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).
  • Conceptualize 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 field 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 can be applied toward:


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

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.

Textbooks and Materials

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


  • 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, 7th Ed. (2020)
    American Psychological Association

*Available through CHHS. 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.


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


Dr. Julie Taylor-Massey is an Assistant Professor and part of the senior teaching faculty in HDFS. She has extensive teaching experience both on-campus and from a distance, having co-taught her first resident instruction class in 2001 and been involved in the launch of the first online courses offered by the department in 2006. Since 2010, she has specialized in teaching in the online format. Julie has been recognized with multiple teaching honors including the CSU Online Innovative Educator Award as well as been nominated for that award several times. Her interests include adolescence and early adulthood, the influence of technology on well-being, and online pedagogy. In addition to her time in the virtual classroom, she collaborates with an education publishing service to update and create lifespan development teaching and learning resources.

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