This is the first of two courses in the Human Services research methods sequence.
This course covers basic elements of the use of the scientific method in social science research. Topics covered include techniques and methods of quantitative social research as they relate to hypothesis testing, research design, measurement, quantitative data collection methods (surveys, experiments, and single subject design), and statistical data analysis. The ethics, politics, and uses of social research in the Human Services, including how to develop and submit a research proposal to an agency review board, are included. Fundamentals of descriptive and inferential statistics used in social science research will be presented. Students will learn to assess the validity of existing research and to interpret it to guide decision-making as Human Services professionals.