Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Think critically about important issues in criminal law and addictions research methodology.
2.Understand how to conduct research including stages of conducting research, research strategies,conceptualisation of research questions, observation, measurement collection and analysis techniques and principles of causality.
3. to gain a global understanding of scales measurements’ use
4. to apply and implement certain evaluation and research instruments
5. to understand and attain interpreting skills on clinical assessment and comparative evaluation
6. Plan and conduct a research project; write up criminal law and addictions research according to social sciences conventions.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course will cover the following themes:
1. General Issues in Research Design
2. Concepts, operationalisation and measurement: Basics on scale measurements, reliability, validity, norms,
3. Sensitivity, Specificity, Negative Prognostic Value (NPV), Positive Prognostic Value (PPV),
4. Reliable instruments: procedures, time, use methodology
5. Quantitative (survey ) and qualitative (personal and group interviewing) research designs in addictions research
6. Diagnostic tools: screening, assessment, diagnosis
7. Review of most used tools for screening and assessment to various areas: drug abuse, physical and mental health, family and social relations, educational needs, employment status and skills, legal implication.
8. The evaluation process
esearch, measurement, quantitative/qualitative research methods, addictions, evaluation, research publication
A. Participation (weighting: 10% or 100 course points)
Class participation is both important and required. Attendance at lectures is compulsory and will be assessed. If you are unable to attend a lecture, you should obtain the material that you missed from the University's electronic platform. Other relevant material (articles,etc.) will be uploaded onto the platform and students are prompted to follow any updates on course’s page on the platform.
B. Quizzes (Weighting: 20% or 2@100 points each = 200 course points)
There will be 2 in-class, time limited, quizzes during the course of the semester. Quizzes will be a mix of multiple choice, short-answer, and computation sections. The bulk of each quiz will focus on material during the immediately preceding sections of the course. They will test your knowledge of methods and statistics, including stages of research conduct, selection of tests, assumptions, analysis, reporting of statistics etc. Quizzes will cover material from the past lectures and additional readings; they may not cover all the topics addressed during the teaching sessions and may not carry equal marks. Quizzes will only be available to complete and submit during designated seminars. If you do not attend the seminar, you will not be able to take the quiz.
C. Exams (weighting: 70%) to be decided by all co-tutors
D. Course Pre/Post-test (not graded)
Pre and post tests allow the tutor to assess the baseline (foundation) knowledge of a particular subject at the time that you enter a course and the degree of increase in knowledge at the end of the course. This pre/post test is comprised of no more than 10 questions that will assess your knowledge. Yoy will be asked to complete the pre test by Friday of Week 1# and your post test by Friday of week 13#. These tests will not be graded (they are used for assessment purposes only)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
James A. Inciardi, Ph.D., Screening and Assessment for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Among Adults in the Criminal Justice System Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 7
Cohen, L., Manion, L. & Morrison, K. (2008). Μεθοδολογία Εκπαιδευτικής Έρευνας, Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο.
Additional bibliography for study
Mertens, D. M. (2009). Έρευνα και Αξιολόγηση στην Εκπαίδευση και την Ψυχολογία, Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο.
Babbie, E. (2011). Εισαγωγή στην Κοινωνική Έρευνα, Αθήνα: εκδόσεις Κριτική
Willig, C., Τσέλιου, Ε., & Αυγήτα, Ε. (2015). Ποιοτικές Μέθοδοι Έρευνας στην Ψυχολογία: Εισαγωγή. Αθήνα: εκδ. Γ. Δάρδανος - Κ. Δάρδανος Ο.Ε [κωδικός Eudoxus: 50658402]
Τσιώλης, Γ. (2014). Μέθοδοι και τεχνικές ανάλυσης στην ποιοτική κοινωνική έρευνα. Αθήνα: εκδ. [κωδικός Eudoxus:Αθήνα: Εκδ. Εκδοτική. [κωδικός Eudoxus: 32997785]
Coolican, H. (2014). Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (6th ed.) London: Psychology Press
Γναρδέλλης Χ. (2013). Ανάλυση δεδομένων με το IBM SPSS STATISTICS 21,Αθήνα: Εκδόσεις Παπαζήση.
Κατσής, Α., Σιδερίδης, Γ. & Εμβαλωτής, Α. (2010). Στατιστικές Μέθοδοι στις κοινωνικές επιστήμες, 1η έκδοση. Αθήνα: Μοτίβο Εκδοτική [Κωδικός Eudoxus: 25815]