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PS 307 Statistics for Social Sci.
West, James E.


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Course

PS 307 Statistics for Social Sci.

Semester

F1T 2011 DL

Faculty

West, James E.

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Licensed Professional Counselor
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Office Location

San Antonio, Texas

Office Hours

8 - 5 M - F Central Time

E-Mail

james.west@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Prerequisites

An introductory social science class (i.e., SO141, PS101, CJ100, or SW205) and MA131 or equivalent.

Credit Hours

3


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

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Course Description:
PS 307 Statistics for Social Sciences: Statistical methods are a primary tool for all of the social and behavioral sciences. This course introduces a wide variety of common statistical techniques and their conceptual bases, including: basic descriptive and inferential statistics, analyses of association and variance, effect sizes, and others in their parametric and nonparametric forms. It provides a background in the relevant theories of probability, sampling, and measurement. And the student will learn how to become a more discerning consumer of statistical information as well as gaining practical experience calculating these statistics by hand and computer. Prerequisites: MA 135 and an introductory social science class (i.e., SO141, PS101, CJ100 or SW 205) ~ ~ ~

Educational Philosophy:
Learning is a shared experience between the instructor and the student.

Class Assessment:

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 Rubric

Grading:

Class 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 material must be approved by the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Courtesy is expected.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Topic
Due
 1  Speaking Statistics
 Pre-quiz, Quiz 1
 2  Descriptive Statistics
 Quiz 2, Assignment 1
 3  Probability & Inference
 Quiz 3, Assignment 2
 4  Statistical Significance
 Quiz 4, Assignment 3
 5  Statistical Association I
 Quiz 5, Assignment 4
 6 Statistical Association 2   Quiz 6, Assignment 5
 7  Multivariate Analysis
 Quiz 7, Assignment 6
 8  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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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.
ONLINE NOTE: Students must participate in an academically related activity on a weekly basis in order to be marked present in an online class. Examples of academically-related activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion, completing a quiz or exam, completing an assignment, initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a courserelated question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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Last Updated:7/12/2011 9:40:54 AM