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There are two weekly lectures starting in week 1 and a weekly tutorial starting in week 2. Please check your timetable for the tutorial slot you have been allocated you may only. swap this in consultation with the lecturer in order to keep groups balanced. Attendance at tutorials is compulsory and will be monitored Students not attending at least. half of the tutorials in the first term will lose 10 of their mark for this part of the module. Lecture notes will be available on Blackboard and are usually posted at the beginning of the. week for the upcoming lectures Details for assessment will also be made available on. Blackboard,Assessment, This part of the course is assessed a portfolio Both lectures and tutorials are important for. preparing the portfolio and students are strongly advised to attend all classes There are 5. portfolio tasks that will be distributed throughout the term You submit them all together at. the end of the term in one document It is advisable to do tasks as they occur as they. correspond with lecture materials and help will be available in tutorials Instructions and. materials will be circulated in the relevant weeks The five tasks cover. I Sampling,III Measurements,IV Questionnaire design. V Describing findings, You submit the portfolio in one file by 4pm on Friday 13th of December week 12 The. portfolio needs to be submitted via Turnitin com In addition a hard copy should be. submitted into the essay box outside the sociology department office You will receive more. detailed instructions in due course The Turnitin software checks whether there is. plagiarism i e whether you have copied work from other sources without properly. referencing it Refer to the Sociology Handbook for details on what constitute plagiarism. and how to reference correctly Plagiarism is taken very seriously if you are suspected of. plagiarism you will have to meet with your Tutor the course lecturer and the Head of. Department and will subsequently have to resubmit the work with a maximum grade of 41. The main textbook for this course is, Bryman A 2012 Social Research Methods Oxford Oxford University Press. Chapters and page numbers correspond to the new 4th edition but older editions are fine to. use There are numerous copies available in the library but as you will be using this book. again in the second term it is recommended that you consider purchasing a copy Additional. readings are listed below in the weekly schedule Essential readings are marked with a star. and students are expected to have read at least these materials for the lecture and the. relevant tutorial Other materials are suggested to complement the main readings. Babbie E 2013 The Practice of Social Research 13th ed Wadsworth Cengage. De Vaus D A 2002 Surveys in Social Research 5th ed Crows Nest Allen Unwin. Best J 2001 Damned lies and statistics untangling numbers from the media politicians. and activists London University of California Press. Marsh C and Elliott J 2008 Exploring Data 2nd ed Cambridge Polity Press. Sapsford R 2007 Survey Research 2nd ed London Sage. For some weeks additional online resources are indicated These may be additional. readings as well as online databases or videos and radio programmes to help you. understand a particular topic better References for some of the examples used in class are. also given if you want to explore these further,Weekly schedule and reading list.
Week 1 Introduction to Quantitative research, In the first lecture the course structure and format of assessment is introduced and we will. look at reasons why knowing about quantitative research methods is important for social. scientists In the second lecture we will discuss more in detail what quantitative research is. about and what its purposes are and explore descriptive and explanatory research using. examples No tutorials take place in this week,Readings for this week. Bryman A 2012 Social Research Methods Oxford Oxford University Press Chapter 1. Best J 2001 Damned lies and statistics untangling numbers from the media politicians. and activists London University of California Press Chapter 1. De Vaus D A 2002 Surveys in Social Research 5th ed Crows Nest Allen Unwin Chapter. ESRC Social Science by Numbers Careers with Quantitative methods. http www esrc ac uk images Careers with quantitative methods tcm8 2723 pdf. More on examples used in class, Skopek J Schulz F and Blossfeld H P 2011 Who contacts whom Educational. homophily in online mate selection European Sociological Review 27 2 180 195. UNDP Gender Inequality Index http hdr undp org en statistics gii. Week 2 Research design, In week 2 we start by reviewing the main advantages and limitations of quantitative. research more generally and then focus on different research designs their uses and. applications as well as their strengths and weaknesses Tutorials begin in this week and will. start with some examples of quantitative research,Readings for this week.
Bryman A 2012 Social Research Methods Oxford Oxford University Press Chapters. Babbie E 2013 The Practice of Social Research 13th ed Wadsworth Cengage Chapter 4. Further reading, Weisberg H 2005 The Total Survey Error Approach A Guide to the New Science of Survey. Research Chicago University of Chicago Press,More on examples used in class. European Social Survey www europeansocialsurvey org. Growing Up in Ireland 2011 Key Findings Infant cohort at 3 years No 3 Economic. Financial Circumstances among Famlies of 3 Year Olds Growing Up in Ireland National. Longitudinal Study of Children, HEA 2010 Eurostudent Survey IV Report on the Social and Living Conditions of Higher. Education Students in Ireland 2009 2010 Higher Education Authority. Rosenthal R And Jacobson L 1968 Pygmalion in the classroom The Urban Review 3 1. Smyth et al 2009 Adapting to Diversity Irish Schools and Newcomer Students ESRI. Available online http www esri ie UserFiles publications 20090529124035 RS008 pdf. Week 3 Sampling, In week 3 we move on to sampling for quantitative research We discuss different sampling. strategies and their uses and distinguish between a representative and non representative. sample In tutorials this week students will discuss different research designs using. Readings for this week, Bryman A 2012 Social Research Methods Oxford Oxford University Press Chapter 8.
Babbie E 2013 The Practice of Social Research 13th ed Wadsworth Cengage Chapter 5. De Vaus D A 2002 Surveys in Social Research 5th ed Crows Nest Allen Unwin Chapter. Sapsford R 2007 Survey Research 2nd ed London Sage Chapter 4. More on examples used in class, Census results http www cso ie en census index html. Some useful online resources on sampling, http www socialresearchmethods net kb sampling htm. http www coventry ac uk ec nhunt meths listof htm, http psychology ucdavis edu rainbow html fact sample html. Week 4 Ethics and politics in social research, In week 4 we look at the ethical issues as well as the politics involved in doing social. research We discuss misreporting and misuse of statistics in the media and other sources. In the tutorial students will work on the first portfolio task on sampling. Readings for this week, Bryman A 2012 Social Research Methods Oxford Oxford University Press Chapter 6.
Margoldis L H 2008 Taking names The ethics of indirect recruitment in research on. sexual networks in Wysocki D ed Readings in Social Research Methods Belmont CA. Babbie E 2013 The Practice of Social Research 13th ed Wadsworth Cengage Chapter 2. De Vaus D A 2002 Surveys in Social Research 5 th ed Crows Nest Allen Unwin Chapter. Useful web resources,http www socscidiss bham ac uk s8 html. Sociological Association of Ireland Ethical Guidelines. http www sociology ie index php pagid 25 useid reh1230660807m3. School of Social Science and Philosophy Ethics Policy http www social. phil tcd ie Ethics php,http www socscidiss bham ac uk s8 html. More on examples used in class, McCord J 2003 Cures that harm Unanticipated outcomes of crime prevention programs. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 587. Goldacre B 2011 Putting a number in its context, http www badscience net 2011 01 putting a number in its context. Week 5 Measurements and indicators, In the lecture this week we see how we can move from abstract concepts to measureable.
