This course will focus on analyzing problems and needs within the public safety sector. Students will review related literature, collect data, and measure objectives, as well as apply analytic skills to a public safety related research project. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- Background in public safety, or obtained permission from the instructor to take this course
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Identify and implement research instruments and tools utilized in both qualitative and quantitative design methods.
- 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.
- Describe research goals of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
- Define and utilize a broad range of research related terms and terminology
- 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)
Course Activities and Grading
Formal Research Proposal
Exercises & Assignments
(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
|Week||Readings and Exercises||Assignments|
Lesson 1: Topic Selection
Lesson 2: Finalizing the Topic-Starting the Literature Review
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.