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Research Methods And Evaluation

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Students learn and demonstrate knowledge of research methodology including problem formulation, design, data collection and analysis, interpreting and summarizing research findings while exploring the range and scope of research and evaluation tools available to the criminal justice professional. Students also analyze and critique criminal justice program and service evaluations published by criminal justice research professionals.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Research Application in Criminal Justice

    • Summarize the benefits of a research proposal.
    • Describe the role of research policy development and analysis.
    • Analyze the standard methods of hypothesis testing.

    Research in Criminal Justice

    • Explain the purpose of research in criminal justice.
    • Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative research.
    • Differentiate between pure and applied research.
    • Discuss the importance of ethics in criminal justice research.

    Research Design

    • Differentiate between types and functions of research designs.
    • Describe internal and external variable-related validity factors.
    • Discuss issues in criminal justice research design.


    • Discuss the strengths and weaknesses of surveys as a data-gathering tool.
    • Describe the fundamentals of hypothesis testing.
    • Prepare a research proposal.

    Analysis and Evaluation

    • Analyze background research studies and literature references.
    • Summarize criminal justice research findings.
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