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300+Syllabus_Spring+2012 - SPRING 2012 MW 5:00-6:20 PM...

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SPRING 2012 MW 5:00-6:20 PM BE-AUD C OMM 300: C OMMUNICATION R ESEARCH Professor: Dr. Mary Nagy Office Hours: Thursdays 12:00-2:00pm; or by appointment Office: SDW-203 (DeWitt; the building/house next to SC&I, 185 College Avenue) Email: [email protected] Teaching Assistants: If your last name begins with letters between A and L, your TA will be: Muge Haseki Office Hours & Location: Wednesdays 3:00-4:30pm Room 301, Annex Building (192 College Avenue) If your last name begins with letters between M and Z, your TA will be: Lora Appel Office Hours & Location: Mondays 3:00-4:30pm Room 301, Annex Building (192 College Avenue) ** All email correspondence must be sent to: [email protected] ** All course correspondence, including posted grades, announcements, additional readings, etc. will be posted on the Sakai website for this course. [A] Course OVERVIEW The purpose of this class is to introduce students to communication research methods, applications, and issues. The purpose of this class is to show students how to think about research, how to understand its purposes, and how it is used in our social worlds. I know that this is the required course that strikes fear into the hearts of most undergraduates. It shouldn’t. This class will not be scary or overwhelming as long as you are committed to keeping up with the pace and on top of the work. By the end of this class, you will better understand how research is conducted, how research results are used, and how to interrogate if those results are sound. 1
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[B] Course-Specific LEARNING OBJECTIVES 1. To demystify the process of conducting communication research and the nature of research design and methods. 2. To understand the process of inquiry—how research projects are born, developed, and conducted. 3. To be able to critically analyze the statistics and ‘facts’ that are presented in our media, and by our friends, family, and teachers. 4. To appreciate how academic research, properly conducted, can be relevant to and inform the processes of our own lives and understandings of the world around us. CORE CURRICLUM Objectives Social Science & History: h. Understand the bases & development of human and societal endeavors across time and place. i. Explain and be able to assess the relationship among assumptions, method, evidence, arguments, and theory in social analysis. j. Identify and critically assess ethical issues in social science. k. Explain the development of some aspect of a society or culture over time, including the history of ideas or history of science. Quantitative & Formal Reasoning: w. Formulate, evaluate, and communicate conclusions and inferences from quantitative information. Information Technology & Research: y. Employ current technologies to access information, to conduct research, and to communicate findings.
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