate research findings through speaking, writing, and presenting about them to diverse audiences in formal and informal professional and scholarly domains. (Program-level learning outcome 9) 
b) Apply: Critically apply basic principles and techniques of research to problem-solving, user needs assessment, and evaluation in library and information fields, forming sound opinions based on critical analysis of valid and reliable data.  (Program-level learning outcomes 4, 6, 7, 8).

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