Community-Based Research

Applied Community Studies
Therapeutic Recreation
Course Code
THRT 3710
Semester Length
Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method(s) Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course provides guidelines and skills to enable neophyte practitioner researchers to move comfortably through a process of scientific inquiry. Students will learn the methodological, technical, and ethical demands of doing applied or community-based research (CBR). Students will conceptualize and design a research project and learn specific research skills that will enable them to deal effectively with many of the research issues that confront them as they work with multi-disciplinary health and recreation teams.
Course Content

Define research and community-based research (CBR)

  • Research as a daily human activity
  • CBR and links to practitioner research, action research, and participatory action research
  • Theoretical foundations of CBR


Epistemological and methodological underpinnings of qualitative and quantitative research approaches

  • Define ontology, epistemology, theory, framework, methodology and methods
  • Quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Role of literature


Research ethics

  • Informed consent, confidentiality, and anonymity
  • Familiarity with Tri-Council Ethics processes
  • Complete research ethics forms at Douglas College


Ask an “answerable” research question

  • Construct a meaningful and important research question
  • Understand the contribution the research question makes and the gap it fills in the literature


Operationalize the research question

  • Write a short literature review on a chosen topic
  • Design an effective research plan
  • Determine the appropriate research methodology and research methods to answer the question
  • Create inclusion and exclusion criteria and an approach to sampling for research participants
  • Determine “when” and “where” research will occur
  • Develop interview questions and / or survey questions


Conduct student research projects                

  • Data collection
  • Organize and manage research data
  • Analysis and interpretation, including descriptive coding and identification of major themes; establishing linkages between codes and themes; linking analysis to the literature
  • Identify study limitations


Communicate research findings

  • Generate recommendations for various stakeholders
  • Write a research report
  • Present research findings in symposium format
Learning Activities
  • Lecture and class discussion
  • Small group work and workshops
  • Community experiences
  • Community-based research
  • Student presentations
Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations. Typical means of evaluation would include a combination of:

  • Research proposal
  • Off-campus activities
  • Research report
  • Symposium presentation
  • Testing

This is a letter graded course

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:


  1. define research and community-based research (CBR)
  2. understand the epistemological and methodological underpinnings of qualitative and quantitative research approaches
  3. explain when and how quantitative and qualitative research methods would be applied in the field of therapeutic recreation, community recreation and health promotion  
  4. describe the ethical considerations of any research project
  5. determine the research methodology and methods required to answer a particular research question
  6. construct an effective research plan
  7. apply strategies for collecting, managing and analyzing data
  8. write a research report 
  9. recommend a range of actions that may result from a particular study


Textbook Materials




60 credits of coursework


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for THRT 3710
Athabasca University (AU) AU HSRV 3XX (3)
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) No credit
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO HEAL 2nd (3)
University of Northern BC (UNBC) No credit
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC EPHE 357 (1.5)

Course Offerings

Winter 2023