PO200 RESEARCH METHODS/POLITICAL SCIENCE

PO200 RESEARCH METHODS/POLITICAL SCIENCE

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9:25-10:40 TuTh. Room: PET113

Prof. Cohen IS ALWAYS AND EASILY AVAILABLE outside of class to serve your needs.

  • Prof. Cohen's OFFICE: Petrocelli 324. MOBILE PHONE/TEXT: 978 660 5968. EMAIL: Canvas Conversations or cohenf@franklinpierce.eduOFFICE PHONE: 603 899 4289
  • Prof. Cohen's OFFICE HOURS: MWF 10-10:45, 12-12:45. 
  • Prof. Cohen's "MOBILE" OFFICE HOURS anytime up to 8 PM, 7 days a week, text or call 978 660 5968. 

5 DAYS/WEEK, STARTING FROM THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS, YOU ARE ASSIGNED WORK.

ALL WORK IS ASSIGNED AND SUBMITTED ON CANVAS. IT IS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS, EVERYWHERE YOU GO. ALL OPEN/DUE DATES ARE PRESENT IN SEVEN PLACES ON CANVAS ("DASHBOARD," "JUMP TO TODAY," "COURSE STREAM," "COURSE CALENDAR," "TO DO," "COMING UP," TEXT/EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS). 

ALSO,  NOTIFICATIONS ON EVERYTHING IS AVAILABLE BY WAY OF THE CANVAS MOBILE PHONE APP (available  for free  for phones using Android, Apple, and Microsoft operating systems). 

SO, NO EXCUSES FOR NOT SUBMITTING IT ON TIME.  DO NOT ASK ME TO REOPEN ASSIGNMENTS. CANVAS IS AS EASY TO USE AS ANY APP ON YOUR CELL PHONE.

IF YOU ARE ABSENT FROM CLASS, YOU REMAIN ABSOLUTELY RESPONSIBLE FOR 100% OF MATERIAL COVERED AND WORK DONE IN CLASS. SO, IF YOU MISS, THEN GET HELP/NOTES FROM A CLASSMATE. I DON'T DEDUCT POINTS FOR ABSENCES (except when noted) BECAUSE MISSING CLASS, IN ITSELF, HURTS YOUR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE.

A PORTABLE, PERSONAL COMPUTING DEVICE is essential to doing work in- and outside the classroom.

CANVAS AUTOMATICALLY SAVES your work and, therefore, before the due date you may open and work on the assignment as many times as you wish. Just don't click "Submit" until you are finished. 

ANSWER KEYS to Canvas questions are always shown to students after the due date.

OFFICE365. All students have Office365 accounts, meaning all of you have access to online and downloadable versions of Microsoft Office. Any files submitted must be in MS Office formats. We make use of other programs in the MS Office suite.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY (Plagiarism, Cheating). My policy is that which is stated in the Franklin Pierce University Academic Catalog. Regarding the "instructor's discretion" part of the policy, a student receives a zero for the assignment, in addition to the penalties described in the catalog.

SPECIAL ACADEMIC ACCOMMODATIONS must be sought at the Center for Academic Excellence

THE GOAL OF THIS COURSE is to introduce students to the skills for interpreting, conducting, presenting, and analyzing political science statistical research. Over the course of the term, you will learn how to think like social scientists while developing various skills required by the discipline: how to choose which method to employ, how to undertake original research (complete with data collection and analysis), and how to present your findings to colleagues. The goal at the end of this class is to help you understand and conduct quantitative political research that will be useful in both academic and professional settings. Political Science Learning Outcomes: Social Science Inquiry; Quantitative Literacy.

SKILLS DEVELOPED:

  1. social science inquiry
  2. quantitative literacy
  3. written and oral communication;
  4. digital literacy.

READING MATERIAL FOR THE COURSE is always posted in the assignments. No books required for purchase.

LINKS:  For reading assignments and scholarly work the following are important:

The Economist (through Franklin Pierce DiPietro Library);

New York Times (by way of subscription through DiPietro Library);

FP Library Databases

Sources of Data

COURSEWORK consists of the following:

(1) FUNDAMENTALS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE METHODOLOGY on the following:

  • assigned reading
  • assigned audio/visual materials
  • classroom lecture, discussion, whiteboard
  • quantitative inquiry, analysis, methods

For homework on classroom lecture/discussion, use your own notes and/or, especially if you are ABSENT, seek a classmate's help or notes.

Classmates can be reached via Canvas Conversations (mail).

Being absent gives you NO SPECIAL FREE PASS from material covered or work done in class. Like those present in the classroom, you are accountable for that material. Homework is open for 48-96 hours, depending on the assignment.

Canvas automatically saves your work and, therefore, before the due date you may open up the assignment as many times as you wish. Just don't click "Submit" until you are finished.

(2) SCHOLARLY INQUIRY using research design principles, quantitative analysis and statistical methods.   We will use class time, on occasion, for scholarly-inquiry labs. Those who are absent will have to do the labs as homework.

(3) FINAL EXAM is  10:15-12:15, Monday, December 9 in our classroom.

(4) EXTRA CREDIT is awarded at my discretion, not in response to student requests. Students receive extra credit for keeping up to date with course notes in Microsoft OneNote. For non-typers, screenshots of handwritten notes can be copied and pasted in there . Extra credit will be posted for other scholarly, intellectual, classroom, and campus activity that I consider forms of academic engagement. Based on the quality, I will consider student initiation of and participation in discussions for extra credit.

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