EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
SP 2010 HOB
Soule, Peter E.
Professor of Economics
PhD in Economics
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MA120 and CS140
Lind, Douglas, William G. Marchal, and Samuel A. Wathen.
Basic Statistics for Business and Economics, Sixth Edition. McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-07-352142-8
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The purpose of this course is to educate, which requires two things to happen. The teacher must teach or facilitate learning and the student must learn the required materials. This requires feed back to the instructor on how the student is learning. This feedback occurs in written work and classroom discussion.
It is preferred that students ask questions during class as they arise. Often, a student will approach the instructor after class with a question that brings up a very important point that should have been addressed during class but the class is out the door. This is especially true with perceived calculation errors on the part of the instructor, which were placed on the black (or white) board and are therefore in everyone’s notes. If there was an error, it will be corrected. If not, there was confusion not only on the part of the student asking the question, but also others in the class, who saw the same apparent error but didn’t ask about it. Obviously, this calls for additional clarification on the part of the instructor. No question is dumb and no student will be belittled for asking a question or making a comment.
The homework is intended to assess what students know and what they don’t. Perfection is not expected and the grading is somewhat inflated. Homework is graded based on effort while tests and papers are graded on achievement. If the student indicates a near total lack of understanding of assigned homework, the grading will become more realistic so that the student is not lulled into a false sense of mastery just before the test boom gets lowered. A second area where grading is benign is the Initial Topic Paper of the Term Project. It is expected that some student groups will have more difficulty absorbing the concepts of the Initial Topic Paper. Having said all this, it is still true that perfect or near-perfect homework and Initial Topic Papers will earn higher scores than less perfect ones.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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 RubricClass Assessment:
HOMEWORK: Homework is graded liberally and solution copies are provided to students. The primary purpose of homework is to give feedback to the students and the instructor as to what learning has taken place. Successful mastery of homework is necessary preparation for the test(s). Any questions on the homework problems need to be resolved prior to the subsequent test.
TEST INFORMATION: Tests will primarily involve problem solving but may also have multiple choice and/or short answer sections. The problems will be similar to those presented in class and provided in the homework assignments. The only reference allowed on Tests is a formula sheet and any necessary tables which will be part of the test. Test 2 will focus on material presented after the Test 1. The final exam will be comprehensive.
TERM PROJECT. The term project involves proposing a model and then writing a formal proposal for the research it involves. The student will use Excel to regress data for their model. The student will then analyze the computer output and write and submit for grading a written report using the APA format for in-text citations and the References page.
ORAL REPORT. Oral Report requirements and suggestions will be handed out in class.
PowerPoint presentations should follow the following rules.
1) The 3-5-7 rule
- no more than 3 main points per slide
- no more than 5 lines of dense text
- no more than 7 words per line
2) Avoid technology bells and whistles that do not enhance learning objectives of your presentation.
Homework 100 Assigned in Class
Term Project Written Proposal 80 Mar 4
Term Project Written Report 70 Apr 8
TEST 2 150 Apr 13
Term Project Oral Presentations 100 Apr 22-27-29
FINAL TEST 300 May 6 (8:00-10:00 am)
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 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.
HOMEWORK: Completed homework is collected at the beginning of the class on the day it is due. After that time, up to the point at which the solution is distributed, the maximum homework grade will be 50%. Typically, the homework solution is distributed when homework is returned. After this point LATE HOMEWORK CAN EARN NOT MORE THAN 20% CREDIT.
A student, who misses an exam, is allowed to make it up if their absence was excused before the test or is a genuine emergency. Makeup tests will substitute essay questions for the short answer and multiple-choice portion of the original exam. The makeup test will have a different problem section and will include subjects covered since the exam that was missed.
Late Term Project Proposals and Written Reports will be charged 2% per day, including weekends and holidays.
Oral report dates will be assigned late in the term. Students may exchange dates for their oral reports provided they notify the instructor in advance. Students, who do not give their oral report on the assigned (or exchanged) day, will lose 20% of their Oral report grade. Students are required to attend all Oral Report class days. Absence from one of these days will cause the student to lose 20% of their Oral Report grade.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
EMAIL TO INSTRUCTOR: Always use the following subject line: EC315B TR, First-Name, Last-Name, and (short) subject. If you leave a message by voice mail or any other means be sure to include this information.
CELL PHONES and PAGERS. Turn off cell phones and pagers before class. Any one, who has a vital need for such devices during class, must discuss this with instructor before class. In this situation, if device has a vibrate mode, it must be used. The student must leave the room to take any message. Cell phones cannot be used during tests.
DATE Subjects TEXT CHAPTER
Jan 12-14 Introduction to Regression 1
Jan 19-21 Excel Regression 13
Jan 26-28 Linear Regression 14
Feb 2-4-9 Regression Applications
(Project Topic and Feasibility Paper due Feb 2)
Feb 11 TEST 1
Feb 16-18 Normal Distribution and Sampling Distribution of X-bar 7, 8
Feb 23-25 X-bar Hypothesis testing, Confidence Interval, Sample Size 9, 10
Mar 2-4 Paired Difference Test
Large Sample X-bar1-X-bar2 est and Confidence Interval 11
(Term Project Written Proposal due Mar 4)
Mar 16-18 F test of Variance between two Samples 12
Mar 23-25 Small Sample X-bar1-X-bar2 Test and Confidence Interval
Mar 30-Apr 1 Binomial p and p1-p2 Hypothesis testing 9, 10, 11
Apr 6-8 Review of two -sample hypothesis tests 9 (-)
(Term Project Written Report due Apr 8)
Apr 13 TEST 2
Apr 15-20 ANOVA & X2 12, 15
Apr 22-27-29 Term Project Report Presentations
May 6 FINAL TEST (8:00-10:00 am) All Previous References
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