CJ 699 Research Methods in Criminal Justice Credits: 3
This course is a graduate level course that will teach the basic fundamentals of research methods with a particular emphasis on the criminal justice field. Students will learn a variety of research methods and techniques for answering questions, solving problems, gathering data, compiling it and then analyzing it and making interpretations from the findings. Scientific inquiry is a main premise of this course as is the necessity of empirical evidence and its reliability including hypothesis testing, questionnaires, conceptualization, and operationalization. Concepts such as statistical significance, random sampling, central tendency of data and its dispersion will also be taught but will be more lightly touched upon.