CJS4101 Criminal Justice Research Methods and Statistics I

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits

Course Description:

Focus on establishing a framework for thinking about and understanding the nature of research. Research methods in the broad categories of quantitative, qualitative, and evaluation designs and provide coverage of analytical and experimental research designs are reviewed. Survey methods, survey instruments, and questionnaires, including wording, organization, and pretesting are covered.

How This Course Benefits Students:

In correlation with the School’s mission and vision, lead and equip students for the purpose of preparing leaders to join God’s mission of spiritually transforming people and communities. The goal of the School and Criminal Justice System Community is to embrace the true meaning of Christian citizenship and civic responsibility; students will have the opportunity to master the skillset for thriving in this sector as a leader for Christ. Learning to apply what is taught in the classroom to real life issues will allow the student to help others in the criminal justice field with an unbiased mind and thought process. The goal of the student is to unearth the true meaning of Christian citizenship and civic responsibility through learning with Gods help. As stated in MU’s Mission Statement We desire to join in with God where he is at work — in our homes and communities — so that we may see the spiritual transformation of people and communities.

Why This Course Is Important:

This comprehensive introduction to the basics of criminal justice research introduces simple research methodologies and gradually advances to more complicated ones. The class describes elementary descriptive and inferential statistics, demonstrates research techniques, and examines the various scientific perspectives used in research today. This approach encourages students to think critically about the research they will encounter in their studies as well as think about ways they can conduct their own research.