Based upon sound decision making and critical evaluation, this course provides students with processes and techniques for conducting applied research in the workplace, evaluating various programs and initiatives at work, and interpreting data to create informed decisions. The course focuses on developing decision making skills and methodologies for examination, evaluation and prioritization of workplace information. This course takes a practical approach to research, prepares students to evaluate the quality of workplace research instruments and data, and builds a foundation for aligning organizational objectives to workplace data.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate why research and data are important in the workplace to inform decision making.
  2. Use critical thinking and decision making to interpret data.
  3. Learn skills and terminology associated with conducting research.
  4. Evaluate the validity of research-based conclusions.
  5. Describe effective and ethical methods for conducting applied research that measures behaviors and attitudes in the workplace.
  6. Develop research practices based upon descriptive, experimental and/or qualitative research methods.
  7. Evaluate the effectiveness of leadership interventions by interpreting outcomes and data.

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