2010SFallyllabus29955

2010SFallyllabus29955 - COMM G310 Introduction to Research...

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COMM G310 -- Introduction to Research Methods—Fall 2010, Section 29955 Class Times: Mondays 6:00 – 8:40 pm Location: NU 240 CONTACT INFORMATION AND OFFICE HOURS Name Office Email Phone Office Hours Ron Sandwina, PhD CA 307E [email protected] 278-3158 M & W 3:00 – 5:00p.m. and by appointment INSTRUCTOR BELIEFS ABOUT LEARNING Please go to Oncourse where you will find the document “Ron’s Philosophy of Teaching and Learning.” COURSE DESCRIPTION There are three fundamental beliefs underlying the development of this introductory communication research course. First , since a clear understanding of the research process is necessary for all baccalaureate degree holders, you will be provided with a basic understanding of the research process. Second , Communication Studies students should have a broad understanding of the three basic approaches to communication research (historical-critical, qualitative, and quantitative) and specific methods used in the discipline (e.g., observation, interviews, surveys, and experiments). Third , students should be knowledgeable and critical consumers of communication related research. RISE Initiative This course meets the requirements of an “R” course as part of the RISE Challenge Initiative. As the Dean of Faculty explains: The IUPUI undergraduate educational experience is distinctive because it intentionally uses experiential learning to prepare students for graduate school, careers, and citizenship. It provides skills, knowledge and experiences that are highly prized by employers and provides the foundation for future leaders. The RISE to the IUPUI Challenge initiative engages students more deeply in their learning and contributes to their intellectual and professional development in unique ways. It enhances the teaching and learning process that occurs during formal classroom coursework. The initiative builds on IUPUI’s long tradition and commitment to experiential learning. Each category of RISE experiences incorporates qualified experiences, integration of knowledge, reflection and assessment. These experiential learning courses are in four categories - research, international, service learning and workplace and community experiential learning. This challenge encourages undergraduate students to include at least two of the four RISE experiences into their degree programs. A key part of this program is the notation on students’ transcripts that they have accomplished this experiential milestone. Please note that this course will require you to collect data outside the classroom. COURSE PREREQUISITES None. However, upper-division standing, and completion or concurrent enrollment in English W132 or W231, Communication Studies G100 and Communication Studies G201 are highly recommended. REQUIRED TEXTS:
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Hocking, J.E., Stacks, D.W., & McDermott, S.T. (2003). Communication Research (3 rd Ed.). Allyn and Bacon: Boston, MA.
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