Core Courses

CIS PhD candidates are required to complete three CIS core courses with a grade of B or better. In addition they are required to be enrolled in CIS 720, Interdisciplinary Seminar in CIS, every semester that they are enrolled in the program.

CIS 701: Communication/Information Theories of Society (3 credits)

A critical review of major theoretical and empirical traditions in communication and information sciences. Focus on European, American, Third World, and applied research.

CIS 702: Communication/Information Technologies (3 credits)

Technological concepts underlying data communications; information processing and computers; communication channels and networks, information storage and retrieval, and computer hardware and software.

CIS 703: Communication/Information Research Methods (3 credits)

Current research methodologies in decision sciences, computer science, library science, and communication. Emphasis on methodologies suitable for interdisciplinary analysis.

Other Required or Recommended Courses

CIS 720, Interdisciplinary Seminar in CIS (1 credit)

Exploration of relationships between disciplines in social sciences, science and technology, and humanities. Professional development topics. Faculty and student presentations.

Offered every semester. Enrollment required every semester.

CIS 704, Special Topics in Communication and Information Sciences (variable credit)

Seminar reflecting research interests of faculty and current interdisciplinary topics in communication and information sciences.

Students may also enroll in other courses from among the courses offered each semester by the four participating departments as needed to develop a broad background in the communication and information sciences and to prepare for the comprehensive examinations. Some of these courses are required preparation for focus area examinations. Contact examination coordinators for details. You may find course descriptions in the university catalog.

Required Research Methods Course

Students are required to take at least one research methods course besides CIS 703. The following is an extensive but not exhaustive list of courses offered in various UH Manoa Departments that can be considered to fulfill the research methods course (besides CIS 703) requirement.

The listed courses range from epistemological topics, to methodological ones, to specific research techniques that CIS students may want to use in their research. You may find further courses in the university catalog.

(Compiled Summer 2011)

PHIL 617 Studies in Epistemology (3) Key issues in contemporary philosophical debates about knowledge. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: graduate standing or consent. Recommended: 307.

ANTH 605 Discursive Practices (3) Emphasizes linguistic, semantic, and interactional aspects of culture, exploring ways that discourse constructs social action and social realities, examining processes by which culture is produced as meaningful behavior in actual situations. Pre: graduate standing.

ANTH 710 Seminar in Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology (3) Ethnographic research methods. Introduction to the approaches and techniques of participatory research, including the collection, analysis, and interpretation of social and cultural data. Politics and ethics of research practice. Repeatable one time. Pre: graduate standing in anthropology or consent.

ANTH 711 Seminar in Research Design and Proposal Writing (3) Research design and proposal writing. For students preparing for advanced research. Pre: graduate standing in ANTH or consent. (Fall only)

ANTH 800 Dissertation Research (V) Research for doctoral dissertation. Repeatable nine times.

COM 612 Communication Inquiry (3) Introduction to inquiry and the array of quantitative and qualitative research methods commonly used in communication.

COMG 602 Research Methods in Communicology (3) Design and analysis of quantitative research in speech. Focus on measurement issues, research design, descriptive and inferential statistics. COMG majors only. Pre: graduate standing in SP, or consent.

COMG 702 Researching Relational Communication (3) Methodological and analytical issues of research related to relational communication. Focus on repeated measures, multivariate analysis, longitudinal analysis, and reliability and validity issues. Pre: 602 or consent.

COMG 752 Research in Group Communication (3) Theory, concepts, research, and application of small group communication processes and decision-making. Pre: 601 (or concurrent) or 602 (or concurrent), or consent.

EDCS 606 Introduction to Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3) Classroom-based research covers the fundamentals of qualitative, quantitative, Action Research, mixed methods, and Curriculum Based Assessment. Exploratory, explanatory, and confirmatory research will be highlighted culminating in an outline for Plan B/Thesis proposal. (Crosslisted as DIS 606)

EDCS 632 Qualitative Research Methods (3) Methods of qualitative research in education or related social science from an interdisciplinary framework.

EDCS 732 Qualitative Data Analysis (3) Advanced seminar in qualitative research methods with an emphasis upon qualitative data analysis, theory construction, data presentation and reporting. Pre: 632, a course in introduction to qualitative research methods; or consent.

EDEA 604 Qualitative Research Methods in Educational Organizations (3) Introduction to methods of qualitative research in educational administration. (Meets PhD common core requirement.)

EDEA 629 Educational Statistics (3) Statistical inference including applications of parametric and nonparametric methods to educational problems.

