PTR 7241 Scientific Inquiry II

This research course is a continuation of Scientific Inquiry I and will critically explore the issues involved in conducting and evaluating research in physical therapy. Concepts from Scientific Inquiry I will be reinforced while examining the nature, relevance, and application of qualitative and quantitative research methods as they relate to assessment and intervention outcomes in the context of evidence-based practice. Students will learn the concepts, theories and tools necessary to be able to formulate research questions, and design the studies to answer those questions. Emphasis will be given to the strengths and weaknesses of different types of research design, validity and reliability of outcome measures, types of research biases and their effects, and reviewing the clinical research literature. PRE-REQUISISTES: Successful completion of all previous coursework.