Subject Title: Science IV - C Subject Code Research II School Year: S.Y. 2011 – 2012 Faculty: JAIME S. DE VERA JR. Department: Science Department) Prerequisite subject: English I-B (Research I - Technical writing with Basic Statistics)
The main focus of the course is to provide essential information and skills on Scientific Research/Writing as a support to Science in answering questions, acquiring new concepts and expanding the frontiers of knowledge.
The study of this subject is accompanied by a companion website (www.valscisciencedepartment.weebly.com) constructed and prepared for the students, basically for uploading lecture notes, submission of research outputs and students’ on-line activities.
ü Understand the step-by-step procedure in conducting experimental research and scientific writing.
ü Appreciate the importance of research as a key foundation in acquiring new concepts and methods of providing answers to various questions and problems of the community.
ü Present a Research Project that is feasible, applicable, valid, reliable and usable to the school and community.
Quarterly Exam 25% Quizzes 10% Participation & Performance 35% a. Participation: 20% b. Recitation/Seatwork 15% Output 20% Assignment 10% 100%
Course Content: 1st Quarter I. Introduction to Research 1.1 What is Research? 1.2 Research Paper v.s. Term Paper 1.3 Qualities of a Good Research Paper 1.4 Aims of Research 1.5 Types of Research 1.6 Sources of Research Topics and Areas
II. The Research Process 2.1 Steps in the Research Process 2.2 Primary and Secondary Sources 2.3 Basic Search Strategy
III. The Library and I.T. as Research Tools 3.1 Using the Library Effectively and Efficiently 3.2 Searching Through the Scientific Literature 3.3 Library Classification Systems 3.4 Use of Electronic Media 3.5 Citing of Sources and Use of Footnotes / End Notes 3.6 Evaluating a Research Paper and Sources
IV. Research Design 4.1 What is a Research Design? 4.2 Planning a Research Design 4.3 Principles of a Research Design 4.4 Types of Research Design
V. Research Variables
5.1 What are Variables? 5.2 Types of Variables 5.3 Levels of Measurement of Variables
6.1 What is sampling? 6.2 Types of Sample 6.3 Sampling Methods
VII. Statistics in Experimental Research
7.1 What is Statistics? 7.2 Descriptive Statistics
VIII. Hypothesis Testing
8.1 What is a hypothesis? 8.2 Common Statistical Tests Used in Experimental Research
IX. Introduction to Scientific Writing
9.1 What is Scientific Writing? 9.2 Guidelines for Style in Scientific Writing 9.3 Writing the Research Paper 9.4 Guideline for Tables and Graphs 9.5 Guideline in the Discussion of Results
X. Presentation of a Research Project
10.1 Sharing your Study 10.2 Preparing a Visual Display 10.3 Giving an Oral Presentation 10.4 Writing a Research Article 10.5 Revising, Editing and Proofreading
4th Quarter Research Making and Oral Defense
Ø Helen E. Caintic, Ph.D. and Juanita M. Cruz, Ph.D. Scientific Research Manual. C&E Publishing Incorporation. 2008. Ø Geoffrey Marczyk, David De Matteo, and David Festinger. Essentials of Research Design and Methodology. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 2005. Ø Laurie Rozakis, Ph. D. Quick Guide to Writing Research Papers. McGraw-Hill Companies. 1999. Ø Kathryn L. Schwartz. Step-by-Step Research and Writing. Internet Public Library. 1997.