Catalogue 2014 - 2015

SO 301 Research Methods

Credits

4 cr.

Prerequisite

Junior standing, SO 300/CJ 300, and CJ 210 or SO 322.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to scientific research in the social sciences. Its primary goals are to provide students with a foundation necessary for conducting quality research and to provide students with skills necessary to analyze and interpret research data. The course highlights the logic of research designs, the relation between experimental and nonexperimental research strategies, and the application of quantitative methods. It provides experience in collecting and analyzing research data, writing, and preparing research reports. This course will discuss and contextualize the concepts and techniques of quantification in social science research, which include descriptive, univariate, parametric, nonparametric, and inferential analyses. Students will learn to use a statistical computer-software package to perform analyses on research data.

Cross Listed Courses

CJ 301