Mass Comm Theory/Research

Schedule*

MCM450   Spring 2016 – Dr. Hart  (Last Updated: 3/25/16)

Note: This schedule primarily shows the topics covered and readings.  See assignment instructions, class notes and Blackboard announcements for due dates of assignments, etc.

Week #

Topic

Readings**

1

1/10

Intro to Course / Surveys

Get textbook; Make sure your NSU email and Blackboard accounts are working.

2

1/17-

Critical Thinking

Read “Reading Wk2”**

3

1/24-

Science

Read “Reading Wk3”**

4

1/31-

Theory

Read “Reading Wk4”**

5

2/7-

EXAM 1 on Thursday

6

2/14-

Research Questions

Read “Reading Wk6”**

7

2/21-

Library Research

Read “Reading Wk7”**

8

2/28-

Operationalization/Measures

Read “Reading Wk8”**

9

3/6-

SPRING BREAK - No Classes

10

3/13-

Sampling/Validity/Reliability

EXAM 2 on Thursday

11

3/20-

Sampling/Validity/Reliability

Read “Reading Wk11”**

12

3/27-

Research Ethics

Read “Reading Wk13”**

Chapter 6 Research Ethics

13

4/3-

MCJR WEEK !

14

4/10-

Experimental Design

Read “Reading Wk14”**

15

4/17-

Survey & Interview Design

Read “Reading Wk15”**

16

4/24-

Content Analysis

Read “Reading Wk16”**

17

5/1-

EXAM 3 (Final Exam) 

May 5 (Thurs.)  10:30 - 12:30 p.m.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Other important dates can be found on the NSU Academic Calendar on  This document includes dates for dropping the course, etc.

* The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor or depending on the progress of the class.  Especially after discussion on the first few days of class, the topics may be changed and/or rearranged to better reflect student interests and needs.

             

** See the Content page on Blackboard for more details on the readings.