This course is the first of two research methods and data analysis courses. The combined coursework will introduce students to various research methods and data analysis techniques useful for academic and professional inquiry. Additionally, the courses focus on identifying the types of methodologies and data analytic techniques best suited for investigating different types of problems and questions. During the first semester, students will be introduced to research methods and statistics broadly, including its use in public safety; learn about descriptive statistics, probability, and hypothesis testing; and the methods and analysis of lab and field experiments.