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GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY College of Arts and Sciences Division of Arts and Letters Public Administration

Master of Public Administration Mission Statement

The Master of Public Administration Program (MPA) degree program in Governors State University’s 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 sustainable solutions.




Seminar in Research Methods
PADM 7600 / POLJS 6120 /CJUS 8200 3.0
Spring 2018

Susan Gaffney, Ph.D.


Office 708-235-7626 C3335

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 statistics.

Not Applicable Not Applicable



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 service programs.

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.




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


O’Sullivan, E., Rassel, Gary, T., Taliaferro, J. (2011). Practical Research Methods for Nonprofit and Public Administrators. London and New York. Taylor and Francis. ISBN: 978-0-205-63946-0.

Optional Text:

American Psychological Association, (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association


Supplemental Text:

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.

  1. Cover page prepared in APA format.
  2. An abstract prepared in APA format.
  3. Reference page prepared in APA format.
  4. The sources cited in the body of the text must be presented in APA Format.
  5. 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.

Chapter 1

Brief Overview of the topic Problem Statement Purpose of the Study Research Question Sub-problems

Theory Definitions
Study Limitations

Chapter 2 – Review of the Related Literature

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 perspective.

Chapter 3 – Methodology

Methodology Research Method Strategy of Inquiry Sample Population Instrumentation Data Collection Data Analysis



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.

Writing Assignments:

  1. Research Topic and Research Questions 20
  2. IRB Certification 20
  3. Review of Related Literature 30
  4. Sampling Selection 10
  5. Theoretical 15
  6. Quantitative Research 30
  7. Qualitative Research 30
  8. Community Needs Evaluation 20
  9. Logic Model 10
  10. Reflective Paper 20
  11. Research Project Proposal 75
  12. IRB Application 20

Grading Scale – Points

  1. A 300-270
  2. B 269-240
  3. C 239-210




Session #1 1/18/18

Chapter 1: Research in Nonprofit and Public Programs: The Basics

Session #2 1/25/18

Chapter 2: Measurement

Session #3 2/1/18

Chapter 3: Ethical Treatment
Chapter 4: Designing Performance Measures and Monitoring

Session #4 2/15/18

Chapter 5: Analyzing Performance Measures

Session #5 2/22/18

Chapter 6: Selecting and Contacting Subjects

Session #6 3/1/18

Chapter 7: Questions and Questionnaire for Surveys and Interviews

Session #7 3/8/18

Chapter 8: Analyzing Survey Data: Describing Relationships Among Variables

Session #8 3/15/18


Session #9 3/22/18

Chapter 9: Generalizing from Survey Findings: Applying Inferential Statistics

Session #10 3/29/18

. Chapter 10: Analyzing Interviews and Open-Ended Questions

Session #11 4/5/18

Mixed – Methods Research Designs

Session #12 4/12/18

Chapter 11: Research to Evaluate Programs Chapter 12Community Needs Assessment


Session #13 4/19/18

Chapter 13: Working with Geographic Information Systems

Session #14 4/26/18

Preparing the Final Research Proposal Chapter 14: Communicating Findings

Session #15 5/3/18

Research Proposal Presentation

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