20 Welcome to the Course!

This course will introduce you to the fascinating and important study of the methods of inquiry in the Social Sciences. You will learn both the logic behind – and the procedures for – a wide variety of research methods, including correlational and experimental designs.  If you are the curious type, and if you like to think rationally, I believe you will enjoy this course.

Hello! I’m your professor for this course – Bill Pelz.

I began my teaching career at Herkimer County Community College in 1968, and began teaching online in 1997. 

Can you guess where I am in the picture on the right?


The remaining “Course Information” documents in this section provide syllabus information which describe the course requirements and policies. (Overview, Course Reading and Materials, Course Schedule, etc.). Read all of these documents carefully. If you have any questions, ask in the Bulletin Board at the bottom of the Learning Modules tab, and I will get right back to you with a clarification. After reading through all of the Course Information documents you should have a clear picture of my expectations for the course. Feel free to print any of the documents if you are more comfortable with hard copies.

The Learning Modules link appears in the Course Map on the right hand side of your screen. The Learning Modules contain the content, reading assignments, and learning activities for the course. The Learning Modules part of the course is where you will “attend class” on a regular basis. The Course Schedule document lists the start and end dates for the learning modules, and also lists the “Knowledge Audit” windows when you must submit the blogs.

Notice: If something in the course seems odd, or if you are not clear what you are expected to do, post a message in the Bulletin Board.



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