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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Kelsay, Michael P.


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

S2J 2006 DN

Faculty

Kelsay, Michael P.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD Economics University of Tennessee
MA Economics University of Missouri - Kansas City
BA Economics University of Missouri - Kansas City

Daytime Phone

816-235-1317

Other Phone

913-940-0109

E-Mail

m.kelsay@park.edu

kelsaym@umkc.edu

Semester Dates

March 13, 2006 through May 7, 2006

Class Days

--T----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

MA 120 and CS 140

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Statistical Techniques in Business & Economics
Douglas A. Lind, William G. Marchal and Samuel A Wathen
McGraw-Hill Irwin
12th Edition
2005

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore


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. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy for EC315 is one of interactiveness based upon lectures, examinations, internet, and computer based applications to statistical problems.

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.


Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
There will be two examinations during the term.  Examinations will consist of multiple choice questions and application problems from the materials presented in class.  
You will be required to write a research paper analyzing and interpreting a data set you obtain using multiple regression analysis.  I will pass out the outline and objective of the research paper on the first night of class.  The research paper will be due on the last night of class.
Problem sets will be assigned from the exercises at the end of the chapters and selected computer based problems using a statistical software package. A schedule of homework assignments will be handed out the first night of class.

Grading:
Examination 1  100 points    25% of final grade
Examination 2  100 points    30% of final grade
Homework Sets  350 points    25% of final grade
Research Paper 100 points    20% of final grade

 

Class Activities

Assignments

Tests

Meeting - 1

Lecture

Chapters 1-3

 

Meeting - 2

Lecture

Chapters 4-6

 

Meeting - 3

Lecture

Chapters 7-9

 

Meeting - 4

Lecture

Chapter 10

Examination 1

Meeting - 5

Lecture

Chapters 11-13

 

Meeting - 6

Lecture

Chapters 13-14

 

Meeting - 7

Lecture

Chapters 15 & 19

 

Meeting - 8

 

Research Project Due

Examination 2


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.

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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