Criminal Justice-coas | The Nature of Inquiry
P290 | 1401 | Sandys


P290 is an introductory course in research methods.  The course is
designed to introduce you to research design, various research methods
(including experimentation, survey research, and field
research), and basic data analysis.  Particular attention is paid to the
advantages and limitations of different research designs.  In an attempt
to increase the relevance and the likelihood that you will understand the
substance of the course, a hands-on format has been adopted.  In
particular, there will be regular lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but
most of the Friday discussion classes will be devoted to completing
exercises that require students to apply the substance of the lectures:
students will write, administer and analyze their own surveys.
Readings: Maxfield, M.G. and E. Babbie (1995).  Research Methods
for Criminal Justice and Criminology, Belmont, CA:
Wadsworth
Computer-based program to be determined.
Requirements:  Grades will be based on three exams as well
as                completion of exercises in discussion classes.
Class Meeting: Two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute
discussion section each week (TR 9:05-9:55A,                    MO 007)
Course Will Satisfy:     CJUS core requirement
Instructor:    Professor Marla Sandys, Criminal Justice
Department