Course Descriptions

The following is a list of the Research Administration courses offered throughout the year.

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  • Courses

    475.601 - Introduction to Research Administration

    Provides an overview of research administration including how it has evolved in the United States, the role it plays nationally and at the state level, and how conducting research in the U.S. differs from elsewhere. The course also examines the research continuum and the research enterprise as it exists in higher education, nonprofit organizations, and the federal government. The course allows students the opportunity to become familiar with issues, problems and strategic outcomes as they affect research administration.

    475.602 - Organization and Leadership for Research Administration

    The course provides an overview of the organization, structure, and language of the research enterprise; how the enterprise functions in the discovery to commercialization pipeline; who the players and stakeholders are and how they interact; the organizational models used by institutions; the role and effect of national policy in shaping research; the impact of the information age and technology; the qualities and requirements for students to become successful leaders; and, how university, federal, and non-profit research administration organizations are managed and led. The course allows students the opportunity to become familiar with the issues faced by leadership in the ever-changing and fluid world of the research enterprise.

    475.603 - Assistive Technologies for Research Administration

    This course explores the role of software applications and systems utilized by research administrators and by those seeking and receiving funding. Students examine and compare software applications such as COEUS, SunGard Public Sector, Grants.Gov, GrantsOnline, Conversis, PeopleSoft, ERA Software, Compliance Software, SAP, and others.

    475.604 - Introduction to Legal, Ethical, Regulatory, and Compliance Issues

    During this course students examine the legal, ethical, and regulatory framework underlying most research activities in the U.S. Students discuss the trajectory of legal, ethical, regulatory and compliance issues affecting research administration, including the role of Congress, the role of the Executive Branch of government, and the role of federal and state agencies in the issuance and auditing of compliance regulations. Students will also discuss practical considerations for human subjects and animal research, financial conflict of interest, misconduct in science, export controls, safety and security and risk assessment.

    475.605 - Program Development and Evaluation

    From the perspective of funders, this course explores ways in which initiatives become sponsored programs, the role of strategic planning, how proposals are designed and disseminated, how responses are solicited and evaluated. The important role that communication plays is emphasized, and communication strategies and work products are examined. The course also allows students to become familiar with key roles and relationships, such as those played by the program officer, the proposal development specialist, and the principle investigator.

    475.606 - Project Management of Sponsored Programs

    The course explores how research projects and sponsored programs are best catalyzed and later managed utilizing project management theory, best practices, case studies, and research. The course examines the emergence of pre-award research development within the realm of research administration and its impact on post-award project management. Issues related to team building, group dynamics, and building collaborative win-win relationships with multiple principle investigators and team leaders will be emphasized in the course.

    475.607 - Grantsmanship, Grant Writing and Evaluation of Grant Proposals

    This course describes the process of applying for, writing, and evaluating grants and sponsored program opportunities offered through non-profit, foundation, think-tank, government, and university settings. Emphasis is placed on how to evaluate opportunities, how to use online resources, how to ensure that prerequisites are met, and how to respond to RFPs with fully-vetted, well- written proposals. Students will be required to write and edit portions of proposals as well as evaluate current opportunities.

    475.608 - Procurement and Award Process

    This course provides a detailed examination of request for proposal (RFP) as well as RFAs, RFQs, and other proposal submission requests. It examines the procurement processes of the government through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. The course also focuses on award processes from the perspective of those planning and offering them. Students compare and contrast these processes in different environments, including federal and foundation grant-making and private sector funding for specific projects. In the final segment of the course, these same processes—solicitation of proposals, and negotiation and acceptance of awards—will be examined from the perspective of the research administrator at the grantee institution.

    475.609 - Financial Management of Sponsored Programs

    Provides an introduction to topics related to financial operations of sponsored programs, including how to establish a financial reporting system, budgeting, effort reporting, preparing for and engaging in an audit, procuring resources, and sub-contracting. Students also learn how to translate the financial terms of a proposal into a project budget and how to engage in specialized oversight and reporting, such as required for projects undertaken within the GSA Schedule.

    475.610 - Financial Accounting and Compliance Auditing

    Focuses on the specifics of financial and non-financial auditing as related to sponsored programs and grants. Clinical accounting is presented as well as the role of clinical research in a university and non-profit research environment. The audit process is also examined in detail and the roles of the financial research administrator, auditors, PI, and project participants are discussed. Special attention is paid to compliance pitfalls, record keeping, information technology, and accepted accounting standards and practices.

    475.611 - Reporting and Statistical Analysis for Sponsored Programs

    Provides hands-on opportunities for students to understand reporting requirements and work with the types of reports required for research projects and sponsored programs. The course examines reporting as a CRM (customer relationship management) and PM (project management) strategy, as well as special requirements affecting research administration. Specific types of reporting requirements are analyzed, including federal government agency-based requirements, Star Metrics, Data Act, and GSA Schedule.

    475.612 - Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer

    This course examines the role of research administrators in safeguarding Intellectual Property (IP), identifying patentable material, creating and operating a technology transfer office, facilitating various aspects of technology transfer, and developing and implementing such specialized agreements as non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, licensing agreements and other related intellectual property agreements. Students examine case studies, case law, institutional and agency policies.

    475.800 - Capstone Project in Research Administration

    The Capstone Seminar is the culmination of the Master’s in Research Administration where students will integrate and build on their previous coursework in the program to apply it to practical settings. Students must have completed ten of the twelve courses required for the M.S. degree in order to enroll in this course. During the semester students will identify and analyze an issue or problem and propose a solution during this semester long course. Those electing the Capstone may explore issues related to a current research administration project in a “real world” setting. This original work can be for the organization or agency for which the student works or for a hypothetical organization, but it should result in the student conducting original research and applying strategies, testing solutions, and using tools to meet the particular needs of chosen work environment. To complete the course students must write a 25-35 page capstone project paper. If the project is not completed by the end of the semester, students will need to enroll in AS.475.855.