State University, Sacramento
COMS 100C -
Introduction to Scientific Methods in Communication
This class is an analysis of the quantitative
methods of research commonly applied during communication
research. The course will introduce concepts fundamental
to the scientific study of communication. Concepts
include conceptual and operational definition, sampling,
measurement, experimental design and data analysis.
Note: Majors must complete this class with a
grade of "C-" or better.
Prerequisite: COMS 100A; may be taken
Some benefits of online learning:
- Flexible scheduling of course activities
- Virtual office hours for interaction with
- Participation in an online learning community
- Interaction with classmates through electronic
to take this class
By September 5th, students must:
Read the instructor notes and complete the
exercises listed in the Welcome section of Unit 1.
(E-mail the instructor (email@example.com)
information him that you will be taking the course.
Note: Students failing to
read and complete the exercises in Unit 1 may be
disenrolled from the course.
While attendance in a traditional classroom setting is
not required for this course, students are expected to
follow the readings, complete the assigned assignments,
and to participate in class discussion which will occur
through FORUM. For a more detailed outline of the
material that will be covered in class, read the
Students will need an electronic mail account
and computer access to the Web. All CSUS students
enrolled in one or more units can create a SacLink
account for electronic mail and Internet services.
Although a home computer with a high speed modem running
Netscape or Internet Explorer would be beneficial,
students can use the Web from one of the campus
using the computer and browsing the Web
486 running Windows 95 or Macintosh compatible with
System 7.1 or higher
16 MB RAM
preferably 32 MB
19.2K or faster
modem (preferably 28.8K)
Explorer or Netscape 3.0 (or higher)
SacLink or other
participation on the Web assignments and electronic
discussions. The course content is delivered using
a Web course management system. Students will use
WebCT tools to obtain course content, participate
in online class discussions, take tests, and
present group projects.
Discipline to complete projects by deadlines;
motivation to read, write, and participate fully in class
activities; and time to devote approximately 9 hours a
week to a 3-credit course.
Web page and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org