Course Summary
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Criminal Justice 306: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
20 weeks (44 hours)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 research methods


The course objective is to teach students how research studies are approached in the field of criminal justice. Students will review the basics of research sampling methods and evaluate experimental design, research analysis, experimental research types, research ethics, and more.

Learning Outcomes:

  • apply the steps of scientific research to criminal justice and summarize how experiments are used in criminal justice research
  • develop research questions and apply appropriate research design and methods for criminal justice topics
  • understand major data collection strategies and be able to apply strategies appropriately
  • distinguish between quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as they apply to criminal justice
  • examine data collection techniques in conducting research in the criminal justice field
  • identify the types of sampling used in research as well explain how to determine the size of a sample
  • recognize and apply statistical techniques used in criminal justice research
  • identify ethical issues in criminal justice research and summarize how research is regulated as well as explain unethical dilemmas
  • choose an appropriate methodology in a research proposal to sufficiently and ethically answer a research question
  • deliver a research proposal, which includes a research question, hypothesis, research design, and appropriate methodology

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to criminal justice research methods
  • Ethical research in criminal justice
  • Preparing and planning a research study
  • Measurement in the research process
  • Research sampling methods
  • Internal validity in research studies
  • External validity in research studies
  • Experimental design in criminal justice
  • Quasi-experimental research in criminal justice
  • Non-experimental research methods in criminal justice
  • Qualitative criminal justice research methods
  • Descriptive statistics in criminal justice
  • Inferential statistics in criminal justice
  • Analyzing research findings
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials