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Navigating CensusScope
Students will be introduced to data retrival by becoming familiar with CensusScope data.

Research Fundamentals
This module will introduce students to demographic and statistical language and terms and encourage critical thinking and extrapolation skills.

How Good Was Your School District?
Students will empirically examine the issues underlying school performance using data that captures some of their own experiences.

Preparing Community Profiles
People are at the root of community profiling: they create the need for planning functions, and they experience the effects - for better or worse - of planning efforts. ""Community Profiling"" is often essential for effective planning. ""Planning"" are synonymous terms; they mean the same. But unless planners know who ""their people"" are and how their characteristics affect - and are affected by - various professional functions, planners cannot fully meet the needs of the population they are profiling. Thus, although it is not a core planning focus, such as land use or transportation, demographic analysis occupies a position of overarching importance in community profiling.

Predictors of Family Structure
This exercise looks at race and family income as predictors of family structure. Students will test and evaluate hypotheses, learning how to work with control variables and bivariate tables.

Introduction to Rural America
A data set is then compiled by the instructor. Students then take on the role as researchers and use their own class data for hypothesis formulation and testing. Student devise original hypotheses using their choice of variables from the data set. The instructor then runs the appropriate test for their hypothesis, and provides students with results (most often crosstabulation tables or reports of means) for final analysis.

Integrating Data Into the Curriculum: Qualitative Data Experience
With this assignment, students will experience the thrill of "doing" sociology rather than just reading sociological findings.

Using the General Social Survey to Investigate Social Relationships
In the first part of this exercise, students will learn (1) how to do preliminary data analysis using the General Social Survey (GSS); and (2) how to examine relationships between social constructs empirically. To carry out this study, whey will follow the basic procedures in social research and apply the concepts and techniques that have been discussed in class.

Disability: Equality/Inequality
This module examines the disability community and inequality. Students will attempt to determine which is the best indicator of disability and will form a composite to describe the disability community.

CensusScope Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize students with interpreting charts and graphs by using a credible source, the US Census.

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