====here is syllabus ===my future is Custom and border protection officer, this class is awesome,teacher is great and very informative,please write reflective paper.see attached file.fully answer all questions!!!GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY
College of Arts and Sciences
Division of Arts and Letters
Public AdministrationMaster of Public Administration Mission Statement
The Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) degree program in Governors State
Universitys College of Arts and Sciences prepares students to serve as administrators in the
non-profit sector, all levels of government, and private organizations. The MPA program
provides a high-quality education to a diverse student body while engaging in scholarly
activities and community service. The program encourages students to become civically
engaged and advances students practical knowledge for career advancement in the nonprofit,
public, and private sector. The MPA curriculum is designed to offer courses that emphasize
the importance of ethics, how to solve complex organizational dilemmas and implement
Seminar in Research Methods
PADM 7600 / POLJS 6120 /CJUS 8200
Susan Gaffney, Ph.D.
Tuesday 4:30pm -7pm
Thursday 4:30pm – 7pm
Introduces students to a variety of standard
research methods. Students will develop
research instruments, collect and analyze data.
Includes application and interpretation of
This course teaches students how to evaluate
what others have published on their research
topic of interest. Students will develop
scholarly and practitioner research questions.
Students will select the most appropriate
research design and be taught to collect and
analyze data (nominal, ordinal, interval and
ratio). The skills learned in this course prepare
students to write scholarly articles, grant
proposals for funding, and how to evaluate
existing government and nonprofit social
This course is intended for students pursuing
their graduate degree in Public Administration,
Political and Justice Studies, Criminal Justice,
or a graduate degree in the social sciences.
This course is also open to public sector
practitioners who want to develop their
research and writing skills.
EXPECTED STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
INSTRUCTIONAL MODALITY (IES):
Students will gain insight into the proper
formulation of research problems, how to write
good simple definitions, how to select the most
appropriate research design, how to analyze
data, and the construction of defensible, well-
articulated, conclusions and recommendations
OSullivan, E., Rassel, Gary, T., Taliaferro, J. (2011). Practical Research Methods for
Nonprofit and Public Administrators. London and New York. Taylor and Francis.
American Psychological Association, (2009). Publication Manual of the American
Psychological Association (6th Ed.) Washington, DC: American Psychological
Birks, Melanie and Jane Mills (2011). Grounded Theory a Practical Guide. Los Angeles,
California: Sage Publications.
Fetterman, David M. (2010). Ethnography Step-by-Step (3rd
Ed). Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications
Fowler, Floyd J. (2009). Survey Research Methods (4th Ed).
Los Angeles, California: Sage Publications.
Moustakas, Clark (1994) Phenomenological Research
Methods. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications
Neuendorf, Kimberly A. (2002). The Content Analysis Guidebook. Thousand Oaks,
California: Sage Publications
Class Assignments: All written assignments must follow 6th Edition APA format. The
APA Manual can be found in the reference section at most libraries. Basic APA format
is available on the GSU website. Five points will be deducted from assignments that do
not follow the APA format.
Cover page prepared in APA format.
An abstract prepared in APA format.
Reference page prepared in APA format.
The sources cited in the body of the text must be presented in APA
All assignments must be double-spaced – 12-point font.
At Governors State University all projects involving human subjects must be reviewed and
approved by the Institutional Review Board.
The purpose of the IRB is to ensure the protection of human research subjects. Code of Federal
Regulation Title 45, Part 46 requires that all institutions receiving federal funds and conducting
research using living humans establish and operate an IRB.
IRB Training: Certificates illustrating IRB Training Completion must be submitted Thursday,
February 22, 2018. Certificates completed after the deadline date will not be awarded 20 points.
You cannot conduct your study without IRB certification.
RESEARCH PROPOSAL: The final proposal for this course must include the following
sections and subheadings. Proposals that do not contain these sections will result in
points being deducted from the final grade.
Brief Overview of the topic
Purpose of the Study
Chapter 2 Review of the
Literature Review (Must contain a
minimum of 25 different sources.
Sources should not be more than
five years old (2013-2018), unless
you are trying to establish trends
or providing a historical
Chapter 3 Methodology
Strategy of Inquiry
Attendance: To fully grasp the concepts and techniques covered in this graduate-level
course, students must be present. Students not attending class are responsible for all
class assignments and class lecture notes. It is highly recommended that students
contact classmates to receive missing assignments.
Note: Late assignments will not be accepted. If you have a medical or family
emergency, it will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Documentation must be
submitted with all late assignments.
Research Topic and Research Questions 20
IRB Certification 20
Review of Related Literature 30
Sampling Selection 10
Quantitative Research 30
Qualitative Research 30
Community Needs Evaluation 20
Logic Model 10
Reflective Paper 20
Research Project Proposal 75
IRB Application 20
Grading Scale Points
TOPICAL OUTLINE/COURSE CONTENT:
Chapter 1: Research in Nonprofit and Public Programs: The Basics
Chapter 2: Measurement
Chapter 3: Ethical Treatment
Chapter 4: Designing Performance Measures and Monitoring
Chapter 5: Analyzing Performance Measures
Chapter 6: Selecting and Contacting Subjects
Chapter 7: Questions and Questionnaire for Surveys and Interviews
Chapter 8: Analyzing Survey Data: Describing Relationships Among
SPRING BREAK NO CLASS
Chapter 9: Generalizing from Survey Findings: Applying Inferential
. Chapter 10: Analyzing Interviews and Open-Ended Questions
Mixed Methods Research Designs
Chapter 11: Research to Evaluate Programs
Chapter 12Community Needs Assessment
Chapter 13: Working with Geographic Information Systems
Preparing the Final Research Proposal
Chapter 14: Communicating Findings
Research Proposal Presentation
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Reflective Paper CJUS 8200, POJS 6120-PADM 7600
The aim of this assignment is to learn how this course can be improved. In essay format address each
question. The assignment is worth 25 points. Points are based on your ability to clearly convey your
1. Does the course syllabus reflect what is being taught in the course? Explain your response.
2. What practical (theoretical) skills have you acquired in this course that can be used in your
current or future place of employment?
3. What topic/skills should be taught in this course?
4. What is needed to make this course more beneficial for you in terms of your professional
growth and development?
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