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