EC315 Quantitative Research Methods

for U1J 2011

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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods


U1J 2011 DN


Simcoe, Robert A.


Adjunct Instructor


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Semester Dates

June 6, 2011 - July 29, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 PM - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Basic Statistics for Business and Economics
Author: Lind, Douglas A. / Marchal, William G. / Wathen, Samuel Adam
ISBN: 978-0-07-738447-0    Edition: 7TH 11
Publisher: Richard D. Irwin, Inc.

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Additional Resources:

You will need a calculator for the class.

I recommend - "Statistical Calculator ( TI-30XA )" - Usually an $8-$15 investment.  
Class instruction will be based on the functions of the TI-30XA; the instructor will be unable to assist with the use of other calculators.  Students using other calculators will be expected to follow class instruction and perform the same formulas as those using the TI-30XA.  

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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 purpose of this course is to provide students with the quantitative skills that are necessary for doing applied work.   In order to accomplish that goal, the teacher must facilitate learning and the student must learn the required materials.  This requires feedback from the student to the teacher.  This feedback occurs in written work and classroom discussion.   
The class is structured around lecture, with classroom time for lab instruction and statistical analysis.

The homework is intended to assess what students know and what they are uncertain about. Homework is graded liberally and based on effort while the examinations and papers are graded on achievement. 


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:
Exams, Reports, Presentations and Class Evaluations/Class Assignments


  • 150 : Mid Term Test  - 30% ( 150 points In Class Closed Book/Notes )
  •   50 : Mid Term Assignments 10% ( 2-25 Point Assignments )
  •   75 : Final Assignment ( Research Project/Paper)- 15%

    A hard copy of the research assignment will be turned in and a copy will be sent via email to robert.simcoe@parkedu 

  • 150 : Final Test - 30% - (In Class Closed Book/Notes)
  •     5 : Term Project/Paper Proposal -1%
  •   45:  Presentation of Project 9%

    A hard copy of the presentation will be turned in the night of the presentation.  

  • 25: In class / Homework Assignments - 5%
  • Total points for the class: 500
    • Grading:90% and above is an A
    • 80% and above is a B
    • 70% and above is a C
    • 60% and above is a D
    • Below 60% is an 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 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:
    Assignments are due at the start of class, one week after it is assigned.  The solutions will be posted to the instructors webpage for review and self learning.
    A student that misses an examination is allowed to make up the examination.  The make up examinations will be a different set of questions than that of the in class examinations and will be taken at the Testing Center at the home campus. Students are expected to complete the make up exam with in a time frame coordinated and agreed to by the instructor.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:
    We are in a professional academic environment and I would expect everyone to act in a well behaved adult manner.  

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    06/07/11 - Intro to Statistics - 1-2
    06/14/11 - Intro to Statistics - 3-4
    06/21/11 - Probability - 5-7
    06/28/11 - Mid Term Test  / (Proposal Due) 
    07/05/11 - Hypothesis Testing - 8-11 
    07/12/11 - Regression 12-15 (Scatterplot /Durbin Watson )
    07/19/11 - Presentations
    07/26/11 - Final & ( Report Due )  

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    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.

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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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