Sociology 405/805 Research Methods II

Winter 2004

Instructor: Paul Gingrich

CL 217

Telephone: 585-4196 Fax: 585-4815


Class: Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m., CL109.

Office Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 1:00 2:00 p.m., or by appointment.

Text and Readings:

Gudmund R. Iverson and Helmut Norpoth, Analysis ofVariance, Sage Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences, 1.

Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Applied Regression: An Introduction, Sage Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences, 22.

Jae-On Kim and Charles W. Mueller, Introduction to Factor Analysis, Sage Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences, 13.

Additional handouts as provided by the instructor.

Assignments and Grading: Weekly or biweekly assignments (60%), final project (30%), and participation (10%).

Prerequisite: Social Studies 201, 203, 306, or permission of the instructor.

Course Description: This course examines the production and analysis of data in current sociological research. It emphasizes the statistical analysis of survey data using multivariate statistical methods, such as regression, correlation, analysis of variance, and factor analysis. This course is an applied statistics course with extensive use of data sets and computer programs. The SPSS and AMOS programs will be used to work with and analyze the data.


1.      Review of Statistical Inference

2.      Cross-classifications

Chi-square and related measures

Measures of association

Control variables

3.      Analysis of Variance

4.      Regression Models


Bivariate and multivariate regression

5.      Factor Analysis

6.      Introduction to Structural Equation Models