Oct 07, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GS 093 - Introduction to Primary Research and Data Analysis

2 lecture hours 2 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This writing-focused class will bridge students’ classroom experiences by exposing them to types of writing tasks that will be expected of them at MSOE. They will look at different types of quantitative and qualitative research and develop the capacity to analyze information as they form research questions and gather data through conducting interviews, surveys, and observations. Students will learn about the scientific method and the basic structure of lab reports, as well has how to answer a question by developing an experiment to test a hypothesis. They will also practice reporting their findings to an audience. (prereq: recommendation by the Coordinator of ESL)
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Conduct primary research projects - specifically scientific experiments and field research - and report on findings in formal reports and presentations
  • Apply the scientific method to answer a research question by formulating a hypothesis, designing and conducting an experiment, measuring results, and drawing conclusions
  • Evaluate how and when to employ various forms of field research methodology, including interviews, surveys, and observations
  • Accurately describe and interpret statistics, graphics, and mathematical operations
  • Avoid producing biased or misleading research
  • Compose an abstract for an academic publication
  • Write conclusions using language of argumentation and evaluation

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Primary research and the Scientific Method
  • Experiments, measurements, and calculations
  • Scientific abstracts, presenting data, and describing change
  • Presenting findings from scientific research
  • Field research methodology
  • Making comparisons and connections and working with collected data
  • Presenting findings from field research

Katherine Toske

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