Research Project: The main assignment for this course is a research project that includes the preparation and presentation of that project. The research project could be a research paper, a master’s thesis, or chapter two of your doctoral dissertation. This assignment offers an opportunity to apply the principles of research design encountered in this course and evaluate critically research proposals prepared by others.
Research Portfolio: the portfolio should be for a project that could lead to a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation (although you are not in any way bound to pursue the topic chosen for this course for your actual thesis or dissertation). This assignment offers an opportunity to apply the principles of research design encountered in this course and evaluate critically research proposals prepared by others.
Title/Research question– In Healthcare Organizations does age and computer skills of clinical staff hinder or help faster patient care outcomes?
Hypotheses- The age of clinicians and their lack of computer skills hinder the outcome of patient care by delaying the documentation process.
Literature Review Outline
Independent Variable and operationalization
5 Dependent Variables and operationalization
Most different Case-Study
Most Similar Case-Study
Observational/Participation Analysis Example
Content Analysis Example
Titles and research question (highlighted above) are due on our second class and complete portfolios must be handed in 7 days after our final class. Our final class will be when you present your portfolios and the time allotted for presentations and discussions depends on final enrolment; however, all students are expected to present live or post a video presentation (may only be oral) on or before our last chat session.
Class reading material used in class as reference for the learning process:
King, Gary, Robert Keohane, and Sidney Verba. 1994. Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN: 0-691-03471-0
Gerring, John. 2008. Social Science Methodology: A Critical Framework. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 0521805139
Brady, Henry and David Collier. 2004. Rethinking Social Inquiry: Diverse Tools, Shared Standards. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN: 0742511251 (make sure you purchase the paperback version of the book)
Ragin, Charles and Howard Becker. 2009. What is a Case: Exploring the Foundations of Social Inquiry. New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9780521421881
Weiss, Robert. 1994. Learning From Strangers: The Art and Method of Qualitative Interview Studies. New York: First Free Press. ISBN: 0684823128
Hart, Christopher. 1999. Doing a Literature Review: Releasing the Social Science Research Imagination. New York: Sage Publications. ISBN: 0761959750
Kuhn, Thomas. 1996. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN: 0226458083
Imre Lakatos and Alan Musgrave. 1965. Criticism and the Growth of Knowledge. New York: Cambridge University Press
Karl Popper. The Logic of Scientific Discovery. ISBN: 0415278449
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