urp502logo California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Department of Urban and Regional Planning
URP 502L Urban Analysis Fundamentals Laboratory: Qualitative Methods
Spring 2012
Dr. Gwen Urey, Professor, Urban and Regional Planning
email: gurey@csupomona.edu and phone: (909) 869-2725
Office hours in 7-204:
Monday
: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 1-3 pm,
Wednesday
: 1:15 - 2:45 pm
  1. CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Intensive course focusing on a selected communication or analysis skill, the subject to be specified in advance. Topics may include listening and communication skills, report writing, negotiation/mediation processes, computer analysis, mapping or graphics, photography, etc. May be repeated for elective credit. 1 laboratory.

    URP 502L (CRN 30294) meets on Wednesdays in 7-212 from 5 to 6:50 p.m. The class may occasionally meet elsewhere for fieldwork.

  2. EXPECTED OUTCOMES: On successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate:
    1. Knowledge of several types of qualitative methods;
    2. Expertise in the application of at least one form of qualitative data collection and analysis;
    3. An understanding of when and where it is appropriate to use qualitative methods;
    4. An ability to compare and contrast relative merits of qualitative methods and quantitative methods for a specific research question.
    COURSE REQUIREMENTS
    1. Attendance at all lab sessions.
    2. Timely completion of assigned readings.
    3. Participation during lab activities.
    4. Timely completion and submission of research project.  Late research projects will lose 10% of the possible points for each business day late.

  3. EXAMINATIONS
    EXAMS:
    There will be no exams or quizzes.

  4. INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
    One textbook is required: David Silverman (2012), Interpreting Qualitative Data. It is available at the Bronco Bookstore. Additional readings may be made available through Blackboard. The current syllabus will be the online syllabus. Unless otherwise noted, all readings on the syllabus are required readings.

  5. MINIMUM STUDENT MATERIALS:
    Students will be expected to have access to computers in their homes or in University labs; internet access, word-processing and spreadsheet software will be used. Occasionally students will need simple calculators. Students should receive email sent to their university email accounts, as this is what Blackboard uses.

  6. BASIS FOR GRADES:

    Proportion

    Work

    20 %

    In-class activities and participation

    20 %

    Method presentation

    60 %

    Project (individual or team project)
    20% research design
    20% research implementation
    5% research presentation
    15% research report

    100 %

    TOTAL


  7. STATEMENT ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
  8. Be aware of University guidelines regarding academic integrity ("Policies and Regulations" section of the 2011-12 University Catalog, especially pages 54-55): All forms of academic dishonesty at Cal Poly are a violation of University policy and will be considered a serious offense. That is, violations will be referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs and will result in failing grades on the assignment in question. Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:
    1. "Plagiarism, falsification, fabrication is intentionally or knowingly presenting words, ideas or work of others as one’s own work.. . . .
    2. Cheating during exams. . .
    3. Use of unauthorized study aids . . .
    4. Falsifying any University document--this includes . . .falsifying prerequisite requirements."
    5. Academic dishonesty also includes presenting fabricated data, such as field notes, as authentic.

  9. ACCESSIBILITY
    Students with special needs of which the instructor should be aware should register with the Disability Resource Center and advise the instructor as soon as possible.


  10. COURSE OUTLINE: Schedule of activities

--DRAFT--Subject to change (last updated 31 March, 2012 )
Readings should be completed prior to the class for which they are assigned.

Week Topic Reading due dates

1
3/28

Introduction to course and to qualitative methods Chapter 1: What is Qualitative Research?
Chapter 2: Designing a Research Project

Method presentation sign up
2
4/4

A few nuts and bolts of qualitative methods

Chapter 3: Data Analysis
Chapter 4: Research Ethics

 

3
4/11

Student presentations on specific methods I Chapter 6: Interviews
Chapter 7: Focus groups
Method presentations--group A
Research proposals due--group B

4
4/18

no class--APA conference no class--APA conference
 

5
4/25

Student presentations on specific methods II Chapter 8: Texts
Chapter 10: Visual Images
Method presentations--group B
Research proposals due--group A

6
5/2

Student presentations on specific methods III Chapter 5: Ethnography and Observation
Chapter 9: Naturally-Occurring Talk
Method presentations--group C
Research proposals due--group C

7
5/9

Research proposal presentations none Research proposal presentations
Revised proposals due Sunday 5/13, end of day

8
5/16

Research activities and consultation with individuals and teams Chapter 11: Credible Qualitative Research
Chapter 12: Writing Your Report
 

9
5/23

Research activities and consultation with individuals and teams Chapter 13: The Relevance of Qualitative Research
Chapter 14: The Potential of Qualitative Research: Eight Reminders
 

10
5/30

Presentations   Presentations

Finals
6/6

If needed

If needed: 6 - 8 p.m.additional final presentations on Wednesday report due by end of day on 6 June.
  • For your information: The faculty union is in the midst of contract negotiations and there is a possibility
    of a work interruption. Updates on this situation will be provided throughout the course.


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