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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Fishburn, Charles G.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EC 315 Statistics for Social and Administrative Sciences

Semester

S2T 2006 DL

Faculty

Fishburn, Charles G.

Title

Professor of Econopmics/Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BS Naval Science
BS Electrical Engineering
MS Administration

Daytime Phone

714-970-2664

E-Mail

Charles.Fishburn@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

3/13/2006 through 5/7/2006

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Soule, Peter, GUIDE to STATISTICAL ANALYSIS for Business and Social Science Using SPSS Version 12.0 and Microsoft Excel. ISBN 007-312-5326 McGraw-Hill 2005. The text is referred to below as "GUIDE."

Additional Resources:
REQUIRED MATERIALS

A. Scientific Calculator [This calculator must have the ability to raise a number to a power other than two. Such calculators usually have an XY or an YX key.] Cost about $15.

B. PC with modem (28.8 or faster)

C. Internet Browser (Microsoft or Netscape).

D. E-mail account

E. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.

F. Access to a Fax machine (or Scanner) may be necessary for handwritten graphs and calculations.


Course Description:
This intermediate level statistics course covers the fundamentals of conducting quantitative research for the social and administrative sciences. The course is organized around a research project on quantitative analysis of data. Pre-requisites: MA120 and CS140

Educational Philosophy:
This course is demanding and requires frequent participation on the part of the student. The content is the same as for a full 16 week face to face class but is presented here in an accelerated format on line. Therefore, the students are expected to actively participate in weekly threaded discussions, submit homework every week on time and in an electronic format that can be edited by the instructor.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Write a proposal for a research project on an original multiple regression model with four independent variables.
  2. Gather data and research articles related to the multiple regression model.
  3. Use a statistical software package to regress the original model.
  4. Write a formal research report that defines and analyzes the evaluative information provided by a statistical software package, including the adjusted R-square, F statistic, t statistics, and correlation coefficients for multicollinearity.
  5. Do hypothesis testing and determine confidence intervals using the t statistic. Also,  conduct hypothesis testing using the F and Chi-square statistics.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. · Create a model for a linear regression research problem and collect data for it.
  2. · Use Excel to conduct linear regression and calculate Durbin-Watson Statistic.
  3. · Analyze linear regression output for significance using P-value, R2, and Durbin-Watson statistics.
  4. · Check linear regression output for multicollinearity using R2 test.
  5. · Conduct hypothesis testing using the F and X2 (Chi-Square) statistics.
  6. · Write a proposal for a research project on the student's original model and improved model
  7. · Write a formal report for the regression model. This report will discuss the regression results and their statistical significance.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
Assessment tools include weekly homework assignments, weekly threaded discussions, a midterm examination, a proctored final exam, a term project proposal and final term project.

Grading:
Grading Policy

Grading Criteria –
Evaluation Item Points

Homework
100
Weekly

Course Participation
100
Weekly

Project Topic and Feasibility Paper
70
Week 1

Open-Book, MID-TERM TEST
150
Week 4

Term Project Proposal
150
Week 5

Term Project Report
130
Week 7:

PROCTORED FINAL EXAM
300
Week 8

TOTAL
1000
 


Course Participation requires participation in the Conference Area threaded discussions.

Grading Scale: A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F = 0-59.    

Final examination - The student's grade will directly reflect their overall course average provided they pass the final exam.  IT IS A COURSE REQUIREMENT THAT THE STUDENT MUST PASS THE PROCTORED FINAL EXAM IN ORDER TO PASS THE EC315 COURSE REGARDLESS OF THEIR OVERALL AVERAGE IN THE COURSE.   A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University Campus Centers.

If the student is more than a one-hour drive from a Park Campus Center they may take the proctored final at an approved alternative location.  These students should look at the Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor which is on the Park University Website.  


For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  The student must bring the GUIDE to the exam which will be the only reference allowed for the final.  The Proctored final will NOT be taken on a computer or with the aid of a computer.

