General Course Information for HUB650: Behavioral Research

Course: HUB650 - Behavioral Research
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Course Description:

Behavioral research is a way to examine and understand individual and social behavior through measurement and interpretation. This course investigates the theoretical principles that underlie behavioral research and the application of current research techniques. The course forms the foundation for practical application of behavioral science and continued study in the human behavior and is essential to completing the capstone course in the program (Integrative Project in Human Behavior, HUB 680).

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Investigate the nature of scientific observation and measurement (quantitative and qualitative) and the relevance to social and behavioral research.
  • Analyze different research systems, paradigms, and models. Synthesize these perspectives into an understanding of the nature of social and behavioral theory (description, explanation, causation, hypothesis testing, construct development, etc.).
  • Explore various research designs (e.g., controlled experiments, field studies, case studies, qualitative research), including the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
  • Examine various research methods, including discussions of sampling theory, measurement theory, and item development.
  • Study basic data exploration and analysis techniques ranging from elementary descriptive statistics to advanced multivariate techniques. The emphasis is on understanding the logic and application of statistics, rather than mathematical theory and computation.
  • Demonstrate the use of the computer as an aid to data management and analysis.
  • Review and practice library search strategies and guidelines for scholarly writing according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Use these skills to write a research proposal suitable for further investigation in the Integrative Project in Human Behavior (HUB680).
  • Evaluate the ethical and political constraints imposed on social and behavioral research in the real world.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

National University Library:
National University Library supports academic rigor and student academic success by providing access to scholarly books and journals both electronically and in hard copy. Print materials may be accessed at the Library in San Diego or through document delivery for online and regional students. Librarians are available to provide training, reference assistance, and mentoring at the San Diego Library and virtually for online or regional students. Please take advantage of Library resources:


Contact the Library:

  • (858) 541-7900 (direct line)
  • 1-866-NU ACCESS x7900 (toll free)

Use the Library Training Tools (on the Library Homepage) for additional help

  • Recorded class presentations
  • Tutorials & Guides (APA/MLA, Peer-Review, and more)

Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures