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Sample Proposal: Quantitative Reasoning

College of Communication

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RTF 330K: Introduction to Research Methods

Department of Radio-Television-Film

Please describe specifically the quantitative skills students will learn and apply in the course.

This course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to the main research methods and approaches in the field of media and communication studies both in an academic and professional context. The course will include opportunities for guided practice in hypothesis and problem formulation, study design, sampling, instrument design and field-testing, interviewing techniques, data management, data analysis, and report writing. Designed to address both quantitative and qualitative methods equally, students will have the opportunity to construct, collect and tabulate data from questionnaires, structured interviews, protocols, online instruments, and metric systems for virtual worlds.

On what kinds of real-world problems will students use quantitative skills?

Within the context of epistemology and authentic practice, students will engage in real-world research projects that offer opportunities for collaboration, feedback, and community service. In the process, students will also learn to critically analyze research studies conducted by media and communication scholars in the field.

Describe typical assignments related to Quantitative Reasoning.

The assignments will include construction of tables, analysis of quantitative results from popular polls as well as research journal articles, and training in basic statistics (including samples, sample size, chi square, regression, T-tests, etc.). Some specific assignments will include:

  • Construct research questions and hypotheses
  • Present and critique three articles related to your research questions
  • Create a quantitative and a qualitative methodology related to your research questions/hypotheses
  • Construct and field-test at least one quantitative and one qualitative data collection instrument
  • Collect and report evidence related to your research questions/hypotheses
  • Data analysis assignments
  • Opportunities for presentation throughout the course will provide scaffolded opportunities for feedback and revision culminating in the final presentation of students’ research projects.

Please explain how at least one-half of the course grade is based on content related to Quantitative Reasoning.

At least 50% of the course readings, lecture and assignments address research theories and practices related to quantitative reasoning and methods. In addition, students will learn strategies to validate and report quantitative results.

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