### Quantitative Methods of Research – CJUS 745

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

### Course Description

This course will introduce concepts and methods in descriptive and inferential statistics. The course is designed to provide students with the statistical background required for doctoral level applied research. Application of statistics and educational and human services research will be emphasized. Areas of study will include estimation, probability, variables, normal distribution, t-distribution, chi-square distribution, F-distribution, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing, and correlation. This course will provide the skills necessary to properly apply descriptive and inferential statistics by helping students understand the role of statistics in scientific research. Further, the assignments are designed to help students identify and implement the correct statistical procedure for a research question through data analysis using a computer (e.g., SPSS). Students will gain the requisite knowledge necessary to learn more complex statistical/research procedures and become more critical of various statistical presentations in academic journals and the mass media.

Prerequisite

CJUS 740

### Rationale

Due to the often-used nature of criminal justice research, it is important for the student in criminal justice practitioner and doctoral student to have an advanced understanding of statistics that aids in the description and interpretation of data in studies. This course is designed to give the student the resources to complete a quantitative study, if chosen, with an emphasis on the application of statistical knowledge rather than the theories.

### Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe the terms and principles of quantitative data analysis.
2. Illustrate estimation, probability, variables, normal distribution, t-distribution, chi-square distribution, F-distribution, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing, and correlation with given quantitative problems, using SPSS.
3. Explain the relationship between inferential statistics and scientific research.
4. Interpret data in academic journals, and explain how the researchers organized their studies.
5. Construct a dataset for analysis using SPSS software.
6. Discuss the importance of quantitative research in a Christian environment.

### Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

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