TENTATIVE OUTLINE AND READING ASSIGNMENTS

Course WeekLecture TopicReadingHandouts and Assignments
Week 1 Sociology as Science/Introduction to Social Research

Week 2 Quantitative Research Design Issues/Steps in Designing a Quantitative Research ProjectBabbie, Chapters 1-4Exercise 1, due in 2 weeks
Week 3 Choosing a Topic/Reviewing Literature/Developing HypothesesJohnson et al, Chapters 1-4
Week 4 Choosing a Method of Data CollectionJohnson et al, Chapters 5-8
Exercise 2, due in 1 week
Week 5 Conceptualization and Measurement/A Brief Example Babbie, Chapters 5 and 6Exercise 3, due in 1 week
Exam 1 Distributed, due in 2 weeks
Study Questions for Exam 1
Week 6 Survey Design: Developing Questions & QuestionnairesBabbie, Chapter 9Exercise 4, due in 1 week
Week 7 Survey Design: Administration and Sampling
Babbie, Chapter 7Exercise 5, due in 1 week
Exam 1 due
Week 8 Experimental DesignBabbie, Chapter 8Exercise 6, due in 1 week
Week 9 Analyzing Existing Statistical Data
Babbie, Chapter 11Exercise 7, due in 1 week
Week 10 Content Analysis
Exercise 8, due in 1 week
Week 11 Managing and Analyzing Quantitative Data (Test Choice Guide)
Babbie, Chapter 14-16Exercise 9, due in 1 week
Week 12 Writing Proposals/Carrying Out Projects/Publishing ResultsBabbie, Chapter 17
Johnson et al, Chapter 11
Creswell, Chapters 1-9
Exercise 10, due in 1 week
Exam 2 Distributed, due in 2 weeks
Study Questions for Exam 2
Week 13Review, Catch Up and Answer Questions

Week 14 Presentation of Research Proposals
Exam 2 Due
Week 15 Presentation of Research Proposals
Research Proposals Due