Description: This course examines the use of research methods, how research methods can be used to provide solutions to business problems, and how research is applied to the IT domain. Also examined are the scientific method, types of research, qualitative and quantitative approaches to research, ethical considerations in research, the use of an IRB, and research documentation. Students will also analyze tools for managing research, locating scholarly research, differentiating between good and poor research, and constructing citations and references per APA Style®. A fundamental understanding of research skills is important to students' learning as students will locate scholarly resources, draft research-based essays, and will do so using ethically sound principles throughout their program of study. Students will build upon this course during the remainder of their program by exploring the impacts of IT on business organizations such as how IT can be used as a strategic tool to promote business health, and why technical skills and knowledge as well as communications and human interaction skills are required by those supervising and managing within technical domains. Letter grade only.
Prerequisite: Admission to a Personalized Learning program