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CR 493 Research Methods

Discover how research methodology benefits criminology studies.

Format: Online and/or Classroom

Duration: 8 weeks

Credits: 3 credits

Data collection and assessment is an ongoing process in research, including criminology studies. CR 493 Research Methods introduces you to scientific and interpretive research methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative and theoretical research methods.

Throughout this course, a variety of assessment methods will enable you to demonstrate course competencies. These assessment methods may include, but are not limited to, written assignments, oral presentations, research papers, quizzes, service learning projects and class participation.

What You’ll Learn in CR 493

In this course, you’ll focus on critical application of skills in research, reflective or applied projects. You’ll also draw from your learning experiences to formalize your Senior Capstone Project proposal.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The Role of Research and Reflection in the Social Sciences
  • Ethical Issues in Working with Human Subjects
  • The Language and Structure of Research
  • Information Collection Methods
  • Quantitative Research Design
  • Qualitative Research Design
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Methodology Section Development
  • Research Project Discussion

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of CR 493, you will be able to:

  • Differentiate qualitative from quantitative measurement and primary from secondary research and, where appropriate, identify factors influencing reliability and validity.
  • Explain the basic steps used in primary and secondary research.
  • Formulate research questions from observation and published research, and identify specific problems or issues to be discussed and analyzed.
  • Explain why secondary research is an appropriate method to address formulated questions or specific problems. Identify and explain which of the available information collection methods is most appropriate for a given primary research question.
  • Discuss the ethical implications of conducting research.
  • Identify the components of your Senior Capstone Project and writing.
  • Identify the resources, methodologies and research tools for your Senior Capstone proposal paper.
  • Write and finalize your Senior Capstone proposal.

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*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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