SO 307 Statistics for Social Sci.
F2E 2010 PE
MA Sociology, California State University, FullertonBA Sociology, California State University, Long BeachAA Social Sciences, Orange Coast College
Camp Pendleton, Bldg. 1341, Conference Rm
Anytime after class on the night I teach or by appointment.
4:45 - 10:10 PM
An introductory social science class (i.e., SO141, PS101, CJ100, or SW205) and MA131 or equivalent.
Textbook: Healey, J. (2009). Statistics: A Tool for Social Research, 8th ed. Thomson Learning-Wadsworth.
(Bundled by MBS with SPSS 16.0 Student Edition & SPSS Guide.)
Huff, D. (1954/1993). How to Lie with Statistics, 1993 Reissued Edition. W. W. Norton & Co.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Additional Readings as necessary.
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Learning is and should always be an exciting, enjoyable and challenging process. Therefore, my style of instructing is to create an atmosphere and set a tone that is non-intimidating to the student. Thus, fostering an environment that each student may willingly participate in meaningful dialog geared toward meeting the course’s overall objectives:
1. Establishing an open milieu for intellectual stimulation via lecture, group discussion and audio visual aid.
2. Provide access to academic excellence with the latest and most current research and discoveries through assigned group projects and Internet exploration.
3. Finally, prepare the student for critical thinking and effective communication via writing assignments and class presentations.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Data Analysis Project: (max. 2500 words, plus tables and figures) Students will be provided with a data set and asked to respond to the following: “tell me everything interesting about these data.” The essay must include the following components:
1. A clear hypothesis (or set of related hypotheses) that is defensible and testable, given the available data. This includes identifying each variable, discussing how they are measured and constructed, and how the student hypothesizes their relations.
2. Calculation and discussion of the descriptive statistics, and direct, part and partial correlations (when relevant), for the chosen variables.
3. Application of more than one advanced statistical technique (regression or ANOVA variants), including a discussion of effect size and statistical significance), and a comparison of those results.
4. Analysis of statistical significance for all relevant statistics. Discuss the prospects for generalization from these data.
5. Critical evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the data and their chosen analyses.
6. Discussion of the practical implications of their findings for real people and policies. Explain how these data might be used, and by whom.
7. Suggestions for future data collection and analysis that could advance our understanding of their research question beyond what is available through the current data.
In this assignment, the student will be asked to identify patterns in the data, demonstrate competency with appropriate hand and computer-aided calculations, defend their analytical choices, and translate what these numbers mean in plain language. All reasoning and conclusions must be explained and supported through references to specific statistical procedures and results. You will be judged on the quality, clarity, and completeness of your choices, analyses, and presentation.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: See detailed instructions and rubrics for all assignments in the SO307 course shell at http://parkonline.org.
Core Assessment (200 points = 20%)
The CA is a small data analysis project and the take home portion of your final examination.
Pre-Test (30 points = 3%): timed online multiple-choice quiz of algebraic proficiency.
Regular Assignments (380 points total = 38%): unit problem sets and short answer conceptional and application questions.
Unit 1 Assignment (80 points = 8%)
Unit 2 Assignment (60 points = 6%)
Unit 3 Assignment (60 points = 6%)
Unit 4 Assignment (60 points = 6%)
Unit 5 Assignment (60 points = 6%)
Unit 6 Assignment (60 points = 6%)
Discussion and Participation (25 points x 8 = 200 points = 20%)
Participate in all discussions each week, on time and according to instructions, for a possible 25 points each week.
Unit Quizzes (20 points x 7 = 140 points total = 14%)
Complete each of the seven multiple choice quizzes on time and according to instructions for a possible 20 points each.
Proctored Final Exam (50 points = 5%)
Complete the multiple choice section of the final examination on time and according to instructions.
Grading: Total Points Possible = 1000
A >= 900
B = 800-899
C = 700-799
D = 600-699
F <= 599
See attached file (2008Rubric.pdf) and the online course shell for additional details.
All assignments must be submitted through the "Dropbox" in the online course shell for grading.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Late submission of course work will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: There will be NO tolerance for comment or judgment on another student’s ability, character, performance or experience. Disruptions to the class, whether during lectures or classroom discussions will not be tolerated. Disruptions include but are not limited to: disrespect towards me or your fellow classmates, side-talking, chronic lateness, sleeping, cell phones/pagers ringing, and text/instant messaging. All cellular phones and electronic devices must be turned off or on vibrate during class.
Pre-quiz, Quiz 1
Quiz 2, Assignment 1
Probability & Inference
Quiz 3, Assignment 2
Quiz 4, Assignment 3
Statistical Association I
Quiz 5, Assignment 4
Statistical Association 2
Quiz 6, Assignment 5
Quiz 7, Assignment 6
Summary & Review
Final Exam, Core Assessment
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.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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