EVST 399 / SOAN 300 -- Spring 2019
Tentative Course Schedule

changes to the schedule will be posted here in bold red

Assignment Categories:         
Search Strategy exercise, Journal Exercises, & Research examples 
Field & Data exercises
Research Design project
Other assignments
Exams

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   January:

Topic #1: Research Design

-----------------week 1-----------------

14: Introduction to Research Design

16: Design Step 1: Finding a Research Question:

  1. Spickard: Research Basics, Introduction plus Chapter 1
  2. recommended: Patten: Proposing Empirical Research Part A (“Getting Started” pp 1-16) (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  1. Chapter 1 quiz, online.  (as many retries as you wish by 8am the day of class)

-----------------week 2-----------------

21: Design Step 2: Choosing a Logical Structure

  1. Spickard: Research Basics, Chapter 2
  2. recommended: Patten: Proposing Empirical Research Part C (“Selecting a Research Approach” pp 27-42) (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  1. Chapter 2 quiz, online (as many retries as you wish by 8am the day of class)
  2. Research Design Project: Three Research Topics (Submit by 8:00am on Moodle)

23: Design Step 3: Indentifying What Type of Data You Need

-----------------week 3-----------------

28: Literature searching: a hands-on workshop  MEET IN THE CURRENT PERIODICALS SECTION OF THE ARMACOST LIBRARY

  1. Grewal et al: “Literature Search for Research” (http://bit.ly/2pgxKfG )
  2. recommended: Patten: Proposing Empirical Research Part D: (“Organizing and Evaluating Literature” pp 43-50)  (LIBRARY RESERVE)

30: Design Step 3 (continued): Types of Data

  1. To Be Announced
  1. TBA

-----------------week 4-----------------

 February:

3: (Sunday @ 5pm) DUE: Blog Post: Journal Ex #1

4: Design Step 4: Choosing a Data Collection Method
   
(Guest: Writing tutors at the end of class)

  1. Spickard: Research Basics, Chapter 4
  1. Chapter 4 quiz, online (as many retries as you wish by 8am the day of class)
  2. Literature Search Strategy exercise (completed; submit by midnight on Moodle)

4: Design Step 4 (continued): Data Collection & Research Ethics

  1. To Be Announced
  1. CITI (research ethics) training.  Print and bring your certificate to class

-----------------week 5-----------------

10: (Sunday @ 5pm) DUE: Blog Post: Journal Ex #2

11: Design Step 5: Choosing a Data Collection Site

  1. Spickard: Research Basics, Chapter 5
  2. recommended: Patten: Proposing Empirical Research Part F (“Proposing a Sample” pp 63-74) (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  1. Chapter 5 quiz, online (as many retries as you wish by 8am the day of class)
  2. Research Design Project: Research Question (Submit by 8:00am on Moodle)

13: Design Step 6: Choosing a Data Analysis Method

  1. Spickard: Research Basics, Chapter 6
  2. recommended: Patten: Proposing Empirical Research Part I (“Proposing Methods of Analysis” pp 95-106) (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  1. Chapter 6 quiz, online (as many retries as you wish by 8am the day of class)
  2. Two exam questions

-----------------week 6-----------------

17: (Sunday @ 5pm) DUE: Blog Post: Research Ex #1


Topic #2: Collecting and Analyzing Data

18: Working with Data Collected from Groups, Areas, or Ecosystems I

  1. Spickard: “What is a Concept Paper?” (to help with next Monday’s assignment)

20: MIDTERM EXAM 1: The Six Steps

-----------------week 7-----------------

24: (Sunday @ 5pm) DUE: Blog Post: Research Ex #2

25: Working with Data Collected from Groups, Areas, or Ecosystems II

  1. Spickard: Research Basics, Chapter 7
  2. Winter: A Crash Course ch 1
  3. Spickard: Thinking Through Statistics -- introduction & chapters 2-3
  4. recommended: Nardi: Interpreting Data -- chapters 1 & 3 (section on Pearson’s r), chapter 5
  1. Chapter 7 quiz, online (as many retries as you wish by 8am the day of class)
  2. Data Exercise #1 (Submit by 8:00am on Moodle)
  3. Concept Paper (due by MIDNIGHT on Moodle)

27: Working with Data Collected from Individuals (Human or Other) I

  1. Spickard: Research Basics, Chapter 8
  2. recommended: Nardi: Interpreting Data -- chapter 2
  1. Chapter 8 quiz, online (as many retries as you wish by 8am the day of class)
  2. Data Exercise #2  (Submit by 8:00am on Moodle)

