Fall 2023

I 305 Research Methods for Informatics

Unique ID: 28330


09:30 AM - 11:00 AM  ART 1.110

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Explore diverse research approaches to investigate informatics-related problems. Examine principles and hands-on practices of data collection and analysis with respect to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods.

Offered on the letter-grade basis only.


In this age of information, we repeatedly hear the phrase “Do your research!”, but what does that mean? And more importantly, why does it matter? This course is broken into two parts designed to provide a foundation to begin answering these questions:
1. The first half of the course is an introduction to research, exploring what research is, what research can look like within the field of Informatics, and how Informatics research can be leveraged for social good.
2. The second half of the course dives deeper into “research methodology,” how research is done and some of the most common tools we use to explore the field’s most burning questions. Students will learn about the functions of qualitative and quantitative methods, as well as how the pieces of the research process fit together to explore challenges and potential solutions by applying human-centered values to the intersections of information, data, and technology.


Restricted to undergraduate Informatics majors through registration period 1. Informatics minors may add classes and join waitlists beginning in period 2. Outside students will be permitted to join our waitlists beginning with period 3.