ODU COMM 495 - Syllabus (8 pages)

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School:
Old Dominion University
Course:
Comm 495 - Tpc: Music

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1 Professor Baesler Spring 2012 Communication 604 Research Methods and Lifespan Communication Office Hours Bal 3018 Prof Office T Th 3 4 W 4 5 by appointment Snail mailbox Bal 3000 Comm Dept Main office E mail JBaesler odu edu Type C604 Research in subject area line I regularly answer e mail on T W Th by 7 pm Phone 683 4866 Prof Office 683 3828 Comm Dept Course Description The course provides an overview of the social scientific methods used in lifespan developmental communication research including surveys experiments observations and content analyses Students will continue developing their understanding and appreciation of the academic research culture and the process of conducting social scientific communication research in a lifespan context Students will become fluent in the language of social science and demonstrate competency as communication researchers by completing an original data based life span project designed to serve as a pilot study for a thesis project and or professional conference paper Specific Learning Outcomes As with many things in life we learn by doing Students conduct original research on lifespan communication topics that are meaningful significant to them by 1 Exploring research topics approaches to asking questions criteria for evaluating the merit of lifespan research topics 2 Reviewing and evaluating the theoretical and empirical literature in a specific lifespan communication topic area 3 Developing hypotheses and research questions based on a review of the literature and their own original creative thinking 4 Designing a method survey quasi experiment or field study to test the hypothesis and answer the research question while adhering to ethical protocols like obtaining human subjects approval prior to collecting data 5 Creating constitutive and operational definitions for independent and dependent variables and employing measures with expert validity for new measures or predictive validity for known measures and acceptable inter



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