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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Habiger, Matthew J.


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Course

EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester

F1J 2010 PV

Faculty

Habiger, Matthew H.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MA - University of Kansas
BS - University of St.Thomas

E-Mail

matthew.habiger@park.edu

Semester Dates

Aug 16 - Oct 4

Class Days

-M-----

Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Prerequisites

MA 120 and CS 140

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Lind, Marchal & Wathan, "Basic Statistics for Business and Economics, 7th Edition, Irwin, Inc Publishing,
ISBN: 978-0-07-738447-0

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Additional Resources:
You will need a calculator.  An inexpensive "Scientific" calculator is sufficient.  Any Casio or Texas Instruments calculator should work.

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Course Description:
EC315 Quantitative Research Methods: 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 purpose of this course is to emphasize the powerful role statistics can play in decision making processes. Therefore, students are expected to not only perform calculations but also understand the applicability of the results.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Derive an original regression model and run it using Microsoft Excel. Write a paper explaining this model and its outcome.
  2. Given an Excel regression output, correctly interpret the model statistics including the statistical significance of the independent variables and the R-square statistic of the model.
  3. Find the predicted value of the dependent variable given a regression output with independent variable coefficients plus values for the independent variables.
  4. Conduct hypothesis tests and confidence intervals on the mean and the difference between two means using the "t" statistic.
  5. 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:

1.  Exams:  There will be 3 exams in the course, including the core assessment final exam.
2.  Research Project:  Students will complete a research project and present their results
3.  Assignments:  Students will be expected to complete homework assignments each week. 

Grading:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:
 
Exam 1:                                                 10%
Exam 2:                                                 20%
Final Exam:                                            30%
Research Project/Presentation:             30%
Assignments:                                         10%
Total                                                    100%

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.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Make-up exams will only be considered if instructor is notified PRIOR to the time the exam is given.  If a student is running late to class and shows up once the exam has been distributed, the student will be given the exam but will only have the originally scheduled finish time on the exam.  For instance, if 75 minutes are alloted to the exam and a student arrives 20 minutes late, he/she will be given the exam but now has only 45 minutes to complete the exam.
 
Late assignments will be entered into the gradebook as a zero.  However, the instructor will likely evaluate and give feedback on the work submitted.
 
 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

All students are expected to be in class and on time.  Attendance will be taken near the beginning of the class.  All cell phones should be silenced once class begins.  There will be two breaks during the night class, so that will allow time to check messages.
 
There will be class discussions and times when group work is expected.  Students/Faculty are required to treat all involved in the class with respect and courtesy.  A conducive learning environment is critical to accomplish the outcomes of this course.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 
Week      Date            Chapters      Topic
   1         Aug.16th         1,3,5-8      Review of Statistics
   2         Aug.23rd         9-10         Confidence Interval Estimation, Hypothesis Testing
   3         Aug.30th         10-11        Hypothesis Testing,                                           EXAM 1
   4         Sept.6th          13-14        Regression
   5         Sept.13th        14              Multiple Regression                                           EXAM 2
   6         Sept.20th        12              ANOVA   
   7         Sept.27th        12,15         ANOVA, Chi-Square
   8         Oct.4th                             Core Assessment Final Exam, Project Reports & Presentations
 
 Homework will be assigned on a weekly basis.
 

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
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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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