Course Description

This course introduces students to a variety of approaches to answer questions in different contexts (e.g. business, society, friendships, politics).  Students will learn how to ask good questions and answer those questions ethically using a variety of data-driven approaches, including quantitative, qualitative, and computational.



Professor of Record

Jeffrey Stanton


Learning Objectives

After taking this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the criteria that determine the quality of research questions
  2. Generate researchable questions for different types of situations 
  3. Critique various research methods, describing pros and cons of each
  4. Identify appropriate research methods for a given research question
  5. Engage in ethical considerations of the process of conducting research and the effects of the research on individuals, organizations, and society
  6. Recognize the strengths and limitations in a given research set of research results
  7. Analyze data emerging from several types of research design and communicate the results of the analysis verbally and in writing

Course Syllabus

IST 414 Fall 2021 Syllabus - Jeffrey Stanton

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