EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
FA 2008 HOA
Vinlove, F. Kathleen
Associate Professor, Economics
Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 – 12:45; Tues 2:15 – 3:45; Wednesday 9:00 – 11:00; or by appointment
August 18 to December 12, 2007
10:10 - 11:25
MA 120 and CS 140
Lind, Douglas, William G. Marchal, and Samuel A. Wathen.
Basic Statistics for Business and Economics, Sixth Edition. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-07-352142-8
Other Required Materials:
1) course notebook to bring to every class period
4) number-two pencils for exams and quizzes
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Because the learning process is active rather than passive, I will combine lectures with the Socratic method, and student questions are always encouraged. The use of analytical tools and application to specific, real-world examples are emphasized.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment:
Exams: There will be two semester exams administered during the class period worth 45 percent of the final grade and a comprehensive final exam worth 30 percent of the final grade.
The average of the three exams will constitute 75 percent of the final grade.
Exams 1 and 2 will be composed of multiple-choice, short answer, and problem-solving questions based on my lectures, handouts, in-class exercises, and homework exercises. I will curve each exam to give you an idea of your performance in terms of letter grades. However, final letter grades will be determined by a curve of final total averages for the class.
Students may not leave the classroom during an exam. Cell phones must be turned off and put away during exams; students who answer cell phones during an exam will be asked to turn in the exam. No graphic calculators are allowed during exams. Seating for exams is assigned.
Make-up Exams: Make-up exams for Exams 1 or 2 will be administered during final exam week. Make-ups will be composed of essay and problem-solving questions. It is the student’s responsibility to contact me to schedule a make-up; if a student does not show up for a make-up exam at the scheduled time, the exam grade is a zero. Students who miss the final exam must take a comprehensive make-up exam composed of essay and problem-solving questions based on all material presented during the semester.
Late Arrivals to Exams: Students arriving late to an exam may take the exam only if no other student has turned in the exam. If another student has completed the exam, the late student cannot take the exam.
In-class Exercises: Six in-class exercises including several computer labs are worth 20 points each. One in-class exercise grade will be dropped for a total of 100 points. These points will constitute 10 percent of the final grade.
Homework Exercises:Homework exercises are designed to help students practice for exams. These will be handed out periodically during the semester but will not be collected. Instead, students may ask specific questions about the homework during class time.
Research Project: A research project proposal and paper will be worth 15 percent of the final grade. The proposal and paper are both graded on a 100-point scale; the proposal is weighted as 30 percent and the final paper as 70 percent of the final research project grade. Both must be handed in at the beginning of the class period on the deadline date for full credit. The following dates should be noted for the research project:
Tuesday, October 7, beginning of class proposal deadline
During class (more than 20 minutes late), Oct. 7 minus 5 points
Between Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 10, 8:00 a.m. minus 20 points
Between Friday, Oct. 10, 8:00 a.m. and Oct. 21 class minus 50 points
After Oct. 21 (class time) zero points
Tuesday, Dec. 2, beginning of class final paper deadline
During class (more than 20 minutes late), Dec. 2 minus 5 points
Between deadline and Dec. 5, 8 a.m. minus 20 points
Between Friday, Dec. 5, 8:00 a.m. and Dec. 9, 10:15 a.m. minus 30 points
After Dec. 9, 10:15 a.m. zero points
To pass this course, students must submit a final research paper and have an exam average of D or above.
Grading Plan: Final grades will be based on the following percentages:
Exams 1 and 2 45%
Final Exam 30%
Research Project 15%
In-class exercises 10%
NOTE: For students’ whose grade is borderline, I will consider attendance and number of in-class exercises completed.
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.
10 points subtracted for being more than 10 minutes late to in-class exercises; 5-50 points subtracted for late proposal submission; 5-30 points subtracted for late research papers
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
The professor assumes that students are adults and will conduct themselves accordingly.
EC315: Course Schedule, Fall 2008
1 Review: Fundamentals of Statistics 1, 3, 6, 7, 8
2 Review: Fundamentals of Statistics, continued
3 Hypothesis Testing 9, 10, 11
5 Simple Linear Regression Analysis 13
6 Simple Linear Regression Analysis, continued
7 Multiple Regression/The f distribution 12, 14
Research Proposal Due: Tuesday, October 7
10 Improving Regression Results
11 Tests of Difference Between Two Means 11
12 Tests of Proportions 10
14 The Chi-square Distribution 15
15 Continued; Review
Research Paper Due: Tuesday, December 2
Final Exam: Tuesday, December 9, 10:15 – 12:15 p.m.
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