CA 382 Communication Research Methods
F1T 2012 DL
Hollis, Michael J.
Wed, Fri, Sun 3-6pm and individually as needed
Textbook: Heffner (2003). Research Methods (accessible online through the course site).
APA (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
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Educational Philosophy: My educational philosophy is one of inclusion and interactiveness based upon the readings, discussions, and lecture materials. I am here to serve as a guide and mentor through your educational journey.
Class Assessment: Your primary assessment in the course is the development of a research proposal. You will be graded on weekly submissions and discussion boards with a final multiple choice proctored exam.
Grading: Discussions (50 points each) 350 points
Weekly Papers (50 points each) 350 points
Final Research Proposal (250 points)
Proctored Final Exam (100 points)
Total: 1050 Points
Late Submission of Course Materials: Due
to the comprehensive nature of the course and the need for collaboration
amongst peers, there will be minimum of 10 percent off for any late
work. No late work will be accepted more than three days after the due
date except in extreme circumstances. No discussion boards will be
accepted late because if one student is late it will in turn make the
Classroom Rules of Conduct: n
an online class the primary thing that I expect is civility. This is a
learning environment. All ideas are welcome and we need to be open and
respectful to each others ideas. Secondly, I also expect each student to
approach their discussion posts in an academic manner. I am looking for
far more than Facebook style, likes and dislikes. Each post needs to
add something substantial to the conversation.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the
fundamentals of academic research methods in the Communications field. We will
be learning about the scholarly research and writing process and producing a
proposal for a hypothetical research project in the students’ area of interest.
Week 1 (Science
Read: APA Style Manual (emphasis on Chapters 1 and 2)
Assignments: Discussion and Dropbox (Previous Paper)
For this first week of the course we will be discussing the
basic principals of scientific research, scientific theory and how it relates
to academic writing. We will also begin our study of APA style.
Week 2 (Scholarly
Read: Heffner Chapters 1, 2, and 10 and links in the course
Assignments: Discussion and Dropbox (Abstract Draft)
As we continue our study in research methods we will learn
how to find articles in scholarly databases. We will also learn how to judge
the quality of peer-reviewed and other academic sources.
Week3 (Research Questions)
Read: Heffner Chapter 3
Assignments: Discussion and Dropbox (Introduction Draft)
For this week we will focus on one of the fundamental aspects
of academic research: How to design and select research questions.
Week 4 (APA Style of
Read: Link in class site.
Assignments: Discussion and Dropbox (Review of Literature
As we pass the midterm of the course we will discuss the
literature review. Having had time to learn about the quality of academic
literature we will now put it together into the literature review chapter of
your selected research proposal topic.
Week 5 (Research
Read: Heffner, Chapters 4, 5, and 6.
Assignments: Discussion and Dropbox (Method Draft)
For week five we will get more into the discussion of how to
pick and design the proper research method for your proposed study. We will
discuss both quantitative and qualitative designs.
Week 6 (Research
Read: (none this week)
Assignments: Dropbox (Final Proposal)
This week we will wrap up our first draft of the proposed
research design. Your proposal is due this week and you will have time to go
over the feedback before the end of the course.
Week 7 (Statistics)
Read: Hoffner, Chapters 7, 8, and 9
Assignments: (none this week)
For week seven we will go into more depth in regards to
quantitative research methods. We will discuss the wide range of statistical
tests used in academic research.
Week 8 (Ready for the
Assignments: Final Exam
For the final week we will wrap up the course and put
everything together into a refined project proposal. We will also take the
final exam for the course this week.
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