Research Planning & Execution

The focus of this course is an in-depth exploration of the planning stages of qualitative research to ensure quality and effectiveness.

Rigorous planning is the key to conducting meaningful and rigorous research that evokes trust and delivers impact within an organization.

Learning Objectives
The course will explore and examine all stages of planning qualitative research including:

  • Understanding business goals and client needs to derive and identify research goals
  • Working with constraints of time and budget when planning a project
  • Selecting research and analysis methods to best meet the objectives of the research
  • Recruiting for qualitative research to ensure sound results
  • Developing discussion guides and field tools to ensure that cross-comparable data is collected


Learning Outcomes

  • Students will become methodical about their qualitative research planning process — knowing all steps that need to occur to construct a sound and rigorous qualitative study.
  • Students will understand the inter-dependencies between project scope, budget and timeline — they’ll gain a reality check of what can and cannot be done.
  • Students will be exposed to multiple client interaction styles and different project types throughout the class, as they interface with the other project teams in the class.
Managing Interdisciplinary Teams Design Connoisseurship Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation Special Topics Faculty Research Design Process and Knowledge Making the User Centered Case
Modeling Complexity Theories of Communication Fundamentals of Visual Communication Advanced Diagramming Metaphor and Analogy in Design Diagram Development Communication Strategies Communication Design Workshop
Extensions of Media and Technology Interactive Space Interaction Design for Embedded Systems Interaction Design for Immersive Systems Prototyping Interactions Persuasive Interaction Design History of Interaction Design Interaction Design Methods Digital Development Workshop Interaction Design Workshop
Planning + Strategy
Designing Futures Adaptive Leadership Strategies for Open Innovation Organizational Models for Innovation Social and Economic Context of Design New Venture Design Innovation Methods Planning Implementation Business Models and Value Webs Business Frameworks and Strategy Design Planning Workshop Introduction to Portfolio Planning
Design Development & Implementation Product Architecture and Platforms Form and Materials New Product Definition Product Design Workshop
Systems and Systems Theory in Design Networked Objects Networked Cities Human System Integration Systems Modeling and Prototyping Platform-based Design Strategy Systems Approach to Design Information Structuring and Management Structured Planning Workshop Service Systems Workshop
User Research
Stimulus in Design Research Behavioral Economics Online Research Methods Principles and Methods of User Research Coding and Analysis Co-Design and Participatory Research Methods Survey Methods Cultural Probes Experience Modeling Interview Methods Research Photography Research Planning & Execution