The course will employ a range of instructional techniques: lecture, class discussion, audio-visual materials, guest lectures, field observation, and term projects.
- The social science research enterprise
- Research decisions and how they are made
- Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies
- Inductive and deductive approaches
- Theory, variables, hypotheses, causality
- Ethical issues in research
- Purpose, function,
- Probability & non-probability types
- Reliability, validity and generalization issues
- Experimentation and Quasi-Experimentation
- Data Collection
- Questionnaire design and administration
- Interviewing techniques
- Case Studies
- Interactive and Internet Research techniques
- Descriptive & Inferential Statistics
- Function and purposes
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Describe and explain the nature and purpose of the social scientific research enterprise.
- Describe and explain the nature of research decisions facing social science researchers.
- Describe the differences and similarities between quantitative and qualitative approaches as well as explain the general strengths and weaknesses of each.
- Describe and explain contemporary ethical issues in conducting research on human subjects.
- Describe and explain sampling.
- Describe and explain the relevance of experimentation and quasi-experimentation.
- Describe and explain the relationship between theory, variables, hypotheses and causality.
- Describe and explain the strengths and weaknesses of such data gathering techniques as: questionnaire design and administration; case studies; interviewing; observation; unobtrusive and archival methods; and, Internet-based research techniques.
- Describe and explain the relationships between reliability, validity and generalizability.
- Describe and explain the purpose and function of descriptive and inferential statistics.
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria at the beginning of the semester. Evaluation will be based on some of the following:
- Exams, quizzes
- Research project/ term paper
An example of one possible evaluation scheme would be:
|Midterm Exam 1||35%|
|Midterm Exam 2||35%|
Texts will be updated periodically. A typical example is:
- Palys, T & Atchison, C. (2008) Research Decisions: Quantitative & Qualitative Perspectives, 4th ed., Nelson, Toronto.