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GERON 6003 Research Methods in Aging
Credit hours: 3 per Semester
Cluster: Gerontology, Research Methodology


Course Level: Masters

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Course Open to:

Institution:University of Utah

Pre-requisites: Instructor Consent

Course Description: ATTENTION: THIS IS A MASTERS LEVEL COURSE. OVERVIEW OF CONTENT: This class examines the essential issues involved in designing and implementing social/behavioral research projects while emphasizing the unique features of those investigations using older participants as well as any area that falls within the realm of social gerontology. The course specifically focuses on issues pertaining to the formulation of hypotheses and research questions, sampling and recruitment, study design, measurement, and data collection and management. Examples relevant to aging are incorporated throughout the class. OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this course, the student will be able to – 1. Construct a gerontological research problem statement. 2. Design and evaluate approaches used in identifying and recruiting participants for aging-related research studies, particularly rare or special subpopulations. 3. Evaluate the features of different study designs and modes of data collection typically associated with them. 4. Select standardized scales and other measurement tools suitable for one's particular gerontological research problem. 5. Construct data collection instruments and coding schemes. 6. Understand and apply the principles involved in the ethical conduct of gerontological research. 7. Evaluate existing data-based publications in order to be a more informed consumer of gerontological research.


Method of Instruction: asynchronous

Delivery Platform: online

Campus visits required: None

Course Contact: Heather Clarkson



Tuition: current NEXus tuition rate


Other considerations: Masters, PhD, and DNP Students Welcome!


Available Seats by Semester for this course:



Section: 091
Instructor: Michael Caserta, PhD
Seats: 2
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 01-07-19
End Date: 05-03-19


Section: 091
Instructor: TBA
Seats: 5
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 01-06-20
End Date: 05-02-20


Section: 091
Instructor: Michael Caserta, PhD
Seats: 5
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 01-19-21
End Date: 05-05-21



Section: 091
Instructor: TBA
Seats: 5
Credits: 3 / Semester
Start Date: 01-10-22
End Date: 04-27-22

Funding to develop this project was provided in part by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
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