cnsl573 | Graduate
Critical Analysis In Research
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.
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Hypothesis and Theory Building
- Examine the logic of hypothesis testing.
- Describe the relationship of hypothesis to theory and theory to therapeutic knowledge and practice.
- Examine descriptive data, including measures of central tendency, variability, and properties of the normal curve including probabilities.
- Examine correlational statistics and the nature of correlational data.
- Differentiate between correlation and causation.
- Distinguish among univariate, bivariate and multivariate data.
Scientific Method and Research Design
- Define research and discuss the relevancy and application of research in the counseling profession.
- Define and examine the scientific method and the steps of the research process.
- Discuss research questions and forms of hypotheses.
- Describe descriptive research, surveys, experimental design, program evaluation, and mixed designs.
- Describe quantitative and qualitative approaches as they apply to descriptive research, surveys, experimental design, program evaluation, and mixed designs.
- Articulate the relationships among theory, practice, and research in the counseling profession.
- Examine inferential statistics and the nature of inferential data.
- Examine inferential applications with bivariate and multivariate data.
Types of Research Applied in the Counseling Profession
- Define program needs assessment research.
- Define clinical outcome research.
- Discuss program evaluation research.
Writing a Research Proposal
- Describe the process of creating a needs assessment or program evaluation proposal.
- Describe the process of creating a research proposal.
Skills for Evaluation of Research Articles
- Identify appropriate sources of research articles.
- Define steps to critically evaluate research articles.
- Identify ethical issues in research specifically related to the counseling profession.
- Examine professional and ethical obligations and responsibilities to research in the counseling profession.
- Present a proposal that follows the scientific method, contains a clearly stated hypothesis, applies appropriate methodology, proposes appropriate statistical analyses, and states potential implications for the profession.
Measurement and Instrumentation
- Define and describe scales of measurement.
- Discuss and define variables in research.
- Identify and examine operational definitions of research variables.
- Describe internal and external validity for research studies.
- Examine psychometric properties of instruments (reliability and validity).
- Interpret various sampling procedures and response rates, using samples and populations, randomization, and generalizability.
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