DPT 605: Research Methods

Course Description During this course, students will explore research methodologies including analytical, descriptive, experimental and qualitative. Methodological and evaluative research studies will be examined and ethical issues in research raised. Informed consent will be discussed along with the purpose and function of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) Committee. Topics include: principles of measurement, populations and samples, probability and non-probability sampling techniques, experimental control and design, and research hypotheses. Students will read the research literature in order to identify areas of interest as well as significant and meaningful clinical problems that may serve as potential research topics for the research project. Student research study groups will formulate the initial phases of the comprehensive research proposal including the introduction and part of the methodology that includes subject selection and the elements of informed consent where human subjects are involved. Student research groups will select and/or be assigned a faculty research advisor who will work with them to refine research proposals, prepare documents for submission to the IRB Committee, and carry out research projects during the third year.
Prerequisites None
Credits 2