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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Blahy, Tammy Lynn


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Course

EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester

F1G 2007 GR

Faculty

Blahy, Tammy Lynn

Title

Senior Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Rehabilition
MSW and BSW

Office Location

GFAFB Ed Center

Office Hours

TBA

E-Mail

tammyblahy@park.edu

Semester Dates

08-20-07/10/14/07

Class Days

Aug 26-26, Sept 15-16, 29-30, Oct 13-14

Class Time

8:00 - 2:00 PM

Prerequisites

see below

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Soule, P. E. (2007)  Guide to Statistical Analysis for Business and Social Sciences

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

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Additional Resources:

Instructor Handouts

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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

Educational Philosophy:

 

The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions. The instructor also believes in interactiveness of all members in a class to promote learning. This involves class discussions, small group work, one-on-one's dialogues, examinations, videos, presentations, and other engaging activities. 

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.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

 

Presentations, project proposal, final project, problem worksheets, Research exercise

Grading:

Grading:

Proposal                                       10%  (25 points)

Exam I         (take home)               15% (50 points)

Exam II        (take home)               15% (50 points)

Final project/Presentation              20% (100 points)

Comprehensive Final (in class)       30% (100 points)

   87-100A           75-86 B            62-74 C            50-61 D
 
Each student must pass the final exam with a 60% or better regardless of previous course work.

 

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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

The instructor will not accept assignments late. Assignments not submitted on the due date will receive a grade of “zero”.

 There are few exceptions to this policy. Extreme situations may be discussed with the instructor to make other assignment

 arrangements. It is the STUDENT''S RESPONSIBILITY to contact the instructor in advance to discuss situation and seek approval.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

 

Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and  meeting deadlines in spite of technology or other circumstances. Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Aug 25 Instructor handouts review and Ch 1 and 2 of text (Ch 13 and 14 too)

 

Aug 26 Ch 3, Ch 4, Ch 5 (problem worksheet assignments)

 

Sept 15 Ch 7, Ch 10, Ch 11

 

Sept 16 Ch 13 and Ch 14 and written report handout; research exercise

 

Sept 29 30 problem Worksheet assignments; Ch 6 and Ch 12 Ch 15

 

Oct 13 Submit written report (due) Presentations

 

Oct 14 Presentations and wrap up

 

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:
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.

Park University 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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

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