SO 308 Prin of Social Research
U1R 2012 SC
Rush-Shumpert, Paula J.
Assistant Professor of Psychology/Adjunct Faculty
Master of Science in EducationSchool Psychological Examiner- CertificationBachelor's Degree in Psychology – Minor Biology
By Appointment Only
Office Number: 618-744-1555
June 4, 2012 to July 29, 2012
7:45 - 10:15 PM
Textbook: Babbie, E. (2007). The Practice of Social Research (12th Ed.). ISBN 13:978-0-495-59844-2
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2. Social Research Practice: Four times during the semester this class requires you to write a detailed proposal for research you could conduct. You will not actually do this research (though it might form the basis for a senior research project or some research relevant to your job), but your proposal should be a “blueprint” detailed enough that you could hand to others and guide them through its successful completion. The research proposal will consist of four sections:
(A) Problem Statement: (40 Points) an overview of the topic your research will investigate. It introduces and justifies your research question, key variables, their hypothesized relations, and your guiding theoretical perspective. It explains how your planned research is unambiguous in its goals and methods, concerned with a significant issue that will add to the store of human knowledge, theoretically justifiable and testable, practical and feasible to implement, ethical and respectful of human rights, and builds on existing knowledge in the field.
(B) Research Question & Hypothesis:(40 Points) For this assignment you are providing an overview of the research question you are selecting for your proposed research study. In this paper you will introduce your research question, justify the value of your research question, identify the key variables in the study, and explain their hypothesized relationship.
(C) Literature Review: (40 Points) a critical summary of existing research your project will build upon. Your review will evaluate at least five other relevant research projects from original sources in reputable, peer-reviewed journals. The lit review discusses previous research, as it influences the proposed project. It evaluates the methodological, theoretical, or substantive strengths or weaknesses of those studies and explains how they shape your research plans.
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06-04-12 First day of class, review of course syllabus (Course Overview, Course Objectives, Course Goals, Assessment and Grading, Computing Your Grade, Grading Requirements, Course Suggestions, Policies, Requirements, Course Calendar, and Bibliography). Chapter 1 Lecture
06-06-12 Review Chapter 1 & Lecture Chapter 2
06-11-12 Lecture Chapter 2 & Review Chapter 2 & (Problem Statement: (40 Points) due)
06-13-12 Exam One Chapters 1 & 2
06-18-12 Chapter 3 Lecture
06-20-12 Review Chapter 3 & Lecture Chapter 4
06-25-12 Lecture Chapter 4 & Review Chapter 4 & (Research Question & Hypothesis:(40 Points) due)
06-27-12 Exam Two Chapters 3 & 4
07-02-12 Chapter 5 Lecture
07-04-12 Holiday No Class
07-09-12 Review Chapter 5 & Lecture Chapter 6
07-11-12 Lecture Chapter 6 & Review Chapter 6 & (Literature Review: (40 Points) due)
07-16-12 Exam Three Chapters 5 & 6
07-18-12 Chapter 7 Lecture
07-23-12 Chapter 7 Lecture & Review Chapter 7 & (Ethics & Conduct of Research: (40 Points) due)
07-25-12 Exam Four Chapter 7
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