FSMC 032 - Introduction to Research Methods

FSMC 032 - Introduction to Research Methods

Course Description 
This course will introduce participants to common research terminology (from identifying a research problem through to the data collection and data analysis phases), describe the implications and role of ethics in research, and differentiate quantitative and qualitative methodologies/approaches to research. This course will also enable participants to identify the components of a literature review process, as well as learn how to write for research by working through the research process to present a research problem that is meaningful to the learner. Students will also learn how to critically analyze published research (secondary research).  
 
Course Rationale  
Fire Services is a dynamic industry wherein, as senior municipal leaders, Chief Officers are consistently tasked with making important decisions regarding the level and quality of service they can provide to their communities, and the financial and resource demands imposed on those communities. It is imperative that senior municipal leaders acquire the knowledge and skills to think critically about risk-management as relates to their administration processes and delivery of fire services. Key to these skills is the need to understand how research is conducted, communicated, and evaluated to guide evidence-based decision making. This course provides learners with an introductory understanding of research and various research methodologies, preparing them to formulate informed decisions that are transparent, justifiable, and defensible. 
 
Learning Outcomes 
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:  
  • Understand the importance of research and evidence-based decision making. 
  • Learn how to write for research in both a bias and jargon-free manner. 
  • Use common terminology associated with the research process. 
  • Identify the steps involved in the research process. 
  • Conduct literature reviews to find information. 
  • Develop a research problem for exploration, drawing upon the steps involved in the research process.  
 
This course is part of the Humber College Fire Service Executive Management Certificate program, and counts as one (1) of the six (6) elective courses required towards the certificate.
 
The cost for this course is $375 plus HST.  A minimum of 20 participants must be registered in order for the course to proceed.
 
 
Online Course: October 18 - November 15, 2020 SOLD OUT!
Course Hours: 20
 
Course Description 
This course will introduce participants to common research terminology (from identifying a research problem through to the data collection and data analysis phases), describe the implications and role of ethics in research, and differentiate quantitative and qualitative methodologies/approaches to research. This course will also enable participants to identify the components of a literature review process, as well as learn how to write for research by working through the research process to present a research problem that is meaningful to the learner. Students will also learn how to critically analyze published research (secondary research).  
 
Course Rationale  
Fire Services is a dynamic industry wherein, as senior municipal leaders, Chief Officers are consistently tasked with making important decisions regarding the level and quality of service they can provide to their communities, and the financial and resource demands imposed on those communities. It is imperative that senior municipal leaders acquire the knowledge and skills to think critically about risk-management as relates to their administration processes and delivery of fire services. Key to these skills is the need to understand how research is conducted, communicated, and evaluated to guide evidence-based decision making. This course provides learners with an introductory understanding of research and various research methodologies, preparing them to formulate informed decisions that are transparent, justifiable, and defensible. 
 
Learning Outcomes 
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:  
  • Understand the importance of research and evidence-based decision making. 
  • Learn how to write for research in both a bias and jargon-free manner. 
  • Use common terminology associated with the research process. 
  • Identify the steps involved in the research process. 
  • Conduct literature reviews to find information. 
  • Develop a research problem for exploration, drawing upon the steps involved in the research process.  
Instructor: Adriana Salvia 
 
Additional Information: Once registered, you will be forwarded information from Humber College on how to access their online learning portal.