RSC875 - Research Methods

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Subject Title
Research Methods

Subject Description
This research methods course will examine the various components of the research process including the formulation of research questions or a research hypothesis; the review of the literature; qualitative, quantitative and mixed method research designs; research ethics; data collection; analysis of data; and ethical protocol.  Students will be grouped with selected research supervisors to assist and guide them in the development of a research proposal based on a problem relevant to therapeutic recreation.

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

1. Prepare a well-designed, clearly organized, and carefully designed research paper that further develops the existing research in the field and/or takes the field in a new direction and that includes a broad literature review of relevant materials that includes journals, texts, theses, and dissertations, or results of the data collection and analysis and interpretation, a clear and logical statement of findings, and a summary of findings and recommended directions for future study. (Cognitive/Synthesis)

2. Conduct a research project that collects primary or secondary data related to a defensible research question, using a relevant research methodology, and applied in an ethical, professional, and academically sound manner.

3. Explain the relevance of the research to the community through the written research piece as well as through a presentation of the findings. This can be carried out through a presentation at a workshop, delivery of a paper at a conference, a seminar to students, publication in a journal, or another form to be negotiated with the professor. (Cognitive/ Synthesis)

4. Employ a holistic approach to research and analysis that includes an appropriate breadth and depth of theory, a clear connection to action/work in the field, and the student's ability to be reflective. (Cognitive/Synthesis)

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

Discrimination/Harassment
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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 Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.