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Course Outlines

TMGT 8102 Applied Research Methods

School School of Transportation
Program Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management
Course Credits 3
Minimum Passing Grade 50%
Start Date January 12, 2021
End Date March 30, 2021
Total Hours 45
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 3.75
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites Departmental approval
CRN 45319

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Megan Alford
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Location
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Course Description

This course covers the issues, skills and instruments of both the producer and the consumer of research in the field of technology management. The main emphasis in the course will be on the effective application of practical qualitative approaches, and there will be opportunities to examine quantitative approaches [e.g., descriptive and inferential statistics] as well. Course content will be supplemented with contemporary case studies and exercises that will provide the opportunity to analyze and evaluate published research within technical, business and management disciplines from a practical applied perspective.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Upon successful completion, the candidate will be able to:

  • explain the fundamental elements of research, analysis and test methods.
  • apply appropriate terminology commonly applied in professional research environments.
  • select and apply these elements to the need for solutions to practical problems encountered in the workplace.
  • distinguish between concepts of basic versus applied research, and explain the role of each in the workplace.
  • identify and analyze the distinguishing characteristics of both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and be able to select the best approach under different real-world circumstances.
  • conduct and report on research projects with real significance and professional relevance to business needs.
  • explain the importance of research project planning, survey design, appropriateness of questions, practical research constraints, and application of alternatives based on the use of available data.
  • take action on research results where action is in fact called for by ensuring that the best possible information is provided to decision makers in the organization.
  • select the most appropriate methodology that demonstrates understanding of the complexity and diversity of applied research alternatives.
  • conduct and participate in focus group exercises to demonstrate fluency with selection, questioning and assessment of candidates.
  • plan, define and outline key elements of proposed research for the candidate's technology management graduation project.

Learning Resources

All course material is available on The Learning Hub (formerly D2L) for downloading.

Instructions for course readings will be released at the discretion of your instructor via email or on The Learning Hub.

Evaluation Criteria

Criteria % Comments

Assignment 1

0

a. Minimum course mark required for pass is 50%.

Assignment 2

15

b. Minimum expected GPA for TMGT student is 65%.

Assignment 3

15

c. 8102 DE-IL Assignment 1 is required, not graded.

Assignment 4

15

Assignment 5

15
Assignment 610

Discussions

30
TOTAL100

Participation in online discussions will be used as the graded student participation component of this course. The grade will be determined from the number of posts, usefulness and technical accuracy of discussion postings. Students must participate in the discussion topics and post their comments prior to the closing date/time provided with each discussion topic to obtain a grade.

Course Schedule and Assignments

Assignment due dates will be determined and communicated on The Learning Hub.

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

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Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at https://www.bcit.ca/about/administration/policies.shtml

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Attempts:
Students must successfully complete a course within a maximum of three (3) attempts at the course. Students with two attempts in a single course will be allowed to repeat the course only upon special written permission from the Associate Dean. Students who have not successfully completed a course within three attempts will not be eligible to graduate from their respective program.

Approved

I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Megan Alford, Instructor
October 09, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Terry Yau, Program Head
October 16, 2020

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Sanja Boskovic, Associate Dean
October 19, 2020

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.