Research (RSCH) Courses

RSCH2050 Workshop in Acquiring Social Research Skills

This course explores the concepts, steps and skills required for conducting research grounded in the scientific method. The emphasis of this course is on acquiring research skills through practice-based learning. Students attain an understanding of the roles and approaches that distinguish quantitative and qualitative research methods. Students explore how the goals of science accord with the methodological choices available within qualitative and quantitative research design options. Students learn how to plan and write a research project prospectus, and how to select and interpret data. The course provides students with the required knowledge to conduct and evaluate basic research in an array of disciplines, including Global Studies, Health Studies and the Social Sciences. Students acquire a working understanding of the analytical approaches necessary for evaluating the validity and credibility of primary and secondary research, learning also to use and interpret statistics in specific applied contexts. Students explore the meanings of being a responsible consumer of science and how this matters to the safety and well-being of the public sector. Students investigate vital concerns regarding the protection of research participants. This includes identifying and engaging current professional ethical norms and practices for developing, implementing and evaluating research designs as well as protocols and methodological choices made by researchers. Students develop an appreciation for the ethics codes established by a variety of professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the American Sociological Association. Students practice APA documentation and explore the components of journal articles as well as the significance of the peer review process. Students gain appreciation for understanding how research and society are vitally linked, while grasping the importance of the role of public scrutiny in research. How research is funded, published and disseminated is examined.
Prerequisite(s): MATH2001 or MATH2010, PSYC1001 or SOC1001 or SOC2005, sophomore status. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RSCH3100 Experimental Design in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

This course is focused on the various quantitative research methodologies that can be utilized to conduct and interpret scientific research in the social and behavioral sciences. In addition to advanced research design and corresponding statistical techniques (e.g., ANOVA, MANOVA, Structural Equation Modeling, Meta-Analysis), students will explore complex ethical, socio-cultural, and geo-political issues that impact the design, interpretation, and use of scientific results.
Prerequisite(s): MATH2002, RSCH2050. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RSCH3200 Qualitative Inquiry

This course focuses on the various qualitative research methodologies that can be utilized to conduct and interpret scientific research in the social and behavioral sciences. In addition to advanced research design and corresponding statistical techniques (e.g., ethnography, case study, narratives, instrument design, textual data coding and analysis), students explore complex ethical, socio-cultural and geopolitical issues that impact the design, interpretation and use of scientific results.
Prerequisite(s): MATH2001, RSCH2050. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RSCH3300 Community Action Research

Through identifying real world research questions and corresponding community agents, students will design and propose a community action research project. This course focuses on hypothesis generation, comprehensive literature review and the utilization of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies to prepare students to execute the proposal in RSCH4400: Integrative Applied Research Seminar. Communication skills in the discipline are emphasized including oral and written presentations to faculty, class, and community.
Prerequisite(s): RSCH3100, RSCH3200. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RSCH4050 Research Seminar in Psychology

This capstone course is designed to complete the major program of study by integrating the student’s prior academic experiences in psychology. A seminar format is used to encourage student participation and interaction with peers and faculty. Each participant chooses a topic within their area of interest. The topic is explored through individual research, periodic presentations and discussion. Discussion focuses on both substantive and methodological concerns as well as interconnections among areas of study.
Prerequisite(s): RSCH2050, senior status. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RSCH4400 Integrative Applied Research Seminar

A capstone experience in the Applied Research minor, this course will have students conduct the research study proposed in RSCH 3300, including data collection, analysis and interpretation of findings. Students will be required to share applied implications of findings with the community agents impacted, as well as preparing a formal professional conference and/or journal submission. Advanced case studies will be used throughout the course to integrate previously learned applied research and statistical analyses content to promote scientific reasoning and critical thought.
Prerequisite(s): RSCH3300. (OL)
Offered at Denver, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours