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Last approved: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:19:32 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:19:29 GMT

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PRT (Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management)
701
032492
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
No
Research Methods in Parks, Recreation, & Tourism Management
Research Methods in PRTM
College of Natural Resources
Parks, Recr & Tourism Mgmt (15PRT)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
2
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
PRT 795Spring 201612
PRT 795Spring 20178
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Seminar3
Course Attribute(s)


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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Michael Edwards
Associate Professor
full

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Seminar1515No.
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Completion of PRT 500/700 or concurrently enrolled; Graduate Status

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
The overall goal of this course is to provide students with a background in advanced social science research methods commonly used in PRTM-related fields as well as strategies for planning, designing, evaluating, and applying research using the social science framework. This course will also be designed in a way to guide students through the phases of the research design and to develop a research proposal.

PhD students in PRTM do not currently have a research methods course related to their field of study. This course is designed as an introduction and surveillance of social science research methods that are prominent in the field and will support their development of research proposals. A special topics has been taught for the past two springs simultaneously along with the MS research methods class (PRT 501) The PRTM Graduate Program Advisory Committee voted to add this course to the curriculum citing a significant need reported by graduate students in the program. 


No

Is this a GEP Course?
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Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
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Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

Course will be taught as part of Dr. Edwards' regular teaching load. No additional institutional resources are required.

The objectives of this course are to:



  • Introduce the empirical, theoretical, and normative foundations of social science research in parks, recreation and tourism management;

  • Describe the process of conducting literature reviews, critically evaluating published research, and synthesizing relevant research;

  • Collaboratively help students identify and refine research questions and develop preliminary research designs to answer research questions;

  • Familiarize students with common quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis used in the field of parks, recreation, and tourism management;

  • Provide a supportive environment for students to receive peer and instructor feedback to improve scientific writing;

  • Provide guidance on integrating research design and methods for students to develop a research proposal.


Student Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:



  • Articulate an understanding of the empirical, theoretical, and normative foundations of social science research in parks, recreation and tourism management;

  • Conduct and synthesize a literature review on a relevant research topic;

  • Identify a research problem, develop a related research question, and formulate specific and relevant research aims and hypotheses related to a specific topic important to parks, recreation, and tourism scholarship;

  • Develop an appropriate research design to answer research questions or test hypotheses;

  • Identify and present strategies for collecting quantitative and qualitative data;

  • Draft a plan for data analysis;

  • Critically evaluate social science research in the field of parks, recreation, and tourism management;

  • Integrate course components to present a research proposal


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Participation15%Participation
Written Assignment30%Out-of-class assignments and peer review
presentation10%Presentation
Written Assignment15%Draft introduction, literature review, and research design
Written Assignment20%Final proposal.
mlnosbis 5/8/2017:
1) I changed the effective date to Fall 2018 as this action was not approved in time for scheduling for Fall 2017. You will need to offer the course as 795 for Fall 2017.
2) The course length should be 16 weeks with week 16 being the final exam.
3) Course objectives are the broad goals for the course. What is listed on the syllabus is actually learning outcomes. Please include the course objectives.
4) Include price of text.
5) The grading breakdown/evaluation methods on the CIM form should match that in the syllabus.
6) Include item 14 from the Graduate Course Syllabus Checklist, attached under Additional Documentation.
7) Why is the title "Advanced..."? The description suggests that this is more of an introductory course that guides the research process. Suggest omitting the word "Advanced" from the title.

pjharrie 05/19/2017 - I'm a bit confused by the optional lecture portion. If students opt not to attend that portion, how do they know when to show up, especially given the 15% Class Participation grade.

ABGS Reviewer Comments:
-No concerns
yplee (Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:16:48 GMT): Rollback: This course was reviewed by our college committee. Please address the issues that were discussed.
ccornel (Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:58:11 GMT): Rollback: minor edits need to be made.
mlnosbis (Tue, 30 May 2017 12:14:05 GMT): Rollback: Please address all comments listed in the Additional Comments section.
mbedward (Tue, 30 May 2017 13:19:39 GMT): mlnosbis 5/8/2017: 2) The course length should be 16 weeks with week 16 being the final exam. MBE: I added a 16th week to the schedule for exam week. This week will not actually be used in the course. 3) Course objectives are the broad goals for the course. What is listed on the syllabus is actually learning outcomes. Please include the course objectives. MBE: I added course objectives 4) Include price of text. MBE: Added estimates of prices 5) The grading breakdown/evaluation methods on the CIM form should match that in the syllabus. MBE: I broke this down 6) Include item 14 from the Graduate Course Syllabus Checklist, attached under Additional Documentation. MBE: I replaced the existing text with the required text. 7) Why is the title "Advanced..."? The description suggests that this is more of an introductory course that guides the research process. Suggest omitting the word "Advanced" from the title. MBE: Removed "Advanced: pjharrie 05/19/2017 - I'm a bit confused by the optional lecture portion. If students opt not to attend that portion, how do they know when to show up, especially given the 15% Class Participation grade. MBE: This was from an old version of the course (1st year taught) when there were several 3rd-4th year PhD students in the course. Now that most students will be taking the course in their first year, the lecture is no longer optional. Syllabus language has been replaced with the correct text.
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