**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), 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 (this is
summer!), 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 weekly homework assignments. The distribution of your final grade in the class is as follows:

Midterm Exam 1 20%

Midterm Exam 2 20%

Final Exam 35%

Homework 25%

1. Homework (25%): Each Tuesday, you will
receive a homework assignment that will cover that week's topics.
You will turn in each homework assignment at the beginning of
class on Friday (except the last homework assignment, which will
be turned in on Thursday, June 17^{th}). There are a
total of 6 homework assignments; you can drop your lowest grade.
Assignments turned in late will **not** be accepted. I will
automatically count a late or missing homework as your lowest
grade.

2. Midterm Exams (40%): There are two midterm
exams scheduled on Friday, May 21^{st} and Friday, June 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 (35%): The final exam is on
Friday, June 18^{th} (the last day of class). This exam
is **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.

You will need a calculator with a square root key.

__Course Outline__

Monday, May 10^{th} Introduction:
M&R, Chapter 1

The Scientific Method

Tuesday, May 11^{th} Theory Building
M&R, Chapters 2 & 3

Building a Bibliography

Wednesday, May 12^{th} Research
Designs: M&R, Chapters 5 & 6

Experiments and Sampling

Thursday, May 13^{th} Research Designs:
M&R, Chapter 7

Survey Research

Friday, May 14^{th} Research Designs
M&R, Chapters 8 & 11

Interviewing and

Direct Observation

**Assignment #1 Due**

Monday, May 17^{th} Operationalization
& M&R, Chapters 4 & 12

Measurement

**Date** **Topic** **Required Readings**

Tuesday, May 18^{th} Operationalization
& M&R, Chapter 14

Measurement Healey, Chapter 1

Wednesday, May 19^{th} Basic
Descriptive Statistics Healey, Chapter 2

M&R, Chapter 15

Thursday, May 20^{th} Measures of
Central Tendency Healey, Chapter 3

Friday, May 21^{st} Midterm Exam #1

**Assignment #2 Due**

Monday, May 24^{th} Measures of
Dispersion Healey, Chapter 4

Tuesday, May 25^{th} Statistics for
nominal and M&R, Chapter 17

ordinal data Healey, Chapter 13

Wednesday, May 26^{th} Statistics for
nominal and Healey, Chapters 14 & 15

ordinal data

Thursday, May 27^{th} Chi-Square
Healey, Chapters 11 & 12

Friday, May 28^{th} Measures of
association: Healey, Chapter 16

interval variables

**Assignment #3 Due**

Monday, May 31^{st} No class, Memorial
Day

Tuesday, June 1^{st} Normal Curve
Healey, Chapter 5

Wednesday, June 2^{nd} Sampling Healey,
Chapter 6

Thursday, June 3^{rd} Confidence
Intervals Healey, Chapter 7

Friday, June 4^{th} Midterm Exam #2

**Assignment #4 Due**

Monday, June 7^{th} Hypothesis Testing:
The Healey, Chapter 8

One Sample Case

Tuesday, June 8^{th} Hypothesis
Testing: The Healey, Chapter 8 (continued) One Sample Case

Wednesday, June 9^{th} Hypothesis
Testing: The Healey, Chapter 9

Two Sample Case

Thursday, June 10^{th} Hypothesis
Testing: The Healey, Chapter 9 (continued)

Two Sample Case

Friday, June 11^{th }Analysis of
Variance Healey, Chapter 10

**Assignment #5 Due**

Monday, June 14^{th} Elaborating
Bivariate Tables Healey, Chapter 17

Tuesday, June 15^{th} Regression
Healey, Chapter 18

Wednesday, June 16^{th} Regression
Healey, Chapter 18 (continued)

Thursday, June 17^{th} Wrap-up and
review

**Assignment #6 Due**

Friday, June 18^{th }Final Exam