Fall 2018 - CRIM 320 D100

Quantitative Research Methods in Criminology (3)

Class Number: 7858

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
    EDB 7618, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 7, 2018
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    SSCB 9201, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Maaike Helmus
  • Prerequisites:

    CRIM 101; one of CRIM 120 or 220. CRIM 320 may be taken concurrently with CRIM 321.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

A detailed examination of the quantitative research methods and techniques most frequently used in criminological research. Advantages and shortcomings of each method and the appropriateness of each technique for criminological research. Problems of pure and applied research. Specific issues of interdisciplinary research. Critical evaluation of the quantitative methods used in certain major criminological studies. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

Crim 320 builds on skills developed through Crim 220 and introductory statistics courses. Students will become familiar with the various quantitative approaches that are used in current criminological research, with an emphasis on analysis and interpretation. Students will hand-in assignments based on a selected dataset. While this is not a course in social statistics per se, students will be expected to apply a variety of statistical techniques, including: chi squares, t-tests, ANOVA, correlations and regression.  Lab periods will be devoted primarily to learning to code, analyze, interpret and represent data using SPSS.

There will also be an OPTIONAL grade-raising activity that students can participate in, to raise their grade up to a potential maximum of 2%.

Grading

  • Weekly quizzes 10%
  • Homework Assignments 25%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final Exam 35%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

1) Haan, Michael, & Jenny Godley. (2017). An Introduction to Statistics for Canadian Social Scientists, Third Edition. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press. ISBN-13: 9780199020591.

2) Yockey, Ronald D. (2018). SPSS Demystified: A Simple Guide and Reference. Pearson. ISBN-13: 978-1138286283.

3) There may also be some supplementary readings, mostly available through Canvas.  You are responsible to download, photocopy, or borrow these readings. 

Department Undergraduate Notes:


ATTENTION: STUDENTS WITH A DISABILITY: Please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities, (MBC 1250 or Phone 778-782-3112) if you need or require assistance, not your individual instructors.  

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  • A student must complete ALL aspects of a course (including assignments, exams, class participation, presentations, chat room components of Distance Education courses and other), otherwise he/she will receive a grade of N. 
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  • The University has formal policies regarding intellectual dishonesty and grade appeals which may be obtained from the General Office of the School of Criminology.
  • Under GP18, the University has policies and procedures which respond to our obligations under the BC Human Rights Code to provide a harassment and discrimination free environment for the students, staff and faculty of this institution.  Members of this community have an affirmative obligation to safeguard the human rights of others.
UNIVERSITY POLICY FORBIDS FINAL EXAMINATIONS WHILE CLASSES ARE STILL IN SESSION.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://students.sfu.ca/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

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