I.  HUSV 3001/PSYC 3001/SOCI 3001: Research Methods in the Social Sciences

 Course Syllabus

Spring 2018 syllabus (Revised 02-20-2018)

Applied Research Log

Sample format & entry

Grading checklist

Exam Study Tools

Sample test questions

Comprehensive final exam: Study guide

HUSV 3001 PowerPoint Slides and Accompanying Learning Materials

Unit 1: Chapters 1, 2, and 3

Class activity: Common sense vs. research-based knowing

SAT scores: Correlation vs. causation

Correlation coefficient

Class activity: Correlation vs. causation

Generic sample: Informed consent form

Unit 2: Chapters 4, 5, and 6

Class activities: Cross-sectional vs. longitudinal research

Class activity: Levels of measurement

Normal distribution

Standard deviation

CRCT illustration: Criterion-referenced measurement & standard error of measurement

Class activity: Examining the validity of claims

Validity: Application and review exercise

Reliability & SEM: Application and review exercise

Unit 3: Chapters 7, 8, and 9

Class activity: Indirect measures

Class activity: Content analysis

Class activity: Field research

Unit 4: Chapters 10, 11, and 12

Class activity: Identifying potential threats to internal validity using the "MRS SMITH" acronym

Class activity: Experimentation

Research designs in the social sciences: Concluding overview