Research Techniques (CHLH 429) available

Students interested in learning research techniques and are looking for EITHER an in-person OR online course may want to consider:


CHLH 429 Research Techniques (4 cr hrs)

taught by Dr. Chung-Yi Chiu, Mondays 2:00 - 4:20 PM.

No pre-requisites are required. To accommodate the pandemic and students who may need in-person courses, the class will be in-person and broadcast at Zoom at the same time.


After learning comprehensive and essential topics listed below, students will be able to know and apply:

Where and how to initiate a research study; How to be an ethical, influential scientist;   What a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods methodology is and how to design them; How to develop and perform a good quality of a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods study; How to evaluate the quality and validity of a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods study; How to implement and manage a quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods study;  How to analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative data; How to write up a proposal for a pilot study.


Learning topics include:

Research development and science philosophy; Research ethics practice and analyses; Fundamental research issues; Measurement development, quality and psychometric analysis, and design; Reasoning, sampling, and data collection for a quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods study; Quantitative research design and analysis, and data quality and validity; Qualitative research design and analysis, and data quality and validity; SPSS hands-on practice; A mock proposal writing practice.


Previous students’ comments and experience are:

“CHLH 429 Research Techniques with Dr. Chu has been an essential building block during my graduate career at U of I. This course introduced me to essential components of research that have been extremely useful in my PhD program (i.e study designs & methodology, grant proposals & power analysis, analysis techniques). Early in my career I was intimidated by just basic statistics and analysis but after this course I have been able to run power calculations and basic stat functions on SPSS.”  


"CHLH 429 - Research Techniques was one of, if not the, most informational graduate-level courses that I've taken as a pre-med student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From the first day of class, students are effectively introduced to the fundamentals of scientific research (design, ethics, statistical analysis, etc.) and are encouraged to think critically. The material, assignments, and exams in this course are very manageable whether you are new or experienced with research techniques. Dr. Chiu is a very optimistic and engaging professor. She is always willing to listen to the concerns of her students and to provide them with the necessary assistance for them to be successful. Upon finishing this course, I felt well prepared to apply the knowledge in a professional setting. I highly recommend this course to any student with aspirations to partake in research throughout their academic and/or professional careers."