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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 05-Jan-23

Spring 2023 | ENG-1020-VO04S - Introduction to Research Methods

Synchronous Class

Synchronous courses are delivered through a combination of online and regularly-scheduled Zoom sessions. In synchronous classes, students must attend Zoom sessions and actively engage with each other and faculty in course activities and discussions.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Synchronous Section: This course has schedule meeting dates and times online via Zoom. See below or consult Self Service - Search for Courses and Sections for specific dates and times.
In-Person Meeting Day/Times via Zoom: Friday, 09:00A - 11:00A
Semester Dates: 01-27-2023 to 05-05-2023
Last day to drop without a grade: 02-12-2023 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 03-26-2023 - Refund Policy
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration


James Barton
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Collin Lee

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 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 either APA or MLA citation styles 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

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.


This is a synchronous course that meets on Zoom on Fridays from 9:00-11:00. This course will help you become familiar with the research process both as a consumer and as a creator. We will spend out time on:

Short in-class lectures

Discussion and sharing

Small group work

Evaluation Criteria

The requirements for this course include successful completion of an action research project in your chosen area of interest:

• Determine a specific issue to study. Explain what your research

question is and why you are so interested in learning more about it =

10 pts.

• Locate five published research studies that help you think about this

area of interest in new ways and justify your choices to me = 10 pts.

• Develop a method to study your research topic = 10 pts.

• Carry out your study procedure in an appropriate setting = 10 pts.

• Analyze your results and determine your conclusions = 10 pts.

• Prepare a formal presentation about your research project, including

relevant handouts and visual aids for your audience. Present a

focused summary of your research question, procedure, results, and

conclusions = 10 pts.

• Your final paper is worth a maximum of 10 points.

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


Course Introduction


Orientation to social science research.

Overview of research study design

Course assignments and deadlines



Selecting Quality Research support


We’ll discuss the process for selecting quality research support and begin locating your research studies.


Assignment #1 - Share your research question and your justification for it. Refine your research question using the feedback you receive and submit it to our course site tonight.



Introduction to research method planning.


Further work together on research support and accurate citation formatting.





We’ll work on selecting your study participants and developing a procedure to investigate your research questions.


Assignment #2 -Your Research Support is due tonight on our course website.



Your research method


Assignment #3 - Your Research Method is due tonight on our course website.



Refining your research method


Refine your research method using the feedback you’ve received from me.





Begin implementing your procedures to gather your data. Meet to trouble shoot.



Data collection


Continue data collection.



Data collection


Continue trouble shooting data collection.



Data collection


Work out data analysis plans in advance including how to organize your results and interpret what they mean.



Interpreting results and conclusions


Assignment #4 - Interpreting Results and Drawing Conclusions is due tonight.



Refining results and conclusions


How to refine your results and conclusions, using the feedback you’ve received from me.

Work on your research presentations.



Sharing Your Research Presentations


We'll share presentations in class.


Assignment #5 - Research Presentations due.



Sharing Your Research Presentations


We'll share presentations in class.


Assignment #5 - Research Presentations due.



Refine final draft


Refining your final drafts for content based on the notes I took during your research presentation and for editing based on the written feedback I’ve given you throughout the semester.


Assignment #6 - Final Document is due.


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.

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.