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FSCT 8431 - Applied Research Methods & Statistics in Crime Analysis

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

This course introduces students to the quantitative and qualitative research methods used by crime and intelligence analysts. Topics such as measuring variables, assessing the reliability and validity of acquired intelligence, designing questionnaires, data preparation and coding, sampling and statistical analysis of quantitative data are covered. This course covers the major research and statistical techniques which criminologists,sociologists, and criminal justice researchers use to observe and interpret the social world. Part of this course focuses on issues related to the logic of research and research design and the general procedures for research design. Another part of the course will deal more specifically with a variety of particular techniques for gathering data: surveys; experiments and quasi-experiments; and field and observational methods. This course aims to make students more knowledgeable practitioners, consumers, and evaluators of social science data and research. Students should be able to perform a number of simple, though powerful analyses to describe data and reach conclusions based on these data. The five primary goals of statistics for this class are: (1) summarizing large and small data sets; (2) examining the integrity of large and small data sets; (3) determining which statistics best portrays the data; (4) comparing more than one variable to others; (5) applying statistics to problem solving and data driven decision-making through proper data collection and research design.


60% in FSCT 8436



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Examine the various research designs and methods available to crime and intelligence analysts.
  • Explain, with examples, the differences between qualitative and quantitative research.
  • Explain the role of applied research methods and statistics in tactical crime analysis.
  • Define elements of crime statistics and sources of data available for analysis.
  • Solve case studies in crime analysis using standard research methods and analysis within the scope of the intelligence cycle.
  • Interpret the results of statistical crime research using tools.
  • Create charts and diagrams used within crime and intelligence analysis.
  • Interpret charts and diagrams used within crime and intelligence analysis.
  • Discuss the ethical issues and dilemmas that arise from research methods and data analysis in the area of crime analysis.
  • Present research findings.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2006

Related Programs

FSCT 8431 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate
  2. Forensic Investigation (Crime and Intelligence Analysis Option)
    Part-time   Bachelor of Technology


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