SO 307 Statistics for Social Sci.
S2D 2011 DA
Wright, Barbara May
BA psychology major, math minorMA clinical psychology with specialization in school psycholgy
03/14/11 through 05/08/11
1:30 - 7:00 PM
MA 131 and introduction to a social science class(i.e. SO 141, PS 101, CJ 100 or SW 205)
Textbook: Healey, J. (2009) Statistics: A Tool for Social Research - 8th Edition. Thomas Learning-Wadsworth.
Huff, D. (1954/1993) How to Lie with Statistics - 1993 Reissued Edition. Norton & Co.
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Educational Philosophy: I will work with you to learn statistics by encouraging the use of positive learning experiences while maintaining the high standard of ethical behavior within the classroom. I desire to see you succeed and will use various techniques which encourage positive learning through lectures, homework assignments, participation, and project experiences while positively studying and preparing for the tests.
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: The breakdown of the class activities includes the following:
Pretest: 25 points (2.5%)
Discussion & Participation: 20 points x 8 classes = 160 points (16%)
Quizzes: 7 @ 50 points each = 350 points (35%)
Assignments # 1 - #7: 7 @ 25 points each = 175 points (17.5%)
Final: 90 points (9%)
Core Assessment: 200 points (20%)
Grading: Maximum Points Possible: 1000
A = 900 - 1000
B = 800 - 900
C = 700 - 799
D = 600 - 699
F = Below 600
Late Submission of Course Materials: Generally, I do not accept late work. However, if there is an emergency, please discuss it with me as soon as possible so that consideration can be taken into account. I would prefer that you discuss it with me prior to the due date or immediately after that date.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Consideration should be given to all rules that are followed as noted in the references in school policy and procedures so that there is a maintaining of high standards of ethical behavior within the classroom
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Lectures indicate what will be covered on each states date. Quizzes will happen at the start of the class, prior to lectures, on the date notes. Assignments are indicated for what is due the following week following the given lectures.
Class activities and assignments include the following:
03/19/11: Introductions - Approaching Stats Positively - Prologue
Chapter 2: Basic Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 3: Central Tendency, Dispersion, Normal Curve
Assignment #1: Chapter 2: Problems 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 2.9, 2.11
Chapter 3: Problems 3.3, 3.5, 3.7, 3.10, 3.12, 3,14
03/26/11: Chapter 4: Measures of Dispersion
Chapter 5: Normal Curve
WORK: Quiz 1
Assignment #2: Chapter 4: Problems 4.4, 4.8, 4.11
Chapter 5: Problems 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.8, 5.9, 5.11, 5.12
04/02/11: Chapter 6: Sampling
Chapter 7: Estimation Procedures
Chapter 8: Hypothesis Testing - One Sample Case
WORK: Quiz 2
Assignment #3: Chapter 6: Problem 6.1
Chapter 7: Problems 7.1, 7.3, 7.4, 7.10, 7.13
Chapter 8: Problems 8.1, 8.4, 8.5, 8.9, 8.11
04/09/11: Chapter 9: Hypothesis Testing - Two Sample Case
Chapter 10: Hypothesis Testing - The Analysis of Variance
WORK: Quiz 3
Assignment #4: Chapter 9: Problems 9.1, 9.3, 9.7, 9.11, 9.13
Chapter10: Problems 10.1, 10.3, 10.5, 10.7
04/16/11: Chapter 11: Hypothesis Testing - Chi Square
Chapter 12: Bivariate Association
WORK: Quiz 4
Assignment #5: Chapter 11: Problems 11.2, 11.3, 11.9, 11.11, 11.17
Chapter 12: Problems 12.1, 12.3, 12.9
04/23/11: Chapter 13: Association at Nominal Level
Chapter 14: Association at Ordinal Level
WORK: Quiz 5
Assignment #6: Chapter 13: Problems 13.1, 13.5, 13.7, 13.11
Chapter 14: Problems 14.1, 14.5, 14,7, 14,11
04/30/11: Chapter 15: Association at Interval-Ratio Level
Chapter 16: Bivariate Tables
Chapter 17: Regressions/Correlations
WORK: Quiz 6 and Finalization of project reports
Assignment #7: Chapter 15: 15.9
Chapter 16: 16.1
Chapter 17: 17.1
05/07/11: Core Assessment Oral and Written Reports
Quiz 7 and Final Exam
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