SYA6306: METHODS OF SOCIAL RESEARCH II
Spring
2012
Class: Tuesday
3:006:00 p.m. in Turlington 2303
Lab: Wednesday 10:4011:30 a.m. in Weil 408A

Instructor 
TA 
Name: 
Monika Ardelt, Ph.D. 
Hanyao Qiu 
Office: 
3350 Turlington 
3357 Turlington 
Phone: 
3920265 ext. 247 

Email: 
Ardelt@ufl.edu 
hyqiu@ufl.edu 
Office Hours: 
T, Th 1:552:45 p.m. and
by appointment 
Mo 9:3011:30 a.m. and by
appointment 
WWW: 

Course Content
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to quantitative research methods. We will begin by discussing briefly the logic of quantitative research. Then we will examine two different research methods, experiments and survey research, with primary emphasis on survey research. We will discuss and practice quantitative interviewing and data collection and the analysis of quantitative data. At the end of the course, you should be confident enough to initiate and conduct your own quantitative research project.
Required
Bernard, H. Russell. 2000. Social Research
Methods. Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches.
Sweet, Stephen A. and Karen GraceMartin. 2012. Data Analysis with SPSS. A First Course in Applied Statistics, 4^{th} Edition. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.
Lomand,
Turner C. 2007. Social
Science Research. A Cross Section of Journal
Articles for Discussion and Evaluation, 5^{th} Edition.
Course packet (abbreviated as CP) available at Target Copy (1412 West
University Avenue right next to Chipoltle Resturant).
Highly
Recommended
Maimon, Elaine P., Janice H. Peritz,
and Kathleen Blake Yancey.
2010. A Writer’s Resource. A Handbook for Writing and
Research. 3^{rd} Edition. New York:
McGrawHill.
Requirements
Readings and Class Attendance: It is important to read the assigned chapters and pages before class as this will assist in the understanding of the material and facilitate class discussions. Attendance of lectures and labs is required.
Weekly Assignments: During the course of the semester I will assign 12 weekly assignments that are worth 2% of your final grade or 2 points each, but parts of the points might be subtracted for incomplete or incorrect work. You are required to submit at least 10 of the assignments, and the maximum number of points that you can earn is 20. However, you will receive up to 1 extra credit point, if you submit more than 10 assignments and earn more than 20 points (I will compute the sum of the 11 assignments with the highest points). All written assignments must be typed (doublespaced, except for tables), without typographical errors, and stapled together.
All due dates (typically one week after the assignment is given) will be announced in class. If you encounter any difficulties in completing the assignments please contact me early for help.
Term Paper: There will be one individual term paper that is due on April 17 during regular class time. The term paper will consist of a quantitative research project of your choice and an analysis of publicly available quantitative data. Detailed instructions for the term paper will be given in class.
Exams: There will be two exams, one midterm on March 20 during regular class time and a takehome exam that is due on May 2 at 10 a.m. (place the completed exam in my mailbox). The midterm exam will contain multiple choice and short answer questions. The takehome exam will consist of the completion of several exercises.
I do not plan to give any makeup exams. So if you should encounter any difficulties, come and see me early!
Cheating: Although I encourage you to study together with other students and work on projects together, every student needs to write his or her own assignment and paper. I define as cheating copying parts or all of an author’s or another student’s work or allowing another student to copy parts or all of your work.
WARNING: Students who are caught cheating in this way will fail the class immediately!
Accommodations for Students with Disabilities: Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation.
Grading
Requirement Assignments Midterm exam Takehome exam Research paper Class presentation of research project 
% of Final Grade 20% 20% 20% 30% 10% 
Plus up to
1 extra credit point added to the final grade for students
who submit more than 10 weekly assignments.
I will not grade on a curve, i.e. your grade will depend on your absolute performance, not your performance compared to other students.
The points that you will earn can be translated into lettergrades as follows:
92.5  100.0 = A 90.0  <92.5 = A 87.5  <90.0 = B+ 82.5  <87.5 = B 80.0  <82.5 = B 77.5  <80.0 = C+ 
72.5  <77.5 = C 70.0  <72.5 = C 67.5  <70.0 = D+ 62.5  <67.5 = D 60.0  <62.5 = D <60.0 = E 
For information on current UF grading policies for assigning grade points, see http://www.registrar.ufl.edu/catalog/policies/regulationgrades.html.
Tentative Class Schedule 

Date 
Topic 

01/10 
The scientific method 
Bernard: 
01/17 
The foundations of social research 
Bernard: 
01/24 – 01/31 
Experiments 
Bernard: 
02/07 
Survey Research and 
Sweet et al.: 
02/14 
Scales and scaling 
Bernard: 
02/21 
Sampling and Structured
interviewing 
Bernard: 
02/28 
Univariate analysis 
Bernard: 
03/06 
SPRING BREAK! 

03/13 
Introduction to bivariate analysis 
Bernard: 
03/20 
Midterm!: 34 p.m. Nonparametric measures 
Bernard: Ch. 15 (pp. 571575); Sweet et al.: 
03/27 
Statistical probability and
significance; the ttest and analysis of variance 
Bernard: 
04/03 
Bivariate correlations and
regressions 
Bernard: 
04/10 
Multivariate analysis 
Bernard: 
04/17 
Class presentations of research findings 

05/02 
Takehome exam due at 10 a.m. 
