SPS – School of Public Service

SPS 501 SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH DESIGN (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduction to the logic of research design in the social sciences. Basic methods of quantitative and qualitative research and their application to different disciplines. The relationship among theory, research, and social policy. The development and interpretation of research reports.

SPS 502 QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (3-0-3)(F/S). Univariate and introductory multivariate techniques through computerized statistical packages in the social and behavioral sciences and entailing statistical problem solving using various data-sources. PREREQ: SPS 501 or PERM/INST.

SPS 503 QUALITATIVE METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES (3-0-3)(F/S). Interviews, observation, focus group methods examined in relation to research endeavors in criminal justice, political science and public policy and administration. Other topics include communication skills in terms of writing, presentation, interpersonal dialogue, and group process. PREREQ: SPS 501 or PERM/INST.

SPS 504 SURVEY RESEARCH (3-0-3)(F/S). Students engage directly in advanced survey research through design, implementation, sampling, data collection, follow-up, analysis, and ethical considerations. PREREQ: SPS 501 and SPS 502, or PERM/INST.

SPS 505 PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS (3-0-3)(F/S). Introduces policy analysis, policy tools, and factors shaping the utilization of policy analysis. A significant portion of the course is spent in learning and applying analytical techniques. PREREQ: PUBADM 501 and SPS 501, or PERM/INST.

SPS 506 PROGRAM EVALUATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Explores issues related to evaluation research and design with particular attention to design and critique of process, outcome, and impact evaluations and the utility of evaluation in performance monitoring. PREREQ: SPS 501 or PERM/INST.

SPS 507 ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS AND ANALYSIS (3-0-3)(F/S). Students develop advanced skills in qualitative inquiry and the application of methods, such as advanced interviewing skills, Delphi methods, and qualitative content analysis. Students also apply qualitative analysis software such as nVivo. Other topics include communication skills in terms of writing, presentation, interpersonal dialogue, and group process. PREREQ: SPS 501 and SPS 503, or PERM/INST.

SPS 508 MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION (3-0-3)(F/S). Examine and implement techniques necessary to estimate limited dependent variables using maximum likelihood estimation. Topics include binary, count, ordinal, nominal, and duration dependent variables and the appropriate models and robustness tests for them. PREREQ: CJ 504 or POLS 508 or PUBADM 503, or PERM/INST.

SPS 509 ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE METHODOLOGY (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines and implements advanced techniques in quantitative methodology as it applies to the social sciences. PREREQ: CJ 504 or POLS 508 or PUBADM 503, or PERM/INST.

SPS 510 GAME THEORY AND FORMAL MODELING (3-0-3)(F/S). Examines and implements formal modeling and game theoretic techniques in modeling decision-making across various actors. PREREQ: Graduate Standing or PERM/INST.

Refer to the University-wide Graduate Courses section in this catalog for additional course offerings.

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