Course Summary
Credit Type:
Organization's ID:
ED 508
16 weeks (35 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Graduate 3 research methods and data analysis


The course objective is to introduce students to quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting meaningful inquiry and research. Course focus areas include research intent and design, methodology and technique, format and presentation, and data management and analysis informed by commonly used statistical methods. The course develops the students' abilities to effectively use and apply this knowledge as security leaders in the DoD.

Learning Outcomes:

  • act as an educated consumer of data
  • prepare a preliminary research design for projects in their subject matter areas
  • accurately collect, analyze and report data
  • present complex data or situations clearly
  • review and analyze research findings that affect their agency

General Topics:

  • The process of conducting research, research design, qualitative research, qualitative data analysis, quantitative research, sampling concepts, quantitative data collection methods, applied statistics, descriptive statistics and graphing, comparative/inferential stats, mixed methods research, data mining, writing about quantitative findings, writing about qualitative or mixed methods findings, critically critiquing research reports, and creating research in the security environment
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials