Jammie Price
Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
The University of North Carolina at Wilmington

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SYLLABUS
METHODS OF SociAL RESEARCH

SOC 300 sUMMER 2003 
 

Instructor: Jammie Price, PhD

Class Time and Location: We will meet in person in SB 210 from 12:30-2:15pm Monday thru Thursday June 30 - July 31 (5 weeks). 

Office Hours:  SB 214H 10:45-11:15am Monday thru Thursday, and immediately before and after class. We can also communicate via email.

E-mail: pricej@uncw.edu, Phone: 962-3590

Course Web Page: http://people.uncw.edu/pricej/teaching/methods/index.htm

General Web Page: http://people.uncw.edu/pricej/

Prerequisites: Introduction to Sociology (SOC 105), Computer Literacy, Strong Web Navigation Skills

Overview: In this course, we will study data collection methods.  We will begin with an introduction to the scientific research process (see the course schedule).  From there, we will move into conceptualizing research questions and developing hypotheses.  Next, we will discuss the main methods of data collection, which include experiments, surveys, personal interviews, and observation.  Here, we will briefly look at qualitative data analysis, because your data analysis course (SOC 301) focuses on quantitative data analysis.  As we proceed through each method, we will review the ethics of social research and issues concerning internal and external validity.  Finally, we will tackle the issues of sampling,  measurement, and writing research proposals and reports. We will draw on lectures, discussions, readings, websites, in-class work groups, and assignments to explore the topics above.

Skills Learned: This course should enhance your performance of the skills below. 

Database searching

Oral communication

Reading and critiquing research articles

Writing research reports

Writing literature reviews

Word or Word Perfect

Research design

Excel

Data collection

Data Analysis, and SPSS

Data entry

PowerPoint

Database management

Internet Navigation

3.       Exams: Four exams composed of  multiple choice, true/false and short essay questions.  Each exam is worth 20% of your final grade. All exams will be given in SB 210 during class time.  lf you miss an exam, you can take an all essay make-up exam during the final exam period.

Course Participation: I expect you to read the assigned material and to participate in course discussions.  As a colleague, you are expected to listen attentively and give thoughtful feedback to your fellow students.  Your participation is worth 20% of your final grade.   I will give you 1 point each day for participation if you both attend class and discuss the material sociologically. At the end of the semester I will compute your participation points with the following formula: (Your Total Points/15)*100.   For example, if you received a point each day, your participation score would be 100.  The "15" comes from the number of days in the semester (not counting the first day or the four exam days).

Final Grades:  At the end of the semester,  I will calculate the final grade by applying the formula below.  Attendance will be used at my discretion in borderline cases.  

Final Score = Exam 1 (.20) + Exam 2 (.20) + Exam 3 (.20) + Exam 4 (.20) + Participation (.20)  

Using your final score, I will assign final grades as follows:

A

93-100

A -

90-92

B+

87-89

B

83-86

B-

80-82

C+

77-79

C

73-76

C-

70-72

D+

67-69

D

63-66

D-

60-62

F

59 or below

 

Texts:  We will use Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, 4 edition, by W. Lawrence Neuman, published by Allyn and Bacon.   See http://www.campusbooks4less.com/ for comparison prices on this book.

Website:  All course material, instructions, assignments, lecture notes, schedule, exam reviews, etc.. are available on the course website.  Please consult this website regularly, and definitely before class each week.  

Academic Dishonesty:  Students must uphold the UNCW Academic Honesty Policy in this course and on all coursework.  If broken, I will follow the procedures identified in the Student Handbook and Code of Student Life.