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Quantitative Methods of Research
EDUC-815

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 07/28/2020

Contact Information

See detailed faculty information in Blackboard.

Course Description

This course is designed for those planning to write a dissertation. An examination of quantitative designs for educational research topics will be considered. These are: Developing a research problem, Reviewing the Literature, The Hypothesis, Descriptive Statistics, Sampling and Inferential Statistics, Tools of Research, Validity and Reliability, Experimental Research Designs, Ex Post Facto Research, Correlational Research, Survey Research, Guidelines for Writing a Quantitative Research Proposal, and Interpreting and Reporting Results of Quantitative Research.

Requisites

Prerequisites

Background Check Receipt with a score of 5 and EDUC 812

Rationale

This course is necessary to prepare the candidate for the process of writing the required proposal and dissertation within the SOE Doctorate of Education program. The Ed.D. program requires the presentation of a proposal for research as a first step in the process of dissertation writing. This course gives the candidate the specific knowledge, skills, and practice needed to write a successful quantitative doctoral dissertation proposal.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the steps in the dissertation process for Liberty University School of Education.
  2. Explain ethical, legal, and human relations in planning and conducting research.
  3. Define quantitative research and identify the distinguishing characteristics of quantitative research.
  4. Define procedures for reviewing research literature, sampling, selecting and administering tests, and other measurement devices.
  5. Identify concepts and procedures relating to descriptive research, causal-comparative research, correlational research, experimental research, and case study research.
  6. Identify statistical techniques appropriate for analyzing data from different research designs.
  7. Critique peer-reviewed journal articles and quantitative case studies for research design.

Course Resources

Required Resources

American Psychological Association (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.

Gall, M. D., Gall, J. P., & Borg, W. R. (2007). Educational research: An introduction (8th ed.). New York, NY: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN: 9780205488490.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Recommended Resource Purchases

Campbell, D. T., & Stanley, J. C. (1963). Experimental and quasi-experimental designs for research. Rand McNally & Co. ISBN: 9780395307878.

Creswell, J. (2019). Educational research (looseleaf) – with access. (6th ed.) Prentice Hall, Inc. ISBN: 9780134458960.

Joyner, R. L., Rouse, W. A., & Glatthorn, A. A. (2018). Writing the winning thesis or dissertation. (4th ed.) Corwin Press. ISBN: 9781544317205.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. Software Downloads (Silverlight, Adobe PDF Reader, and Flash Player are available to the candidate through the Services/Support link on the Course Menu in Blackboard)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the candidate will complete 2 Discussion Board Forums in 2 parts: 1) the posting of a thread in response to the stated prompt and 2) the posting of at least 2 replies to his/her classmates’ threads. The thread must be approximately 300 words with at least 2 cited references and 1 biblical principle integrated. Each of the replies must be approximately 200 words with at least 1 cited reference in addition to the biblical reference. The threads and replies must be in current APA format, must demonstrate critical analysis and synthesis, and must be both concise and substantial in nature. (MLO: A, B, D)

Plagiarism Awareness Quiz

The candidate will acknowledge his/her understanding of plagiarism and the consequences of plagiarism in the course via a quiz. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 3 multiple-choice questions, and have a 2-hour and 45-minute time limit. (MLO: B, G)

APA Quiz

The candidate will complete a 10-question quiz on current APA formatting. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 1-hour time limit. (MLO: D, E, G)

Building a Research Proposal Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the presentations detailing the sections of a research proposal to prepre the candidate for a quanitative dissertation. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.  (MLO: B, D, E, F)

Article Critique Worksheets (6)

The candidate will complete a critical analysis of 6 assigned articles. Using the provided Article Critique Worksheet, the candidate will critique the articles, identify research limitations of the articles, and reflect on the gaps and limitations of the future research in the article reviewed. (MLO: C, F, G)

Reading and Study Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material. These quizzes build on each other and may cover cumulative concepts. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit. (MLO: C, E, F)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (2 at 50 pts ea)

100

Plagiarism Awareness Quiz

10

APA Quiz

20

Building a Research Proposal Quizzes (6 at 20 pts ea)

120

Article Critique Worksheets (6 at 75 pts ea)

450

Reading and Study Quizzes (6 at 50 pts ea)

300

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Grading Scale

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Schedule

EDUC 815

Textbooks: APA, Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2010).

Gall et al., Educational Research: An Introduction (2006).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Gall et al.: ch. 1-2

1 presentation

3 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Advising Guide Acknowledgement

DB Forum 1

10

0

0

50

2

APA Manual

Gall et al.: ch. 3-4

1 presentation

2 websites

APA Quiz

Plagiarism Awareness Quiz

Reading and Study Quiz 1

Article Critique Worksheet 1

Proposal Quiz: (Introduction)

20

10

50

75

20

3

Gall et al.: chs. 5-6

1 presentation

1 website

Reading and Study Quiz 2

Article Critique Worksheet 2

Proposal Quiz: (Participants and Setting)

50

75

20

4

Gall et al.: chs. 7–9

1 presentation

1 website

Reading and Study Quiz 3

Article Critique Worksheet 3

Proposal Quiz: (Instrumentation)

50

75

20

5

Gall et al.: ch. 10

2 presentations

1 website

Reading and Study Quiz 4

Article Critique Worksheet 4

Proposal Quiz: (Research Design)

50

75

20

6

Gall et al.: ch. 11

2 presentations

1 website

Reading and Study Quiz 5

Article Critique Worksheet 5

Proposal Quiz: (Procedures and Data Analysis)

50

75

20

7

Gall et al.: chs. 12–13

1 presentation

1 website

Reading and Study Quiz 6

 Article Critique Worksheet 6

Proposal Quiz: (Abstract)

50

75

20

8

Gall et al.: Review previous readings

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

50

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.