BA 3591. Directed Business Research. 1 to 4 Credit Hours.
This course is typically offered in Fall and Spring.
Directed Business Research provides an individualized method of learning and an in-depth treatment of a topic of interest, while receiving input and supervision from a faculty expert. The course provides hands-on, practical experience working with a Fox School of Business research faculty on an ongoing research project. All students must apply and obtain special approval to be added to the course. This course is primarily designed for students in sophomore and junior years. Exceptional students from other classes may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If you aspire to a career which involves managerial decision making, you need to understand the basics of research; decisions founded on evidence-based insights are more successful than those based solely on intuition. Similarly, if you aspire to become a business analyst, an investment banker, or to work with a strategy consulting firm, you need to know how to conduct research. If you hope to become a scholarly researcher, either in a university or an organization, such as the World Bank, you need to learn the basics of hypothesis testing.
This course seeks to introduce and develop the skills required to do research effectively. Specifically, the key learning objectives of the course are to allow learners to:
- Develop and demonstrate critical thinking skills to identify appropriate business questions.
- Obtain hands-on research experience in determining, formulating, and solving business problems.
- Identify, explore, and apply practical skills in developing instruments for addressing research questions.
- Develop and demonstrate business communication skills.
The course is highly involved and provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to work with Fox School of Business faculty on a research project in accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior, supply chain, strategic management, statistics, actuarial science, international business, legal studies, management information systems, or risk. This is a multi-disciplinary course and learners from all backgrounds interested in research are encouraged to apply.