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Community-Based Research

Course Code: THRT 3710
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 2 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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

Methods of Instruction

  • 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

course prerequisites

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

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.