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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Bowlby, Shamaar A.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester

F1T 2008 DLF

Faculty

Bowlby, Shamaar A.

Title

Instructor

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone

805-588-1684

E-Mail

Shamaar.Bowlby@pirate.park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

MA120, CS140

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Douglas Lind,William Marchal and Samuel Wathen, Basic Statistics for Business & Economics - With Student CD.  ISBN: 9780073521428 McGraw-Hill 2008. 

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:

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.
Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.
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. Prerequisite: MA120 and CS140. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

I have an open door (open phone rather) policy.  Please feel free to send me an email or call me any time you have a question.  I will go out of my way to help you any way I can.  But I expect you to make an equal effort.  The harder you work, the more I will go out of my way to help. 
 
VERY VERY IMPORTANT!!!   At a minimum for this class, if you want to succeed, you need to:
1.  Read and understand this syllabus,
2.  Read EVERY discussion post from me and you should read all the discussion post from your fellow students,
3.  Read every announcement (located on the course homepage),
4.  Turn in all assignments on-time,
5.  Read all comments I post in your gradebook, and
6.  Check your park email account frequently

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:

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.

Grading:

 
 

Assignment

Week

Points

Total Points

Homework

1-7

20/chap

200

Quizzes

1-7

10/chap

100

Participation

1-8

10

80

Midterm

4

200

200

Term Project Proposal

5

50

50

Term Project Report

8

70

70

Proctored Final Exam

8

300

300

                       

 

TOTAL

1000

 
Points Grade
900 - 1000 A
 800 - 899 B
 700 - 799 C
600 - 699 D
<599 F

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.
 In very rare circumstances, I may offer a make-up assignment to students who have a legitimate reason for missing the assignment.  Waiting until Sunday to do your work is not recommended.  You have all week to complete your work and I will not be lenient in cases where something unavoidable comes up at the last minute and you could have done the work earlier in the week!

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:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:00 am MT and Sunday at 11:59 PM MT. (MT is Mountain Time at Denver, Colorado, where eCollege is located.  When Denver is in Daylight Saving Time, the course will be also.  Please make sure you adjust your classwork schedule to meet the MT deadlines.)  The first week begins the first day of the term. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.  All assignments are due by Sunday at 11:59 PM MT, unless otherwise stated. 

Weekly Chapter and Quiz Schedule

Chapter Week # Quiz
Questions
Length
of Quiz
3 1 10 30 min
6, 7 2 20 1 hour
8, 9 3 20 1 hour
10 4 10 30 min
13 5 10 30 min
12, 14 6 20 1 hour
11 7 10 30 min
 

Assignment

Week

Homework

1-7

Quizzes

1-7

Participation

1-8

Midterm

4

Term Project Proposal

5

Term Project Report

8

Proctored Final Exam

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 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

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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