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## EC 315 Quantitative Research MethodsTastad, Jerome W.

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 Course EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods Semester F1R 2008 SC Faculty Tastad, Jerome W. Daytime Phone 618-406-9048 E-Mail jerry.tastad@park.edu Semester Dates 08/18-10/12,  2008 Class Days --T-R-- Class Time 5:00 - 7:30 PM Credit Hours 3

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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

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.

Class Assessment:
One quizz before the midterm and one quizz after the midterm, project proposal, midterm, research project and final.

Quizz- two with each one worth 100 points for a total of 200 points-  20% of the final grade.
Project proposal-  100 points-  10% of the final grade.
Midterm-  200 points-  20% of the final grade.
Research project-  200 points-  20% of the final grade.
Final-  300 points-  30% of the final grade.

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:
Late submittal of project proposal, research project and any quizz or test must be coordinated with the instructor and the Park office at Scott AFB.  Final cannot be made up if the student has an unexcused absence.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK                        Core Learning Objective
1                                     5 (t statistic)
2                                     5 (f statistic)
3                                     5 (chi square statistic)
4                                     Midterm, Chapter 7 and 8
5                                     2 and 4  Chapter 13 and 14
6                                     1 and 2  Project proposal due on Tuesday
7                                     3 and 4  Chapter 9 and 10
8                                     Research project due on Tuesday,  Final on Thursday

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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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "F".
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.

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. 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

 Competency Exceeds Expectation (3) Meets Expectation (2) Does Not Meet Expectation (1) No Evidence (0) Critical Thinking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OutcomesShort 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OutcomesShort-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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             OutcomesThis 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)