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Part 1. What is research and why do we need it? (Part # refer to the Wildemuth book)
0.1
General introduction to the course
01.2 What is research and why do we need it?
Assignments
Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
1 Introduction
     1 Using Research Results to Improve Practice in the Information Professions W Ch. 1, p. 3-7
02.1 Research supporting practice. Assessment and action research Part 1
02.2 Research supporting practice. Assessment and action research Part 1
Assignments
No Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
Part 2. Developing a research topic / research problem and research questions
03.1 Developing a research topic / research problem and research question
03.2 Research and the complexities of reality. A cautionary tale from education
Assignments
Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
2 Developing a research topic / research problem and research questions
     2a1 Developing a Research Question. W-Ch. 2, p. 11 - 20
     2a2 Research question originating from practice. W-Ch. 3, p. 21 -27
     2b1.1 Descriptions of Phenomena or Settings. W-Ch. 4, p. 28–33
     2b2.1 Testing Hypotheses. W-Ch. 5, p. 34 – 40
     2b3 Research questions related to theory. W-Ch. 6, p. 41 – 48. (Part of 3a.2.3)
04.1 Variables and measurement
04.2 Research method principles everywhere: Ideas and inspiration
No Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
5.1-2 Work on definition of research topics. W. peer review, see Guide and detailed schedule in full calendar
No Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
Part 3. Research Designs and Sampling. Dimensions for characterizing research studies
Overview of types of studies. Order revised from textbook to improve organization.
06.1 Lecture. Dimensions for characterizing research studies. Overview

3a Research design by basic approach to gaining insight.

3b The qualitative-quantitative research continuum
06.2 3c Research Design by scope of study and sampling

3c1Studies of limited scope or extent
Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
3 Research Design and Sampling. Dimensions for characterizing research studies.
     3a2.1 Experimental Studies. W-Ch. 12, p. 103 – 113
     3a2.2 Quasi-experimental Studies. W-Ch. 11, p. 91 – 102
     3b3 Mixed Methods. W-Ch. 13, p. 114 – 122
     3c1.1 Case Studies. W-Ch. 7, p. 51 – 59
     3c1.2 Sampling for Intensive Studies. W-Ch. 15, p. 136 – 144
07.1 3c2 Studies of larger Scope. Extensive Studies

3d Studies by population studied
Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
3 Research Design and Sampling. Dimensions for characterizing research studies.
     3c2.1 Sampling for Extensive Studies. W-Ch. 14, p. 123 – 135
     3d1 Studying Special Populations. W-Ch. 16, p. 145 – 151
     3e1.2 Longitudinal Studies. W-Ch. 9, p. 71 – 80
     3e2.2 Naturalistic Research. W-Ch. 8, p. 60 - 70
     3e31.2.1 Delphi Studies. W-Ch. 10, p. 81 - 90
Part 4. Sources of Data and Methods for Data Collection
08.1 Existing documents as data sources
08.2 Data Collection. Observation [of individual participants, groups, events]
Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
4a Existing documents as data sources
     4a1.1 Historical Research. W-Ch. 17, p. 155–164 (focuses on text, but could be any medium)
     4a1.2 Existing Documents and Artifacts as Data. W-Ch. 18, p. 165 - 172
     4a1.3 Transaction Logs [pre-existing or created for research]. W-Ch. 20, p. 185 – 197
4b Observation [of individual participants, groups, events]
     4b1 Direct Observation. W-Ch. 22, p. 209 – 218
     4b2 Participant Observation. W-Ch. 23, p. 219 – 227
09.1 Data collection. Eliciting free-form, mostly spoken answers to open-ended questions
09.2 Data Collection. Observation [of individual participants, groups, events]
Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
4c Eliciting free-form, mostly spoken, answers to open-ended questions
     4c1 Think-aloud Protocols. W-Ch. 21, p. 198 – 208
     4c2 Research Diaries. W-Ch. 24, p. 228 – 238
     4c3 Unstructured Interviews. W-Ch. 25, p. 239 – 247
     4c4 Semistructured Interviews. W-Ch. 26, p. 248 – 257
     4c5 Focus Groups. W-Ch. 27, p. 258 – 271
     4c6 Visual Data Collection Methods. W-Ch. 19, p. 173 – 184
4d Eliciting or scale value answers to closed questions. Structured questionnaires and interviews
     4d1 Survey Research. W-Ch. 28, p. 272 – 283
4e Specific types of variables
     4e1 Measuring Cognitive and Affective Variables. W-Ch. 29, p. 284 – 290
     4e2 Developing New Measures. W-Ch. 30, p. 291 – 304
Part 5. Methods of Data Analysis
10.1 5a. Methods for qualitative analysis
5b Methods for qualitative and structural analysis (qualitative or quanitative)
10.2 5b. Methods for qualitative and structural analysis, continued
Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
5a Methods for qualitative analysis
5b Methods for qualitative and structural analysis (qualitative or quantitative)
     5b1 Content Analysis. W-Ch. 31, p. 307 – 317
     5b2 Qualitative Analysis of Content. W-Ch. 32, p. 318 - 329
     5b3 Discourse Analysis. W-Ch. 33, p. 330 - 338 Optional
     5b4 Social Network Analysis. W-Ch. 34, p. 339 – 350
11.1+2 5c. Methods for quantitative anslysis. Statistical analysis
Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
5c Methods for quantitative analysis. Statistical Analysis
     5c1 Descriptive Statistics. W-Ch. 35, p. 351 – 360
     5c2 Frequencies, Cross-tabulation, and the Chi-square Statistic. W-Ch. 36, p. 361 – 372
12.1+2 5c. Statistical Analysis, continued
Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
     5c3 Analyzing Sequences of Events. W-Ch. 37, p. 373 - 386
     5c4 Correlation. W-Ch. 38, p. 387 – 394
     5c5 Comparing Means: t Tests and Analysis of Variance. W-Ch. 39, p. 395 – 404
Part 7. Concluding Course Activites
13.1 7a Research ethics
7b Interdisciplinary research and team science
7cResearch areas and issues in information science
13.2 Work on research proposal and essay with instructor feedback
No Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth
14.1 Work on research proposal and essay with instructor feedback.
14.2 Work on research proposal and essay with instructor feedback.
No Topics covered and readings from Wildemuth