NAS 4126 INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS
1 Credit Hour
This course is open to students on the college level in either their freshman or sophomore year.
NAS4126 - INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS (1 hr)
This course is designed to provide students majoring in natural sciences and related fields with a hands-on introduction to research, including the fundamental process and theoretical need.
This course is designed to provide students majoring in natural sciences and related fields with hands-on introduction to research, including the fundamental process and theoretical need.
Upon completion of the course, the student will have an understanding of the nature, design, and implementation of the research process.
Units Outcomes and Criterion Based Evaluation Key for Core Content:
The following defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other content as time allows.
UNIT 1: INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH
Outcomes: Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to assess the basic requirements for research projects.
- Identify the necessity for research
- Describe the main components of a research process
- Explain and analyze ethics standards in research
- Identify necessary skills to the research process
- Distinguish between qualitative and quantitative approaches
- Identify and utilize various information sources such as books, journals, and computers
UNIT 2: STEPS OF THE RESEARCH PROCESS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to construct and evaluate the components of a research project.
- Identify and evaluate research problems
- Construct and evaluate literature reviews
- Construct and evaluate the research purpose, questions, objectives, and/or hypotheses
- Outline the various methods of data collection
- Outline the various methods of interpreting and analyzing data
- Outline the various methods of reporting data
UNIT 3: RESEARCH DESIGN
Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the student will be able to select and implement appropriate research designs for various studies.
- Identify the key components of an experiment
- Outline the various methods of research design
- Identify strengths and limitations of various research designs
- Identify elements of validity and quality control
Critiques of various research studies
Construction of a mini-proposal for a research study
Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy
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Refer to the following policies:
402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability, which may impact work in this class, which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.