Research Methodology and Experimental Design
Discusses the research process and scientific method as applied in agricultural economics. Topics include problem identification, stating hypotheses, sources of data, sampling concepts and designs, methods of collecting data, questionnaire design and testing, field organization, and analysis of data. During the semester, each student develops a research proposal that may be associated with his or her thesis. Completely randomized designs randomized complete block design, lattice squares, factorial experiments, confounding variables. Analysis of data from animal production based research using statistical packages.