SO308 Prin of Social Research

for S1B 2012

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SO 308 Prin of Social Research


S1B 2012 BL


Corral, Guadalupe


Adjunct Professor


PhD - Social, Cognitive, Neuroscience Psychology
MA - Sociology

Daytime Phone

(915) 694-3689


Semester Dates

January 16, 2012 - March 11, 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM


An introductory social science class (i.e., SO 141, PS 101, CJ 100, or SW 205) and SO 307 or equivalent

Credit Hours



 Earl Babbie, The Practice of Social Research, 12th Edition, Wadsworth. (ISBN: 978-0-495-59841-1) 

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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 goal is to share theoretical and real world applicable knowledge that will allow students to develop a comprehensive understanding of behavioral and social theories. I use a variety of pedagogical practices to help students become aware of existing issues affecting individuals and society, and encourage them to become active researchers and informed decision makers in order to bring positive social change to our global society. In order to create an inclusive and effective learning environment for all students, I try to meet students at their educational level, while also keeping in mind their personal circumstances and experiences. My ultimate goal is to help students develop a curious and critical lens with which to view themselves and the world around them.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand concepts and terminology commonly used in the research community.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical guidelines for conducting research.
  3. Differentiate among the various types of research methods used in the social and behavioral sciences.
  4. Locate, read and interpret peer-reviewed research articles.
  5. Choose the appropriate quantitative statistical analysis for social and behavioral science research.
  6. Develop a research proposal to demonstrate the processes involved in the scientific method.
Class Assessment:
Class assessment will consist of: four homework assignments, a midterm examination, a final examination, and a final course project.
For the final project, you will develop a Research Proposal that will address a hypothesis of interest in the social or behavioral sciences. Although you will not collect data, the proposal shall be of sufficient detail and clarity that you, or someone else, could conduct the research following the proposal description. Your proposal should be between 5-8 pages in length and adhere to APA formatting guidelines. The final project is worth 20% of your overall grade.


1st Homework Assignment
10 points 
2nd Homework Assignment
10 points
Midterm Examination      
20 points 
3rd Homework Assignment
10 points
4th Homework Assignment  
10 points
Final Project (Research Proposal)
20 points
Final Examination
20 points
100 points

A = 90 - 100 points
B = 80 - 89 points
C = 70 - 79 points
D = 60 - 69 points
F = < 60 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of assignments will result in a letter grade reduction for each day of tardiness.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Reading  Course Work 
1 - What is social science research? How does theory guide research?

Chapters 1 & 2 

Complete Reading 


2 - Ethical Research and Research Design       Chapters 3 & 4 

Complete Reading

Complete 1st Homework Assignment 


3 - Measurement and Sampling   


Chapters 5, 6, & 7

Complete Reading  & Turn in Final Project Research Topic and Hypothesis(ses)
4 - Experimental Design and Midterm Exam    Chapter 8

Complete Reading    Complete 2nd Homework Assignement
Midterm Exam


5 - Survey and Evaluation Research


Chapters 9 & 12

Complete Reading & Complete 3rd Homework Assignment (Literature Review of Final Project)
6 - Quantitative Data Analysis and Statistical Analyses Chapters 14 & 16

Complete Reading

Complete 4th Homework Assignment


7 - Qualitative and Unobtrusive Research   


Chapters 10 & 11

Complete Reading

Final Project Due


8 - Review and Final Exam


Final Exam

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  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
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  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".
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