Course Descriptions

FCID 506 Design Theory and Criticism (3)
Provides the opportunity to develop intellectual and imaginative abilities through the study of innovative methodologies, scholarly design researches, the works of key design practitioners, theorists, and critics, evolving design postulations and conceptual articulations within social, cultural and economic developments over time.

FCID 513 Design with Digital Media (3)
Applying and integrating cutting edge software to the development of a comprehensive commercial project.

FCID 519 Environmental Psychology and Programming (3)
Provides theories of interplay of human and interior space. Behavioral settings, proxemics, density and crowding, noise, personal space and territory are discussed. Further, methods of gathering, organizing, and assessing data needed to design the interior spaces, developing design concepts, goals, and objectives will be discussed.

FCID 520 Inclusive Design (3)
Focuses on design solutions for all users of the interior space with emphasis on the functional, cultural, and ergonomic needs. Discusses alternative approaches to design process, materials, and user centric products. Concepts and principles of universal and global design and governmental regulations are covered.

FCID 604 Professional Design Practice (3)
Focuses on the trends and issues embracing the professional, ethical and transnational interior design practices. Students will be introduced to successful models and relevant strategies in design leadership, management and entrepreneurship, and conclude in developing a business plan.

EDPS 641 Statistical Methods (3)
A basic statistical course for graduate students in education. Problems taken from the fields of education and psychology and include the computation, interpretation, and application of such statistical techniques as measures of central tendency, measures of variability, correlation techniques, validity and reliability, standard scoring techniques, probability, tests of significance, chi square, and analysis of variance.

FCS 697 Research Methods (3)
Analysis and application of research procedures in the various areas of family and consumer sciences. The focus is on critiquing research completed by others and developing a research proposal. Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. Parallel: EDPSY 641 or 642 or BIO 548 or HSC 697.

THES 698 Thesis (6)
Must be taken for a total of 6 hours of credit. Prerequisite: permission of the graduate advisor.

Guidelines for the Thesis or Creative Project
You can create a thesis, write a research paper, or develop a creative project. Different guidelines apply for each type of project, but, in general, you’ll need to have the approval of your advisor and department chair, and you can complete this requirement on campus or online. You’ll also have to follow specific rules for presenting your findings.

You can receive 6 hours of graduate credit for completing a thesis. This is a comprehensive research paper directly related to your degree or area of specialization. You’ll need to show careful research and the ability to draw valid and specific conclusions from your data. You’ll work closely with a committee of three graduate faculty members, who will need to approve your thesis when you are finished.

At least four weeks before you plan to graduate, you need to submit to the dean of the Graduate School your original thesis, an abstract, and any accompanying materials electronically. Your department may require an additional copy of your thesis.

Creative Project defined:
The creative project must be an original creative endeavor that is research or theory-based and intellectual in nature. A creative project must show evidence of superior craftsmanship and creative scholarship. The creative project must be in the student’s area of concentration. Examples of creative projects, include, but are not limited to, an original business plan for a design firm, a national or international design competition or designing a commercial building, a theory-based interior design project; or creation of a design model; The creative project must be supported by a written report that includes background research and other significant and theoretical information basic to the project, as well as a thorough description of the project itself.

Research Paper Option (3.0 credits)
This research paper requires students to develop a research question based on past research or theory and to answer the question using appropriate analyses. The research paper must be an original study of non-thesis proportion showing that you possess the abilities to pursue a research problem successfully and draw valid and significant conclusions from the data. The research paper may include an analysis of original data (collected by the student) or secondary analysis of an existing dataset. Students work closely with their research paper advisor (e.g., your major professor) in the development, design, and implementation of the research paper. The paper must be on a subject directly related to your area of concentration and must meet the approval of your major professor and the department chairperson. Before you can sign up for RES 697, you must have completed 12 hours of graduate work, including a statistics course and FCS 697 Research Methods.

In addition, four weeks before you plan to graduate you’ll need to electronically submit to the dean of the Graduate School your project report, abstract, and any accompanying materials.

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