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PA 502 Public Affairs Methodology
Kelsay, Michael P.

Mission Statement: The mission of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Park University is to provide leadership and directions to Park University's graduate and professional programs to assure that they are specialized, scholarly, innovative, and designed to educate students to be creative, independent, and lifelong learners within the context of a global community.

The Hauptmann School of Public Affairs offers a citizen-centered, professional program of graduate study that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition.  As participants in HSPA's vibrant academic community, faculty and students consider, with the coursework, the larger issues of democracy, stewardship, and technology.  In so doing, HSPA seeks to prepare students for the courage and discernment to act for the common good in the global context.  Going beyond competence, students develop knowledge, skills, and values requisite for leadership and service in and across all sectors of society, including government, business, and nonprofit.  HSPA cultivates public affairs as a life-long passion that is fundamental to citizenship in a free society.

Vision Statement: Park University's School of Graduate and Professional Studies will be an international leader in providing innovative graduate and professional educational opportunities to learners within a global society.

The Hauptmann School of Public Affairs will serve the common good by graduating leaders who exercise authority responsibly, make ethical decisions, act with moral courage, and advance human dignity world-wide.


PA 502 Public Affairs Methodology


FAP 2006 GS


Kelsay, Michael P.


Adjunct Faculty


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

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Class Days


Class Time

5:45 - 8:15 PM


PA 501

Credit Hours



Statistical Techniques in Business & Economics

Douglas A. Lind, William G. Marchal and Samuel A. Walthen

McGraw-Hill Irwin

12th Edition


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Course Description:
A study of the theoretical background of various analytical techniques of social science research, with emphasis on application to problems of administration in business, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations. Prerequisite: PA 501. 3 cr.

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy for PA502 is one of interactiveness based upon lectures, examinations, internet, and computer based applications to statistical problems. 

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Conduct hypothesis testing and determine confidence intervals using the t statistic, F statistic, and Chi-square statistic.
  2. Gather data and research material related to the multiple regression model.
  3. Use a statistical software package to regress the multiple regression model
  4. Write a formal research report that defines and analyzes the evaluative information provided by a statistical software package, including R-quared, F statistic, t statistics, and correlation coefficients for multicollinearity
Class Assessment:

There will be three examinations during the term.  Examinations will consist of multiple choice questions and application problems from the material 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 in the second week of class.  The research paper will be due on the night of the final examination. 

Problem sets will be assigned from the exercises at the end of the chapters and selected computer based problems using a statistical software package.  Problem set 1 will be handed out the first night of class.  The remaining problem sets will be emailed the first week of class. 



Examination I          100 points              20% of final grade

Examination II         100 points              20% of final grade

Examination III        150 points              30% of final grade

Problem Sets           350 points              15% of final grade

Research Paper       100 points              15% of final grade   

Late Submission of Course Materials:

The problem sets must be turned in on time for full credit.  Problem sets handed in late will be reviewed for completeness only and will receive a grade equal to the lowest grade on the problem sets turned in on time minus 15%.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

August 23, 2006 Lecture Chapters 1-2

August 30, 2006 Lecture Chapters 2-3

September 6, 2006 Lecture Chapters 3-4

September 13, 2006 Lecture Chapter 5 Exam 1 Ch 1-4

Septmebr 20, 2006 Lecture Chapters 5-6

September 27, 2006 Lecture Chapters 6-7

October 4, 2006 Lecture Chapters 7-8

October 11, 2006 Lecture Chapters 8-9

October 18, 2006 Fall Break

October 25, 2006 Lecture Chapter 10 Exam 2 Ch 5-9

November 1, 2006 Lecture Chapters 10-11

November 8, 2006 Lecture Chapter 13

November 15, 2006 Lecture Chapter 13-14

November 22, 2006 Lecture Chapter 14-15

November 29, 2006 Lecture Chapters 15,19

December 6, 2006 Lecture Chapter 19

December 13, 2006 Exam 3 Ch 10-15, 19

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 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24


Plagiarism involves the appropriation of another person's ideas, interpretation, words (even a few), data, statements, illustration or creative work and their presentation as one's own. An offense against plagiarism constitutes a serious academic misconduct. Although offenses against academic integrity can manifest themselves in various ways, the most common forms of offenses are plagiarism and cheating. Plagiarism goes beyond the copying of an entire article. It may include, but is not limited to: copying a section of an article or a chapter from a book, reproduction of an art work, illustration, cartoon, photograph and the like and passing them off as one's own. Copying from the Internet is no less serious an offense than copying from a book or printed article, even when the material is not copyrighted.

Plagiarism also includes borrowing ideas and phrases from, or paraphrasing, someone else's work, published or unpublished, without acknowledging and documenting the source. Acknowledging and documenting the source of an idea or phrase, at the point where it is utilized, is necessary even when the idea or phrase is taken from a speech or conversation with another person.

Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 23-24

Attendance Policy:

Professors are required to maintain attendance records and report absences. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor, for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands, including temporary duty. Students are responsible for any missed work. Absences in excess of four (4) class periods, in a 16-week semester (or 2, in an 8-week term) will be reported to the Director of the individual graduate program, or to the Dean, for appropriate action. Students with such a record of absences, without an approved excuse, may be administratively withdrawn from the class and notified by mail that an "F" will be recorded, unless the student initiates official withdrawal from the class(es).Park University 2006-2007 Graduate Catalog Page 27

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: .


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