Graduate Course

CAS 992 005: Effective Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations

The purpose of this applied research course is to introduce students from Communication Arts and Sciences, Nursing, and Engineering to a range of interdisciplinary research methods, techniques and approaches. Students are exposed to cutting-edge research across the three disciplines. However, the main focus will be on research from two or more disciplines that advance fundamental understanding of issues that are beyond the scope of individual disciplines. Teams of engineering, nursing, and communication arts and sciences students work together with community partners by participating in an interdisciplinary applied research experience designed to solve a real-world problem. They also gain experience identifying funding sources that are appropriate for interdisciplinary research.

After taking this course, students will:
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge and mastery of research approaches and skills that are important for successful interdisciplinary research collaborations.
  • Be able to identify and articulate differences between multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches to investigation, advantages and disadvantages of each approach, and when particular approaches may be more applicable.
  • Have experience working together with colleagues from other disciplines to solve real-world problems.
  • Translate their work into accessible language suitable for various publics.
  • Have experience conducting and evaluating applied research with community partners.
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