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Course Details

Course Code: SPST500 Course ID: 3629 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

MUST BE TAKEN AS THE SECOND COURSE IN THE SPACE STUDIES PROGRAM. This course is designed to build the student's ability to organize and conduct research in the space studies discipline, and to enable the student to present findings in a clear, concise, coherent manner. It is devoted to thinking about research logically, creatively, critically, structurally and scientifically. Course material covers qualitative research designs, theory building, role of argumentation in presenting a research report (thesis), as well as describing and analyzing quantitative variables. IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY COMPLETED COLLEGE ALGEBRA BEFORE TAKING THIS COURSE

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

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze sources of data/information related to a given research topic
  • Evaluate both quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Apply select statistical analysis procedures for quantitative data
  • Present findings in a coherent manner using both written text and graphics

Chapter Exercises:

The end of chapter exercises are found in the book. They test your knowledge of the chapter’s material and will be due each week.

Annotated Bibliography Assignment:

The student will be required to review a total of 10 space studies-related journal articles and write an Annotated Bibliography for each. The student is responsible for finding and choosing the articles for review. Be sure to post the annotated bibliographies within the Assignments area of the classroom.

Please see the following link for an excellent and concise introduction to the concept of writing annotated bibliographies:

Forum Assignments:

There are a total of eight graded forum postings for this course. You will be graded on your active participation within each posting, and the quality of response for each. Make sure you respond to at least two other student posts!

Final Project:

The Research Project will measure your ability to use the skills learned throughout the course. Specifics of the ten-page research project will be posted no later than Week 6.

NameGrade %
Forums 24.00 %
Week 1 - Introduction forum 3.00 %
Week 2 - Scientific Method/Pscyhology Methods 3.00 %
Week 3 - Specific Research Methods 3.00 %
Week 4 - Annotated Bibliography 3.00 %
Week 5 - Construct Validity 3.00 %
Week 6 - Stats 3.00 %
Week 7 - Questions 3.00 %
Week 8 - Statistics and Research 3.00 %
Chapter Exercises 30.00 %
Week 1 Chapter Exercises 5.00 %
Week 2 Chapter Exercises 5.00 %
Week 3 Chapter Exercises 5.00 %
Week 5 Chapter Exercises 5.00 %
Week 6 Chapter Exercises 5.00 %
Week 7 Chapter Exercises 5.00 %
Annotated Bibliography 20.00 %
Week 4 Annotated Bibliography 20.00 %
Research Project 26.00 %
Week 8 Research Project 26.00 %

Book Title: Research Methods and Statistics A Critical Thinking Approach, 5th ed.
Author: Sherri L. Jackson
Publication Info: Cengage
ISBN: 9781305257795

Book Title:Research Methods and Statistics A Critical Thinking Approach, 5th ed.
Publication Info:Cengage
Author:Sherri L. Jackson
Unit Cost:$245.02
Electronic ISBN:9781305465381
Electronic Unit Cost:$40.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.