The Daily Beacon in conjunction with the students enrolled in Communications 300, a social science research methods class, have examined several important issues facing UT students through various surveys.
Students in two Communications 300 Media Research classes conducted face-to-face interviews with 418 currently enrolled UT undergraduates in various academic classroom buildings on the UT campus from Nov. 7-16, 2001. The survey was sponsored by the College of Communications.
A fixed interval sample was used to assign each interviewer a page from the Fall 2001 timetable. Intercept interviews were used to find students coming or going from classes chosen from the timetable pages. One class interviewed freshmen and sophomores, while the other class interviewed juniors and seniors. A quota sample was also used to ensure a balance of respondents by gender.
Sampling error is +/- five percent at a confidence level of 95 percent. The error rate for smaller samples may be even larger than the five percent overall error rate for the entire sample.
A copy of the survey containing the actual question wording can be obtained at its Web site at http://web.utk.edu/~sitron/300/cbf01.html. A breakdown of the descriptive statistics to each question can be found at http://web.utk.edu/~sitron/300/dscrptvF01.html.
The information reported here is based on several class exercises including unstructured interviews with UT students, student-prepared structured questionnaires and student analysis of data. The authors conform to the American Association for Public Opinion Researches Code for Professional Ethics and Practices, containing the Standards of Minimal Disclosure For Reporting Public Polls.