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Advanced Research Methods in Architecture

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 ARCH 785 / Spring 2009
INSTRUCTOR: Brian Schermer OFFICE:AUP 389 (229.3815)OFFICE HOURS: Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:00; & by appointmentE-mail: bscherm@uwm.eduCLASS MEETINGS: Thursdays, 1:30-4:10, room 183PREREQUISITES: ARCH 585
This course provides you with an in-depth examination of various research issues and methods, and practicalexperience in understanding and interpreting qualitative and quantitative data analysis. By the end of the term youshould acquire the following skills:An ability to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of various research studies and techniques;An appreciation of multiple methods and perspectives in analyzing problems;Recognition that theory, epistemology, and methodology are interrelated features of the inquiry endeavor;An ability to transform a problem or question to a plan of research, and experience in implementing the planand interpreting the results;An understanding of the underlying assumptions of beginning-level parametric and nonparametric statisticaltechniques, and a critical reading of studies using such;A demystification of qualitative research and data analysis.
Class sessions consist of seminar discussions of various methodological topics. You are expected to attend allclasses and participate fully. I will not summarize the required readings, but we will use them as a platform for further discussion. Your course evaluation includes attendance and participation. In order to participate fully, read
therequired readings before these sessions. Class sessions consist of seminar discussions of various topics. For eachclass and each reading, your responsibility is to:
Recognize the key concepts that the author is talking about
Be able to describe these concepts in your own words
Be prepared to offer your own critical opinions about the readingsYou will have
4 take-home reviews
during the semester. They will include: critiques of selected research articles;essays; and short-answer and fill-in questions. No computer-based statistical questions will be posed. However,these reviews will require in-depth analysis and attention to various facets of the issues in the readings anddiscussions. You will receive the review assignment one week before it is due. I anticipate that each review will takebetween 4 and 8 hours of your time in responding to questions. Even though these are take-home assignments,unless otherwise directed,
you are expected to do them independently with no discussion among your colleagues.
Ido not expect you to be in peak form all the time, although I expect you to demonstrate your best performancethroughout the semester. Accordingly, if you “blow it” for one of the reviews but excel in the remainder of the work,your grade will not be affected by your singular poor performance However, you are required to participate in all four reviews.
Due datesfor thesereviews
February 26; March 12; April 2; May 10.
You will receive the exam one weekprior to the due date.
In addition, you will undertake a
research proposal and pilot study.
The research proposal will cover a literaturereview, critique, and analysis; development/refinement of a conceptual framework that guides the research questionsand research design; well-crafted research questions grounded in prior empirical and theoretical research; and a well-developed research design that is also appropriate to the theoretical approach underlying the study. The researchwill involve researching, when appropriate, Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements (see web sitehttp://www.uwm.edu/Dept/RSA/Public/irb.htmland for procedures for submitting a protocol); and instrumentdevelopment. This assignment is explained in a separate hand-out. I strongly urge you to begin this projectimmediately; you may be surprised how long it takes to formulate a research question and appropriate researchdesign. You will submit interim drafts of the research study during the semester. Deadlines are indicated on theproject assignment handout.
Your final grade in the class is based on:Examinations40%Class preparation, participation, attendance 10%Research proposal and study 50%
Most of the readings will be selections from books and journals. Most will be available from e-reserve. In thosecases in which I am requesting you to read more than one chapter from a book, you can locate the book on thetraditional reserve system at Golda Meir (since they do not allow multiple chapters from one source to be placed on e-reserve). Depending on student interest, I may add or substitute readings over the course of the semester.
In writing your research proposal,
three books will be useful in guiding you as you design your study and craft thedevelopment of arguments and claims. All (though not necessarily the latest editions) are available on reserve atGolda Meir Library:Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb & Joseph M. Williams. 2003.
The Craft of Research.
Second edition.Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Q180.55 M4 B66 2003
O’Leary, Zina. 2004.
The Essential Guide to Doing Research.
London: Sage.
Q 180.55 M4 0425X 2004
Browne, M. Neil & Stuart M. Keeley. Eight Edition.
 Asking the Right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking.
Fourth edition. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall.There are also a few
books that will be particularly useful to you in
developing your research study.
Because of the small size of the seminar, I have not placed them on reserve, but most are all available at Golda Meir Library.Andrews, Frank M., Laura Klem, Terrence N. Davidson, Patrick M. O’Malley & Willard L. Rodgers. 1981.
 AGuide for Selecting Statistical Techniques for Analyzing Social Science Data.
Second edition. Ann Arbor, MI:Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.
HA 29 G897 1981
Bechtel, Robert B., Robert W. Marans & William Michelson, eds. 1987.
Methods in Environmental andBehavioral Research.
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold
. BF 353 M48 1990
Becker, Howard. S. 1986.
Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
H91 B4 1986
Berg, B.L. 1998.
Qualitative Research Methods for the Social Sciences.
Third edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
H61 B52 1998
Bickman,Leonard & Debra J. Rog, eds. 1997.
Handbook of Applied Social Research Methods.
Thousand Oaks,CA: Sage.Creswell, John W. 1998.
Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Traditions.
ThousandOaks, CA: Sage.
H61 C73 1998
Denzin, Norman K. & Yvonna S. Lincoln. 2005.
Handbook of Qualitative Research.
Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
H62 H2455 2005
Groat, Linda N. & David Wang. 2002.
 Architectural Research Methods.
New York: Wiley.Gubrium, Jaber F. & Holstein, James A. 1997.
The New Language of Qualitative Method.
New York: OxfordUniversity Press.Locke, Lawrence F., Waneen Wyrick Spirduso & Stephen J. Silverman. 2000.
Proposals That Work.
Fourthedition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Q180.55 P7 L63 2000
Neuman, W. Lawrence. 1997.
Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches.
Thirdedition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon
. HM 48 N48 1997
Patton, M.Q. 1990.
Qualitative Evaluation and Research Methods.
2nd edition. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
H62P3218 1990
Robson, Colin. 1993.
Real World Research: A Resource for Social Scientists and Practitioner-Researchers.
Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.
H62 R627 1993
Sanoff, Henry. 1991.
Visual Research Methods in Design.
New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold.
NA 2750 S25 1991
Zeisel, John. 1981.
Inquiry by Design: Tools for Environment-Behavioral Research.
Monterey, CA:Brooks/Cole.
BF 353 Z44

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