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PADM500 - Applied Research Methods in Public Administration


The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the elements for building research projects and analyzing research in the public administration setting. Topics will include developing research questions, research hypotheses, use of theory in the research project, and the distinction between qualitative and quantitative methods. Students will learn how to select the best methods for the issue or problem being researched. Methods covered in the class include interviewing, survey research, focus groups, content analysis, case study methods, observations, and an overview of statistical methods focused on comprehending statistics. No prerequisite.






Schedule of Classes

Registration Dates Course Dates Session
05/28/18 - 11/02/18 11/05/18 - 12/30/18 Fall 2018 Session I - 8 Week session
06/25/18 - 11/30/18 12/03/18 - 01/27/19 Fall 2018 Session D - 8 Week session

Course Materials

Previous Syllabi

Book Title: The New Public Service: Serving, Not Steering, 4th ed. (this title will be required in PADM500, PADM505, PADM520, PADM530, PADM610, PADM612, PADM697 and PADM699. Only one purchase required) (Hard copy not available from the APUS Bookstore.)
ISBN: 9781138891258
Publication Info: Routledge
Author: J. Denhardt and R. Denhardt
Unit Cost: $56.35
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Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
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