Course Description –
This course is set up to be a fully online course. Their will be weekly blogs, discussion questions, and journal assignments within the class. The course will involve a total of two exams that will be taken on-line. Students should have a basic knowledge of research, rehabilitation and counseling. Within the course students will identify a issue, students will seek out literature and complete a literature review, students will conduct research and present their findings. Students at the end of the semester will have completed a research project.

Required Course Resources –
Gilner, J, Morgan G., Leech, N. (2009) Research methods: and integrated approach to design and analysis ( 2nd Edition), Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

Other recommended text: ( not required)

Gay, L. R. & Airasian, P. (2007). Educational Research: Competencies for Analysis and Application (8th Edition), Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Student Learning Outcomes –

  • Students will have knowledge of basic rehabilitation research issues including theories and hypotheses, data collection, types of research including issues of validity, ethics of research, and presentation and publication of research
  • Students will be able to write a research paper on a topic in the field of psychology according to APAS* ed. Style and in accordance with the course-provided rubric and percentage grading criteria.
  • Students will be grounded in program evaluation theory with an emphasis placed on survey research techniques. A research proposal and survey instrument will be developed based on the student’s area of interest.
  • Students will be able to competently read, understand, interpret, and report on formal research studies in psychology in accordance with the course-provided rubric and percentage grading criteria.
  • Students will be able to understand, describe and apply accepted professional standards of behavior for rehabilitation professionals in relation to preparation, planning, conduction, and reporting of psychological research according to the ethical guidelines of the American Psychological Association and the course-provided rubrics.

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