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SOCI331 - Research Methods for Sociology

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI331 Course ID: 4200 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course introduces students to the purpose and techniques in social research: problem definition, research design, sampling and data collection methods including observation, interviewing, questionnaire construction and the use of documents and other unobtrusive data sources. The basic goal of all social research is to gather evidence in order to answer questions about the nature of relationships between individuals, groups, institutions, and societies. This course is designed to give the student a broad overview of the logic of social research, of the process of research design, and of the major types of data collection techniques and methods of data analysis.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/27/20 - 07/03/20 07/06/20 - 08/30/20 Summer 2020 Session B 8 Week session
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

CO1: Illustrate basic knowledge of research methods and theory construction to systematically study the social world

CO2: Examine the basics of quantitative and qualitative research design

CO3: Compare and contrast the different types and methods of data collection

CO4: Apply knowledge of basic methodological and ethical issues current in the social sciences

CO5: Describe patterns in quantitative data

CO6: Build and/or test theories.

CO7: Develop a research project from conceptualizing a research problem to developing a number of complementary design, measurement, and data collection approaches to bring evidence to bear on the problem.

CO8: Evaluate the quality of research design and evidence in published social research.

Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required. Forums are scheduled weekly and found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:
Extra credit is not offered in this course.
NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 55.00 %
Week 1 Forum 6.88 %
Week 2 Forum 6.88 %
Week 3 Forum 6.88 %
Week 4 Forum 6.88 %
Week 5 Forum 6.88 %
Week 6 Forum 6.88 %
Week 7 Forum 6.88 %
Week 8 Forum 6.88 %
Survey Design 22.50 %
Assignment 1: Survey Design - Week 4 22.50 %
Conceptualizing and Operationalizing Variables 22.50 %
Assignment 2: Conceptualizing and Operationalizing Variables - Week 6 22.50 %

All course materials are free and provided in our Library. Link to our eReserve page in the Library and select this course to access your materials.

Book Title:Introducing Social Research Methods: Essentials for Getting the Edge - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Ruane, Janet
Unit Cost:$70.07
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.