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Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 27-Apr-24

Fall 2024 | ENG-1020-VO01 - Introduction to Research Methods

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 1 (as of 07-19-24 8:05 PM)
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Eileen Gatti
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
CCV Writing and Research
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This writing course introduces students to research methods across social science disciplines. Topics include various methodologies (e.g., interviewing, questionnaires, observation, literature search, data collection), presentation formats (e.g., written vs. oral), and APA style documentation procedures. It also examines library and web-based research techniques. This course fulfills the research and writing intensive requirement. Students must complete a final research paper with a grade of C- or better in order to pass this course. Prerequisite: English Composition

Essential Objectives

1. Demonstrate research methodologies commonly used in the social sciences, including formulating and narrowing research questions, observation, survey design, interviewing, and presentation skills (oral & written).
2. Compare and contrast quantitative and qualitative research methods used to study human behavior.
3. Demonstrate information literacy skills: distinguish between and utilize both primary and secondary sources; perform library and web-based literature searches; and evaluate data and resources for credibility, reliability, and validity.
4. Demonstrate the ability to apply APA citation style in academic writing by parenthetically citing sources in the text and correctly compiling them in the relevant end sources page.
5. Compose, revise, and edit a final paper that includes a thesis statement, integrates five or more scholarly and professional sources--including primary and secondary evidence as needed--to address an academic research question, and demonstrates writing proficiency by achieving a grade of C- or better.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a no cost textbook or resource class. ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. For details, see the Canvas Site for this class.


  • Online readings and videos
  • Online discussion
  • Individual and small-group activities
  • Quizzes
  • Writing assignments/reaction papers
  • Research project

  • Evaluation Criteria

    Your final grade and your progress towards adequately meeting the course objectives will be based on weekly discussion forums, written assignments, quizzes and the final research paper.

    • 20%: discussion forums
    • 20%: written assignments (except for final paper)
    • 40%: final research paper
    • 20%: quizzes

    Details for all assignments will be provided in the weekly course page. Please always feel free to ask questions if an assignment is unclear or if you are having any technical difficulties accessing the course materials.

    Grading Criteria

    CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

    A Less than 9893
    A-Less than 9390
    B+Less than 9088
    B Less than 8883
    B-Less than 8380
    C+Less than 8078
    C Less than 7873
    C-Less than 7370
    D+Less than 7068
    D Less than 6863
    D-Less than 6360
    FLess than 60 
    NPLess than 600

    Weekly Schedule

    Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


    Syllabus subject to change. Please see Canvas course page.

    Introduction -- What is Research?


    eBook chapter reading


    Discussion & Quiz



    Research Theory


    eBook chapters & video


    Discussion & quiz



    Sources of Information & Topic exploration


    Online readings


    Discussion & Quiz



    Quantitative methods


    eBook chapters & Powerpoint presentation


    Discussion & quiz



    Experimental Methods


    Ebook chapters





    Qualitative methods & writing annotations


    Video and online reading





    Survey Method & APA style


    Video and eBook chapter


    Discussion; Survey construction assignment



    Using Sources; Avoiding Plagiarism; Annotated Bibliography


    Video, grammar review


    Discussion, quiz, annotated bibliography



    Ethnography; Thesis statements


    PDF chapter reading; web readings


    Discussion & Quiz



    Using Sources


    EBook chapter; grammar review materials





    Validity in experimental research; First draft of paper


    Brief online readings & video


    Discussion; First Draft due to be uploaded to Tutor.com service



    Paper revision week


    Online writing tips; visual presentation instructions


    Discussion; Turn in revised draft to instructor for feedback.



    Ethics in Social Research


    EBook chapter


    Discussion; Begin final revision as feedback is returned to you.



    Action Research; Final paper revision due


    eBook chapter


    Discussion; Final draft of paper turned in for grading



    Final Week; Visual Presentation


    Article; Student visual presentations


    Peer comments on student presentations; Discussion

    All items on this syllabus are subject to change. See Canvas page for updates and details.


    Attendance Policy

    Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

    • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
    • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
    • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

    Participation Expectations

    You are an important part of this course. Please make every effort to be “present” each week. Attendance in an online class is indicated by participation in online discussion forums. If you fail to post to the forums according to the weekly deadlines, you will have “missed” class and be marked absent for the week.Accruing more than 3 absences for the semester may result in a failing grade.If you are having difficulty posting on time for a given week, please notify me as soon as you can. Please be advised that the attendance requirement for financial aid eligibility may be different than the attendance requirements for this class.

    Missing & Late Work Policy

    I expect all assignments to be submitted by the due date. After the due date, work turned in late will result in a 5% grade reduction for each day past the due date. I understand that there are often circumstances that get in the way despite your best intentions, so everyone will be given a one-week grace period for a single assignment if you notify me before the due date.

    Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

    CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
    1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
    2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
    3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

    Academic Integrity

    CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.