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DBA801 – Quantitative Research Methods

Dr. Kerry Curtis

Golden Gate University - San Francisco

Summer Trimester 2008 -- Tuesdays 6:50 - 9:50 -- May 6 – Aug 19 -- Room 3205

Course Objectives

This course, combined with DBA800 and DBA802, is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills to do primary research in both the academic setting and in the practical world of business. In DBA801, we will focus on the specific objectives listed below.

  • 1.

    An understanding of the particular requirements and standards of academic research, including the ability to undertake critical reading and evaluation of published scholarly work containing research findings.

  • 2.

    An understanding of the principles and methods of research design and the skills to formulate research designs appropriate to a variety of business topics.

  • 3.

    Knowledge of the principal quantitative methods used in conducting primary research.

  • 4.

    A good understanding of the role of research questions in research, and the ability to formulate research hypotheses that derive from the research questions and to test them by applying statistical techniques to data derived from surveys and other sources.

  • 5.

    The ability to use scientific and statistical thinking and analysis to make intelligent, fact-based decisions that satisfy worthy research questions using the principles of scientific method;

  • 6.

    A thorough understanding of the principles and mechanics of survey research, which is the most common method for conducting primary research and should be well understood by any scholar of management.

  • 7.

    The skills to create and manage research data sets using a statistical software system (SPSS) and to do univariate statistical analysis and the most common methods of multivariate statistical analysis of research data, with primary focus on analysis of variance, multiple regression, factor analysis, and the general linear model.

  • 8.

    An understanding of other multivariate methods and time series analysis.

  • 9.

    The ability to read and understand scholarly journal articles that use advanced quantitative research methods and to accurately assess their strengths and weaknesses.

  • 10.

    An understanding of experimentation and experimental design and their power to answer research questions.

  • 11.

    The ability to communicate quantitative research findings in written form that meets the standards of academic research writing.

The course, in combination with DBA800 and 802, should provide a framework and skills that the student can draw upon in planning and carrying out data collection and analysis for his or her dissertation research.

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