This course provides an introduction to systematic inquiry in information technology and informatics using quantitative and qualitative approaches with an emphasis on individual and organizational users of information working in electronic environments. It includes the analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and reporting of applied and theoretical research in the information technology field. Computer laboratory sessions are used to facilitate statistical, textual, and graphical analyses of data. Methodologies of research in information technology are critically evaluated.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand the key concepts and terminology used in information technology and informatics research.
- Evaluate the appropriateness of selected qualitative and quantitative research methods when conducting research studies in different information environments.
- Present the design for a particular research method in a simulated study in the information technology area.
- Use a range of standardized software to analyze research data.
- Interpret how data analyses supports theories and decisions for the users of and use of information technologies.
- Analyze and synthesize research and technical reports to identify decision points, develop plans, and create action agendas.
- Apply research findings to real world problems.