URSI 403--Urban Research Methods
Instructor: Tony Filipovitch, 106e Morris Hall, xt. 5033,
388-2264 (home), TONY@VAX1.Mankato.MSUS.edu
Office Hours: M-R 10-1 & M 1-2 (or any other time
by appointment--see me first)
CAMPBELL, D. & J. STANLEY (1963) Experimental and Quasi-Experimental
Designs for Research. Boston, MA: Houghton-Mifflin Co.
T. RENNER (1988) Statistics Unraveled. Washington, DC: ICMA.
The primary goal of this course is to provide you with a basic
understanding of formal research techniques. Specifically, by
the end of the course you should be able to:
- 1) Develop a researchable question in a systematic way;
- 2) Pose a research question in a rigorous fashion, including forming
- 3) Choose an appropriate method to study a research question;
- 4) Report the results of your research in a way that is suited
for your audience.
- Classwork: Class time will be divided between concept
and practice. Attendance is required. You must read the textbook
chapters by the beginning of the week assigned. Class participation
- Pre-Test: Even before your first assignment, I would like you to take a pre-test. This will help me (and you) gauge what you (singly and as a group) already know and what might need particular attention. Your performance on this test will not affect your final grade--but your performance will be evaluated and the results returned to you. Click on the highlighted "pretest" above to take the test.
- Progress Reports: You will submit weekly progress reports
(preferably by e-mail--remember to send a text file) in
which you apply the content of the coursework to your research
design. I will comment on these and return them to you.
- Research Design: The final project for the class will
be a research design of your own. You will be refining your design
in class throughout the Quarter (the more you participate, the
more refined your design will be). During finals week, you will
schedule a 15-minute oral exam over your research design.
- Final Test: There will be a final, comprehensive test
on Dec. 5. You may bring up to 10 index cards (with anything on
them that you want) into the test.
Your grade will be based on your progress reports, the final test,
and your final research design:
- Progress 50 pts.
- Research Design 20 pts.
- Final Test 30 pts.
Your final grade will be based on the following scale: A = 100-90
B = 89-80 C = 79-70 D = 69-60 F = below 60
All assignments are due on the assigned date, unless you have
made prior arrangements.Use the URSI style sheet for your assignments,
and adhere to standard style in grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
Written work must be typed. You may use any source for your work,
as long as you identify your sources. Failure to do so is plagiarism,
and will result in an "F" for the course.
Above all, have fun in the course. I hope it will be a learning
experience for all of us.
ANDERSON, B. F. (1971) The Psychology Experiment, 2nd Ed. Belmont,
CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
ANDRANOVICH, G. & G. RIPOSA (1993) Doing Urban Research.
Newbury Park, CA: Sage Pubs.
BAILEY, K. (1982) Methods in Social Research. NY: Free Press.
BINGHAM, R. & C. FELBINGER (1989) Evaluation in Practice.
NY: Longman, Inc.
BLALOCK, H.M., JR. (1982) Conceptualization and Measurment in
the Social Sciences. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage Publications.
COOK, T.D. & D.T. CAMPBELL (1979) Quasi-Experimentation: Design
and Analysis Issues for Field Settings. Boston: Houghton Mifflin
FAIRWEATHER, G.W. (1967) Methods for Experimental Social Innovation.
NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
GLASER, B.G. & A.L. STRAUSS (1967) The Discovery of Grounded
Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research. Chicago: Aldine Publishing
LIGHT, R.J. & D.B. PILLEMER (1984) Summing Up: The Science
of Reviewing Research. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
MEIER, K. & J. BRUDNEY. (1987) Applied Statistics for Public
Administration. Monterey, CA: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
MILLER, D.C. (1991) Handbook of Research Design and Social Measurement,
5th ed. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.
RAGIN, C.C. (1987) The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative
and Quantitative Strategies. Berkeley, CA: University of California
SWEET, D.C., ed. (1972) Models of Urban Structure. Lexington,
MA: Lexington Books.
WEBB, E. , D. CAMPBELL, R. SCHWARTZ, L. SECHREST (1966) Unobtrusive
Measures: Nonreactive Research in the Social Sciences. Chicago:
Rand McNally & Co.
YIN, R.K. (1989) Case Study Research: Design and Methods. Newbury
Park, CA: Sage Publications.
© 1996 A.J.Filipovitch
Revised 1 September 96