Applied Research – EDUC 816

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

Course Description

The objective of an applied dissertation is to identify a problem of practice in the workplace and generate solutions to improve practice or policy on the issue. This course addresses the methods, skills, and knowledge necessary for completion of an applied research project.

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


A doctoral education should prepare the graduate to innovate within his/her workplace and identify implications for practice, policy, or research. This course is designed to equip the candidate to identify problems, design interventions, and generate solutions to improve policy or practice.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the purpose of applied research.
  2. Differentiate between basic and applied research.
  3. Describe the nature and characteristics of applied research.
  4. Explain applied research data collection methods.
  5. Create a pie chart, trend, chart, and bar graph.
  6. Align applied research problems of practice with biblical principles related to human relationships.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings

The candidate will complete assigned readings from course texts and course documents.

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussions (2)

The candidate will answer two Discussion prompts. Each initial post must be between 400 and 600 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the candidate will reply to at least two classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150–250 words. Where applicable, candidate should use citations to support assertions in current APA format.

Textbook Quizzes (6)

The candidate will complete six open-book quizzes covering the assigned Claxton and Michael textbook readings. Each quiz will consist of 20 multiple-choice or true/false questions. The candidate will have 2 hours to complete each quiz.

Introduction to the Problem

The candidate will use the information from the textbook reading to write an Introduction to the Problem for a proposed educational report. This is a 2-3 page assignment.

Purpose Statement and Central Research Question

The candidate will use the information from the textbook reading to write a well-developed and concisely written Purpose Statement and the Central Research Question for his or her applied research study. This is a 2 page assignment.

Interview Questions

The candidate will develop three interview questions to help answer the central research question for his or her study. The three interview questions must be supported by the literature; thus, each interview question must contain at least one citation. This is a 3-4 page assignment.

Interview Transcription

The candidate will conduct an interview and transcribe the interview using the three interview questions developed in the Interview Questions assignment.

Likert Scale Survey Questions

The candidate will develop three Likert scale questions that are supported by the literature that will help to answer the central research question for his or her study. This is a 3-4 page assignment.

Pie Chart, Trend Chart, and Bar Graph

The candidate will complete a pie chart, trend chart, and bar graph using the How to Create Charts and Graphs instruction sheet. This is a two to three page paper and must include a correctly formatted title page.