Skip Navigation

SSGS300 - Research Design and Methods

Course Details

Course Code: SSGS300 Course ID: 4890 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides basic research methods skills for addressing problems and issues specific to the programs within the School of Security and Global Studies. The course covers four basic approaches to social research including experimentation, survey research, field research, and the use of available data. Students will gain foundational knowledge in research planning, design, methodology, data collection, and analysis. This course prepares students to carry out research at the undergraduate level.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO1: Explain why a consumer of research should understand various research methods.

CO2: Evaluate recently published peer-reviewed scholarly articles in terms of conducting a literature review to support a research proposal.

CO3: Differentiate between qualitative, quantitative and mixed method approaches to research.

CO4: Produce an abstract and research proposal introduction.

CO5: Describe the differences between a null hypothesis and an alternative hypothesis.

CO6: Examine different types of research instrument validity and reliability measures.

CO7: Critique scholarly research content within an annotated bibliography.

CO8: Produce an academic research proposal based on a thorough analysis of a current issue in the social sciences reflecting the need for further study and demonstrating a well thought out research design.


Instructions and grading expectations for all forums will appear in the Forums section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all assignments will appear in the Assignments section of the course site.


Instructions and grading expectations for all exams will appear in the Tests & Quizzes section of the course site.

NameGrade %
Introduction 1.00 %
Introduction 1.00 %
Working Title 10.00 %
Week 2 Working Title 10.00 %
Annotated Bibliography 15.00 %
Week 3 Annotated Bibliography 15.00 %
Rough Draft 15.00 %
Week 5 Rough Draft 15.00 %
Term Project 50.00 %
Week 7 Research Proposal (Term Project) 50.00 %
Forum Questions and Responses (weeks 1-8) 9.00 %
Wk 1 Forum 1.13 %
Wk 2 Forum 1.13 %
Wk 3 Forum 1.13 %
Wk 4 Forum 1.13 %
Wk 5 Forum 1.13 %
Wk 6 Forum 1.13 %
Wk 7 Forum 1.13 %
Wk 8 Forum 1.13 %

Weekly lessons and assigned readings are available in the course site.

Book Title:Research Methods: The Basics, 1st ed - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section; hard copy not available from the bookstore, please try other sources.
Author:Walliman, Nicholas
Unit Cost:$84.00
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified
Book Title:Research Methods in Criminal Justices and Criminology: An Interdisciplinary Approach- e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author:Hartley & Walsh
Unit Cost:$71.94

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.