Political Science 340 Instructor Peter Koelling
Introduction to Political Analysis email: email@example.com
Spring 2005 Office Phone (815) 753-1022
Home Phone (847) 639-7884
Office: Zulauf 411
Hours: T Th -
This course focuses on a variety of issues that political scientists consider when planning and executing a research project. The goals of the course are to introduce major research concepts, strategies, data collection methods, and statistical tools used in the political science literature and to lay out the philosophical underpinnings of the social science research process.
The lab fee in this course provides students full access to the SOCQRL, DU 222, a computer lab maintained and staffed by the Department of Sociology, for the purpose of completing assignments in the Microcase book.
NIU abides by Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which mandates reasonable accommodations be provided
for qualified students with disabilities. If you have a disability and may
require some type of instructional and/or examination accommodation, please
contact me early in the semester so that I can provide or facilitate in
providing accommodations you may need. If you have not already done so, you
will need to register with the Center for Access-Ability Resources (CAAR), the
designated office on campus to provide services and administer exams with
accommodations for students with disabilities. The CAAR office is located on
the 4th floor of the University Health Services building (815-753-1303).
Babbie, The Practice of Social Research (10th ed.), Thompson-Wadsworth, 2004.
Corbett and LeRoy, Research Methods in Political Science (5th ed.), Thompson-
III. COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Class Participation (10%). Attendance is required and students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss weekly assigned readings and computer exercises. Students are allowed two unexcused absences. After that, your grade for participation will be reduced by one point for each unexcused absence. Excused absences are defined below under the topic of makeup exams.
Test (15% each) and Final Exam (25%). Two short tests and a comprehensive final exam will be given. Makeup exams and grades of incomplete will be provided when needed, but only forclass=Section2>
reasons of significant illness, personal tragedy, participation in an official university sponsored intercollegiate event, or other similarly extraordinary circumstances. Documentary evidence of the extraordinary circumstance must be provided by the student.
Computer Exercises (15%). A set of 10 statistical exercises conducted using a software package called MicroCase will be assigned over the course of the semester. These exercises coincide neatly with the subject matter covered each week in class and should be completed in a timely fashion. Normally, each exercise will be due at the start of class on the Thursday in the week in which the exercise is assigned. If a student has an excused absence the exercise will be due at the beginning of the next class period. If an exercise is not turned in during class on its due date, but is turned in by the next class , the highest grade it can achieve is 1%. Any exercise submitted after that can only achieve a grade of .75 %.
Writing Assignment (20%). Students will be asked to write a critical analysis of a published article based on material covered in class. The paper must be typed and between 5 and 8 pages in length, double spaced with 12 point type. I will give you a hand-out on this process later.
Grading System. In summary, final grades will be computed as follows:
Test I 15%
Test II 15
Final Exam 25
Computer Exercises 15
Class Participation 10
IV. WEEKLY TOPICS AND READING ASSIGNMENTS
Weeks 1 January 18 & 20
Babbie, Ch. 1 & 2
Week 2 January 25 & 27
Babbie, Ch. 3.
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Corbett, Ch. 1. (No Assignment)
SOCQRL Lab Tour
Week 3 – February 15 & 17
Babbie, Ch. 5-6 .
Corbett, Ch. 2-3. Chapter 3 Worksheet
Week 4 – February 8 &10
Babbie, Ch. 4.
Corbett, Ch. 4. & Worksheet, Ch. 5. & Worksheet
Week 5 – February 15 TEST& 17
Babbie, Ch. 7.
Corbett, Ch. 6.& Worksheet
Week 6 – February 22 & 24
Babbie, Ch. 8 (Tuesday) and Ch. 9 (Thursday).
Week 7 – March 1 & 3
Babbie Ch. 12
Corbett, Ch. 7. & Worksheet
Week 8 – March 8 &10
Babbie, Ch. 17.
Week 9 – March 22 & 24 TEST
Week 10 – March 29 & 31 PAPER DUE
Babbie, Ch. 14
Week 11 – April 5 & 7
Corbett, Ch. 8. & Worksheet (Tuesday)
Corbett, Ch. 9. & Worksheet (Thursday)
Week 12 – April 12 & 14
Corbett, Ch. 10. & Worksheet
Week 13 – April 19 & 21
Corbett, Ch. 12. & Worksheet
Week 14 – April 26 & 28
Corbett, Ch. 13. & Worksheet
Week 15 – May 3 & 5
Catch-up time & Review
FINAL EXAM: Time and Date TBA