SO308 Prin of Social Research

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SO 308 Principles of Social Research


S1O 2011 IR


Crawford, Perry N.


Senior Adjunct Professor


Ph.D. Counseling Psychology, LPC, LADC, NCC

Office Location

BLDG. 1020, RM 22

Office Hours

By appointment only

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

10 Jan - 6 Mar 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:00 PM


Introductory social science class (i.e., SO141, PS101, CJ100, or SW205) and SO307 (Statistics) — MA120 allowed for students under 2006 and previous catalogs

Credit Hours


Babbie, E. R. (2010). The Practice of Social Research, 12th ed. Thomson Learning-Wadsworth

ISBN-13: 9780495598411

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Course Description:
SO 308 Principles of Social Research: An application of the scientific method to social science with the focus on hypothesis formulation, research design, data collection and data analysis. Replication of research studies or completion of a research problem, or both. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: SO307

Educational Philosophy:

My philosophy is one of application of learning using the techniques and methods commensurate with the working world to prepare students well for the real world workplace. Students collect, analyze and interpret data and present findings in class in the same manner they will be required to do in a real social science workplace. Interaction, lecture, experiential exercises, class presentations, class and individual projects, written work, and examinations form the basis of learning.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. To understand the relationship between theory and research as well as the philosophy of science.
  2. 2. To understand how sociological (theoretical and applied) inquiry is structured, including research design, conceptualization and measurement, and the operationalization of concepts.
  3. 3. To understand the logic of sampling in social research.
  4. 4. To understand the different modes of observation used in sociological inquiry, including surveys, experiments, field research, evaluation research, and applied sociology.
  5. 5. To understand the ethics of social research.
  6. 6. To demonstrate the ability to design and apply surveys and glean data for performance outcome measures, analyze and interpret the data gleaned, and present findings.
Class Assessment:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students must attend class and participate. They will also be assessed on their performance on the final examination, a research paper and presentation of the findings of their research. 


GRADING PLAN:                                                               GRADING SCALE

Written Paper                       95 pts   (30%)                      270 - 300……….A
Presentation                         95 pts   (30%)                      240 – 269………B 
Final Exam                           100 pts  (30%)                      210 – 239………C 
Attendance & participation    10 pts  (10%)                      180 – 209………D 
Total Points                     100 pts (100%)                      179 & below........F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Materials must be submitted on time to receive full credit. Late papers will be marked down accordingly and a failing grade assigned if not submitted at all.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Attendance and participation is of utmost importance and all absences must be approved in advance except in extreme emergencies. Failure to attend more than two classes will result in an administrative withdrawal and the grade of F. I expect all students to arrive on time and remain in the classroom except for emergencies. 

Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





1. Human Inquiry and Science.
2. Paradigms, Theory, and Social Research.
3. The Ethics and Politics of Social Research.



4. Research Design.
5. Conceptualization, Operationalization, and Measurement.
6. Indexes, Scales, and Typologies.

Select Research Topic


7. The Logic of Sampling.
8. Experiments.
9. Survey Research.



10. Qualitative Field Research.
11. Unobtrusive Research.
12. Evaluation Research.



13. Qualitative Data Analysis.
14. Quantitative Data Analysis.
15. The Elaboration Model.



16. Statistical Analyses.
17. Reading and Writing Social Research.






Final Exam

Research Paper Due

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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