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This course will introduce advanced degree candidates to: A) an understanding of the scientific method as applied to behavioral research, both qualitative and quantitative; B) assessment, evaluation, descriptive, causal-comparative, experimental, and qualitative data gathering procedures and analytical strategies; C) sampling theory, techniques, distribution and hypothesis testing; D) specific designs, methods, and tools of qualitative and quantitative research; E) search and retrieval of published research, both American and international (global); F) basic statistics, both descriptive and inferential; G) the ethical requirements of conducting research with human participants as outlined by Institutional Review Boards; H) a project involving critical evaluation of both qualitative and quantitative research studies.

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.