SSC 300 – Doing Social Science

July 29, 2010 Comments off

Credit: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites/Corequisites: PR junior standing (60 s.h.) or departmental permission.

For Whom Planned: Core course in the SPLS Social Science concentration; counts toward 6 s.h. Major Core Courses Requirement (IV.A)

Catalog Description: Introductory course for the online SPLS Social Science major. Topics include epistemology, theory development, research ethics, study design, data collection, and data analysis.

Required Texts:

The Basics of Social Research, 5th Edition Earl R. Babbie – Chapman University ISBN-10: 0495812242  ISBN-13: 9780495812241 ©2011 Cengage

E-version – Babbie, The Basics of Social Research, 5th Edition,

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically read and evaluate research articles.
  2. Engage in basic qualitative and quantitative data collection.
  3. Provide simple descriptive analyses of quantitative and qualitative data.
  4. Write a basic research report.

Teaching Methods and Assignments: Student learning outcomes will be achieved through the following methods:

  1. Course readings from required textbook and electronic documents [learning outcome 1].
  2. Course exercises [learning outcomes 1,2,3]
  3. Online discussion boards [learning outcomes 1,2,3]
  4. Research project with formal research report [learning outcomes 1,2,3,4]


Evaluating what you understand will happen in online exercises, quizzes, and your research projects. There are 1000 pts available. Grades are will be calculated as the sum of:
  1. Chapter Quizzes 260 pts (26% of grade)
  2. Course Exercises 280 (28% of grade)
  3. Online discussion boards 100 pts (10% of grade).
  4. Project 360 pts (36% of grade)

Instructor Information:

Course Author: Stephen Sills, Ph.D. 320 Graham Bldg. []

  • Online Instructor: Joyce Clapp, M.A. 326 Graham Bldg. []