Topic outline

  • Social and market research - Prof. Nico Bortoletto - a.a. 2015/2016

    http://www.unite.it/UniTE/Engine/RAServePG.php/P/58511UTE0603?&VRIC_IDOC=355

    Nico Bortoletto is a researcher and an aggregate professor at the Teramo Univ. where he teaches Social Methodology  in the Comminication Science Faculty.

    He has conducted out  seminars and teaching activities at Modena (Faculty of Medicine), Bologna Univ. (Political Science Fac.) and Roma-LUMSA (Educational Science Fac.) universities.

    For the Department of "Theories and Policies for Social Development" he has carried out research activities on the labour market, international waters ship security, nicotine addiction, non-profit organisation, social policies.


    He manages the Master in "Social intervention design on the third-sector organizations" (Teramo).   He is a member of the doctoral teaching body concerning "Social policies and local development" (Zadar - HR). 

    He is member of the Italian Sociological Association and the European association for sport sociology.

    He is an organizational consultant for the Italian Red Cross (Emilia - Romagna region) and he has carried out scientific consulting for local authorities and private schools.

    He participates, as an operative coordinator, at a 2 yearly national research project on "Innovations within the development of local systems in the 'third Italy': suggestions for new governance strategies";


    He also participates, as researcher, in the following EU projects: 

    - Project Poseidon - Preventing Terrorism in the Baltic Sea Region
    EC DG Freedom, Justice and Security, European Programme for Critical Infrastructure Protection, Call 2007, "Pilot Project Containing a Set of Preparatory Actions With a View to Strengthening the Fight against Terrorism" ;

    - "Civil Protection Early Warning: From Weak Signal to Response" (2006), founded by EC DG Environment, lead partner NORDREGIO, Sweden. 

     

    -  SVILMA, (researcher) for the project : "Development of the Adriatic labour market”, led by Veneto Lavoro, co—funded by

    EU within the Interreg IIIa "trans—Adriatic”, 2004-2006.

    GENERAL INFORMATION 

    This course introduces the basic concepts of data analysis and statistical computing, both increasingly used in social sciences and humanities. The emphasis is on practical application, visualization and data analysis. The goal is to provide students pragmatic tools for assessing statistical claims and conducting their own basic statistical analyses. Topics covered include basic descriptive measures, measures of association, sampling and sample size estimation. Assignments are based on real-world data and problems in a wide range of fields in the social sciences and humanities.

    1: Foundations

    Topic: Language, rationale and validity of research

    Knowledge and comprehension: Ability to understand the basics of research;

    Ability to apply knowledge: Ability to identify the possibility to lead a research in a given topic;

    Communication skills: Ability to give a correct presentation of a research project ;


    2: Sampling

    Topic: The sampling process (probability and nonprobability sampling)

    Knowledge and comprehension: Ability to understand the appropriateness of sampling choice and process;

    Ability to apply knowledge: Ability to use the correct sampling procedure;

    Communication skills: Ability to give a correct presentation of own procedural choices;


    3: Measurement

    Topic: Survey research; interviews and questionnaires; Scale and Indexes (hints); Design (hints);

    Knowledge and comprehension: Ability to understand the appropriateness of the whole survey applied process;

    Ability to apply knowledge: Ability to use the correct procedures;

    Communication skills: Ability to give a correct presentation of own procedural choices;


    4. Analysis 

    Topic: Data preparation; descriptive statistics, inferential statistics (hints).

    Knowledge and comprehension: Ability to apply the correct statistical procedure ;

    Ability to apply knowledge: Ability to recognize  the validity of statistical conclusions;

    Communication skills: Ability to give a correct presentation of own procedural choices;

    Course book

    W. A. Trochim - Research Methods knowledge base

    Atomic Dog Publishing Inc;  Independence, KY (USA)





  • Foundations


    Language of research

    Philosophy of research

    • C.W. Mills and the Sociological Immagination

    Conceptualization

    Evaluation of research

  • Sampling

    - Problem related to the external validity

    - Statistical terms in sampling

    - Probability sampling

    - NonProbability sampling

  • Theory of measurement

    • Reliability
    • True score theory
    • Measurement error
    • Theory of reliability
    • Cronbach's alpha
    • Reliability and validity
    • Level of measurement

  • Survey research

    • Types of questions
    • Questions content
    • Response format
    • Question wording
    • General rules

    Types of survey

    Selecting the survey method

    Scales and indexes


  • Analysis

    - conclusion validity

    - data preparation

    - descriptive statistics

    - tables and charts