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All dates are tentative; we may need to make adjustments to the schedule as the course progresses. All readings from Babbie 2008 The Basics of Social Research 4e unless otherwise indicated. Additional information about topics/assignments will be available in class and from the course Blackboard website.
Module 1 - How we know things/ How we learn things Exercise 1 - What do you know? What is social research? [In class] The rules and patterns of Quiz Chapter 1 Exercise 2 -Variables and their society - how do we know (Before class) Attributes [In class] them? Types of research, basic vs. applied, the research Quiz Chapter 2 Exercise 3 - Critical thinking process, Inductive vs. (Before class) [Complete online by 9/2] deductive research Research Project - Select a topic [due 9/2] Module 2: The ethics of investigation CITI Training Quiz Chapter 3 Exercise 4 - CITI Training (Computer Lab) (Before class) [Complete online by 9/7] The Milgram Experiment & The ethics debate Research Project - Statement of Ethical Concerns [due 9/9]
Module 3: Learning from the research of others How to find research articles Quiz Chapter 15 Exercise 5 - Research articles 9/9 (Computer Lab) (Before class) [In class] Exercise 6 - Writing an abstract 9/14 Elements of an article [Complete on line by 9/16] Exercise 7 - Evaluating what Summarizing and critiquing you read - Writing an 9/16 articles annotation [Complete on line by 9/21] 9/21 Work day (Computer Lab) Research Project -Literature review bring 4 copies to class on 9/28 Module 4: Designing the study The research process & Quiz Chapter 4 Exercise 8 - Causal 9/23 Causality (Before class) Relationships [In class] Conceptualization and Quiz Chapter 5 Exercise 9 - Constructing a 9/28 Operationalization (Before class) testable hypothesis [In class] Research Project - Conceptualization and Operationalization of your Research Project[due 9/30] Constructing Indexes and Quiz Chapter 6 Exercise 10 - Constructing a 9/30 Scales (Before class) scale [On line by 2/26] Research Project Literature Review - Peer Critiques [Bring to class 10/5]] Quiz Chapter 7 Exercise 11 - Group 10/5 Sampling (Before class) sampling activity [In class]
Module 5: Data Collection and Analysis Quiz Chapter 8 Exercise 12 - Group 10/7 Conducting Experiments (Before class) experiment activity [In class] The How To of Survey Quiz Chapter 9 10/8 Research (Before class) 10/12 Fall Break Exercise 13 - Group survey 10/14 Designing the Survey design activity [In class] Exercise 14 - Survey Survey Analysis Quiz Chapter 14 10/19 analysis worksheet [In (Computer Lab) (Before class) class] Individual Survey Analysis Work 10/21 (Go to Super Lab on your own) Individual Survey Analysis Work Survey Analysis Report 10/26 (Go to Super Lab on your [due 10/28 by 5:00 PM] own) Research Project- Individual meetings with Dr. Sills to Review Your Survey Findings [10/21 and 10/26] Constructing Interview Exercise 15 - interview Quiz Chapter 10 10/28 Protocols question worksheet [In (Before class) (Computer Lab) class] Interview transcripts [due by 11/2 Interview tips 11/4 class] Interview Analysis Quiz Chapter 13 Exercise 16 - interview 11/4 (Computer Lab) (Before class) analysis activity [In class] 11/9 Interview Analysis Research Project - Interview Analysis Report [due 11/16 by Class] Quiz Chapter 11 Exercise 17 - Observation 11/11 Observation Research (Before class) activity [In class] Module 6: Sharing what you’ve learned Exercise 18 - Report activity 11/16 Writing a Research Report [In class] Research Project - Rough Draft of Research Project Report bring 4 copies to class 11/18 11/18 Rough Draft - Peer Critiques 11/23 The How To of Research Presentations Research Project - Rough Draft Instructor Critiques Available [On or Before 12/1] 11/30 Research Presentations 12/2 Research Presentations Research Project - Final Draft of Research Report [due 12/7 by 5 pm]