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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Spring, David K.


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 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester

S2Q 2008 FE

Faculty

Spring, David K.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

M.S. Statistics
B.S. Mathematics

E-Mail

david.spring@park.edu

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:00 - 10:15 PM

Prerequisites

MA120 and CS140

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Basic Statistics for Business Economics - 6th Ed by Lind, Marchal & Wathen, McGraw-Hill ISBN: 978-0-07-352142-8

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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. Prerequisite: MA120 and CS140. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on readings, case study analysis, dialogues, examinations and the term project.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Derive an original regression model and run it using Excel or SPSS. Correctly interpret the model statistics including the statistical significance of the independent variables, the R-squared and (if applicable) the Durbin-Watson statistics.
  2. Derive the Durbin-Watson statistic in Excel. Determine whether a given regression has autocorrelation using a graph and the Durbin-Watson table values.
  3. Conduct hypothesis tests and confidence intervals on the mean and the difference between two means using the "t" statistic.
  4. Conduct hypothesis tests and confidence intervals on the binomial statistic and on the difference between two binomial statistics using the "t" statistic.


Core Assessment:
All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the course Learning Outcomes. The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities. For this course, the core assessment is a final exam to be administered in all sections of EC 315. This exam is worth 30 percent of the student’s final grade and will test students’ mastery of core learning outcomes through short answer questions on specific knowledge, Regression analysis procedure, and hypothesis testing.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:
Examinations:  Examinations will primarily include problem solving and may include multiple choice or true false questions.  Problems will be consistent with class examples and case studies.  The final examination will be closed book and closed notes.  A formula Reference booklet will be provided with the exam. 

Homework & Case Studies: Students are expected to apply classroom techniques in completing assigned work to ensure students genuinely understand the presented material.  Working homework problems is a critical part of the learning process, and students are encouraged to work together on homework problems.

Participation: Students are expected to attend all classes, and participate in class discussions.

Project:  The term project involves proposing a model and then writing a formal proposal for the research it involves.  The student will use Excel to regress data for their model.  The student will then analyze the computer output and write and submit for grading a written report using the APA format for in-text citations and the References page.   Each item turned in will have the name of the student on the first page.  The term project will also be submitted in electronic including an Excel file with the source data and processed output.   The student will also present the project in an oral report.

Grading:
   

Assignment                                  

% of Grade

Points

Due Date

Homework & Case Studies

10%

100

As Assigned

Midterm

15%

150

10 April 08

Project Topic & Feasibility Paper

10%

100

3 April 08

Project Proposal

10%

100

17 April 08

Project Final Research Paper

10%

100

1 May 08

Project Oral Report

5%

50

1 May 08

Comprehensive Final Examination 

30%

300

8 May 08

Class Participation

10%

100

Total 100%

1,000

You will be able to track your average throughout the course. The grading scale is as follows:

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

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business and Management courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments should be turned in on the specified due date.  A penalty of 10% per class period beyond the due date will be assessed on late work, at the discretion of the instructor.  It is imperative that students complete the term project related assignments on time.  All term project related assignments will be assessed a 10% penalty, per class start date beyond the original due date until the assignment is approved/accepted.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will be courteous and respectful to each other and the instructor at all times.  Disruptions of the learning environment will not be tolerated.  Students may eat or drink in the classrooms at any time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
    

Date

Subject

Textbook Chapter Material

March 20,
Week 1

Basic Concepts of Statistics Overview, Introduction to Regression

Ch1-4, Ch 13

March 27,
Week 2

Excel Regression, Multiple Regression

14

April 3,
Week 3

Continuous Probability Distributions, Sampling Methods

Ch 7-8

April 10,
Week 4

Confidence Intervals, One-Sample Tests of Hypothesis

Ch 9-10

April 17,
Week 5

Two-Sample Tests of Hypothesis

Ch 11

April 24,
Week 6

F Test, ANOVA

Ch12

May 1,
Week 7

Goodness of Fit Tests

Ch 15

May 8,
Week 8

 Final Exam

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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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. 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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Critical Thinking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Outcomes
Short answer questions with a Maximum value of 166 Points                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Hypothesis tests and confidence intervals nearly perfectly conducted. (149 points or more of 166 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are correctly identified and stated. (115 to148 points of  166 points) Most causes or processes of economic phenomena are not correctly identified and stated. (83 to 114 points  of 166 points) No causes or processes of economic phenomena are stated clearly. (0 to 82 points of  166 points) 
Effective Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
Short-answer questions on regression procedures and hypothesis testing with a maximum value of 52 points.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
All definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated nearly perfectly.  (47  points or more of 52 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are stated correctly. (36 to 46 points of 52 points) Most definitions of curves or items identified on graphs are not stated correctly. (26 to 35 points of 52 points) No definitions of curves or items on graphs are stated clearly.


(0 to 25 points of 52 points)


 
Tools and Methods of Economics                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
This examines regression analysis including running and interpreting regressions.  It has a maximum value of 82 points.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
All calculations and explanations are nearly perfect.  (75 points or more of 82 points) Most calculations and explanations are correct. (59 to 74 points of 82 points) Most calculations and explanations are not correct. (42 to 58 points of 82 points) None of the calculations and explanations is correct.


(0 to 41 points of 82 points)


 

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