EC315 Quantitative Research Methods

for F1T 2008

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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods


F1T 2008 DLC


Barcus, Randall H.


Adjunct Instructor


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

Office Location


Office Hours


Other Phone

509-448-0374 (this is my home phone, please use it frugally)


Semester Dates

18Aug08 to 10Oct08

Class Days

Monday thru Sunday Midnight EDT except week 8 thru Friday Midnight EDT

Class Time



MA120 and CS140

Credit Hours


Basic Statistics for Business and Economics

William G Marchal,
University of Toledo---Toledo
Samuel A. Wathen,
Coastal Carolina University

Hardcover with CDROM
©2008, ISBN-13 9780077230968
MHID 0077230965

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Additional Resources:

EXCEL (recommended) or Megastat (optional)

Note: For the various statistical methods used in this course, the EXCEL add-in is a useful choice. When in EXCEL, this is accessed using TOOLS, DATA ANALYSIS. (If the data analysis is not loaded, then load it using TOOLS, ADD-INS, check ANALYSIS TOOL PAK and ANALYSIS TOOL PAK, and then OK.)

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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:

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

What the above means in every day language (as opposed to academic speak) is that you will be challenged by this course and will find it most helpful to work with each other using the discussion board. If I get asked questions via email that are for the good of the course, I will post the response as an Announcement. If I get asked questions in Discussion, I will post responses there. But the most successful students in this course are posting questions and answers in Discussion, in effect helping each other in a teamwork environment.

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:

All assignments are due by MIDNIGHT EASTERN DAYLIGHT time each Sunday. You might see a different time within each weekly module, because I don't have access to change it. Regardless, the above time deadline will be enforced for this class. Late work will lose 50% PER DAY. Timely access to solutions to the homework and other assignments makes this policy necessary.
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:
  • Homework Assignments
  • Mid Term Examination
  • Weekly quizzes
  • Proctored Comprehensive Final Examination
  • Instructor evaluation/class participation which is made up of the following factors:
    1. Posting your introduction to the conference during the first week of the course.
    2. Weekly discussion activities
    3. Having a completed, correct proctor form received and approved by the end of week 4. There will be a link to the proctor form provided in week 2.
    4. Other course related activities.


Assessment Week Points Total
* 20 points per chapter,
some weeks will have more
than 1 chapter

1- 7


*10 questions per chapter,
some weeks will have 20
questions and some weeks
will have only 10

1- 7

10* 70
Course Participation




100 100
Term Project topic/proposal


40/60 100
Term Project Report


100 100
Proctored Final Exam


300 300
Total   1,000

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:
The assignment for each week must be completed by the end of that week. Comprehensive solutions will be distributed after the deadline. After a solution is posted under DOCSHARING, the student can no longer submit the assignment. However, late or not, it is important that you complete all assignments since these exercises will help you in the preparation for the examinations.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Park University wishes to promote a positive, collegial atmosphere among students, faculty , and staff. The students should present his/her answers in a civil manner and respond to others in a civil manner. Disruptive students will not be tolerated and will be dealt with. Disruptive behavior may have sanctions ranging from a private email warning to reporting to the Academic Dean. **Netiquette link is located on the Help and Resources page under course home. It is located, under "New Student Survival Kit",  Netiquette link should now be visible. Please be sure to read through this data.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weekly Quiz Schedule

Chapter Week # Quiz
of Quiz
3 1 10 45 min
6, 7 2 20 1.25 hour
8, 9 3 20 1.25 hour
10 4 10 45 min
13 5 10 45 min
12, 14 6 20 1.25 hour
11 7 10 45 min
Week 8: Proctored Final Exam must be completed no later than Friday, July 25th. Your proctor will either fax or email me your completed exam. It will be closed book, closed notes, no computers, but you will be able to use a calculator.

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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.
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 2008-2009 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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