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COMM 210

Quantitative Research Methods in Communication

  • Spring 2022
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2021

(Fulfills the Quantitative Data Analysis Requirement) This course is a general overview of the important components of social research. The goal of the course is to understand the logic behind social science research, be able to view research with a critical eye and to engage in the production of research. It will cover defining research problems, research design, assessing research quality, sampling, measurement, and causal inference. The statistical methods covered will include descriptive and inferential statistics, measures of association for categorical and continuous variables, inferences about means, and the basic language of data analysis. Course activities will include lectures, class exercises, reading published scientific articles, using statistical software, and discussing research featured in the news. Instructors for this course may vary by semester. Faculty who have taught or are schedule to teach the course include Yphtach Lelkes (Spring 2021), John B. Jemmott III (Fall 2021), and Matthew B. O'Donnell (Spring 2022).