3 credit hours

Individually designed research projects based on student’s own fire department or community. Student must originate and submit an abstract to the instructor for prior approval before registering for this course. The Independent Research course focuses on the ability to design, plan and manage a research project; to collect and analyze information; to evaluate and make reasoned judgments; and to communicate findings and conclusion; thus providing the student with study skills, enhanced subject knowledge and a more general self-discipline in independent, self-directed study.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify a relevant problem and develop a problem statement, purpose statement, research questions, and decide on a research method by which the data gained from the research questions can be used to analyze the problem to answer the research questions.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to organize, analyze, and document the data collection methodology including but not limited to surveys, personal interviews, personal observations, extant data and/or evaluative methodology. Evaluative research must employ the use of some type of methodology (e.g., a Statistical Method such as chi square).
  3. Recognize and avoid bias in research and the importance of setting specific and measurable outcomes for any selected strategy used in collecting and analyzing the data.
  4. Present a defendable answer to each of the research questions based on the analysis of the data collected.
  5. Prepare, author and submit a professional paper following recognized guidelines (MLA, APA, Turabian, etc.) and the instructions outlined in the syllabus.

Larry Bennett; Chris Eisele; Doug Wehmeyer