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Revision Date: 26-May-20

ENG-1020-VR01 - Introduction to Research Methods

Synonym: 184956

Location: Rutland - Meets Online

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-26-2020 to 08-17-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Cj Record | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Writing/Research Intensive
  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 page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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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. Identify and use key terminology related to research practices, including textual citations in APA styles.
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.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

Textbooks, if you want to go hunting:
Bedford Researcher, newest edition

This is available in digital and physical editions - either is acceptable.


Through readings, discussions, and a number of projects (group and individual), the class will interact with a wide variety of research styles and studies. Grading will involve reaction writing, quizzes, several case studies, and several projects and presentations. Participation in all these activities is crucial to the student's learning.

Evaluation Criteria:

Reading Responses (10)


Case Studies (3)


Research Paper (1) ***


Research Presentation (1)


Class Participation


*** A student must receive a 70 or better on this Research Paper and a cumulative average over 70 to pass the class.

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate skill using the mechanics of English (spelling, punctuation, & grammar), but it must also provide a unique and organized view of the chosen topic, including research. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail, as well as competency using English mechanics with minimal errors. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail, as well as basic fluency in English mechanics without too many egregious errors. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

ENG-1020-VR01 Textbooks.

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

Contact Faculty:

Email: Christopher Record
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Virginia Gellman

Attendance Policy:

This is a hands-on, skills based course. Therefore it is important to attend every class and to be on time. Two absencesin the course is the limit without penalty toward your final grade, unless you have communicated with me from the beginning about an extraordinary problem.Three absenceswill lower your final grade by a letter.Four or more absenceswithout significant extenuating circumstances will result in a failing grade

If you’re late to class without significant extenuating circumstances, it is your responsibility to make sure that youweren'tcounted absent. Three late attendances will be counted as an absence.
If you miss class, it is your responsibility to make up the missed work and keep up with changes in this syllabus. All updated content will be posted to moodle.



This is obviously a 15-unit plan that we will smush into 12. SMUUUUUSH!

Week 1 - Introduction and Surprise Math!Questions, Questions, Questions

Week 2 - Analyzing Data, Sources

Week 3 - Case Study 1 Due, Polling

Week 4 - Audience, Introductions

Week 5 - Secondary Sources

Week 6 - Case Study 2 Due, The Biggest Poll Ever

Week 7 - Visual Data, Summarizing

Week 8 - Presentation Skills, Algorithms and Data

Week 9 - Religion and Other Hard Polling Subjects

Week 10 - Cast Study 3 Due, Abstracts & Conclusions

Week 11 - Writing Tone, More Datasets

Week 12 - Final Paper Due, Final Presentations

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.
  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 Honesty: 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.

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