---------------------------SPRING BREAK---------------------------

    March:

-----------------week 8-----------------

10: (Sunday @ 5pm) DUE: Blog Post: Research Ex #3

11: CLASS CANCELLED: Instructor Ill

13: Working with Data Collected from Individuals (Human or Other) II

  1. Winter: A Crash Course ch 1, 2
  2. recommended: Spickard: Thinking Through Statistics -- chapters 6-7
  3. recommended: Nardi: Interpreting Data -- chapter 3 (section on chi-square analysis)
  1. Data Exercise #3  (Submit by 8:00am on Moodle)

17: (Sunday @ 5pm) DUE: Blog Post: Research Ex #4

18: Finding Group Differences: t-Tests and ANOVAs

  1. Spickard: Research Basics, Chapter 10
  2. Winter: A Crash Course ch 3, 4
  3. recommended: Spickard: Thinking Through Statistics -- chapter 9
  4. recommended: Nardi: Interpreting Data -- chapter 4
  1. Chapter 10 quiz, online (as many retries as you wish by 8am the day of class)
  2. Data Exercise #4  (Submit by 8:00am on Moodle)

-----------------week 9-----------------

20: Introduction to Interviewing

  1. Spickard: Research Basics, Chapter 9
  2. Smith: Soul Searching: Ch 2 + Methodological Appendix (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  3. recommended: Spickard: “Microqualitative Approaches …”  (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  1. Chapter 9 quiz, online (as many retries as you wish by 8am the day of class)
  2. Extended Outline(submit by MIDNIGHT on Moodle)
  3. Data Exercise #5  (Submit by 8:00am on Moodle)  EXCERCISE CANCELLED

-----------------week 10-----------------

24: (Sunday @ 5pm) DUE: Blog Post: Research Ex #5

25: Constructing an Interview Protocol

  1. Spickard: “How to Write an Interview Protocol” and “How Many Subjects?” 
  2. Davidman: Motherloss -- chapter 1 plus any chapter 3-7 (your choice) 
    (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  3. recommended: Trochim: “Interviews”
  1. Interview questions for Interveiw Exercise (bring to class for cooperative project)

27:  Midterm review

-----------------week 11-----------------

31: (Sunday @ 5pm) DUE: Blog Post: Research Ex #6

 April:
                
1: MIDTERM EXAM 2: Quantitative Analysis

3: Working with Qualitative Data: Coding and Analysis

  1. Richards & Morse: Read Me First …, Chapter 6 (“Coding”) (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  2. Richards & Morse: Read Me First …, Chapter 9 (“Getting”) (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  1. Field Exercise  (your interviews for the group interview project)  (Submit by 8:00am on Moodle)

-----------------week 12----------------

8: Ethnography

  1. Spickard: Research Basics, Chapter 13
  2. Spickard: “Ritual, Symbol, and Experience”  (LIBRARY RESERVE) 
  3. Landres: “Being (in) the Field” (LIBRARY RESERVE) 
  4. Spickard: “On Fieldnotes
  1. Chapter 13 quiz, online (as many retries as you wish by 8am the day of class)

        10: Action Research

  1. Whyte et al “Participatory Action Research” (LIBRARY RESERVE) 
  2. Other TBA (LIBRARY RESERVE) 
  3. recommended: Eden & Huxham: “Researching Organizations using Action Research”  (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  1. Draft Research Proposal (Written) (submit by 8:00am on Moodle)

-----------------week 13-----------------

Topic #3: Your research proposal

15: Reporting Research

  1. Richards & Morse: Read Me First …, Chapter 10 (“Writing”) (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  2. recommended: Patten: Proposing Empirical Research, Part E (“Writing”), Part J (“Concluding Tasks”) (LIBRARY RESERVE)
  1. Student comments on writing partner’s proposal draft

17: PROPOSAL WORKSHOP & CRITIQUE:

  1. Bring a short summary of your project to share, including questions you may have about how to solve problems

-----------------finals week-----------------

Monday April 22: 9-11am

  1. Oral Presentation of Final Research Proposal
    (slides optional: submit by 8am on Moodle)
  2. Final Research Proposal (Written) (submit by 8am on Moodle)
  3. Response to Student Comments (submit by 8am on Moodle)