indicators that can be used in research Several research examples are discussed to illustrate. this process In the tutorials we discuss ethics in social research and media reporting of. statistics and students work on their second portfolio task related to ethics in survey. Readings for this week, Bryman A 2012 Social Research Methods Oxford Oxford University Press Chapter 7. Babbie E 2013 The Practice of Social Research 13th ed Wadsworth Cengage Chapter 6. Best J 2001 Damned lies and statistics untangling numbers from the media politicians. and activists London University of California Press Chapter 2. De Vaus D A 2002 Surveys in Social Research 5th ed Crows Nest Allen Unwin. Chapters 4 11, Podcast related to material on measurements and their importance. More or Less from the 8th of April 2011 on Youth Unemployment. http www bbc co uk podcasts series moreorless,More on examples used in class. Combat Poverty Agency http www cpa ie povertyinireland measuringpoverty htm. Westergaard J I Noble and A Walker 1989 After Redundancy The experience of. economic insecurity Oxford Blackwell,Week 6 Surveys in social research. One of the most common quantitative data collection methods is the survey which we will. look at during this week in terms of different survey modes from structured interviews to. self completion questionnaires The tutorial will link to last week s lecture on concepts and. indicators and students will get support for their third task for their research portfolio. related to this,Readings for this week, Bryman A 2012 Social Research Methods Oxford Oxford University Press Chapter 9.
De Vaus D A 2002 Surveys in Social Research 5th ed Crows Nest Allen Unwin. Sapsford R 2007 Survey Research 2nd ed London Sage Chapter 1. Week 7 Reading week No classes take place,Week 8 Questionnaire and question design. This week we look more closely at how to ask questions in surveys and discuss rules for. good questionnaire design also see readings from week 6 In tutorials students will revise. different types of data collection methods in surveys and discuss their advantages and. limitations,Readings for this week, Bryman A 2012 Social Research Methods Oxford Oxford University Press Chapters 10. Babbie E 2013 The Practice of Social Research 13th ed Wadsworth Cengage Chapter 8. De Vaus D A 2002 Surveys in Social Research 5th ed Crows Nest Allen Unwin. Chapters 7 8,Useful web resource,http www statpac com surveys. Week 9 Alternatives to survey research, In this week we finish the overview of questionnaire design see readings from last week. and begin to look at quantitative research methods that represent alternatives to survey. research namely observation field experiments and content analysis The tutorial time will. be used to practice questionnaire design as part of the fourth portfolio task. Readings for this week, Bryman A 2012 Social Research Methods Oxford Oxford University Press Chapters 12.
Babbie E 2013 The Practice of Social Research 13th ed Wadsworth Cengage Chapter. 12 pp 367 371 on quasi experimental designs, Babbie E 2013 The Practice of Social Research 12th ed Wadsworth Cengage Chapters 9. Useful web resources, http www socialresearchmethods net kb desexper htm. http www socialresearchmethods net tutorial Brown lauratp htm. More on examples used in class, Elhoweris H Mutua K Alsheikh N And Holloway P 2005 Effect of children s ethnicity. on teachers referral and recommendation decisions in gifted and talented programs. Remedial and Special Education 26 1 25 31, Jones S R G 1992 Was there a Hawthorne effect American Journal of Sociology 98 3. Lauster N And Easterbrook A 2011 No room for new families A field experiment. measuring rental discrimination against same sex couples and single parents Social. Problems 58 3 389 409, Urberg K A and Kaplan M B 1989 An observational study of race age and sex.
heterogeneous interaction in preschoolers Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 10 3 299 311 abstract only,Week 10 Documentary, In the first lecture of this week we finish our discussion of alternative quantitative research. methods see readings from last week In the second lecture we will watch a documentary. which will bring together several of the topics covered until this point in the module and. introduce some aspects of the material covered in the final week of this semester In the. tutorial students will look at examples of quantitative methods other than surveys. BBC documentary The Joy of Stats for some information see. http www bbc co uk programmes b00wgq0l,Additional resources linked to documentary. http www informationisbeautiful net, http understandinguncertainty org files animations Nightingale11 Nightingale1 html. http www gapminder org,Week 11 Descriptive statistics. In this week we look at the main univariate and bivariate statistics used to describe data. with a brief introduction to the idea of inferential statistics In tutorials we look at how to. report data and students receive their fifth and final portfol. Readings for this week Bryman A 2012 Social Research Methods Oxford Oxford University Press Chapter 8 Babbie E 2013 The Practice of Social Research

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