May 30, 2023  
2021-2022 On Campus Catalog 
2021-2022 On Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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CJ 210 - Scientific Methods in Criminal Justice and Social Work

Credits: 5 credits

This course is designed to introduce and familiarize the student to the logic and character of scientific and alternative means of social inquiry.  It examines the function of observation, concept formation, proposition arrangement and testing of theory as components of the scientific process in the social sciences.  The course introduces students to a variety of statistical techniques that can be used in a number of research settings.  It provides a hands on approach in surveying various statistical and data analysis techniques using a number of computer based programs for data entry, data modification and interpretation. 

CJ 202 or SW 101

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to do the following:


  1. Develop a core understanding of the logic (including validity and reliability) and applications of research in the fields of Criminal Justice, and Social Work
  2. Develop a critical mindset that allows students to understand what it means to both consume and produce research in the 21st century; 
  3. Develop a core understanding of the key ethical issues facing researchers in the fields of Criminal Justice and Social Work.
  4. Examine the various quantitative research techniques (including survey research, experimental design, evaluation research and secondary analysis) that are useful to the student’s particular field of study and further evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various research methods.  The data analysis components is designed to have students develop a critical mindset when it comes to being both consumers and producers of data;
  5. Interpret raw data and secondary data sources; 
  6. Analyze data using a variety of computer based tools (numbers, Excel, SPSS, etc.), in doing so will develop an understanding of basic statistical techniques; 
  7. Develop the tools necessary to understand and critically evaluate and effectively apply a variety of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques. 

SW 210

Frequency of Offering:
Offered every spring semester.

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