COUN 5543 – FUNDAMENTALS OF RESEARCH Section W1


Course Description –
This course is designed to give students an understanding of basic concepts in research, including theory, design, variables, measurement, hypothesis testing, and validity. The focus of the course is on conceptual rather than computational aspects of research. The student will learn how to design outcome studies with an appreciation of stakeholder involvement. Opportunities and threats associated with the evidence-based practice movement will be debated. Students will develop knowledge and skills to critically evaluate the applicability of research to practice. Students will explore their values and beliefs about the role of research in rehabilitation counseling and their identity as a scientist-practitioner.

Pre-requisite –

  • None

Required Course Resources –

  • Required Texts: (White, T. L, & McBurney, D. H. (2013). Research Methods (9th ed.). New York, NY. Cengage Publications.
  • ISBN – 10: 1111840628
  • America Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC. Author

Course Learning Outcomes –

  • Describe the limitations of authority, logic, and intuitive methods as ways of knowing about behavior.
  • Describe the general types of tools available to use in searching the scientific literature.
  • Perform a literature search using proprietary databases, with the help of a librarian.
  • List three general rules for writing a scientific report.
  • Explain the various factors and conditions that can threaten the validity of the conclusions drawn by a researcher.
  • Explain the difference between direct and systematic replication of an experiment.
  • Describe the different types of nonexperimental research and the major problems associated with each type.

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