McNair Scholars Program USC

Undergraduate Research Methods

Course Documents

2014 Spring USC Research Methods Undergraduate Course AMST392.pdf

 

2012 Spring Research Methods Course.pdf

                      

                            Example of Course Outline:  Topical Sessions, Readings, & Assignments

 

 

Topic(s)

Date

Readings & Assignments

Review of the Course

 

January 10

 Overview of the course, student expectations, & introductions

Overview of the Research Process

January 17

Reading: Chapter 1: Investigating the Social World (Schutt)

               Chapter 1: Practical Research (Leedy, Ellis, Ormrod)

Assignment: Research Topic & Question(s)

Research Topics, Questions, &  Proposal Sections

 

January 24

Reading: Chapter 3-4: Craft of Research (Booth, Colomb, & Williams)

               Chapter 6: Practical Research (Leedy, Ellis, Ormrod)

Recap on Proposal Sections:  Introduction,  Question(s), Problem Statement, Significance of Study, Literature Review, Methodology,  References, & Timeline

Assignment: Faculty Advisor/Mentor List (2 - 3 potential faculty)

Literature Review, Conceptual Framework, & Research Design

 

January 31

Reading: Chapter 2: Research Design (Creswell)

               Chapter 1: Qualitative Research Design (Maxwell)

Assignment: Sample Research Proposals (2 - 3 proposals for reference)

Library Research & Resources

February  7

 

Reading: Library Research & References Guide (USC Libraries)

Assignment: Introduction & Problem Statement (Significance of Study) Section (1 - 3 pages)

Research Ethics & Protocols Involving Human & Animal Subjects;  Introduction to the  Institutional Review Board (IRB)

February 14

Reading: Chapter 3:  Investigating the Social World (Schutt)

Assignment: Discipline Citation Format & References List (1- 3 pages)

 

Research Methods Part I:

Interviews, Focus Groups, Observation & Ethnography, Document & Text Analysis

 

February 21

 

Reading: Chapter 9: Research Design (Creswell)

               Chapter 9:  Investigating the Social World (Schutt)  

Assignment: Faculty Advisor/Mentor Update

             IRB Certification Course & Application Process

Research Methods Part II:

Survey Development, Implementation, & Data Management; Introduction to Qualtrics Survey Software 

February 28

Reading: Chapter 4: Surveys (Fowler)

               Chapter 8:  Research Design (Creswell)

               Qualtrics Handout (Corsbie-Massay)

Assignment:  Literature Review Section (3 - 5 pages)

Research Methods Part III:

Quantitative Analysis & Statistical Procedures; Introduction to Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)

March 9

Reading: Chapter 11: Practical Research (Leedy, Ellis, Ormrod)

               Basic Statistics & SPSS Overview (Corsbie-Massay)                           

Assignment: Review Sample Data Sets

                     Set up Qualtrics Account &  Sample Survey

                  

Research Methods Part IV:

Qualitative Analysis, Data Collection Procedures, & Mixed Method Approaches

March 20

Reading: Chapter 10: Research Design (Creswell)

               Chapter 8-9: Analytic Techniques (Patton)

Assignment:   Faculty Advisor/Mentor Update

                        IRB Certification Course & Application Process

Writing the Research Proposal

 

March 27

Reading: Writing Article/Guideline (Darley, Zanna, Roediger)

Assignment: Research Methodology Section  (3 - 5 pages)

Working with Faculty Advisors & Cultivating a Mentor-Mentee Relationship

April 3 

Reading: Mentors, Faculty, & Advisors (University of Michigan)

Assignment:  Faculty Advisor/Mentor - Scholar Agreement

Presenting the Research Proposal Orally & Using PowerPoint

April 10

Reading: As assigned

 Assignment:  Draft of Research Proposal: Introduction,  Question(s), Problem Statement, Significance of Study, Literature Review, Methodology,  References, & Timeline

 (8 - 16 pages)                         

Research Proposal Presentations

(Group A)

April 17

Reading: As assigned

Assignment:  PowerPoint Presentation (3 - 6 slides)

Research Proposal Presentations

(Group B)

April 24

Reading: As assigned

Assignment:  PowerPoint Presentation (3 - 6 slides)

No Class: Independent Study

May 1  - 8

(available submission dates)

Reading: As assigned

Assignment:  Final Research Proposal: Introduction,  Question(s), Problem Statement, Significance of Study, Literature Review, Methodology,  References, & Timeline  (8 - 16 pages)