An Introduction to Research


Faculty :Masao Sugiyama


This program is for first year and transfer students who have compelling questions they want to begin to answer. Because each person's question requires a different focus, a substantial amount of time will be devoted to individual projects. We will read and discuss a variety of books by and about people who sought answers to complex questions. We will formulate clear questions, develop approaches for seeking answers, and create multiple ways of demonstrating knowledge. Research methods may include traditional library-oriented and Internet research as well as documentation of anecdotal information through oral histories, surveys and interviews. Methods of data gathering, analysis, reporting and presentation will be explored. Students will have options of demonstrating their learning through oral presentations, photographic essays, written essays, video or multi-media. 

Credit awarded in research writing, introduction to qualitative research, introduction to statistics and content-specific knowledge developed as a result of the individual inquiry. 

Total: 16 credits. 

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in any upper-division program or careers that require the ability to formulate a research question, determine appropriate approaches for seeking and evaluating answers and making public presentations. 


MONDAYS: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm with a break for lunch SEM II A3109

WEDNESDAYS: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm SEM II A3109

FRIDAYS: 9:30 am to 12:30 GCC in Computer Center

Fridays 12:30-2:30 pm with a break for lunch SEM II A3109

Time will be used for seminars, workshops and lectures.


Creswell, John. (2002). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Sage Publications; 2nd edition. ISBN 0761924426.

Gould, Jay. (1996). Mismeasure of Man. W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-314251.

Lorenz, Konrad. (Reissue edition 1997). King Solomon's Ring.Plume. ISBN 0452011752.

Lareau, Annette. (2003) Unequal Childhoods, University of California Press. ISBN 0520239504.

Hersch, Patricia. (1998). A Tribe Apart. Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-43594-X.

Kuhn, Thomas. (1996). The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (Paperback). University Of Chicago Press; 3rd edition.  ISBN 0226458083
Glenn, William, Ed. (1994). The Mass-Extinction Debates: How Science Works in a Crisis (Paperback). Stanford University Press. ISBN 0804722862