Advanced Research Design – COUC 740

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

A review of the process and method of developing and conducting research. Emphasis will be placed upon the application of methods for development and preparation of the doctoral proposal.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Professional Counseling is increasingly required to demonstrate the efficacy of its interventions and treatment strategies.  Doctoral level counseling educators and practitioners must be able to appropriately consume and contribute to the current scientific research in the application and development of such treatments and other aspects of counselor education.


Measurable Learning Outcomes

Demonstrate the ability to write a critical review of scientific literature about a particular area of interest and formulate a specific research question with corresponding research hypotheses that will uniquely and meaningfully contribute to the body of scientific knowledge in that area.

Comprehend how research design methods and statistics procedures are used hand-in-hand to address specific kinds of research.

Comprehend the spectrum of research design options (ranging from qualitative to true-experimental) and identify which research designs are most appropriate for addressing specific types of research questions.

To identify the most appropriate research design for addressing specific research questions.

To understand the different procedures for selecting participants for research study and identify how these different procedures critically influence various types of validity concerns.

To understand, appraise, and articulate the important conceptual concerns related to selecting both reliable and valid measures in a research study.

To compare and contrast the relative value of various statistical methods and procedures used to address specific research hypotheses.

To acquire conceptual tools for analyzing and critically evaluating outcome data not only in terms of statistical significance but also clinical meaningfulness.

To both understand and apply important statistical concepts for evaluating statistical validity in one's own research proposal as well as in published research articles.

To both delineate and distinguish between different types of validity (internal, external, construct, and statistical conclusion) and appraise research studies in light of their relative strengths and weaknesses with respect to each type of validity.

Demonstrate the ability to describe, analyze, and critically evaluate published, peer-reviewed scientific research studies in terms of their relative strengths and weaknesses with respect to the four types of validity described above.

The student will understand and recognize core ethical considerations involved in conducting research with human subjects.

Course Assignment

You will complete CITI training, which is an online training course on ethics in research. To complete training, follow the instructions on this website:

CITI training allows users to select which subjects to complete, and you only need to complete the social and behavioral researchers’ sections for this course. If you have previously completed CITI training within the last 2 years, you do not need to complete it again if you submit proof of completion.

You will complete a one-question quiz to show proof that you have completed the CITI training and have received at least an 80% pass rate on all modules.

Carefully acquire and read a minimum of 50 different peer-reviewed articles relating to shame. Articles must be relatively recent (last 10 years). Notes must include a citation and a few sentences to a paragraph of notes for each article. Be careful to only cite sources of original research, and do not reference information that is presented in an author’s literature review. (If you read information in a literature review that you would like to include, look up the citation and find the original research).  It is expected that you to submit them on a weekly basis. These will be graded as you work your way to 200 points before you arrive for your intensive. Each article is worth 4 points. Your notes on an article can be as brief as a single sentence.

In a doctoral level course, in-class class participation is essential to your development as a scholar. Submit a paragraph describing your class participation throughout the intensive week. This assignment is worth 200 points.

Using the information gathered in your article notes of this assignment you will write a literature review paper.  The paper should contain the following elements, using current APA Style:

  1. Title page
  2. Abstract
  3. Review of Literature. Both summarize and critically evaluate the current literature on the topic. Create within the summary an argument for why this topic is important and the issues and new research need to address.
  4. Summarizes the research in a logical, sequential manner.
  5. Makes a case for why additional research needs to be conducted in order to fill important gaps in scientific literature.
  6. Clearly identifies the research questions that should be addressed.

It is worth 200 points and is due after the intensive week.

You will write a 7-9 page proposal related to a counseling or counselor education problem:

    1. Participants you would recruit and how would you recruit them;
    2. Describe your measures (How will you operationalize and measure your core constructs and principles?) ;
    3. Describe your dependent variables, independent variables, and covariates (if applicable) ;
    4. Identify what types of statistical procedures you would use and why.
    5. Address issues related to internal and external validity. Don’t just name threats (e.g., history or maturation), but specifically describe how each threat is relevant to this study.  Also, address statistical validity issues which should include concepts of Type I and Type II errors, power, and effect size.  If it is an outcome study, discuss clinical significance