SOC 6620 - QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN
||J. Brandon Wallace, Ph.D.
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is the responsibility of each student to read and understand the
syllabus. It serves as an agreement between the student and the
instructor, specifying the rights and responsibilities of each. Be sure
to clarify any questions you may have about the syllabus the first week
This course is a graduate level seminar designed to facilitate
learning by encouraging participants to take an active role in a
focused discussion of quantitative social science research
methods. Seminar sessions will
include lecture, discussion of assigned readings, and discussions
of assignments. Students are expected to complete all readings and
assignments in advance so that they may actively participate in class
discussions. Participants should feel free to express their
opinions and ideas and must respectfully allow others to do so.
Questions are encouraged and positive
criticism is welcomed. Active participation in the seminar will
have a positive impact on final grades.
REQUIRED AND RECOMMENDED READINGS:Two texts are required for the course: The Practice of Social Research, by Earl Babbie and the Sociology Student's Writer's Manual (6th
Edition) by Johnson, Rettig, Scott, and Garrison. The latter
is available in the bookstore. The former is expensive, but
widely available. I recommend trying to find a used copy at a
local bookstore or online. You might even be able to borrow a
copy from a sociology faculty member. The most recent edition is
the 12th, but recent older editions are very similar.
For example, the 12th edition costs $120 new and $103 used on Amazon.com,
but you can by the 10th edition for $30. Readings in the syllabus
are from the 12th edition, but I think you can figure out what to read
from earlier editions easy enough. Use the table of contents from the 12th edition as a guide.
Additionally, you may want to
consider the following recommended resources for more detail on
John Creswell, Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches,
2nd Edition. (Text emphasizing the organization and writing of social
science research. Also discusses qualitative and mixed
methods. Strongly recommended.)
Earl Babbie, Survey Research Methods, 2nd Edition. (Babbie's near classic text on survey methods.)
Don Dillman and others, Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys, 3rd Edition. (Good, more recent text on survey methods.)
Donald Campbell and Julian Stanley, Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Research. (Classic text on experimental design. Click here for an excerpt of the first half
of this publication.)
Robert Weber, Basic Content Analysis, 2nd Edition. (Good treatment of methodological issues in quantitative content analysis.)
William Trochim, Research Methods Knowlege Base. (Decent
online research methods resource. You can read straight through
from beginning to end by clicking "Next" at the bottom of each page
(start with "Foundations"), or you may jump to
specific topics of interest from the table of contents.)
REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:
Students are expected to attend class, take notes, keep up
with assigned readings, and participate in class discussions.
There will be two take-home essay exams, each requiring
students to assimilate information from the readings, lectures, class
discussions, and assignments. A set of study questions will be made
available before each exam. Students will have 2 weeks to
answer four essay questions. The first exam will be given
approximately 6 weeks into the semester. The second exam will be
given near the end of the semester.
Each student also will complete and discuss ten assignments
relating to research design. Students will generally have one
week to complete the assignments and should be prepared to
discuss them at seminar session in which they are due.
Finally, students are expected to design an individual
research project on a topic of sociological interest and write a
research proposal describing the project. Each student will make
a brief presentation of their project near the end of the
semester. Students are not required to carry out the research,
but the proposal should contain a thorough
discussion of the project, including a summary of the relevant
research literature and a detailed description of the methods and
instruments to be used to collect and analyze the data. The
proposal is due December 8. Students are encouraged to use this
opportunity to develop a proposal that could become their
Master's Thesis proposal.
Each exam is worth 100 points. Each exercise is worth 10
points. The individual research proposal and presentation is worth 200
total of 500 points is possible. The total points received will
be divided by 5 to determine final scores. Grades will
be assigned according to the following scale: 90-100%=A,
87-89%=B+, 83-86%=B, 80-82%=B-, 77-79%=C+, 73-76%=C, and 70-72%=C-.
Any score less than 70%
will be considered failing.
someone complete exams, assignments, or projects for you and
plagiarism (claiming another's written work as you own, including
materials obtained from the internet) will be considered cheating.
Students engaging in such acts may not only be given a zero on the exam
or assignment in question, but may fail the course as well.
Additionally, the professor may report such actions to appropriate
university officials for subsequent action, including probation or
suspension. (See theStudent Handbook.)
you have a disability that requires assistance or accommodation, or if
you have any questions related to accommodations for testing, note
taking, reading, etc., please speak with me as soon as possible.
You may also contact the Office of Disabled Student Services (898-2783)
with questions about their services. Students registered with the
Office of Disabled Student Services will be accommodated as best as
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at MTSU
hosts an Undergraduate Social Science Symposium each Fall to give
undergraduate students an opportunity to present papers they have
written in various social science classes. This year the Symposium is
November 2 and 3. If you are interested in helping with the
symposium as a session organizer or moderator, please contact Dr. Brian
Hinote at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Meredith Dye email@example.com.
information of interest to sociology graduate students, majors, and
minors is available on the Department of Sociology and Anthropology web
page at http://www.mtsu.edu/soc.
you are not already, I encourage you to get involved in the Graduate
Student Sociology Association (GSSA). For more information,
contact Dr. Angela Mertig (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit their web site at http://frank.mtsu.edu/~gssa/.