**Dr. Sara McLaughlin
Mitchell **

**Fall 1999**

**Research Methods in Political
Science**

**POS 3713**

__Course Description__

This course is designed to acquaint students with research methods used by social scientists. Students will study terms and concepts used in research (e.g., theories, null and alternative hypotheses, independent and dependent variables, validity, reliability, generalizability), and research design (including experimental and quasi-experimental designs, survey design, and sampling). Students will be introduced to basic statistical techniques for analyzing data and the interpretation of coefficients and statistical tests (frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of association, spurious correlation, regression, confidence intervals and tests of significance).

__Course Requirements__

The best way to learn this material is to have
read the assigned readings **BEFORE** the class date in which
they are discussed. This will enable you to be familiar with the
new concepts as I discuss them in lecture and for you to ask
questions. I expect this class to be quite relaxed, so jump in
and ask questions or make remarks at anytime. There is **NO**
such thing as a stupid question.

Your course grade is based on your performance on 3 exams and several homework assignments. The distribution of your final grade in the class is as follows:

Midterm Exam 1 25%

Midterm Exam 2 25%

Final Exam 25%

Homework 25%

1. Homework (25%): There are a total of 5
homework assignments (see class schedule); you can drop your
lowest grade. Assignments turned in late will **not** be
accepted under any circumstances. I will automatically count a
late or missing homework as your lowest grade.

2. Midterm Exams (50%): There are two midterm
exams scheduled on Thursday, October 7^{th} and Thursday,
November 4^{th}. The problems on exams will be very
similar to those assigned as homework. They will include problem
solving, short answer, and multiple choice.

3. Final Exam (25%): The final exam is on
Monday, December 13^{th}. This exam is not comprehensive.

__Textbooks and Required Materials __

Manheim, Jarol B. and Richard C. Rich. 1995. *Empirical
Political Analysis: Research Methods in Political Science (4th
Edition)*. New York: Longman Publishing Group.

Healey, Joseph F. 1999. *Statistics: A Tool
for Social Research* *(5*^{th}* Edition)*.
Belmont, CA:

Wadsworth Publishing Company.

__Class Schedule__

Tuesday, August 31^{st} Introduction:
M&R, Chapter 1

The Scientific Method

Thursday, September 2^{nd} No Class,
APSA

Tuesday, September 7^{th} Introduction:
M&R, Chapter 1

The Scientific Method

Thursday, September 9^{th} Theory
Building M&R, Chapter 2

Tuesday, September 14^{th} Building a
Bibliography M&R, Chapter 3

Thursday, September 16^{th} Research
Designs: M&R, Chapters 5 & 6

Experiments and Sampling

**Hand out Assignment #1**

Tuesday, September 21^{st} Research
Designs: M&R, Chapter 7

Survey Research

**Assignment #1 Due**

Thursday, September 23^{rd} Research
Designs M&R, Chapters 8 & 11

Interviewing and Direct Observation

Tuesday, September 28^{th}
Operationalization & M&R, Chapters 4 & 12

Measurement

Thursday, September 30^{th }Operationalization
& M&R, Chapter 14

Measurement Healey, Chapter 1

**Hand out Assignment #2**

Tuesday, October 5^{th} Basic
Descriptive Statistics Healey, Chapter 2

**Assignment #2 Due** M&R, Chapter 15

Thursday, October 7^{th} *Midterm
Exam #1*

Tuesday, October 12^{th} Measures of
Central Tendency Healey, Chapter 3

Thursday, October 14^{th} Measures of
Dispersion Healey, Chapter 4

Tuesday, October 19^{th} Normal Curve
Healey, Chapter 5

Thursday, October 21^{st} Sampling
Healey, Chapter 6

**Hand out Assignment #3**

Tuesday, October 26^{th} Confidence
Intervals Healey, Chapter 7

**Assignment #3 Due**

Thursday, October 28^{th} Hypothesis
Testing: The Healey, Chapter 8

One Sample Case

Tuesday, November 2^{nd} Hypothesis
Testing: The Healey, Chapter 8 (continued) One Sample Case

Thursday, November 4^{th }*Midterm
Exam #2*

Tuesday, November 9^{th} Analysis of
Variance Healey, Chapter 10

**Hand out Assignment #4**

Thursday November 11^{th} No Class,
Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 16^{th }Measures of
association: Healey, Chapter 16 interval variables

**Assignment #4 Due**

Thursday November 18^{th} Regression
Healey, Chapter 18

Tuesday, November 23^{rd} Regression
Healey, Chapter 18 (continued)

Thursday November 25^{th} No Class,
Thanksgiving Holiday

Tuesday, November 30^{th} Statistics
for nominal and M&R, Chapter 17 ordinal data Healey, Chapter
13

**Hand out Assignment #5**

Thursday December 2^{nd} Statistics for
nominal and Healey, Chapters 14 & 15 ordinal data

**Assignment #5 Due**

Tuesday, December 7^{th} Chi-Square
Healey, Chapters 11 & 12

Thursday, December 9^{th} Review for
Final

Monday, December 13^{th} Final Exam,
5:30-7:30pm, 220A Bellamy