IS3330 Research Methods for Information Sciences

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of research design for research in the Information Sciences (IS) field. This overview consists of understanding the preliminary considerations that go into selecting a qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research design. These include knowing the definition for these different approaches, considering philosophical worldviews, reviewing the literature, understanding the use of theory, anticipating ethical issues, and developing writing strategies. We will discuss the process of research as it relates to each approach in IS research. This process includes writing an introduction, specifying a purpose statement, and developing research questions and/or hypotheses. This course will focus on the methods and procedures for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods studies. In this course, the following objectives will be emphasized: I. Develop an understanding of the basic characteristics of qualitative and quantitative methods research and the differences among these approaches. 2. Be able to discuss the major philosophical worldviews related to research. 3. Define the major strategies of inquiry used in qualitative and quantitative methods research. 4. Learn how to search the research literature on a topic of interest. 5. Understand the role of literature and theory in qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research. 6. Develop writing strategies for qualitative and quantitative methods research proposals and reports. 7. Anticipate ethical issues related to research. 8. Understand the elements that comprise a good introduction to an IS research study. 9. Be able to write a purpose statement for qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods research. 10. Develop research questions and or hypotheses for qualitative and quantitative methods research. 11. Understand the procedures involved in developing quantitative and qualitative methods research plans. Prerequisites: None

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