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Course Details

Course Code: ITCC500 Course ID: 4095 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course focuses on the research methods, tools, instruments, and devices used in Information Sciences and Information Technology; it appraises the logic of the scientific method, research design, qualitative and quantitative analysis of data for the purpose of conducting and reporting basic research in a scholarly and academic setting. Through concentration-based case studies, it investigates current trends, legal and ethical issues, global and societal impact, policies, and applications in the fields of information technology, information security, cyberlaw, digital forensics, and media management. This course evaluates methods to collect, classify, categorize, evaluate, assess, and report research data, to formulate valid research questions, and to derive logical conclusions. The principles, practices, tools, and methodologies presented in this course are applicable throughout the program of graduate studies.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 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

  • Analyze selected research methods and tools
  • Develop a coherent plan for IT research that includes: problem analysis, purpose, valid research questions, hypothesis construction, literature review, data collection, critical analysis, and research design methodology
  • Identify primary and secondary sources to critically assess sources to recognize scholarly and academic material
  • Apply accurate language mechanics and APA style guidelines to develop research reports and other academic papers
  • Utilize graduate level critical thinking, reasoning, and writing to defend the logic and the conclusions in scholarly research

This course has a strong writing component. The goal is to organize, synthesize, and demonstrate your comprehension of core concepts investigated during this course by applying a combination of the terms, concepts, and details you have learned in a systematic way. As important as "the details" that you analyze and arrange in your writing, however, are the conclusions you draw from those details, and your predictions, responses to, and ultimate interpretation of those details.

Students are expected to maintain routine contact with the instructor throughout the course. While the number of contacts may vary according to the specific course and individual student need, the University requires periodic weekly contacts during the semester. Contact will consist of professor notes, forum interaction, and email feedback. The method of discussion will be on-line related to issues concerning forum assignments, quizzes, assignments, the midterm project and final project.


Review the assigned textbook and support materials for this course! Review the table at the end of the syllabus to see assigned readings for each week.


The projects for this course are located throughout each Lesson. The projects that are required for grading with this course are created from scratch.


The Forum assignments for this course are designed to promote interactivity among students and enhance the online learning process. The Forum provides maximum flexibility because you do not have to be online at the same time as another person and you can read what other students have written.

Forum Timing: For the forum, you must post your work by midnight on Thursday, continue to follow your classmates' posts for the remainder of the week, and post the follow-up peer responses prior to midnight on Sunday, except for week one. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate's opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. You are encouraged to conduct research and use other sources to support your answers.

Required Participation: Please keep in mind that the forum assignments require you to make at least 1 post to the forum with at least 500 words about the topic and also respond to at least 2 peers’ posts with at least 200 words. Please be advised that there will be point deductions if you do not comply with these requirements of the assignment. Each one of you will have a different and unique experience that we can all learn from. Your participation in the Forums unleashes the power of synergy in our classroom. To facilitate this interaction, please be prompt when posting your forum work for each week; this provides time for the others to actively engage in the dialogue. For practical reasons, when you respond to other learners’ posts, please start your response by referencing their name. I will read and grade your participation by reading the forum. There is no need to also post your forum work in the assignments area of the classroom. Refer to the forum and the syllabus for more details on grading.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.00 %
Week 2 Forum 3.00 %
Week 3 Forum 3.00 %
Week 4 Forum 3.00 %
Week 5 Forum 3.00 %
Week 6 Forum 3.00 %
Week 7 Forum 3.00 %
Week 8 Forum 3.00 %
Topic Proposal and Outline 10.00 %
Assignment 1: WK2 Topic Proposal- APA Exercise 10.00 %
Papers 20.00 %
Assignment 2: WK3 Introduction 10.00 %
Assignment 3: WK5 Literature Review and Table of Contents (Outline) 10.00 %
Hypothesis and Research Design 20.00 %
Assignment 4: WK6 Hypothesis and Research Design 20.00 %
Final Project/Assignment 26.00 %
Assignment 5: WK8 Abstract and Final Paper 26.00 %

Book Title: Research Primer for Technical Communication
Author: Hughes
Publication Info: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc
ISBN: 9780805863352

Book Title: Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners, 4th ed.
Author: Ranjit Kumar
Publication Info: Sage
ISBN: 9781446269978

Book Title:Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners, 4th ed.
Publication Info:Sage
Author:Ranjit Kumar
Unit Cost:$53.40
Electronic ISBN:9781446297827
Electronic Unit Cost:$47.00
Book Title:Research Primer for Technical Communication - eBook available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc
Unit Cost:$66.35

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.