EC315 Quantitative Research Methods

for U1T 2007

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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods


U1T 2007 DLA


Barcus, Randall H.


Adjunct Faculty


B.S. Mathematics
B.S. Economics
M.S. Economics


Semester Dates

U1T 2007 DLA DIST starts 4Jun07 and ends 29Jul07

Class Days

Monday through Sunday

Class Time



MA 120 and CS 140

Credit Hours




A. Soule, Peter, GUIDE to STATISTICAL ANALYSIS for Business and Social Science Using SPSS Version 14.0 and Microsoft Excel. ISBN: 978-007-3396-29X McGraw-Hill 2007. The text is referred to below as "GUIDE."

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:


B. Scientific Calculator [This calculator must have the ability to raise a number to a power other than two. Such calculators usually have an XY or an YX key.] Cost about $15.

C. PC with modem (28.8 or faster)

D. Internet Browser (Microsoft or Netscape).

E. E-mail account

F. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.

G. Access to a Fax machine (or Scanner) may be necessary for handwritten graphs and calculations.

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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. PREREQUISITES: MA 120 and CS 140. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

My educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. I will try to engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Graph supply and demand in a single graph, define basic items or concepts related to the graph, and use the graph to explain the process by which a good's equilibrium price and quantity are attained.
  2. Determine the value of the costs of the firm and graph them. Graph the short-run profit or loss situation of the competitive firm and show how it affects the industry supply and demand.
  3. Use basic indifference curve and budget line analysis to determine a demand curve.
  4. Determine own-price elasticity of demand given price and quantity-demanded data.

  Instructor 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:
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:


Students are expected to complete 5 hours of online activity per week including but not limited to responding to the weekly conference discussions, sending/receiving Email, reading and viewing online lectures, completing online quizzes and tests, and conducting research over the World Wide Web. Sending in homework or a test, or participation in a conference thread, all count as a contact.

Information for the coming week will be posted by the instructor by 10 am EST every Monday. This will include any administrative notes, clarification of the reading assignment and the homework assignment if any.


Homework will be assigned during the course in the thread for each week. Homework will be due on the following Sunday at 12 pm EST. This homework will be posted as a conference thread or as an attachment to a conference thread. Some homework and/or solutions may be e-mailed directly to you. Homework is intended to prepare the student for the final exam.

The GUIDE text assignments are the minimum to be read. Detailed assignments will be provided prior to each week via e-mail and the course threads on the web site.


Grading Policy Grading Criteria – Evaluation Item Points Homework 100 Weekly Course participation 100 Weekly Project Topic and Feasibility Paper 70 Week 1 Open-Book, MID-TERM TEST 150 Week 4 Term Project Proposal 150 Week 5 Term Project Report 130 Week 7 PROCTORED FINAL EXAM 300 Week 8 TOTAL FOR COURSE 1000 Course Participation requires participation in the Conference Area threaded discussions. Grading Scale: A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F = 0-59. Final examination - The student's grade will directly reflect their overall course average provided they pass the final exam. IT IS A COURSE REQUIREMENT THAT THE STUDENT MUST PASS THE PROCTORED FINAL EXAM IN ORDER TO PASS THE EC315 COURSE REGARDLESS OF THEIR OVERALL AVERAGE IN THE COURSE. The Core Assessment is the three part term project ( the project topic and feasibility paper, the term project proposal and the final term project). A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University Campus Centers. This test will be open book and closed notes.

All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  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 Associate Dean.

The Proctored final exam for online courses must be passed with a grade of 60% or higher in order to pass the course regardless of the overall average.  The grade for students who pass the proctored final will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course.  The proctored final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week. Comprehensive solutions will be distributed after the deadline. After a solution is distributed to any student in the class, the maximum grade will be 50% for that assignment. However, late or not, it is important that you complete all assignments because they will be a major help in preparing you for the test. There is a huge difference in what you will learn by working the assignments and what you will learn by reading the solution to them

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Policy #1: If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your online course, please contact the helpdesk via phone (toll free) at 1-866-301-park or by email at

Policy #2: Please check weekly discussion area in the current week under course home before you ask general course questions. This is the only discussion thread that I monitor regularly. When you have a question on an assignment or other class matter, put your question in the weekly discussion thread for that week. This consolidates questions on similar topics and reduces the area that students have to search for answers to their questions. When you have a course question, look for a similar question in that week's discussion thread. If you do not see your question there, then post your question. Posting them in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions. There are no stupid/silly questions.

Policy #3: Communicate: If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, I prefer you put your question in the weekly discussion thread but if this is not helpful e-mail me directly. I will respond to course-related questions within 48 hours.

Policy #4: Back up every piece of work, you complete. Always have two copies for yourself and one for me. Your copies should be on different media. Keep one copy on the hard drive and one on a floppy or CD-ROM for example. This will ensure that a computer goof or a glitch in cyberspace will not wipe out all traces of your hard work. Be sure to keep a copy of everything you send to me until after your course grade is finalized.

Policy #5 Late Work: Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week. Comprehensive solutions will be distributed after the deadline. After a solution is distributed to any student in the class, the maximum grade will be 50% for that assignment. However, late or not, it is important that you complete all assignments because they will be a major help in preparing you for the test. There is a huge difference in what you will learn by working the assignments and what you will learn by reading the solution to them.

Policy #6 Online Etiquette: All online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. If I deem an online communication to be inappropriate or offensive, I will forward it to the appropriate Park University official and appropriate action will be taken.

Policy #7 Numerical calculations will be carried out to four decimal places in all stages of calculations including the final answer. In some cases, you will be directed to not round off at all in the intermediate stages of a problem. It is not necessary to add zeros to integers. For example the number "4" is written as "4" not "4.0000." However, 1/3 will be .3333 and 2/3 will be .6667. Note that if there are five or more decimal places the fourth digit is unchanged when the fifth digit is 4 or less, but it is rounded up when the fifth digit is 5 or higher. Thus .33333 is rounded to .3333 and .66666 is rounded to .6667

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:




Course Participation



Project Topic and Feasibility Paper


Week 1



Week 4

Term Project Proposal


Week 5

Term Project Report


Week 7



Week 8




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 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Critical Thinking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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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