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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Long Simmons, Sylvia


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

F2D 2010 DA

Faculty

Long Simmons, Sylvia

Title

Professor of Economics

Degrees/Certificates

Doctorate in Educ. Psy and Language Reading and Culture
Masters in Education
Bachelors in Business

Office Location

Davis Montham

Office Hours

By appointment only

Other Phone

520-459-2953

E-Mail

sylvia.LongSimmons@Park.edu

Semester Dates

October 18, 2010

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

4:45 - 7:25 PM

Prerequisites

Math 120 and CS 140

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 
ISBN information below: Basic Statistics for Business and Economics with Formula Card by Douglas Lind, William Marchal, and Samuel Wathen Product Details • Hardcover • Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin; 7 edition (January 11, 2010) • ISBN-10: 0-07-738447-4 • ISBN-13: 978-0-07-738447-0

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville 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.

PC with modem (28.8 or faster) 
 
Internet Browser (Microsoft or Netscape). 
 
E-mail account 
       
Note:  Must have access to good working computer or be able to utilize the library and/or computer lab.

Access of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software.


Access to a Scanner may be necessary for any handwritten graphs and calculations
Hacker, Diana.  Rules for Writers. (Style Manual).  APA manual or online information in reference to APA style for References and in-text citations.

Little Brown Handbook  will be very useful for every student

Students must have a scientific calculator in class and for  all homework, in class assignments and exams.  Students will require access to Microsoft Excel for out of classroom work.  This software is installed on computers normally available in campus computer centers if the student does not have access elsewhere.
 
Every student will be informed and directed  free usage of specific software on the first day of class. 

 
 

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024

 

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

http://Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.
http://www.mathzone.com/
http://www.economagic.com
http://www.park.edu/library/index.asp
http://www.whitehouse.gov/cea/erp06.pdf
Other sites will be discussed during class.

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:

 
 

My educational philosophy is one of interaction of all learners based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, websites and writings.  My philosophy will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, statistical concepts, issues and contradictions.
Students are expected to come to class prepared (i.e., read and review assigned textbook and supplemental material and complete assigned projects). 

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:

 
 
 

Homework

110

Weekly

Course Participation

40

Weekly

                                                Quiz 1 
                                                Quiz 2    
                                                Data Analysis  

50

50

Week 3

MID-TERM EXAM Part I and Part II 

150

Week 4

 Final Presentation

120

Week 5

Data Analysis Project Report

180

Week 7

PROCTORED FINAL EXAM

300

Week 8

TOTAL

1000

  

  

Grading:
 

The final grade will be based on the following scale:

A      90% and above
B      80-89
C      70-79
D      60-69
F      59% and below F or 3 or more absences

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:
 
Late submission of homework will be accessed a 10% penalty for each week that it is late.
 
No late assignments will be accepted the last day of class.
 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will need to take an active role in working out classroom projects.  This includes helping other students in completing their individual tasks.

Faculty members are expected to dismiss from their classrooms students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under influence of drugs or alcohol, etc. Students who are dismissed from class may be given failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from Park University. Students whose behavior, either verbal or written, is detrimental to the good order of Park University may be subject to disciplinary action ranging from suspension to expulsion from Park University. Students who exhibit abusive or obscene language or behavior toward administrative personnel or support staff are also subject to suspension or expulsion from Park University.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 Date

Topic

Homework *

Week 1

Descriptive Statistics

Descriptive Statistics

Chapters 1, 2  & 3

Homework will be assigned

Review Requirements for Class Research Project.

Review Requirements for Homework Project.

Review Central Tendencies and Dispersion Mathematically

Week 2

Descriptive Statistics

 Homework will be assigned

Chapter 2,3,4

 

Data Analysis Tools

Excel Graphing

Minitab software assignment

Week 3

One-Sample Hypothesis Testing

Homework will be assigned and Guidelines for final data report 

Chapter 4,5, 9 & 10

Hypothesis Testing

 Computer lab time

Week 4

Multiple-Sample Hypothesis Test

 Midterm

Chapter 6, 11

Discussion and guidelines for  report

Descriptive Statistics

Homework will be assigned

Review  and discuss Research Project

Computer lab time

Week 5

Simple Regression Analysis

Hypothesis Testing

Chapter 13

Linear Regression Section of Homework Project

 

Homework will be assigned

Week 6

Multiple Regression Analyses

Linear Regression

Chapter 14

Multiple Regression

Hypothesis Testing

Homework will be assigned
Interpreting Regression Analysis  Project Rough Draft due in class

Week 7

Multiple Regression & Final Presenations are Due

 Project Rough Draft  Review Continued Before Going Final.

Chapter 14

 Week 8                                       

Comprehensive Final Exam

Multiple Regression

 Final Projects are due hard copy and on disc.

 

 

 

 

* Homework assignments will be assigned every class during class sessions

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
Students are required to be in attendance every class.  Please be aware the class in for 8 weeks.  
Review college policy on missing classes.  

If you are not present to take the midterm exam you will be assessed 20% of the exam grade.

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 .

Bibliography:

Additional resources and supplements will be discussed in class. 
 
Every student will be responsible for review of the supplemental material. 



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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