PS308 Principles of Social Research

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PS 308 Principles of Social Research


S1T 2013 DLA


Taylor, William H.


Adjunct Faculty


Post Graduate Degree Boston University
M.A. Western Michigan University
M.S. Syracuse University

Office Location

Home in Dayton Ohio

Office Hours

Call or e-mail any time

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

937-422-6521 at any time


Semester Dates

14 January 2013 to 10 March 2013

Class Days


Class Time



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



Newman, W. L..  (2009)  Understanding research .  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson

Please note the Paperback edition has the following ISBN:
ISBN-10:  0205471536
ISBN-13  978-0205471539

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Additional reading will be used as necessary.

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Course Description:
PS 308 Principles of Social Research: Surveys the range of quantitative (experiments,Surveys,etc) and qualitative (observations, interviews, etc.) methodologies commonly used in social scientific research. Critically examines issues related to formulating research questions, evaluating social scientific literature, sampling, measurement, design, analysis, interpretation, and communication pf results. Involves completion of data analysis projects and a research proposal. 3:0:3 Pre-req: PS101 and PS307.

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on integrated learning resulting from information from lectures, quizzes, discussions and assignments covering the key principles of research in social science.  I will stimulate each student in this class by asking questions and encouraging them to further clarify and define the topics they are discussing.

Class Assessment:
The class assessment consists of quizzes, discussions, weekly assignments, a core assessment, and a final exam.  This is also covered in the course overview.

There will be seven quizzes worth 10 points each for a total of 70 points which is 14% of your grade.

There will be eight discussions worth 10 points each for a total of 80 points which is 16% of your grade.
There will be seven weekly assignments worth 20 points each for a total of 140 points which is 28% of your grade.
There is one core assessment worth 140 points which is a 28% of your grade.
There is one final exam worth 70 points which is 14% of your grade.

The Grading Scale is:
A 500-450 points
B 449-400 points
C 399-350 points
D 349-300 points
F 299-0 points

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments are not accepted under any circumstances.  Please allow enough time for unexpected delays.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are expected to be courteous and respectful of all in this class.  Any incidence of personal degradation, offensive language, and personal attacks on others we not be tolerated.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



Week 1: What is and Why do Research


Readings: Chapter 1
PowerPoint Presentations
Assignment 1

Week 2: Being an Ethical Researcher

Readings: Chapter 2 & 3 Ethics
PowerPoint Presentation
Assignment 2

Week 3: Sampling and Measurement

Readings: Chapter 4 
PowerPoint Presentations
Assignment 3

Week 4: Survey Methods

Readings: Chapters 5 & 6 
PowerPoint Presentation
Assignment 4

Week 5: Experimental Methods

Readings: Chapter 7 
PowerPoint Presentation
Assignment 5

Week 6: How to Interpret Statistics

Readings: Chapter 9 
PowerPoint Presentation
Assignment 6

Week 7: Qualitative Research

Readings: Chapter 10 
PowerPoint Presentation
Assignment 7

Week 8: Writing a Research Report

Readings: Chapters 12 
PowerPoint Presentation
Core Assessment
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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