MB 313 Schedule


This schedule is subject to change -- check it frequently! Significant changes will be announced on the listserv. Readings are due on the date they are listed. Underlined items are clickable and represent either handouts available on the web, or journal articles available on the web. Yellow highlighted items are particularly important.

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B = Bernard, H.R. 2000. Social Research Methods
e.g., B:1-3 means 'read chapters 1, 2 and 3 in the Bernard text.'

Week 1. Introduction

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

9/5

Introduction    

9/7

What is research? Sutton & Rafaeli article
Course topics
Why it's a required course
;
Kinds of personnel research
Kinds of research
;

Qual vs Quant.

 

 

Week 2. Exploratory Research

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

9/12

Participant observation B:1,9
participant observation
 

9/14

Interviewing B:6; 
interviewing
Signup for class listserv & send biography

 

Week 3. Analyzing Text

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

9/19

Ethnographic sensitivity B:12; 
Ryan & Bernard. 2000. Data Management & Analysis methods In
Denzin, N. and Lincoln, Y. (eds.) Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2nd ed. Sage Publications.
 

9/21

Coding Bernard & Ryan. 1998. Text Analysis
Intro to text
Coding
Issues in true coding

Issues in tagging text
 

 

Week 4. Detecting Themes

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

9/26

Finding themes B:11
Ryan & Bernard. Finding themes
Notes on finding themes
(added Oct 17)
Text project proposal;
Sample proposal

9/28

Finding themes & grounded theory B:13 (added after 9/28)
Binary oppositions
Representation of knowledge
;
Componential analysis
Schemas
(added after 9/28)
Grounded Theory
(added after 9/28)
 

 

Week 5. Theorizing

Topic Reading Due: Homework

10/3

Theorizing Causal networks (just skim) 
Grounded Theory (added 10/1)
Elements of research;
Thinking theoretically;
Theorizing tutorial

start quiz -- due 10/12

 

10/5

Operationalizing Operationalizing
Intro to measurement

Measurement
 
Association 
 

 

Week 6. Confirmatory Research

  Topic Reading Due: Homework
10/10 Univariate statistics B:14
Average;
Root mean square;
Standard Deviation;
Sampling
 
10/12 Testing hypotheses B:15(545-576)
Miniskirts; Aurora
Significance tests;
t-tests;
examples
Take-home quiz due today via e-mail by midnight

 

Week 7. Chi-square

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

10/17

Chi-square & discussion of text analysis projects B:15(576-604)
Frequencies
; Intro to Crosstabs; Chi-square test

10/19

Chi-square B:16
Controlling for variables

 

Week 8. Correlation & Regression

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

10/24

Prepare presentation -- no class Scatter plots; Correlation
Intro to regression;
Regression line; Least squares approach;
 

10/26

Group meetings w/ professor  multiple_regression.htm
Simpson's paradox
 

 

Week 9. Cognitive Domains & Freelists

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

10/31

Freelists    

11/2

Freelist & anthropac    

 

Week 10. Presentations

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

11/7

Presentations of Text Projects   Presentations

11/9

Presentations B:7(264-277)
Cognitive Domains
;
Freelists;
Presentations of Text Projects

 

Week 11. Pilesorts

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

11/14

Pilesorts MDS; Pilesorts;  

11/16

Pilesorts    

 

Week 12. Thanksgiving

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

11/21

Prepare presentations -- no class    

11/23

Thanksgiving -- no class    

 

Week 13. Testing Cultural Hypotheses

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

11/28

Profit Profit  

11/30

Overview of research methods    

 

Week 14. Presentations

  Topic Reading Due: Homework

12/5

Presentations 4 presentations CDA project

12/7

Wrap-Up 2 presentation + class wrap-up CDA project

Final Exam: 12/14 by midnight.


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