Communication Research Methods

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Communication Research Methods, Spring 2016

Course Description:

The research methods course will provide an overview of different research methodologies, which are utilized within the communication discipline. The course will present a foundational base of theory through lecture, and encourage students to apply their knowledge through in-class exercises. A large portion of the in-class exercises will ask students to analyze and interpret data through the use of statistical software. Students will also be expected to read and present critiques of communication research articles. As a final project students will be able to present their cumulative understanding of the research process through a group project. In groups, students will design a study that employs one of the major methodologies discussed in this class (i.e. experiments, survey, content analyses etc.). The groups will formulate a research question/hypothesis, develop an instrument for data collection, collect data, analyze data, and present the results in a poster presentation at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: MATH 0001

Required Texts:

Communication Research: Asking Questions, Finding Answers, by Keyton, J. 4th edition, (2014).

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Communication Research Methods, Fall 2015

Course Description:

The research methods course will provide an overview of different research methodologies, which are utilized within the communication discipline. The course will present a foundational base of theory through lecture, and encourage students to apply their knowledge through in-class exercises. A large portion of the in-class exercises will ask students to analyze and interpret data through the use of statistical software. Students will also be expected to read and present critiques of communication research articles. As a final project students will be able to present their cumulative understanding of the research process through a group project. In groups, students will design a study that employs one of the major methodologies discussed in this class (i.e. experiments, survey, content analyses etc.). The groups will formulate a research question/hypothesis, develop an instrument for data collection, collect data, analyze data, and present the results in a poster presentation at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: MATH 0001

Required Texts:

Communication Research: Asking Questions, Finding Answers, by Keyton, J. 4th edition, (2014).

From Numbers to Words: Reporting Statistical Results for the Social Sciences, by Morgan, S., Reichert, T., & Harrison. (recommended)

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Communication Research Methods, Fall 2014

Course Description:

The research methods course will provide an overview of different research methodologies, which are utilized within the communication discipline. The course will present a foundational base of theory through lecture, and encourage students to apply their knowledge through in-class exercises. A large portion of the in-class exercises will ask students to analyze and interpret data through the use of statistical software. Students will also be expected to read and present critiques of communication research articles. As a final project students will be able to present their cumulative understanding of the research process through a group project. In groups, students will design a study that employs one of the major methodologies discussed in this class (i.e. experiments, survey, content analyses etc.). The groups will formulate a research question/hypothesis, develop an instrument for data collection, collect data, analyze data, and present the results in a poster presentation at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: MATH 0001

Required Texts:

-Communication Research: Asking Questions, Finding Answers, by Keyton, J. 4th edition, (2014)
-From Numbers to Words: Reporting Statistical Results for the Social Sciences, by Morgan, S., Reichert, T., & Harrison (recommended)

Patty J. Wharton-Michael, Communication Research Methods, Fall 2013

Course Description:

The research methods course will provide an overview of different research methodologies, which are utilized within the communication discipline. The course will present a foundational base of theory through lecture, and encourage students to apply their knowledge through in-class exercises. A large portion of the in-class exercises will ask students to analyze and interpret data through the use of statistical software. Students will also be expected to read and present critiques of communication research articles. As a final project students will be able to present their cumulative understanding of the research process through a group project. In groups, students will design a study that employs one of the major methodologies discussed in this class (i.e. experiments, survey, content analyses etc.). The groups will formulate a research question/hypothesis, develop an instrument for data collection, collect data, analyze data, and present the results in a poster presentation at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: MATH 0001

Required Texts:

Communication Research: Asking Questions, Finding Answers, by Keyton, J. (2011).

Recommended Text: From Numbers to Words: Reporting Statistical Results for the Social Sciences, by Morgan, S., Reichert, T., & Harrison.

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