SOC 211 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
SOC 211
Fall
2
2
3
6

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Required
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s)
Course Objectives This course aims to provide students with an overview of quantitative reseach methodologies. The students are exposed to various methods and techniques so that they can prepare a reseach proposal.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • will be able to explain the role of quantitative techniques in social research.
  • will be able to explain the differences between research designs.
  • will be able to make an appropriate sampling for a given research problem.
  • will be able to explain the characteristics of data gathering tools.
  • will be able to discuss the ethical principles while designing and doing research.
  • will be able to prepare a research proposal.
  • will be able to analyze data by a series of laboratory exercises
Course Content This course covers basic steps for quantitative social reseach: Defining problem, literature survey, ethics, sampling, data gathering tools, analyses and preparing research proposals.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction
2 Social Research Bryman. 2008. Chp. 1 "Social Research Strategies" and Chp.2 " Research Designs"
3 Ethics and Politics in Social Research Bryman. 2008. Chp. 5. "Ethics and Politics in Social Research"
4 Planning a Research Project Bryman. 2008. Chp3 "Planning a research Project and Formulating Research Questions" and Chp. 4 "Getting Started: reviewing the Literature"
5 Quantitative Research and Sampling Bryman. 2008. Chp. 6 "The nature of quantitative research" and Chp. 7 "Sampling"
6 Questionnaire and Interview Methods I Bryman. 2008. Chp. 8. "Structured Interviewing"; Chp. 9 Self-completion questionnaires" and Chp.10 "Asking questions"
7 Questionnaire and Interview Methods II Bryman. 2008. Chp. 8. "Structured Interviewing"; Chp. 9 Self-completion questionnaires" and Chp.10 "Asking questions"
8 Survey Research and Data Collection
9 Survey Research and Data Collection
10 Content Analysis Bryman. 2008. Chp. 12 "Content Analysis"
11 Quantitative Data Analysis Bryman. 2008. Chp. 14 "Quantitative Data Analysis"
12 Using SPSS for data analysis Bryman. 2008. Chp. 15 "Using SPSS For Windows" Acton and Miller. 2009. Chp. 2. "Listing and Exploring Data" and Chp. 5. "Crosstabulation"
13 Mixed Methods: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Research Bryman. 2008. Chp. 25. "Mixed Methods Research: Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Research"
14 Writing-up Social Research Bryman. 2008. Chp. 26. "Writing up Social Research"
15 Review of the Semester
16 Final Exam

 

Course Textbooks

Alan Bryman. 2008. Social Research Methods. Oxford University Press. Third Edition

References

Ciaran Acton and Robert Miller. 2009. SPSS for Social Scientists. Plgrave Macmillan: New York. Second Edition.

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
16
10
Laboratory / Application
16
10
Field Work
2
10
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
30
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
1
40
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
60
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
40
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
2
32
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
2
Study Hours Out of Class
16
2
Field Work
2
8
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
3
12
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
Final / Oral Exam
1
24
    Total
172

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to scientifically examine concepts and ideas in the field of sociology; to be able to interpret and evaluate data. X
2 To be able to define classical and contemporary theories in sociology; to be able to identify the differences and similarities among those theories and to be able to evaluate them. X
3 To be able to critically use the knowledge acquired in the field of sociology X
4 To be able to plan and conduct, individually or as a member of a team, an entire sociological research process with the knowledge of methodological requirements of the field. X
5 To be able to identify and evaluate local, regional and global issues and problems. X
6 To be able to share their ideas and solutions supplemented by qualitative and quantitative data in written and oral forms. X
7 To be able to make use of other disciplines related to sociology and to have core knowledge related to those disciplines. X
8 To be able to follow developments in sociology and to be able to communicate with international colleagues in a foreign language. (“European Language Portfolio Global Scale,” Level B1) X
9 To be able to use computer software required by the discipline and to possess advancedlevel computing and IT skills. (“European Computer Driving Licence”, Advanced Level) X
10 To be able to use a second foreign language at the intermediate level. X
11 To have social and scholarly values and ethical principles during the collection and interpretation of data for implementation, publication, dissemination, and maintenance X
12 To acquire life long learning abilities that will enable the socially responsible application of knowledge based on their field of study to their professional and everyday lives. X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest