POLS 3301 – POLITICAL SCI RSCH MTHDS – Section W1


Course Description –
Students study the various approaches and methods used in political science research. After being introduced to the key elements of the Scientific Method, students conduct a research project selecting an appropriate research design, collecting data, employing basic statistical
tools in analyzing the data and writing the research report.

Pre-requisite –

  • POLS 1101 or POLS 1180

Required Course Resources –

  • Empirical Political Analysis: Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods, Seventh Edition by Jarol B. Manheim; Richard C. Rich; Lars Willnat; Craig Leonard Brians Publisher: Longman Copyright Year: 2008 Publishing Date: 2007/07/30 e-text ISBN-10: 0-205-62946-6 e-text ISBN-13: 978-0-205-62946-6 Print ISBN-10: 0-205-57640-0 Print ISBN-13: 978-0-205-57640-1 (This book can be purchased online. Check with the FVSU Bookstore also to see if they have the book in-store).

Course Learning Objectives –

  1. Assess alternative research strategies used in political science
  2. Distinguish dependent, independent, intervening, endogenous, and exogenous variables
  3. Distinguish nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio levels of measurements
  4. Use the steps of the scientific method to construct a research proposal
  5. Demonstrate the ability to calculate modes, median, means, variance and standard deviation
  6. Use the normal distribution to estimate probabilities

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