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PSA 440: Research Methodology in PSA

Course Description

This course analyzes problems and needs within the public safety sector, review related literature, collect data and measure objectives. Students will apply analytic skills to a public safety related research project.

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition 1
  • ENG 102: English Composition 2

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Identify and implement research instruments and tools utilized in both qualitative and quantitative design methods.
  2. Examine and discuss the researcher’s relationship with the research subjects in both qualitative and quantitative studies and the differences between a research sample when employing qualitative or quantitative design methods.
  3. Describe research goals of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  4. Define and utilize a broad range of research related terms and terminology
  5. Write a Formal Research Proposal including the problem area, purpose statement, definition of terms, a brief review of related literature (to include an annotated bibliography), research method to be employed, and complying with all APA style and formatting requirements

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)Weight

Formal Research Proposal

50%

Exercises & Assignments

30%

Discussion Participation

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 2nd printing. 6th ed. American Psychological Association, 2010. ISBN-10: 1433805618 or ISBN-13 is 978-1-4338-0561-5
  • Blaxter, L., Hughes, C., Tight, M. How to Research. 4th ed. Open University Press. Philadelphia, PA., 2010. ISBN-10: 033523867X or ISBN-13: 9780335238675

Course Schedule

WeekReadings and ExercisesAssignment(s)

1

Lesson 1: Topic Selection

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1 - "All at sea but learning to swim" (p. 1-20)
    • Chapter 2 - "Getting Started" (p. 21-50).
  • Exercises:
    • Exercise-1.1, Exercise- 1.4 (Page 19)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Develop a list of potential research topics related to the public safety arena

2

Lesson 2: Finalizing the Topic-Starting the Literature Review

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4- ‘Reading for Research’
    • Chapter 5- ‘Managing your Project’
    • Lesson 2 Lecture Notes
  • Exercises:
    • Exercises 4.1, 4.3, 4.4 (Page 129)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Prepare draft of FRP Chapter One

3

Lesson 3:

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3-‘Thinking about Methods’ (p. 53-89)
  • Exercises:
    • Exercise 3.1, 3.4, 3.6 (Page 88)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Topical outline of proposed Literature Review
  • Select the research method most applicable to the proposed study and write a brief explanation and justification of how and why this method was selected

4

Lesson 4:

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6- 'Collecting Data'
    • Chapter 7- 'Analyzing Data'
  • Exercises:
    • Exercises 6.2, 6.3 (pg 190);
    • 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 (pg 222)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit 1-page justification of proposed research topic

5

Lesson 5:

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8- 'Writing Up'
    • Chapter 9- 'Finishing Off'
  • Exercises:
    • Exercise 8.3 (pg 252); 9.1 (pg 271)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Submit FRP

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