Graduate Certificate - Community Development

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Course Information
Community Analysis: Introduction to Methods

Course Description
This course introduces research methods relevant to community development and gives attention to research ethics and inclusiveness. Course topics include how to formulate and begin research, how to collect data, and how conceptual frameworks are used to develop research questions and analyze data. The course emphasis is on strategies for reporting findings, applying findings in community action, and methods of evaluating the entire research process.
Contacts
Instructor

Huston Gibson
Office: 785-532-3753
hgibson@ksu.edu

Campus Coordinator

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Disability Support Services

To request accommodations for this course, contact the disability support office at your home university. You must register each semester and for each course. Read more about the Great Plains IDEA process for requesting accommodations.


Textbooks

Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Frankfort-Nachmias and Nachmias
Edition: 8th Edition, 2015
ISBN: 978-1429233002
Publisher: Worth Publishers: New York, NY

Case Study Research
Yin
Edition: 5th Edition, 2013
ISBN: 9781452242569
Publisher: Sage Publications: Thousand Islands


Course Access
 
Approximately 2-3 weeks before the first day of class at K-State, the K-State campus coordinator, Ashley Schultz, will email an instructional course access packet to students for courses taught by K-State. These instructions are also available on the Visiting Students webpage at K-State. By following the course access instructions, students create their K-State eID and complete the K-State Course Access Form. Students meeting all deadlines for eID creation and submission will have access to Canvas by the first day of class.

Exam Proctor

This course does not require an exam proctor.

Synchronous Components

This course does not include synchronous components.

University Members
Members of the Great Plains IDEA are universities accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Member universities recruit, admit and graduate students, teach in an academic program and contribute to the leadership and maintenance of the alliance. Membership in the alliance is a selective process that engages institutional leadership at all levels.

Sarah Hidalgo Cook received the Student Excellence Award in 2021.Getting a master's degree is an opportunity I never thought I would take part in since I lost 65% of my vision in the fall of 2017.  I spent over 2 years in occupational therapy to ensure that I could continue working in the transit industry that I love.  The chance to attend graduate school and work towards a degree is what I needed to begin feeling “alive” again.

Starting graduate school in the middle of the pandemic, with my husband having lost his employment due to the pandemic, and with the various health issues I have regarding my vision, I found the GP IDEA experience to be what I mentally needed to motivate me not only in my career but also in my personal life.  It gave me a challenge and a purpose during the dark pandemic, and this type of motivation is what I needed to feel constructive again.

– – Sarah Hidalgo Cook, Community Development Student,
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