PA 5000 - Research Methods

This course is taught on- and off-campus. This course builds upon the foundation that you received in an undergraduate statistics course and prepares students to carry out complex research assignments. Because statistics is a prerequisite for taking PA 5000 and all students must take PA 5000 in their first semester, all incoming students MUST have taken an undergraduate statistics course prior to starting classes in the MPA program. Topics covered include research design and the basics of philosophy of science. Following a brief review of basic statistics, the course will move the student into advanced statistical techniques including correlation and multivariate regression. Students will become proficient in data gathering and entering data into the computer, as well as choosing and interpreting appropriate analytical techniques. This class will require substantial effort on your part to master all needed computer and research skills. An undergraduate statistics course is required before you register for Research Methods.


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