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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: SOCI 325
Course Title: Research Design
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Study of applied research in the behavioral sciences, with an emphasis on design, methodology, results interpretation, and theory building. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches are addressed with the latter employing both parametric and nonparametric statistics. Cross-listed as PSYC 325. Students majoring in Psychology must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisites: Grade of C or higher in PSYC/SOCI 324; junior standing. Offered Fall.
 
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): Grade of C or higher in PSYC/SOCI 324; junior standing.
 
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
 
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Recommended type of texts (these textbooks are not necessarily the textbooks to be used in the course):

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
By American Psychological Association (APA)
Recommended
An Invitation to Social Research
By Adler, E.S., & Clark, R. (Wadsworth)
Recommended
Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches
By Creswell, J.W. (SAGE Publications)
Recommended
Research Methods in Psychology
By Heiman, G.W. (Houghton-Mifflin)
Recommended
Essentials of Research Methods in Psychology
By Zechmeister, J.S., Zechmeister, E.B., & Shaughnessy, J.J. (McGraw-Hill )
Recommended
 
Course Objectives
  • To describe and explain research designs, techniques and concepts commonly used in social and behavioral research.
  • To conduct a literature search and demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate published research.
  • To produce at least one creative paper in APA format and style.
  • To describe and explain the ethics involved in doing research.
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    Measurable Learning Outcomes:
  • Describe and explain the process of science.
  • Generate an idea for a research project.
  • Describe and explain scientific theories and hypothesis testing.
  • Search the professional literature and demonstrate knoweldge of psychological databases.
  • Critically evaluate published research.
  • Describe and explain the ethics of research using human and non-human subjects (including Columbia College's PHS Committee - called IRBs at most institutions).
  • Produce a resarch project which demonstrates professional writing in APA format and style, critical analyses and sythesis.
  • Present professional research.
  • Describe and explain reliability and validity issues in research.
  • Describe sampling processes and sampling issues.
  • Apply either parametric or nonparametric statistics to personal research project.
  • Apply descriptive statistics to personal research project.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate data and graphs for correlational and multifactorial designs.
  • Describe and explain research methods/designs: basics, limitations, strengths, techniques, concepts, etc. for at least seven of the following:
    - Case study
    - Archival
    - Survey / questionnaire
    - Naturalistic / observational / field
    - Correlational
    - Quasi-experimental
    - Single-subject experimental, small n
    - True experimental
    - Program review
    - Historical

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    Topical Outline:
  • Generating ideas for research projects
  • Scientific theories and hypothesis testing
  • Searching the literature
  • Critical evaluation of published information
  • Ethics of research (including Columbia College’s PHS committee-called IRB at most institutions)
  • Professional writing in APA format and style
  • Reliability and validity issues in research
  • Sampling issues
  • Parametric and nonparametric statistics: evaluating data and graphs
  • Research method/designs: basics, limitations, strengths, techniques, concepts, etc. for at least 7 of the following:
    - Case study
    - Archival
    - Survey / questionnaire
    - Naturalistic / observational / field
    - Correlational
    - Quasi-experimental
    - Single-subject experimental, small n
    - True experimental
    - Program review
    - Historical
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    Culminating Experience Statement:

    Material from this course may be tested on the Major Field Test (MFT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. 
    During this course the ETS Proficiency Profile may be administered.  This 40-minute standardized test measures learning in general education courses.  The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.

     

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

     
    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them from off-campus using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

     
    Prepared by: Cheryl Hardy Date: April 2, 2008
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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