EDEF 678 Approaches to Educational Inquiry (3) Overview of different research methods in educational inquiry with an opportunity to explore through practice one or more methods (ex: case study, interviewing, narrative construction, practitioner inquiry. Preparation for MEd or PhD proposals.

EDEP 601 Introduction to Quantitative Methods (3) Introductory statistics in education and social sciences. Topics include probability distributions; sampling distributions; hypothesis testing using t-tests, correlation, simple regression, ANOVA; and applications in research. (Meets PhD common inquiry methods requirement or elective.)

EDEP 602 Computer Analysis of Data (3) The analysis and interpretation of behavioral science data using common statistical software packages. (Crosslisted as SW 652)

EDEP 603 Design and Analysis of Psychological Experiments (3) Analysis of variance and other models of assessing results of experiments. Relation of analysis to design. (Cross-listed as PSY 611)

EDEP 604 Multiple Regression in Behavioral Research (3) Advanced application of general linear model to complex problems of data analysis. Relation of analysis of variance and covariance to regression analysis. Non-linearity and treatment of missing data. Class requires basic statistics. (Cross-listed as PSY 612 and SW 654)

EDEP 605 Factor Analysis (3) Theory and method of factor analysis and related methods of multivariate analysis. (Cross-listed as PSY 613 and SW 655)

EDEP 606 Multivariate Methods (3) Multivariate forms of multiple linear regression, analysis of variance and co-variance. Multiple discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, and principal-components analysis are discussed. (Cross-listed as PSY 614 and SW 656)

EDEP 608 Introduction to Educational Research (3) Fundamental design and evaluation procedures in educational research. Determining needs, defining objectives, research design, instrumentation, data collection, and evaluation. Course requires basic statistics. (Meets PhD common inquiry methods requirement or elective.)

EDEP 612 Statistical Power in Behavioral Research (3) Theory and techniques of power analysis for significance testing of means, proportions, correlations or variances, estimation of effect size, and necessary sample size.

EDEP 616 Measurement in Education and Social Sciences (3) Test theories and applications in education and social sciences. Topics include the true score model; reliability; generalizability theory; validity; item response theory; and applications in research. Class requires knowledge in ANOVA and regression. (Cross-listed as PSY 616 and SW 658)

EDEP 626 Scaling: Measurement of Attitude and Perception (3) Theory and methods of major unidimensional and multidimensional scaling techniques. Examples from education, sociology, and psychology. Pre: graduate standing. (Cross-listed as PSY 617)

ETEC 611 Educational Technology Research and Evaluation (3) Review of existing research in media/ ed technology, with activities leading to the preparation of final study or project proposal. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: ETEC major or consent.

ETEC 668 Quantitative Research in Educational Technology (3) Application of methodological and statistical concepts in a projects-based classroom framework. Formative and summative evaluation, measurements, descriptive, and inferential statistics. A-F only. Pre: ETEC major or consent.

ETEC 780 Mixed Methods Research Design (3) Mixed methods research is designed for PhD and masters students in education and social sciences considering combining qualitative and quantitative research. Covers philosophical and practical implications culminating in a mixed methods dissertation/thesis proposal. Repeatable one time. (Once a year) (Cross-listed as EDCS 780 and DIS 780)

ETEC 781 Technology in Qualitative Analysis (3) Advanced research methods focused on management and analysis of qualitative data using technology. Reviews of different qualitative data types, analytical methods, and software. Includes independent research project. Repeatable one time. ETEC majors only. A-F only. Pre: 667 or graduate level qualitative research course. (Summer only)

ITM 706 International IT Organizational Research Methods (3) Overview of current survey methodology and analysis in global information systems research. A-F only. Pre: PhD student status in international management or consent.

LING 632 Laboratory Research (3) Laboratory methods for research in linguistics. Introduction to hardware, software, research designs and basic analysis techniques commonly used in laboratory based research. Combines lecture, laboratory work and discussion. Pre: graduate standing.

LING 730 Advanced Laboratory Research (3) Advanced laboratory methods for research in linguistics. Specialized and/or advanced uses of hardware, software, research designs and analysis techniques. Specific topic varies: check with department. Combines lecture, laboratory work and discussion. Repeatable two times. Pre: 632 or consent.

MKT 702 International Cross-Cultural Consumer Behavior (3) Focuses on consumer behavior theory with a strong emphasis on cross-cultural research issues and methodology. Provides in-depth review of important published work in traditional and crosscultural consumer behavior fields. A-F only. Pre: PhD student status in international management or consent.

