research design

Lecture on Small Quantitative Research Projects (MA, MSc, BA, BSc)

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Meredith Rolfe, , 2013, "Lecture on Small Quantitative Research Projects (MA, MSc, BA, BSc)", http://opossem.org/content/lecture-small-quantitative-research-projects-ma-msc-ba-bsc
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Lecture Notes and Slides
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These are slides from the two hour lecture I deliver to the MSc students on how to design a quantitative dissertation.  It crams a lot into a short time slot, but is intended to provide an overview and refreasher with direct relevance to small research projects (e.g., MSc dissertation, MA thesis, BA thesis) for those with some prior exposure to reserach methods.

Measurement and Concept Formation

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Meredith Rolfe, , 2011, "Measurement and Concept Formation", http://opossem.org/content/measurement-and-concept-formation
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This lecture is a very basic introduction to measurement and concept formation. It covers the following topics: theoretical constructs; translation of constructs into indicators or variables; nominal, ordinal, continuous and ratio measures; measurement techniques; measurement reliabiity and validity; debates in the measurement literature; and a brief introdution at the end to graph-based or multi-dimensional measurement.

The lecture was aimed at first year IR students with no background or interest in quantitative methods, although it is likely suitable with minor modifications for undergraduate and intro graduate political science students.  I have some notes available in the notes section, although these are not complete.

Scope and Methods Syllabus

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Scott McClurg, , 2011, "Scope and Methods Syllabus", http://opossem.org/content/scope-and-methods-syllabus
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Syllabus
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This is a graduate-level, proseminar in political science research.  It covers the full range of topics related to methodology, including epistimology, causality, theory and hypothesis, case selection, measurement and concept formation, and styles of research.

scope and methods (graduate research design) syllabus

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Anand Sokhey, , 2011, "scope and methods (graduate research design) syllabus", http://opossem.org/content/scope-and-methods-graduate-research-design-syllabus
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Syllabus
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Attached is a graduate-level syllabus on scope and methods/research design, with a subsequent focus on professional development.  Topics covered include causality, models, theories/hypotheses, concepts, measurement, experiments, case selection and qualitative and quantitative observational designs.

Social Inquiry

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Chris Lawrence, , 2011, "Social Inquiry", http://opossem.org/content/social-inquiry
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Syllabus
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Syllabus for an introductory MA/MPA course in research design and measurement.

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