CMNS291-Winter 2010 Stantz.1

CMNS291-Winter 2010 Stantz.1 - CMNS 291 Introduction to...

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CMNS 291 Introduction to Research Methods Winter 2010 Tuesdays 5:45-9 p.m. Lewis Center 1213 Instructor: Juliet Stantz Office: 14 E. Jackson, 1139 Office Hours: Tu 2-3 p.m.; Th 2-3 p.m. (Other times by appointment.) Email: jstantz@depaul.edu (best mode of contact) Phone: 630-876-8857 (between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., please) Mailbox: . Course Description: This course provides an introduction to a variety of research methods used in social science in general and communication studies in particular. Our goal is two-fold: 1) To gain an understanding of the systematic processes used by communication practitioners and scholars in trying to explain and predict human communication behavior; and 2) to become more competent and informed readers and critics of both scholarly research studies and applied research (such as public opinion polls or marketing research). We will examine both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, including experiments, surveys, field research and non-obtrusive methods such as content analysis. Along the way students will develop skills in basic statistical methods of analyzing quantitative data, and ponder the possibilities and limitations of social science research methods. Method is lecture-discussion. Objectives: By the end of the course students will: o Understand the social science research process, including formulating questions and testing hypotheses, collecting empirical data and analyzing results; o Be able to interpret scholarly and applied communication research, evaluating the validity of the measures and generalizability of the findings or claims; o Understand the rationale and conventions of each of the major methods used in communication research, including strengths, limitations, and ethical concerns; o Get a chance to try various aspects of the communication research process. Required Text and Readings: W. Lawrence Neuman, Understanding Research , 1 st Edition, 2009; Pearson:Boston. Package with Access Code to MyResearchKit website: ISBN-10: 0205724736 | ISBN-13: 9780205724734 (OPTION: Book alone: ISBN-10: 0205471536 or ISBN-13: 9780205471539) Additional assigned readings on Blackboard (see weekly schedule below). Instructor reserves the right to add or replace articles as needed. All articles will be posted on Bb.
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Assessments and Assignments Assignments Date Value Short Papers (2) 2/16 and 3/9 27% (150 and 120 pts.) Midterm Feb. 2 25% (250 pts.) In-class Activities or Quizzes 7 times, not announced, cannot be made up 14% (20 pts. each=140 pts.) Final Paper: Research Proposal/Presentation Due During Final Exam Period (3/16, 2:45 p.m) 30% (300 pts) Participation Continuous 4 % (40 pts) TOTAL: 1000 points METHOD OF ASSESSMENT: Midterm Exam will be about 50 multiple choice, true-false or short answer. It will
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