Advanced Business Research Methods – BUSI 710

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course provides an overview of academic and applied research methods to be used in doctoral research. The course will explore all the elements necessary to establish the foundation of the study. The course will also explore the research processes necessary to effectively search, identify, develop, and structure research for further investigation.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Applied doctoral research projects often require the use of both quantitative and qualitative research methods to ensure the reliability and validity of the results being presented. This course provides the student with an understanding and ability to explore the theoretical and practical application of various research methods and designs.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student must complete 4 distinct discussions. Please refer to the Discussion Assignment Instructions provided for each discussion. The student's post should be a minimum of 500 words and use a minimum of three scholarly resources and one biblical integration. The student will then reply to at least two classmates' threads in at least 250 words using at least two scholarly resources and one biblical integration.

Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The student will create an annotated bibliography using relevant resources. Please note that annotations are not merely summaries of the work; rather, the best annotations provide an evaluation of the work, and they also inform the researcher how that resource could be used for their research study.

Creating A Problem Statement Assignment

At the end of the Doctoral program, the final product produced will result in either a project or dissertation. In order to complete this task effectively, one of the first steps is to write properly phrased problem statements. This exercise will allow for an initial practicing of developing a problem statement.

The student will identify the appropriate framework (conceptual or theoretical) and provide a rationale for the selection. They will also explain why the selected framework is important and how it can guide research. Lastly, the student will provide a basic diagram of the selected framework. 

The purpose statement should flow directly from the problem statement.  It should be a concise paragraph that explains the intent of the study.  The significance of the study should demonstrate why the study is essential and how the contribution(s) from the finalized research will add to the field of study. The student will craft a purpose statement and significance of the study section stemming from the proposed problem statement from week 2

Creating Research Questions Assignment

Based upon the research conducted for Creating A Problem Statement Assignment, the student will create research questions for the problem identified.

The student will describe the three designs and when is it appropriate to use each design, explain how each specific method relates to each design, and address what design (fixed, flexible, mixed), method (quantitative, qualitative, mixed-method), and design method (i.e. correlational, case study, etc.) is most appropriate to address the previously established proposed research problem from Week 2. 

Mini-Concept Paper Assignment

The mini-concept paper is similar to an actual concept paper that one would do for a dissertation/project proposal. The paper should include the following elements in order: problem statements, conceptual or theoretical framework, research paradigm, purpose statement, significance of the study, research questions (choose either quantitative or qualitative) and hypotheses (if applicable), a selected design (fixed or flexible), appropriate method (quantitative or qualitative), and method design (i.e. correlation, case study, etc.).