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Course Details

Course Code: EDMG540 Course ID: 3627 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course in research methods will prepare the emergency and disaster management graduate student to understand material and issues associated with but not limited to the logic of the scientific method, research design, and qualitative and statistical analysis of data. Students will be afforded to opportunity to begin to conduct research on topics within the field of emergency and disaster management. This course is intended to provide a foundation from which the student may use the knowledge and practices gained in this course throughout the rest of their graduate program.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

  • LO-1: Assess the appropriate application of various qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research approaches and techniques.
  • LO-2: Apply critical thinking techniques and logic to problem development.
  • LO-3: Demonstrate proficiency in the use of selected research methods and tools.
  • LO-4: Learn how to apply ethical standards for the protection of human subjects.

Reading/Writing Assignments: Papers will be graded using the APUS graduate rubric, with attention paid to comprehension, depth of knowledge, and clear expression of ideas and arguments. Additionally, adherence to APA conventions will be required.

Forum Assignments: To achieve full credit for a forum, one must: create an original post; respond to a minimum of two classmates; and respond to everyone who responded to you. Posts must be thoughtful and responses helpful in a way that enhances understanding of the topics and issues.

NameGrade %
Forums 20.00 %
Forum - Introduction 0.80 %
Forum One - Two 4.80 %
Forum Three - Four 4.80 %
Forum Five - Six 4.80 %
Forum Seven - Eight 4.80 %
Assignments 80.00 %
Assignment One: Theory, Problem Statements, and Research Questions 10.00 %
Assignment Two: Experiments, Surveys, and Case Studies 10.00 %
Assignment Three: Topic and Problem Statement 10.00 %
Assignment Four: The Literature Review, Methodology, and Research Plan 10.00 %
Assignment Five: Analytical Thinking 10.00 %
Assignment Six: The Research Proposal 10.00 %
Assignment Seven: The CITI Course 10.00 %
Assignment Eight: The Prospectus 10.00 %

Note: The texts are available as ebooks from the Kindle store, if not from the publisher. It is not necessary to own a Kindle. A free Kindle app is available for both PCs and MACs. Ebooks in most cases are provided at reduced cost and ebook use is encouraged. In many cases, Kindle books may be rented from Amazon, further reducing cost.

Required Website

Book Title:Research Methods in Public Administration and Public Management - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Routledge
Author:Sandra van Thiel
Unit Cost:$71.35
Book Title:The Thinker's Guide to Analytic Thinking - hard copy available to purchase from
Publication Info:Rowman & Littlefield
Author:Elder, L. and Paul, R.
Unit Cost:$21.99
Electronic ISBN:9781538133750
Electronic Unit Cost:$20.50

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.