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Elective Courses

Cross-Cultural Survey Measurement
History of Survey Research
Internet Surveys

Polling, Public Opinion, & Public Policy
Psychology of Survey Research: Cognitive & Social Processes
Public Opinion & Political Communication
Rating Scale & Questionnaire Design & Analysis
Sampling Theory I
Sampling Theory II
Survey Nonresponse
Survey Research Ethics

Anticipated schedule of elective courses


 
   

Cross-Cultural Survey Measurement. PA-581.
Addresses cultural factors that influence survey data collection, questionnaire translation issues, and available methods for assessing measurement equivalence and detecting bias. 2 hours.

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History of Survey Research. PA-586.
Reviews and interprets the historical development of various elements of survey research, including sampling theory, standardized instrumentation, estimation procedures, and technological advances. 2 hours.

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Internet Surveys. PA-584.
Addresses the methods of the rapidly evolving field of Internet survey research, including key advantages and disadvantages. 2 hours.

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Polling, Public Opinion, & Public Policy. PA-578.
Applications of survey and public opinion data to issues of public policy. 4 hours.

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Psychology of Survey Research: Cognitive & Social Processes. PA-583.
Addresses current survey information processing models to guide questionnaire development. Major topics include question interpretation, memory retrieval processes, judgment formation, and respondent editing. 2 hours.

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Public Opinion & Political Communication. POLS-467 (same as COMM-467).
Addresses the nature of public opinion and political communications systems. Patterns of opinion distribution and its measurement. Forces shaping public opinion and its impact on public policy. 4 hours.

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Rating Scale & Questionnaire Design & Analysis. EPSY-504.
Will prepare students in Ph.D. programs with the skills necessary to develop rating scales designed to measure latent constructs and questionnaires designed to gather factual information (the emphasis is on rating scales; questionnaires, mailed / telephone / interview surveys, and sampling are covered extensively by other departments), assess reliability and validity for persons, items, and judges, evaluate the functioning of a rating scale, and analyze and report results using methods based in latent trait theory, specifically Rasch measurement. During the course, students will analyze and report the results of their own rating scale. 4 hours.

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Sampling Theory I. STAT-531.
Foundations of survey design and inference for finite populations; the Horvitz-Thompson estimator; simple random, cluster, systematic survey designs; auxiliary size measures in design and inference. 4 hours.

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Sampling Theory II. STAT-532.
Uses of auxiliary size measures in survey sampling; cluster sampling; systematic sampling; stratified sampling; superpopulation methods; randomized response methods; resampling; nonresponse; small area estimations. 4 hours.

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Survey Nonresponse. PA-580.
Addresses current theories of unit and survey nonresponse and procedures for assessing and adjusting for nonreponse bias. 2 hours.

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Survey Research Ethics. PA-585.
Addresses current debates regarding the ethical treatment of research subjects as it applies to survey respondents, including review of relevant federal and state regulations, and standards and guidelines for reporting survey procedures and findings. 2 hours.

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Special Topics in Survey Methodology. PA-587.
This course will examine current development and issues relevant to survey research methodology. 2 hours.

Course syllabus (spring 2006: Behvavior Coding)  


Anticipated Schedule of Elective Courses

 
      Course name & number
Fall 07
Spring 08
Fall 08
Spring 09
 
      Cross-Cultural Survey Measurement, PA-581
       
      History of Survey Research, PA-586
     
      Internet Surveys, PA-431        
      Polling, Public Opinion, & Public Policy, PA-578
       
      Psychology of Survey Response: Cognitive & Social Processes, PA-583          
      Public Opinion & Political Communication, POLS-467 (same as COMM-467)  
     
      Rating Scale & Questionnaire Design & Analysis, EPSY-504
       
      Sampling Theory I, STAT-531
     
      Sampling Theory II, STAT-532        
      Survey Nonresponse, PA-580
     
      Survey Research Ethics, PA-585
       
      Special Topics in Survey Methodology, PA-587
     
         

 
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