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Learn about courses, in a wide range of fields at a variety of institutions, where principles and resources from Project TIER have been used to teach transparent research methods.
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Quantitative Methods of Social ResearchWillamette University
In this course students will apply theory and methodological skills learned in previous course work…
Quantitative Methods of Social Research
In this course students will apply theory and methodological skills learned in previous course work to their own original quantitative research project. The objective of this course is to train sociology majors to plan and carryout research using: systematic procedures; quantitative data collection methods, strategies, and instruments used in the social sciences (and sociology, in particular); and quantitative data analysis and modeling techniques. Students will learn the core elements of the research process: the scientific method; variables, relationships, and hypotheses; definition and measurement of variables; data validity and reliability; determination of where data will come from (sampling); and issues related to ethics, perspectives, and strategic approaches to social science research, among others. The course will start with a recap of fundamental elements of quantitative methods. Students will then review contemporary sociological research to gain a better understanding of the structure of empirical papers and the art of writing. The course will then shift to an overview of various techniques for analyzing and interpreting quantitative data, and data management using SAS. This course is designed to fulfill the Willamette University writing-centered course designation. Toward this end, students will engage in regular writing, peer-review, and revising exercises.