NURS 668 Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) for Advanced Practice Nurses (3) Online course focuses on use of CBPR methods by Advanced Practice Nurses to address population level issues amendable to nursing interventions; 15 hours of didactic and 90 hours of field experience are included. A-F only. (Once a year)

NURS 741 Quantitative Methods and Measures (3) Critical analysis of quantitative research methods used to analyze problems of interest to nursing in culturally diverse populations. Repeatable three times. Pre: 620 or equivalent course and an advanced statistics course; or consent.

NURS 742 Qualitative Methods I (3) Introduction to qualitative research methods in the development of nursing disciplinary knowledge related to culturally diverse populations. Pre: 620 or consent.

NURS 743 Qualitative Methods II (3) Advanced in-depth exploration of the data collection, data analysis and methodological issues in the qualitative research traditions (ethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology and critical theory) used in nursing research. NURS majors only. A-F only. Pre: 742 (or equivalent) or consent. (Once a year)

NURS 767 Culturally Competent Research Methods (3) Analysis of concepts, issues, and methods in conducting culturally competent research in the health field. Pre: graduate methods course or consent.

POLS 600 Scope and Methods of Political Science (3) Main concepts delineating boundaries of discipline; approaches to knowledge employed by political scientists; empirical and normative theory; problems in theory-building; validity and reliability in research design; philosophy of science applied to political science.

POLS 602 Research Techniques and Analytic Methods (3) Quantitative models and statistical inference techniques.

POLS 605 (Alpha) Topics in Methodology (3) Specific methodological techniques and practices introduced in 601 and 602. (C) simulation practicum. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

POLS 702 Seminar: Research Methods (3) Conceptual strategies, data collection approaches, and data analysis techniques appropriate to political inquiries. Repeatable.

PPST 691 Methods of Demographic Analysis (3) Statistical evaluation and analysis of population data; data sources; population growth; composition; standardization of rates; mortality and the life table; nuptiality and fertility; distribution, migration, urbanization; projections and stable population theory. (Cross-listed as PH 659 and SOC 691)

PSY 600 Methodologic Foundations of Psychology (3) Methods used in psychological research; observational, correlational, and experimental types of design.

PSY 610 Introduction to Quantitative Methods (3) Introduction to quantitative methods in behavioral sciences. Introduction to general linear model as principle of data analysis. Course requires basic statistics. (Meets PhD common inquiry methods requirement or elective.)

PSY 612 Multiple Regression in Behavior Research (3) Advanced application of general linear model to complex problems of data analysis. Relation of analysis of variance and covariance to regression analysis. Non-linearity and treatment of missing data. Class requires basic statistics. (Cross-listed as EDEP 604 and SW 654)

PSY 613 Factor Analysis (3) Theory and method; related methods of multivariate analysis. (Cross-listed as EDEP 605 and SW 655)

PSY 614 Multivariate Methods (3) Multivariate forms of multiple linear regression, analysis of variance, and analysis of co-variance. Multiple discriminant analysis, canonical correlation, and principal components analysis are discussed. (Cross-listed as EDEP 606 and SW 656)

PSY 616 Measurement in Education and Social Sciences (3) Test theories and applications in education and social sciences. Topics include the true score model; reliability; generalizability theory; validity; item response theory; and applications in research. Class requires knowledge in ANOVA and regression. (Cross-listed as EDEP 616 and SW 658)

PSY 617 Scaling: Measurement of Attitude and Perception (3) Theory and methods of major unidimensional and multidimensional scaling techniques. Examples from education, sociology, and psychology. Pre: graduate standing. (Cross-listed as EDEP 626)

PSY 660 Personality Theory and Research (3) Methods of measurement, antecedents, structure, dynamics, situational determinants of individual reactions. Evaluation of theories and related research. Pre: 260.

PH 742 Qualitative Methods (3) Application of qualitative research methods in the development of health sciences disciplinary knowledge related to culturally diverse populations. A-F only. Pre: 655 (or equivalent) or consent.

SLS 670 Second Language Quantitative Research (3) Quantitative research methods; design of research studies; techniques in collecting data; statistical inference; and analysis and interpretation of data. Pre: 490, 600, and graduate standing; or consent.

SLS 674 Survey Research Methods in Second Language Studies (3) Hands-on experience in language survey research including planning and creating survey instruments (both interviews and questionnaires), administering, compiling and analyzing survey data (quantitatively and qualitatively), and reporting the results. Pre: 600 or consent. (Once a year)

SLS 675 Second Language Qualitative Research (3) Philosophical and theoretical approaches, methodology, and ethics in second language qualitative research. Pre: 600 and 660 (or concurrent); or consent.

