BCD606 - Introduction to Research Methods

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Subject Title
Introduction to Research Methods

Subject Description
This course will familiarize students with the research process. Students will come to understand the many decisions they need to make to develop a research project. To this end, this course will provide students with practical understanding of research methodologies relevant to the human services field. Topics secondary to the research process such as time management, personal motivation, organization, identifying the audience, writing conventions, and formatting will be discussed. Students will also learn about research ethics.

Credit Status
BCD606 is a required subject in the Honours Bachelor of Child Development degree.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

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

  1. Explain how the types of research questions and the research process support the development of a sound research project.
  2. Compare the impact of qualitative and quantitative research methods on bias, ethics, and trustworthiness.
  3. Describe the relationship between reliability and validity to the use of statistics and inferential statistics.
  4. Explain the philosophical assumptions, paradigms, and methodological frameworks that guide research.
  5. Evaluate the possibilities and limitations of research methods to support the design of a sound research project.
  6. Analyze data to present findings in relation to a research question.
  7. Describe the importance of ethical principles for implanting/conducting research.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline

  • Research defined
  • Types of research
  • The research process
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methodology
    • Paradigms
    • Philosophical and methodological assumptions
  • Qualitative research methods
    • Ethnography, case study, narrative inquiry, phenomenology, discourse analysis, content analysis
    • Bias, ethics, and trustworthiness
  • Introduction to statistics
    • Inferential descriptive statistics
  • Quantitative research designs
    • Experimental, quasi-experimental, and correlational
    • Reliability and validity
    • Bias, ethics, and trustworthiness
  • Developing a research question
  • Doing a literature review

Mode of Instruction

  • Collaborative discussions
  • Interactive media-rich lectures
  • Small group activities
  • Wed-based interactions
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies

Prescribed Texts
Mukherji, P., & Albon, D. (2015). Research methods in early childhood: An introductory guide. (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Literature Survey                               30%
Identifying Research Design             40%
Final Exam                                        30%

Creating a Climate of Respect
Building knowledge collaboratively (social constructivism) is the theoretical cornerstone of the BCD program. To be consistent with this philosophy, the program supports the creation of a culture of respect and collegiality among faculty, students, and staff. We rely on all participants to demonstrate respect by keeping appointments, being on time for classes, listening to the diverse perspectives of others, and being clear and sensitive in communication.
Personal information is often shared in classes. Students are required to keep this information confidential. For assignments, classroom discussions, and other learning situations, you must protect the identity of the people and settings you mention and circumstances related by other students and/or staff.
Preparing Assignments
It is assumed that all work will be of professional quality. Unless your professor states that work may be submitted by a group, you are expected to prepare your own work for evaluation. All assignments must be word-processed in APA* format. Any student’s work containing numerous spelling, typographical or grammatical errors will result in the loss of marks. Work that is illegible will be returned ungraded and zero (0) marks will be earned.
Assignment Policies
It is the student’s responsibility to deliver assignments to faculty members. Most assignments require submission via Blackboard through Safe Assign using a file format specified by your instructor. Students are not permitted to fax copies of assignments and email should only be used for assignments under special circumstances and with prior consent of the professor.
In many of the courses in the BCD program, there will be group assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the professor well in advance if there are difficulties within the group that prevent members from working in a cohesive, respectful, and collaborative manner.
Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to keep copies (assignments, etc.) used for evaluation purposes.
Due Dates and Extensions
Due dates for assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class.
Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date. Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.
When an assignment grade has been reduced to an “F” because of late submission, the “F” grade will be used to calculate the final subject grade but will not prevent the student from passing the subject. The final grade will be based on the combined weighted total of all course evaluations.
The last day to submit a late assignment is the last day of classes for that subject. Some professors require that assignment be handed in during the last scheduled class.
Unless an extension has already been approved by the professor, assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive 0 marks.
In the BCD program, there is no option to re-write an assignment when the grade earned is an “F” (below 50%). The final course grade will be based on the combined weighted total of all course evaluations.
As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook, and the BCD Student Handbook. Please note: The information contained in the Academic Policy and Student Handbooks is very important.

Approved by: Sandra Noble