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Research Methods Class

Course Introduction

This course provides an introductory experience to university-level research techniques while developing a solid foundation for lifelong searching and evaluation skills. Students will learn critical thinking and information literacy skills to find sources to meet a variety of information needs. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Identify and determine the types of information needed for a university-level research assignment
  • Find resources in a range of formats using various research tools
  • Evaluate information sources for credibility and relevance
  • Understand the ethical and legal uses of information, and explain why sources are cited and be able to cite sources appropriately
  • Use tools to organize research, including citation management tools and Google Suite apps
  • Design a 3D object on the 3D printers

What is Research

Research is the deliberate, purposeful, and systematic gathering of data, information, facts, and/or opinions for the advancement of personal, societal, or overall human knowledge.