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Thompson Rivers University

RSMT 3501: Introduction to Research Methods

This course will provide an opportunity for participants to establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and approaches. The course introduces the language of research, ethical principles and challenges, and the elements of the research process within quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. Participants will use these theoretical underpinnings to begin to critically review literature relevant to their field or interests and determine how research findings are useful in forming their understanding of their work, social, local and global environment .

Learning outcomes

  • Understand research terminology
  • Be aware of the ethical principles of research, ethical challenges and approval processes
  • Describe quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods approaches to research
  • Identify the components of a literature review process
  • Critically analyze published research

Course topics

  • Module 1: Foundations
  • Module 2: Quantitative Research
  • Module 3: Qualitative Research
  • Module 4: Mixed Methods Research

Required text and materials

The following materials are rquired for this course:

  1. Creswell, J. W. (2023). Research design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches (6th Ed.) Sage Publications.
    Type: Textbook. ISBN: 9781071817940
  2. Thompson Rivers University Library. (2011). APA Citation Style - Quick Guide (6th ed.).
    Retrieved from

Optional materials

Students are recommended to have access to a print copy of a dictionary of epidemiology, research or statistics or an online glossary.

A highly recommended dictionary is:
Porta, M. (2014). A dictionary of epidemiology (6th ed). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory final project.

Tri-council Ethics Certification

As part of the module on Research Ethics, students will work through the Tri-council Research Ethics Certification online program that will provide them with a certificate of completion. Students will need to submit a copy of this certification as part of their final project to complete the course.

Assignment 1 10%
Discussion 1 5%
Assignment 2 10%
Discussion 2 5%
Assignment 3 10%
Discussion 3 5%
Assignment 4 10%
Discussion 4 5%
Final Project (mandatory) 40%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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