SLS 676 Interpretive Qualitative Inquiry (3) Explores a range of qualitative inquiry methods and theories. Through a project-based approach, students will develop and carry out inquiry relevant to their own interests, immediate learning/teaching needs, and long term professional goals. Pre: 600 and 660 (or concurrent), or consent.

SLS 678 Discourse Analysis in Second Language Research (3) Survey of approaches to discourse; microanalytic qualitative research; theory and methodology. Pre: 600 and 660, or consent.

SW 640 Introduction to Scientific Methods and Principles in Social Work (3) Understanding and interpreting results of nomothetic and idiographic research; design principles and statistical analyses and their relationship to practices; use of published research. A-F only. Pre: graduate standing. (Fall only)

SW 650 Research Designs and Data Analyses for the Evaluation of Practice Effectiveness (3) Extending the study of scientific methods introduced in 640. Covers the range of empirical research methods and data analytic procedures suitable for knowledge building and practice evaluation at all levels of intervention from case to program. A-F only. Pre: 640. (Spring only)

SW 651 Quantitative Methods I (3) Introduction to quantitative methods in behavioral sciences. Introduction to general linear model as principle of data analysis. Course requires basic statistics. (Meets PhD common inquiry methods requirement or elective.)

SW 751 Quantitative Methods II (3) Empirical research methodology with emphasis on design principles and measurement theory; design and measurement issues and problems in cross-cultural research. Pre: PhD candidate in social welfare or consent.

SW 752 Qualitative Research: Philosophical, Methodological and Analytic Approaches (3) Theories and methods of qualitative research; problem formulation, informant selection, study design, data collection and analysis utilizing qualitative approaches. Repeatable three times. A-F only. Pre: 640 or 651 or equivalent; departmental approval.

SOC 606 Research Methods and Design (3) Emphasis on theory selection, theory construction, and choice of research strategies.

SOC 607 Seminar in Methods of Content Analysis (3) Content analysis combines quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze text systematically. Covers sampling and case selection; manual and computer-assisted methods of coding and analyzing textual data; writing reports using content analysis data. Repeatable one time. (Once a year)

SOC 608 Survey Research Design and Analysis (3) Survey study designs, survey sampling, questionnaire construction, interviewing, pre-tests, pilot studies, logic of measurement and association, table construction, and elaboration models. Pre: consent. (Cross-listed as EDEA 608)

SOC 609 Seminar Qualitative Research (3) Advanced seminar on conducting fieldwork in natural social settings with emphasis on qualitative techniques, political and ethical considerations, data management and assessment, interpretation and reflexive writing. Repeatable one time.

SOC 705 Longitudinal Data Analysis (3) Dealing with statistical methods useful to analyze longitudinal data but applicable to other types of data analysis, and multi-level analysis models. Emphasis is on applications using statistical package programs. Repeatable one time only.

SOC 706 Cultural Analysis (3) Contemporary issues in cultural sociology, covering key theoretical perspectives, analytic methods and substantive areas for empirical research. A-F only.

SOC 716 Seminar in Medical Sociology (3) Application of theoretical paradigms and methodologies to the examination of selected research topics in the field of medical sociology. Repeatable one time. Pre: 615 or consent.

TIM 607 Global Tourism Analysis (3) International trade theory and regional analysis methodologies applied to tourism and the service industry, including travel balance account, inter-regional transactions flow, economic impacts, environmental economics, demand theory and forecasting. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

TIM 610 Research Applications in Travel Industry Management (3) Analysis of methodologies appropriate for research in travel industry management. Survey of the literature of applied techniques and approaches including exploratory approaches. Familiarization with research design and implementation of development of research proposals. Pre: graduate standing or consent.

PLAN 673 Information Systems for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (3) Combined lecture/laboratory in disaster management focusing on essential methodological and practical issues that are involved in spatial analyses using GIS and other information technologies to inform decision making related to natural hazards, disasters, and human attempts to respond to these through mitigation and planning activities. Pre: 670 or consent. (Once a year)

WS 613 Feminist Research and Methods of Inquiry (3) Examination of an emergent body of literature about how to shape questions concerning gender, sex, race, class, colonialism, and other vectors of power. Includes methods from social sciences and humanities and debates in the philosophy of science. Repeatable one time. Pre: classified graduate status and consent.