HDFS 350 - Applied Research Methods

  • 3 credits

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

Course Learning Objectives

(1) Synthesize knowledge of scientific approaches to solve problems related to human development and family studies.
(2) Critically evaluate and apply research methods and concepts related to human development and family studies.
(3) Compare and contrast different research methods (e.g., survey vs. observational).
(4) Select appropriate methods for different applied research questions, particularly those that are most suitable for studying developmental changes (e.g., longitudinal studies; program evaluations).
(5) Conceptualize and describe basic statistical procedures.
(6) Explain ethical principles and relate them to issues inherent in conducting research with animal and human participants.
(7) 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.
(8) 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.
(9) Discriminate among and conceptualize appropriate use of different research methods and basic statistical procedures.
(10) Demonstrate professional/collaboration skills, such as acknowledging multiple points of view.

This course has online exams that require proctoring through Proctortrack, an online proctoring service. Proctortrack allows you to take the exam from your home but requires that your computer has a webcam and a microphone, and that you have a mirror to use for a room scan. For full system specifications, please visit: http://www.proctortrack.com/technical-requirements/. The cost of Proctortrack is included in the cost of the course. However, students are responsible for purchasing any hardware (e.g., microphone, webcam, 6” mirror) that may be needed for exams taken with Proctortrack.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.dot for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.

This course can be applied towards:


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.

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

Textbook 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. (2012)
    Cozby, Paul C. and Bates, Scott
  • PowerPoint, Excel, and Word software programs
    Not available at the CSU Bookstore
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    Amer. Psych. Assn.
    ISBN: 978-1433805615

*Available through College of Health and Human Sciences. 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. Plan accordingly to install SPSS on your home computer at the start of the semester, as it may require time to troubleshoot and confirm it is working properly.


Dr. Julie Taylor
Dr. Julie Taylor