PTC 604: Communication Theory and Research - Elliot

Norbert ElliotInstructor: Dr. Norbert Elliot

Course Description: This course reviews major theories of communication and provides strategies for theory-based research in the field of Professional and Technical Communication. The course focuses on the following research methods: problem statement and hypothesis formulation derived from theory; research design and data generation; existing information sources and their acquisition; and analytic techniques. Our goal in the course is to allow students to develop analytic methods--drawn from traditions in both the humanities and the social sciences--which are necessary to generate a well-considered research.

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Lecture 01: The Foundations of Research: an Introduction to Inquiry in Communication Video
Lecture 02: Theory and Models: Prediction, Expanation, and Accuracy of Information Video
Lecture 03: Theory in Communication: Notes on the Traditions Video
Lecture 04: Designing Communication Research: Thinking Critically about Inquiry Video
Lecture 05: The Literature Search: Obtaining Needed Information in Communication Research Video
Lecture 06: Ethics Questions and Research: A Guide to Philosophical Decision-Making Video
Lecture 07: The Initial Proposal for a Research Project: Outline and Review Video
Lecture 08: The Final Research Proposal: Outline and Closing Comments on the Research Process Video
Lecture 09: Coding Transcripts: Sample Analysis Video
Lecture 10: Coding Transcripts: Sample Analysis Video
Lecture 11: Descriptive Statistics: Location Strategies Video
Lecture 12: Examining Relationships Through the Correlation Coefficient Video
Lecture 13: Paired-Samples T-Test Video
Lecture 14: Independent Samples T-Test Video
Lecture 15: Regression Analysis Video

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