Giovanni Rossi

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SOCIOL 20
Introduction to Sociological Research Methods See Full Profile

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Overall, I enjoyed this class. The best way to deal with this class is starting the homework and projects as early as possible. There are 2 main group projects - one survey project and one observation project. My TA did a good job explaining what was expected of us for both. You can either request other people in your section to be in a group with or get placed in a group by the TA. I got placed by my TA and ended up liking my group. We tried to get data collection for both projects out of the way extremely early so we could spend a good amount of time on the reports, which are quite lengthy. (8-9 pages I think?) This was a good strategy, I never felt overwhelmed by the workload of this class because of this. As long as you carefully follow the instructions for each part of the report, you should have no problem getting an A on these.

There are also 4 homework assignments. It seemed a lot of leeway was given to the TAs on grading these. 2 of ours were graded by one TA, and the other 2 by the other TA. On 2 I got full points and the other 2 I was getting several points off. I don't know if the TAs will continue to divvy up grading in this way, but if you have a problem, I know one of my group members got some points back after bringing it up to Professor Rossi. That being said, these assignments aren't particularly difficult to complete. The articles given aren't very hard to understand as long as you read them in full. There's about 4 fairly straight forward questions for each assignment and the assignments ended up being 1 - 1 and a half pages double spaced. Not bad at all.

If you took AP Stats in high school, while not necessary, it can be very helpful and give you a leg up. In this course, we discussed types of sampling, p-values, central tendency, scatterplots, just the more simple stuff like that. But if you took AP Stats in HS, it'll be super easy for you to identify types of sampling in studies (like being able to say "this study used stratified SRS"). I would imagine regular stats would help just as well.

The exams are super straight forward. I got high A's and finished really quickly on both with not a crazy amount of studying. It's all MC and is mostly memorization of key concepts/terms and the main points from each study.

Lecture could be fairly slow paced but overall was helpful to attend. He doesn't upload slides, but you could get away with taking pics of the slides you needed. He uploads podcasts which I used mostly to fill in gaps in my notes on studies. For the studies discussed in lecture, I wrongly assumed initially that they were just examples to clarify concepts but you WILL be tested on them. You'll need to know the main points about what kind of study it was (design, methods, sampling, etc) and the main findings. The studies he talks about more at length + the studies from the hw are the most prominent on the tests.
Professor Rossi's slides are very clear and concise. You can't take notes with tech in this class, but he goes at an easy pace for notetaking by hand. While his slides were concise, if you asked him a question, his answers could be a little convoluted/may not exactly answer your question. I would suggest using the (optional) textbook to clarify or asking your TA. The textbook is optional and goes into way more depth than lectures, so get it if you think you need the supplement. It's a fairly cheap rental on Amazon so doesn't hurt lol
Overall, this class was pretty painless for me, so I would recommend!

(Winter Quarter 2019)
SOCIOL 89
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SOCIOL 244B
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Practicum in Conversation Analysis: Data Analysis See Full Profile

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