Other Information on proctored exams:

·  It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  

·  Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  

·  A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  

·  Failure to take a final and pass the proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will be accepted but at a maximum of 50% of original value.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
A class week is defined as the period between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the semester and ends midnight the following Sunday. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by e-mail or fax, so that they are in my hands on the due date. Most homework will be sent by an e-mail attachment but some handwritten formulas and diagrams will have to be faxed.  Faxes may be sent to 714-693-7502 between 9:00 AM 9:00 PM PST.

Note: If you ever have difficulty transmitting an assignment to me, telephone me and we will get the problem solved. If you cannot get your call in prior to 10 pm, call the next morning. Legitimate problems or misunderstandings will not receive late penalties provided the problem is brought to the attention of the instructor not later than the morning after the deadline for the requirement concerned.

On e-mail use the following subject line: Online EC315, First name, Last name, "short subject". I delete email from unknown sources and my e-mail is automatically sorted by the first two words of the subject line.

Put Online EC315.First name.Last name."Assignment" for the file name of any e-mail attachments.

Additionally put Online EC315.First name.Last name."Assignment" on EVERY PAGE of EVERY ATTACHMENT. If you send a message by fax or any other means, be sure to include this information on every page. I download assignments and grade the paper version for the entire section together. Since my printer does not staple assignments together, it would be nice to have your name on every page. I often teach both online and face-to-face statistics courses. These courses have similar assignments involving statistical analysis. When I get a loose page with statistical stuff on it, it usually takes me a while to figure out who it belongs to. Beyond this, I have yet to figure out why a student in any course would turn in an assignment without putting their name on it.

Other Course Policies

Policy #1: If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your online course, please contact the helpdesk via phone (toll free) at 1-866-301-park or by email at helpdesk@parkonline.org.
Policy #2: Each week there is a threaded discussion and that discussion area is for addressing the discussion topic only. The Questions and Answers (Q&A) area in the Course Conference Is for general course questions and I monitor regularly. When you have a question on an assignment or other class matter, put your question in this Questions and Answers thread. This consolidates questions on similar topics and reduces the area that students have to search for answers to their questions. When you have a course question, look for a similar question in the Questions and Answers thread. If you do not see your question there, then post your question. Posting them in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions. There are no stupid/silly questions. There are two other discussion threads, Break-Room and Introductions. I look at the Introductions thread at the beginning of the course and then only refer to it as needed.  I have the policy of not visiting the Break Room discussion thread because this is your place to carry on non-course related discussions with your classmates.
Policy #3: Communicate: If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, I prefer you put your question in the Questions and Answers thread but if this is not helpful e-mail me directly. I will respond to course-related questions within 48 hours.
Policy #4: Back up every piece of work, you complete. Always have two copies for yourself and one for me. Your copies should be on different media. Keep one copy on the hard drive and one on a floppy or CD-ROM for example. This will ensure that a computer goof or a glitch in cyberspace will not wipe out all traces of your hard work. Be sure to keep a copy of everything you send to me until after your course grade is finalized.
Policy #5 Late Work: Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week. Comprehensive solutions will be distributed after the deadline. After a solution is distributed to any student in the class, the maximum grade will be 50% for that assignment. However, late or not, it is important that you complete all assignments because they will be a major help in preparing you for the test. There is a huge difference in what you will learn by working the assignments and what you will learn by reading the solution to them.
Policy #6 Online Etiquette: All online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. If I deem an online communication to be inappropriate or offensive, I will forward it to the appropriate Park University official and appropriate action will be taken.
Policy #7 Numerical calculations will be carried out to four decimal places in all stages of calculations including the final answer. In some cases, you will be directed to not round off at all in the intermediate stages of a problem. It is not necessary to add zeros to integers. For example the number "4" is written as "4" not "4.0000." However, 1/3 will be .3333 and 2/3 will be .6667. Note that if there are five or more decimal places the fourth digit is unchanged when the fifth digit is 4 or less, but it is rounded up when the fifth digit is 5 or higher. Thus .33333 is rounded to .3333 and .66666 is rounded to .6667.
Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

The only modification to these policies is that, for this course, you will be required to submit your course requirements as Microsoft Word and Excel attachments. Do not use RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF formats as they distort formatting and/or eliminate Excel functionality.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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