PA502 Public Affairs Methodology

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PA 502 Public Affairs Methodology


FAP 2007 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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Semester Dates

23 August - 5 December 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:45 - 8:15 PM



Credit Hours


Soule, Peter, A Guide to Quantitative Research Methods, Using SPSS Version 14.0 & Microsoft Excel, Seventh Edition/2008.  ISBN0-07-339687-7 Mcraw Hill 2008.  The text is referred to as the Guide.

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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: PA501

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

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Collect, present, and describe data using appropriate statistical techniques
  2. Apply fundamental concepts of probability
  3. Apply sampling methods and the central limit theorem
  4. Estimate population parameters using sample statistics
  5. Conduct tests of hypotheses
  6. Apply linear regression and correlation, nonparametric methods, and time series and forecasting techniques .

Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:

There will be two examinations during the term.  Examinations will consist of true/false, short answer, and application problems drawn from the material in the class. 
You will be required to write and present a research paper analyzing and interpreting a data set you obtain using multiple regression analysis.  We will discuss the outline and objective of the research the first night of class. 
Problems sets will be assigned from exercises obtained from the textbook and selected computer based problems using a statistical software package.  Problem set 1 will be handout out the first night of classes.  The remaining problem sets will be emailed as we proceed through the material presented in class. 


Examination 1  100 points    25% of final grade
Examination 2 100 points 30% of final grade
Problem Sets 200 points 25% of final grade
Research Paper 100 points 20% of final grade

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The problem sets must be turned in on time to receive full credit.  Problem sets handed in late will receive a grade equal to the lowest grade on the problem sets turned in to date minus 10%.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 Introduction to Regression 1-8: 211-223
Week 2 Introduction to Regression 101-118
Week 3 Excel Regression Procedure 154-174
Week 4 Excel Regression Procedure 154-174 (Continued)
Week 5 Constants, Coefficients, and R-Squared 175-188
Week 6 Statistical Significance and Durbin-Watson Test 189-210
Week 7 Statisical Sisnificance and Durbin Watson 189-210 (Continued)
Review for Examination 1 
Week 8 Examination 1 (All Previous References)  
Week 9 Normal Distribution / Sampling Distribution
Hypothesis Testing / Confidence Intervals
Week 10 Paired Difference Tests
Large Sample Test and Confidence Interval
Week 11 Large Sample Test and Confidence Interval 39-46 (Continued)
Week 12 Small Sample Test and Confidence Interval 47-56
Week 13 F Hypothesis Tests 57-61
Week 14 ANOVA and Goodness of Fit Tests 62-69:88-95
Week 15 Review and Presentation of Results  
Week 16 Final Examination  

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 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26


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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 24-26

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 2007-2008 Graduate Catalog Page 28

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