HDFS 350 - Applied Research Methods

  • 3 credits
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Interpret, apply, and write about research findings in human development.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Synthesize knowledge of scientific approaches to solve problems related to human development and family studies.
  • Critically evaluate and apply research methods and concepts related to human development and family studies.
  • Compare and contrast different research methods (e.g., survey vs. observational).
  • Select appropriate methods for different applied research questions, particularly those that are most suitable for studying developmental changes (e.g., longitudinal studies; program evaluations).
  • onceptualize and describe basic statistical procedures.
  • Explain ethical principles and relate them to issues inherent in conducting research with animal and human participants.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use effectively data analytical software (e.g., Excel, SPSS) and presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint) to apply knowledge of research skills.
  • Demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication skills appropriate to theoretical, practical, and/or ethical situations related to research and research methods in the filed of human development and family studies.
  • Discriminate among and conceptualize appropriate use of different research methods and basic statistical procedures.
  • Demonstrate professional/collaboration skills, such as acknowledging multiple points of view.

This course has exams that require the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU. Please see https://www.proctoru.com/students. for detailed instructions. The cost for online proctoring through ProctorU is included in the cost of the course for students enrolled in CSU Online course sections. Students are responsible for purchasing any hardware that may be needed for exams taken with ProctorU, including a webcam and microphone, and for scheduling proctoring appointments at least three days in advance (otherwise, a late fee is charged, which is the student’s responsibility). For students requiring accommodations, please contact http://www.rds.colostate.edu/.

This course can be applied towards:

Prerequisite

HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology); STAT 201 (General Statistics) or STAT 301 (Introduction to Statistical Methods) or STAT 311 (Statistics for Behavioral Sciences I) and completion of 60 credits.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

Required

  • IBM SPSS Student License*
  • Methods in Behavioral Research, 11th Ed. (2011)
    Cozby, Paul C. and Bates, Scott
    ISBN: 978-0078035159
  • PowerPoint, Excel, and Word software programs**
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    Amer. Psych. Assn.
    ISBN: 978-1433805615

*Available on your home computer through Citirx, a virtual remote desktop environment. For more information, see the following link: http://www.chhs.colostate.edu/technology/software.aspx. The cost of SPSS is included in the cost of the course.

**CSU students may download a free copy of Office 365 from the ACNS website: http://www.acns.colostate.edu/O365.

Instructors

Dr. Julie Taylor-Massey
Dr. Julie Taylor-Massey

julie.taylor@colostate.edu

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