EDUR 9131
Doctoral Research Methods

Course Index, Syllabus, and Calendar
Spring 2018

Instructor: Bryan W. Griffin
Personal web page:


Changes April 11

1. Added Factor Analysis reading

Changes March 28

1. Adjusted calendar to reflect better date of final on-campus meeting.

2. April 2 we will cover coder agreement measures - see readings on Scorer-rater, Inter-judge Agreement.

Changes March 20

1. Adding readings for Coding Open-ended Responses and Reliability of Raters (see weeks 9, 10, 11 on the Calendar)

Changes March 1

1. Added reading materials on Sample Size  (see week 8 in the Calendar)

2. Added Presentation notes on Sample Size   (see week 8 in the Calendar)

3. Added videos on presentation notes on Sample Size  (see week 8 in the Calendar)

Changes Feb 26

1. Added Effect Size calculator spreadsheet (see Week 7 on calendar)

Changes Feb 19

1. Added readings on Effect Size

2. Added presentations to calendar (in addition to posting presentations in Discussion Forum of Folio)

Course Index (check frequently for alterations)

A. Course Administration

  1. Syllabus 
  2. Course Calendar and Reading Assignments -- see D below.
  3. Creating PDFs Files

B. Activities that count toward course grade

  1. Test 1: Posted in Folio two weeks before the due date of  March 18; topics include all content covered through Sample Size Determination.
  2. Test 2: Will be posted in Folio two weeks before the due date of April 30; topics include all content covered in the course.
  3. Activity 1:  Research Project: This is a group activity and will be due as a PDF attachment on April 23; see timeline and instructions on the linked page.

C. Activities that do not count toward course grade

D. Course Calendar and Content

Note: Calendar topics may be altered or relocated to reflect realized course pace during Spring 2018.

Week Date Topic





Jan 13, College of Education, Room 2167


1. Syllabus

2. Big Picture - Goal of this Course

3. Optional Chats -Any interest?

4. EdD Comprehensive Exams Schedule, Conflicts?

5. Activity 1: Research Project (form groups for Activity 1)

6. Activity 2: Instrument Construction Steps 

7. Collect data for later in-class analysis: (raw data here:, items from Menon 2001)

8. Review of Research Basics: Readings and Videos for Research Basics, Descriptive and Inferential Statistics

9. SPSS Introduction 



(a) Scientific Method

(b) Variables

(c) Purpose, Research Questions, Hypotheses

(d) Literature Review

(e) SPSS and Basic Statistics Concepts



Independent Study: weeks 2, 3, and 4


1. Pearson Correlation: Readings and Videos for Correlation  

2. Independent Samples t-test: Readings and Videos for t-test  

3. Correlated Samples t-test:  Readings and Videos for Correlated t-test  

4. Questionnaire Selection and Development, and Electronic Questionnaires: Readings and Materials

5. Composite Scores and Reverse Scoring: See presentation notes below



(a) Pearson Correlation

(b) Independent Samples t-test

(c) Correlated Samples t-test

(d) Questionnaire Selection

(e) Questionnaire Development

(f) Composite Scores and Reverse Scoring






Feb 10, College of Education, Room 2167


1. Review Material from Independent Study Weeks 2, 3, and 4

2. Reliability: Readings


Data: Employment Thoughts Merged Data

Leisure Activities Questionnaire:


(a) Test retest and Equivalent Forms

(b) Internal Consistency and Item Analysis






Independent Study: weeks 6 and 7


1. Validity: Readings

2. Validity and Reliability Assessment for Single Item Mesaures (to be added)

3. Effect Sizes: Readings 

4. Effect Size Calculator: Excel Spreadsheet (draft)



(a) Validity

(b) Effect Size


8 2/26

On-campus  No class on campus; chat Monday (March 5) instead

March 3, College of Education, Room 2167


1. Sample Size: Readings



(a) Sample Size for Proportions (e.g. Yes vs No type questions) (to be covered during Monday's chat)

(b) Sample Size for Contingency Tables (Chi-square Tests of Association) (to be added, likely not spring 2018)

(c) Sample Size for Linear Models 

(d) Excel Sample Size Spreadsheet for Linear Models

(e) Videos for Sample Size for Linear Models notes


Independent Study: weeks 9, 10, and 11 (3/12 Spring Break)


1. Coding Open-ended Questionnaire Responses: Readings

2. Scorer-rater, Inter-judge Agreement: Readings

3. Factor Analysis: Readings

3. Regression Analysis: to be added



(a) Coding Open-ended Questionnaire

(b) Scorer/Rater Agreement with Nominal Codes

(c) Scorer/Rater Agreement with Ranked Codes

13 4/9


April 14, College of Education, Room 2167


1. Illustrated Data Collection and Analysis for Activity 1

2. Factor Analysis

3. Regression (to be added)




Independent Study: week 15


1. Regression (to be added)



4 /30 Finals week


E. SPSS Tutorials

Note: Material below were obtained from various on-line sources: Dr. McKnight at U. Oklahoma,  Dr. Elvers at U. of Dayton, Guang-Hwa Change at Youngstown State U.)

  1. Entering data into SPSS (variable labels, value labels, setting variable as numeric, etc.)
            Data Entry A, Data Entry B
  2. Frequencies/Explore Commands (including descriptive statistics, box plots, histograms, stem-and-leaf, etc.)
            Frequencies A, Frequencies B, Stem and Leaf, Various Graphical Displays
  3. t-tests (one sample, independent sample, and correlated samples)
            t-tests, independent samples t-tests
  4. Correlation 
            Correlation A, Correlation B, For scatter plots see Various Graphical Displays above
  5. Regression 
            Regression A, Regression B
  6. ANOVA
            ANOVA A (using ONEWAY command), ANOVA B (using ONEWAY command), ANOVA C (using UNIVARIATE command)
            ANCOVA A