Syllabus


COM 425 Analysis of Face-to-Face Communication
Fall Semester 1999

Course web page: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~comfrank/Com425.htm

Time: MWF 11:00 - 11:50 am
Room: 119 Clemens
Instructor: Dr. Frank Tutzauer
Office: 361 Baldy
Email: comfrank@acsu.buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 645-2141
Office hours: by e-mail appointment



Introduction:

This class is designed to give the student a background in the conduct and practice of social interaction research. Topics to be covered include coding schemes, reliability, data collection and analysis, and the interpretation of research results. Research teams will be formed, and students will be expected to participate in the analysis of face-to-face communication as part of the course. There is no text.

Readings:


Grades will be based on the following:

First exam

20%

Ad Hoc projects

20%

Individual project

20%

Group project  
  Contribution

10%

  Presentation

10%

  Final Report

20%

All material handed in is to be typed by STRICTLY following the fourth edition of APA's Publication Manual. Plagiarism--taking one's ideas or words as your own--is expressly prohibited and will be punished to the fullest extent possible, no matter how slight the infraction. Plagiarism applies to programs as well as papers. You may talk to others about logic, techniques, and syntax, but write the code by yourself. Do NOT use someone else's program as a model.

Tentative Course Schedule:

Week

Topic Readings

1

Course introduction; research methods  

2

Social research; statistics  

3

Coding; examples; catch-up  

4

Coding exercise; data; review  

5

Exam  

6

Gamst; Stech Gamst; Stech

7

Markov analysis; lag sequential analysis  

8

Catch-up  

9

Begin individual project  

10

Individual project  

11

Begin group project Craig & Tracy

12

Group project  

13

Thanksgiving  

14

Finish group project  

15

Presentations  

16

Finals  

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