Funding for the Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Technician Department

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Funding for the Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Technician department has come available to conduct a research study and a request was made to present three different research study possibilities before conducting a full research proposal.

Problem Statement
At a local community college, adults of both genders and between the ages of 17-65 with diverse work experience as well as different ethnic backgrounds, entering into the career field of air conditioning and heating must take the “Refrigeration Principles” class before any advanced courses of instruction offered in refrigeration and heating. The course is taught two nights a week between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. with an average class size of twenty-six students.
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The desired state is to have each student be able to identify the basic operations as well as accurately calculate an air conditioning system efficiency through the current web-based, Blackboard application, and lab performance with no less than an 80% exiting assessment. Currently there are fifteen out of the twenty-six students on average per semester who do not meet the desired outcome.
Quantitative Scenario
Research Scenario
The researcher will conduct a quantitative study over four semesters to examine student study behavior when using a web-based application. There are twenty-six students enrolled in each semester “Refrigeration Principles” course; each class will have similar demographics such as gender, age, social-economic, and ethnic backgrounds. The researcher will attempt to determine method of learning success to those who do not meet the desired minimum outcome.
Research Questions and Hypothesis
A student’s failure to meet the desired minimum outcome falls on the student’s inability to prioritize study methods.
1. For the final comprehensive assessment preparation, how many hours a week does a student study who meets or exceeds the minimum assessment score compared to those students meeting the desired outcome on the final assessment?
The research will provide the researcher with data on developing a cognitive mapping tool needed to assist the learner who may not have acquired the necessary learning

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