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Research Methods and Procedures - COUN 6360

Format: Online

Duration: 14 weeks

Credit: 3

Research is an invaluable tool for educators who want to improve their counseling practice, but how do you distinguish well-done research from sloppy or incorrect findings? This course will introduce you to accepted quantitative and qualitative research methods and processes, from the creation of a hypothesis all the way to a conclusion based on data. These skills will help support the integrity of your conclusions as well as your ability to evaluate other research for sound methodology.

Course Highlights

  • Select a topic of professional interest, which you will research throughout the duration of this course.
  • Learn different approaches for research design, including surveys, ethnographies and narratives.

Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics for COUN 6360 are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • The Process of Conducting Research Using Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches
  • The Steps in the Process of Research
  • Reviewing the Literature
  • Specifying a Purpose and Research Questions or Hypotheses
  • Collecting, Analyzing and Interpreting Quantitative Data
  • Collecting Qualitative Data
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Qualitative Data
  • Reporting and Evaluating Research
  • Experimental Designs
  • Correlational Designs
  • Survey Designs
  • Grounded Theory Designs
  • Ethnographic Designs
  • Narrative Research Designs
  • Mixed Methods Design
  • Action Research Designs

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of COUN 6360 students will be able to:

  • Identify the nature of research inquiry for quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.
  • Recognize research methodologies relevant to counseling and mental health.
  • Evaluate critical aspects of values, ethics, and cultural inclusion in research studies and design.
  • Define various elements of the research inquiry process.
  • Critically evaluate the credibility and utility of research questions, statements, and hypotheses.
  • Critique and evaluate statistical methods used in conducting research and program evaluation.
  • Formulate a solution to a relevant clinical issue using an ethical, strengths- and resources-based approach.

Get Started

To learn more about this course or others in the online Master of Education in School Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.