CMM 311  MIDTERM STUDY GUIDE   Fall 1999

The midterm will cover all the material so far in the course.  This includes Babbie Chapters 1-9, RR&P Chapters 1-6.  The vast majority of the test questions will be on the material covered in class and in Babbie.  There will be 40-45 multiple choice and 2-3 short answer questions.

TERMS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Theory
Research
Social Science
Variable
Attributes
Induction, Deduction
Hypothesis
Conceptulization
Dimension
Operational Definition
Operationalization
Indicators
Sample
Sampling Technique
Sampling Frame
Representativeness
Probability vs. Nonprobability Sampling
Parameter
Statistic
Population (Universe)
Unit of Analysis
Social Artifacts
Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, Ratio Levels of Measurement
Validity
Reliability
Cronbach's alpha
Likert Scales
Semantic Differentials
Free response scaling
Internal Invalidity
External Invalidity
Experiment
Manipulation Check
Independent, Dependent Variables
Experimental, Control Groups
Pretest and posttest
CIOS
Ebscohost

UNDERSTANDINGS YOU SHOULD HAVE
How research differs from naive ways of knowing
The relationship between theory and research
What social scientific research is and attempts to do
The overall model of the research process
What conceptualization is and where it fits in the research process
What reliability and validity are and how they are assessed
The tension between reliability and validity
What operationalization is and the choices a researcher has in terms of measurement
 scales
What sample representativeness is and why it is so important
The difference between probability and nonprobability sampling
The different types of sampling techniques
The parts of the classical experimental design and how it works
The difference between independent and dependent variables
Sources of internal and external invalidity
Strengths and weaknesses of experimental research
Why one does a literature review
How to do a literature review
How to use electronic data bases
 

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