SO308 Prin of Social Research

for U1R 2013

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SO 308 Prin of Social Research


U1R 2013 SCH


Dailey, Keith M.


Adjunct Instructor / Campus Center Director


PhD Candidate - Adult Education and Leadership
MBA - Human Resources Management
BS - Management

Office Location

Bldg 1650, Rm 79

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

June 03, 2013 - July 28, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM


Introductory social science class (i.e., SO141, PS101, CJ100, or SW205) and SO307

Credit Hours



By W. Lawrence Neuman
Published by Pearson
Copyright © 2009
Published Date: Aug 7, 2008
ISBN-10: 0-205-47153-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-205-47153-9

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Additional Resources:
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition; ISBN: 781433805615 (Make sure it is the 4th printing or newest printing)

This course will be conducted using the Blended Modality format which is a combination of Face-to-Face (F2F) and Online (O). Approximately 40% of the course will require you to have a reliable internet connection to eCompanion, which can be accessed through your MyPark portal. Resources will often be posted in eCompanion under Announcements, Webliography, DocSharing, and Weekly Activity tabs.

You are encouraged to complete the free online class: PDL300 Orientation to Online Learning under Special Courses found in your course list in your MyPark site.

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Course Description:
SO308 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:
Learning is centered on the student therefore all activities focus on course outcomes with the student is responsible for learning those outcomes.

The instructor is responsible for presenting the course learning objectives in an environment conducive to learning along with clarifying and /or elaborating on those outcomes.  Further, the instructor must guide the student to an understanding of concepts and the application of theories presented in the course.

Students will have the opportunity to articulate their knowledge of course outcomes by building a student portfolio, posting responses, participating in group discussions, and other forms of evaluation.

Class Assessment:

1.      Examinations: Students will be administered two examinations [midterm (200 Points) and final (300 Points)] covering specific topics outlined within the course text.  Each exam will consist of short answer questions, matching questions, true and false, or fill in the blank questions.  


2.      Social Research Practice: (200 Points) throughout the term you will be required 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 become a blueprint detailed enough that you could hand to others and guide them through its successful completion.  The research proposal will consist of the following sections:


      (A)   Cover Page


      (B)   Table of Contents


      (C)   Introduction to the Problem: 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.


     (D)  Research Question & Hypothesis: 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.


      (E)   Literature Review: 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.


      (F)    Ethics & Conduct of Research: summarizes potential ethical dilemmas, political consequences, and practical challenges associated with designing, conducting, implementing, and disseminating your research.  It explains where your research process might go wrong and the safeguards you will put into place to minimize those risks.


(G)  Reference Page


3.      Class Participation: (150 Points) Participation in the form of discussion is a large part of this course. You will be expected to formulate thinking and take part in discussion regarding social research.
4.   Discussion Board Post: (150 Points) see eCompanion weekly discussion board.


Midterm Exam                    20% or 200 points
Final Exam                         30% or 300 points
Class Participation              15% or 150 points
Social Research Practice    20% or 200 points
Discussion Board Post        15% or 150 points
                           Total       100% or 1000 points
See DocSharing in eCompanion for all assignment rubrics.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
All course work must be submitted on the date indicated in the syllabus or eCompanion, to include examinations. Late submissions will be handled on a case by case basis, along with associated penalties. Suspense dates are those listed in the syllabus or otherwise discussed within the classroom or eCompanion.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Academic dishonesty will result in immediate release from the class and a failing grade.  Students are expected to attend all classes on time and be prepared to be an active participant in the class.  Student participation will be reflected in the student's final grade.  Attendance will be recorded at each class meeting.  It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor of any expected absence(s), and to arrange with the instructor to make-up any missed assignments.  Please refer to the Park University Handbook for the attendance policy.  If an unanticipated absence should occur students are encouraged to contact the instructor at either of the telephone numbers listed on the first page of this syllabus or at his email address.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (F2F): Course and Modality orientation; Chapters 1-4; classroom discussion
Week 2 (F2F): Read Chapter 5-6; classroom discussion
Week 3(O): synchronous discuss per Chapters 7-8; Midterm Exam prep
Week 4 (O): Midterm Exam
Week 5 (F2F): Midterm Exam critique; discuss Chapters 9-11
Week 6 (O): Read Chapters 12-13; answer Discussion Questions in eCompanion (see discussion question requirements)
Week 7 (F2F): discuss Chapters 14-16review for submit via eCompanion Research Paper
Week 8 (F2F): Final Exam, course critique, and final grades

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 ( or Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

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