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SO 308 Prin of Social Research
Corral, Guadalupe


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Course

SO 308 Prin of Social Research

Semester

F2B 2012 BL

Faculty

Corral, Guadalupe

Title

Adjunct Professor

Degrees/Certificates

PhD - Social, Cognitive, Neuroscience Psychology
MA - Sociology

Daytime Phone

(915) 694-3689

E-Mail

Guadalupe.Corral@park.edu

gcorralsf@gmail.com

Semester Dates

October 22, 2012 - December 16, 2012

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

7:40 - 10:10 PM

Prerequisites

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

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 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.
 
You will also be allowed to complete an extra credit assignment. The assignment will consist of completing a tutorial offered by NIH on how to conduct ethical research with human participants. Besides receiving a certificate for completing the tutorial, you will have the opportunity to receive 10 points of extra credit that will count towards your final grade.

Grading:

Grading:
1
1st Homework Assignment
10%
10 points 
2
2nd Homework Assignment
10%  
10 points
3
Midterm Examination      
20%
20 points 
4
3rd Homework Assignment
10%   
10 points
5
4th Homework Assignment  
10%
10 points
6
Final Project (Research Proposal)
20%
20 points
7
Final Examination
20%
20 points
 
Total
100%
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? Reading & Writing Social Research

Chapters 1, 2 & 17

 
Complete Reading 

 

 

2 - Ethical Research and Research Design      

 

Chapters 3 & 4 


 
Complete Reading
1st Homework Assignment Due

 

3 - Measurement and Sampling   

 

Chapters 5, 6, & 7


 
 
Complete Reading  
4 - Experimental Design and Midterm Exam    Chapter 8

 
Complete Reading   
2nd Homework Assignment Due & Review
 
Midterm Exam

 

5 - Survey and Evaluation Research

 

Chapters 9 & 12

 
 
 
Complete Reading 
3rd Homework Assignment Due
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 Research Paper Due
Final ExamReview

 

8 - Final Exam

 

Extra Credit Due
Final Exam

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism:
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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
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