Research Courses at Ashford University

Scholarship begins with a focus on research. In your research courses, you will learn techniques on how to gather, interpret, and apply leading research methods to your coursework, dissertation, and projects outside of school. These research courses are part of many graduate programs at Ashford University. Uncover the facts and statistics that support your work.

Research Class Descriptions and Credit Information

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods

3 Credits

This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies.

RES 5400 Understanding, Interpreting & Applying Statistical Concepts

3 Credits

This course teaches students how to critically analyze, interpret, and apply statistical concepts to research in education and the social sciences. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are also addressed focusing on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and to apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and realistic situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

RES 7105 Scholarly Argument I

3 Credits

In this course students will learn foundation skills for searching the academic literature and constructing a sound argument. Students will develop a detailed topic outline and an annotated bibliography of resources in an area of interest. This course will give students the opportunity to develop the research skills to succeed in their coursework and complete either an Applied Doctoral Project or Dissertation.

RES 7110 Scholarly Argument II

3 Credits

This course will build on the work students began in Scholarly Argument I and the research skills honed throughout the curriculum. Organization of content and formulating a well-researched scholarly argument are key learning outcomes. Students will produce a first draft of a literature review in their content areas and review potential research methodologies for completing either an Applied Doctoral Project or Dissertation.

RES 7302 Advanced Research Methods

3 Credits

This course involves the advanced study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. The course is divided into three sections, which cover social scientific inquiry and research design, quantitative methodologies, and qualitative methodologies. Qualitative methods will be emphasized, but a foundation for quantitative methodological principles will be provided. Students will be required to complete a training on ethics in research, as well as complete a qualitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.

RES 7400 Research Design & Methods - Quantitative

3 Credits

This course involves the advanced study of research design, and the quantitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will gain experience developing their own research ideas and learning how to select and apply appropriate research designs to test those ideas. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will also learn how to evaluate which research designs would be appropriate to test various areas of inquire, as well as how to communicate the methods and results of particular quantitative studies. Students will be required to complete a training on ethics in research, as well as complete a quantitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.

RES 7402 Advanced Tests & Measurements

3 Credits

This course involves the advanced study of the theory and practice of psychological measurement. Students review and apply the concepts of measurement (levels of measurement, variables, and validity and reliability of instruments and measurement procedures), and basic principles of statistics (descriptive statistics, univariate inferential statistics for comparisons of sample means, correlation, and regression), as a basis for exploring the proper use of tests and measurements in psychological research. Students will explore published research based on psychometric instruments and other measurement methodologies, and design a quantitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.

RES 7410 Research Design & Methods - Qualitative

3 Credits

This course involves the advanced study of research design, in general, and the qualitative inquiry, in particular, that can be used in addressing research questions. The epistemological assumptions underlying the qualitative methodology will be explored as students become familiar with the philosophical issues underlying how we know what we know. The ability to choose a researchable topic and create associated research questions will be emphasized. Students will become familiar with a variety of approaches including ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, narrative, participatory action research, and case study. A variety of common data collection methods will be studied, such as observation, interviews, surveys, and historical document collection. Validation and reliability standards, as well as evaluation criteria for qualitative approaches will be addressed. Students will be required to complete training on ethics in research, as well as complete a qualitative research proposal in an area of interest, which may include dissertation related research.

RES 7415 Advanced Statistics

3 Credits

This course emphasizes inferential statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include hypothesis testing, probability, multiple correlation and regression, t-tests, Analysis of Variance, Analysis of Covariance, and Multivariate Analysis of Variance, and nonparametric tests. Research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various research problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills for interpreting statistical results presented in scholarly research articles.

RES 7430 Action Research

3 Credits

Action research is a reflective process of collaborative, participatory problem solving. This course addresses the processes and procedures for conducting action research, as well as how to develop an action research plan. Students will attain a conceptual and applied understanding of action research methods and the skills to use these methods to transform an organization through data driven decision-making. Students will be able to critically analyze and design action research projects, collect and analyze data, interpret results, and articulate action research principles as a leader in relevant contexts.

RES 7440 Advanced Study in Qualitative Research

3 Credits

Students with interest in qualitative research, or with a desire to utilize this methodology for their respective doctoral dissertation, will be given an opportunity to greatly expand their existing knowledge base on qualitative research methodology. Students may elect to begin working on a preliminary proposal for their doctoral dissertation (or select and explore a topic of interest that may become the dissertation topic) for the culminating project in this course.

RES 7480 Evidence-Based Practice

3 Credits

This course demonstrates the value of evidence-based practice as an integral part of formulating human services research and policy. Course work examines the current definition of evidence-based policy and approaches to move the field forward. The course provides an evaluation of evidence-based literature, including case study examples of the application of evidence-based practices in human services. The course also examines actions to further evidence-based policy, including preparing and communicating data more effectively, using existing analytic tools, conducting policy surveillance, and tracking outcomes with different types of evidence.

RES 8910 Dissertation Planning I

1 Credit

In this course, students begin drafting their dissertation under instructor supervision. Students working individually on their dissertation drafts focus on the description of their topic, refinement of their research questions, and outlining their review of the literature with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student's individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during, or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.

RES 8912 Dissertation Planning II

1 Credit

In this course students continue drafting their dissertation from Dissertation Planning I under instructor supervision. Students working individually on their dissertation drafts focus on further refinement of the description of their topic, the final draft wording of their research questions, and beginning to write their review of the literature and research methodology with feedback and recommendations for revisions from their instructor. Students will exchange research concepts and proposed approaches about their research methodology with other students proposing similar methods (qualitative, quantitative, mixed, action). Final approval of these drafts of portions of the dissertation rests with the student's individual dissertation committees, as described in the current University of the Rockies Dissertation Handbook, as revised from time to time. Following the procedures outlined in the Handbook, students may form their committees before, during or after their enrollment and completion of Dissertation Planning I and II.

RES 8920 Applied Doctoral Project Planning I

1 Credit

In this course students will begin drafting their Applied Doctoral Project under instructor supervision. Students will work individually on their Applied Doctoral Project drafts and their Project Justification drafts, focusing on the description of their project, refinement of their research questions, and a draft of their review of the literature. Students are encouraged to work closely with their chair during this course.

RES 8922 Applied Doctoral Project Planning II

1 Credit

In this course students continue drafting their Applied Doctoral Project and Project Justification from Applied Doctoral Project Planning I. Students will further refine the description of their topic, their review of the literature and their Project Justification. At the end of this course, students should have a Project Justification in close to its final form.

RES 8981 - 8985 Applied Doctoral Project

1 Credit

Students opting to complete an Applied Doctoral Project must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five terms of Applied Doctoral Project credit, one credit per term. Applied Doctoral Projects are written per the policies, practices, and procedures in the Applied Doctoral Project Handbook.

RES 8986 Applied Doctoral Project Extension

1 Credit

When an Applied Doctoral Project extends beyond 5 credit hours, students must register in Applied Doctoral Project Extension until the Applied Doctoral Project is complete.

RES 8987 Applied Doctoral Project Extension

1 Credit
When an Applied Doctoral Project extends beyond 5 credit hours, students must register in Applied Doctoral Project Extension until the Applied Doctoral Project is complete. Students are registered for RES 8987 after successfully passing the Preliminary Oral Defense, at which point the Applied Doctoral Project Support Fee is no longer charged. Equivalent to RES 8986.

RES 8990 Dissertation

1 Credit

Students writing a dissertation must complete a total of 5 credits by registering for five consecutive terms of dissertation credit, one credit per term. Dissertations are written per the policies, practices and procedures in the Dissertation Handbook.