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Content Analysis

Faculty of Human Sciences >> Social Communications

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Spring / Summer 2017
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
ISC 3318 W00
Course offered in English
May 01 - June 12 TBA Online Fadi Jaber

This online course offers an inclusive definition of content analysis, and introduces different key terms, concepts, and approaches to content analysis. The focus of the course is on developing skills that students need to conduct a systematic analysis of textual data from different medium such as media texts, websites, and social media texts. The course includes case studies to better understand how different theoretical concepts of content analysis are applied in the text.



By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Develop a wide range of methods used to conduct content analysis
  • Select appropriate content analysis methods for a variety of texts
  • Use various analytical tools to analyze and understand contents of texts
  • Apply theoretical concepts of content analysis on different projects

This course includes mandatory readings, discussions, homeworks, and final assignment.

  • Preparing response for a reading’s question (25%) (2 responses/week)
  • Participation in discussions (20%) (2 responses/week)
  • Homework assignments (25%) (one homework/week)
  • Final project (30%) (due date: June 12)
Mandatory Reading

Primary Textbook:

  • Drisko, James & Maschi, Tina. (2015). Content Analysis. USA: Oxford University Press.

The required textbook is available through the University of Ottawa’s virtual library.

Other relevant readings will be posted on the course Virtual Campus.

Important Information

Please familiarize yourself with the Academic Regulations:

Please read this information on intellectual integrity (with resources regarding plagiarism and other forms of fraud):

For examples of plagiarism see:

Revision of marks:

Please see the appropriate section in the academic regulations (8.10 Revision of Grades and Appeals)

Students must complete all assignments during the allocated time as per the schedule provided in this course outline, and in accordance with the final exam date. Failure to complete any of the in-class assignments will result in a mark of zero being awarded. Failure to complete either the mid-term or final exam will similarly result in a zero mark.

Learning support

Students who require accommodations or academic support because of a physical or learning disability, or any condition that affects their ability to learn, are invited to register with ACCESS SERVICE:

In person:               University Centre 339

Telephone:              613-562-5976

TTY:                       613-562-5214



Students can then meet with an Access Service specialist to identify their individual needs and to discuss appropriate interventions. 

IMPORTANT Deadlines for requesting accommodations for:

Quizzes, tests,
mid-terms, deferrals


7 day rule

(excluding holidays and the day of the exam)

FALL SESSIONS:  November 15th


Student Success Centre (SSC)

The Student Success Centre (SSC) is your best resource for all your academic needs. Our counsellors and student-mentors provide you with the tools and strategies to ensure that you are successful in achieving your academic, professional and personal objectives.

Student Mentors

A team of student-mentors is available to support you as you get acquainted with research methods at the university level. The team will share with you, through workshops, study groups or one-on-one meetings, tips, guidance and resources to help you acquire the know-how for a positive university experience.

Academic Writing Help Centre

Writing advisors will offer you assistance in organizing, presenting and correcting your papers and avoid plagiarism. These sessions will be offered through one-on-one meetings.

Workshops on achieving academic success

Workshops especially designed to address questions and concerns such as stress management, budgeting, time management, and your exam preparation are offered. Please see our student-mentors.


The Student Success Centre (SSC) is located in rooms 40 and 42 Guigues Hall.

Telephone number: (613) 236-1393, extension 2640, e-mail: