PSS 390 Research Methods

This course provides students pursuing careers in a variety of professions with a general introduction to the language and logic of research with an emphasis on becoming informed consumers of empirical research. The primary aims are to (a) learn how research is conducted and (b) apply that knowledge into practice. Students will acquire fundamental knowledge of the ethics of research, basic terminology, and essential concepts including research designs, sampling strategies, methods for data collection, and techniques for data analysis. Students will critically read peer-reviewed reports of empirical research, identify knowledge gaps in existing scholarship, synthesize research findings across multiple studies, and describe implications for practice in their respective fields.



Cross Listed Courses

PSY 420 Research Methods


HSM 106/CJS 106, STAT 167, and ENG 101 or Departmental Permission


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