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PAD405 Senior Research Project

Lead Faculty: Dr. Maryam Davodi-Far DPA

Course Description

Supervised senior project undertaken by students of public administration when they have completed all core courses in the program. Coordinated by full-time faculty and chaired by a public administration faculty member chosen by the student from previous courses taken within the program. Students select a viable topic in public administration to research and then meet with their chair once a week for two months. Upon completion, students present their project to chair, other faculty and peers in an open forum. Accelerated study is not permitted with this course. PAD405 is two months in length. Students who do not complete the Senior Project within the two-month period are eligible, at the discretion of the instructor, to receive a grade of "IP" with a maximum of a one-time, six-month extension. Students who do not complete the project at the end of the extension period will need to retake the course. Grading is by H, S, or U only. Course is eligible for an "IP" grade.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a research question.
  • Formulate a testable research hypothesis; can choose more then one to test.
  • Conduct a literature review.
  • Describe an appropriate methodology to answer the research question.
  • Collect and analyze data.
  • Draw conclusions and make recommendations based on the available data.
  • Make an oral presentation of research findings.
  • Show an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding the collection and reporting of research data.
  • Understand the role research plays in the development of public administration and criminology.
  • Explain how diversity issues may influence choice of research topics, research methodology, and the application of research findings to the justice system.