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Course SummaryTake Criminal Justice 306 to learn about the different types of research methods that are used in the field. The course offers short, informative and expertly taught lessons, and you can use the course for test preparation, homework help, professional development or independent learning purposes.
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About This Course
For a comprehensive overview of criminal justice research methods, work through Criminal Justice 306 at any time that's convenient. The course's engaging and concise lessons show you how research studies are approached in the field of criminal justice. You can expect to review the basics of research sampling methods, experimental design, research analysis, experimental research types, research ethics and more.
You can solidify your understanding of these concepts by taking the lesson quizzes, chapter exams and final course assessment. Use the course to supplement your criminal justice textbooks, or use it to prepare for upcoming exams. The course can also be accessed on any computer or mobile device, which allows you to study at home, work, school or wherever you happen to be.
|Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methods||Examine the characteristics of high-quality research; compare different types of research; review the steps in the scientific method.|
|Ethical Research in Criminal Justice||Discover issues associated with using human participants in research, such as informed consent, the risks of harm and participant privacy; examine federal regulations that are designed to protect participants; evaluate examples of research misconduct and best practices.|
|Preparing & Planning a Research Study||Outline the steps that are needed to properly set up a research study, including drafting a strong research hypothesis, defining research variables and identifying the parts of a research study.|
|Measurement in the Research Process||Assess the importance of measurement; examine topics ranging from the types and scales of measurement to measurement reliability and validity.|
|Research Sampling Methods||Understand the importance of selecting the right sampling method; recognize the various types of probability and nonprobability sampling methods; analyze sampling issues and find out how to get the right sample size.|
|Internal Validity in Research Studies||Discover variables that can affect an experiment's internal validity, such as researcher bias, the Hawthorne effect, instrumentation and selection integration.|
|External Validity in Research Studies||Explain how sample characteristics, novelty effects, test sensitization and other factors can negatively impact an experiment's external validity; review methods that are used to increase external validity.|
|Experimental Design in Criminal Justice||Evaluate the use of random assignment and control groups in experimental design; compare two-group, matched group and multiple group designs; examine the components of factorial, multivariate, within-subject and small n designs.|
|Quasi-Experimental Research in Criminal Justice||Explore developmental research methods; assess nonequivalent control group designs and before-and-after designs, which have both pre- and post-tests but no comparison groups.|
|Nonexperimental Research Methods in Criminal Justice||Identify types of descriptive research; differentiate between positive and negative correlation; evaluate the relationship between correlations and scatterplots; identify the limitations of correlational research.|
|Qualitative Criminal Justice Research Methods||Recognize sources for qualitative research; discover the various types of qualitative research design, including case studies, participant observation, interviewing and focus groups.|
|Descriptive Statistics in Criminal Justice||Discuss the uses of frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and measures of variability.|
|Inferential Statistics in Criminal Justice||Investigate the uses of inferential statistics and hypothesis testing; explain the purposes of chi-squared tests, one-tailed and two-tailed tests, t-tests and ANOVA.|
|Analyzing Research Findings||Draw conclusions based on internal validity; recognize limits to generalization of a research study; explain how to interpret nonsignificant outcomes; organize, interpret and express social science research.|
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