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501: RESEARCH METHODS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION SOC 3304.501: RESEARCH METHODS IN SOCIOLOGY Tuesdays/Thursdays 9:30 - 10:45am Fall Semester 2005 GR2.302

Professor: Theresa Daniel, Ph.D. Office Hours: Thursdays 10:45 am – 11:30am or by appointment Email: The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the concepts and techniques used to define research questions and to structure an appropriate research design to answer these questions. Topics will include the connection between theory and research design, variable measurement, sampling, the differences between experimental and non-experimental designs, data analysis, and the social context of scientific research. Research methods are used to develop and organize data before the application of statistical techniques; therefore, no prior knowledge of statistics is required for this course. Course requirements include three exams and a research proposal project. Exams will cover both text and class materials and usually consist of matching, multiple choice and true/false questions. Each exam is worth 25% of your overall grade. A review will be provided before each exam. The research proposal project will involve defining a social research question of your choice and creating your own research design that will eventually help you answer these questions. Research choices are subject to the approval of the professor. The project will be assigned in stages throughout the semester and is worth 20% of your overall grade. The remaining 5% is class-period participation as students are required to make quality contributions through discussion at class meetings. The final grade will be calculated as follows: EXAM I EXAM II EXAM III RESEARCH PROPOSAL PROJECT CLASS PARTICIPATION 25% 25% 25% 20% 5%

Required Text: The Practice of Social Research, Tenth Edition, 2004 by Earl Babbie

Aug 18: Aug 23: Aug 25: Aug 30: Sep 1: Sep 6: Sep 8: Sep 13: Sep 15: Sep 20: Sep 22: Sep 27: Sep 29: Oct 4: Oct 6: Oct 11: Oct 13: Oct 18: Oct 20: Oct 25: Oct 27: Nov1: Nov 3: Nov 8: Nov 10: Nov 15 Nov 17: Nov 22: Nov 24: Nov 29: Dec 1: Introduction Chapter 1: Human Inquiry and Science Chapter 2: Paradigms, Theory, and Social Research Chapter 3: The Ethics and Politics of Social Research Chapter 4: Research Design Chapter 5: Conceptualization, Operationalization & Measurement of Variables Chapter 6: Indexes, Scales and Typologies Catch- up Class/ Exam I Review EXAM I - Chapters 1 – 6 PART A DUE (Conceptualization); discussion of process Chapter 7: The Logic of Sampling PART A RETURNED Chapter 8: Experiments Chapter 9: Survey Research PART B DUE (Operationalization) Chapter 10: Qualitative Field Research Chapter 11: Unobtrusive Research PART B RETURNED Chapter 12: Evaluation Research Catch- up Class/ Exam II Review PART C DUE (Research Instrument) EXAM II – Chapters 7 – 12 PART C RETURNED ....begin Data Collection, given corrections to Part C Chapter 13: Qualitative Data Analysis Chapter 14: Quantitative Data Analysis Chapter 15: Elaboration Model Chapter 16: Social Statistics PART D DUE (Data Analysis) Catch- up Class/Questions about Part D… PART D RETURNED Catch- up Class/ Exam III Review In-Class OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL ASSIGNMENT [Bring All Parts] THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY In class presentation of research project/Exam III Review EXAM III – Chapters 13 – 16 PART E DUE (Presenting Results) [BEFORE EXAM]

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