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PS 307 Statistics for Social Sci.
Mason, Teresa L.


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

SO 307 Statistics for Social Sciences

Semester

F1F 2011 QU

Faculty

Mason, Teresa L.

Title

Assistant Professor Psychology

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Developmental Psychology

Office Location

Quantico

Office Hours

TBA

Daytime Phone

703-598-1291

E-Mail

teresa.mason@park.edu

Web Page

http://www.parkonline.org

Semester Dates

15 August - 9 October 2011

Class Days

----W--

Class Time

5:25 - 10:35 PM

Prerequisites

MA131 and an introductory social science class

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Healey, J. (2009).  Statistics: A Tool for Social Research, 8th. Edition, Thomson Learning-Wadsworth. 
 
Huff, D. (1954/1993).  How to Lie with Statistics, 1993 Reissued Edition.  W.W. Norton & Co. (you must read this entire book the for the first week of class).
 
Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS Bookstore.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Additional readings as necessary.

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/.

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/.


Course Description:
SO 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 provability, 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 131 and an introductory social science class (i.e., SO141, PS101, CJ100 or SW 205)

Educational Philosophy:
I believe the ideal classroom is one where students add their own ideas to discussions, debate and challenge their fellow students, and actively think through the concepts being discussed.  I learn so much from my students and I know they learn a lot from each other as well.

Class Assessment:

Core Assessment (20%) 
 
Out-of-class homework assignments (20%) 
 
In-class Assignments & Participation (15%)
 
Quizzes (20%)  
 
Final Exam (20%)
 
Modules (5%). Students must complete 3 in-class modules (special topics discussions or relevant video presentation). There will be a total of 6 modules; students will receive extra credit for each module completed beyond the required 3.
 
 

Grading:

90 - 100 = A
80 -   89 = B
70 -   79 = C
60 -   69 = D
Less than 60 = F
 
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

If an assignment is due on a night that the student is not present, it is the student's responsibility to get the assignment to the instructor on the due date. Five points will be deducted each day an assignment is late. Assignments will not be accepted after three days past the due date without prior approval from the instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

  • Class participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade.
  • Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time.
  • Students are required to read all material assigned prior to class and apply the material during class discussions, activities, and exercises.
  • The student is responsible for providing the instructor with justification for an excused absence, either prior to or immediately after the absence.
  • Computers are now an integral part of our educational experience; you will be required to have access to the Internet on a regular basis.
  • Students are expected to use ecompanion for this course; it is the student's responsibility to monitor http://www.parkonline.org.
  • Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines.
  • Students will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.
  • Students are expected to respect other students' opinions and values, even if they disagree with those opinions and values.
  • There should only be one person talking at a time. Side bar conversations will not be tolerated.
  • Cell phones are to be used during breaks only; no texting while in class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
  

Week

Chapter/Topic

Assignments Due

Module

1: 17 Aug

Healey Ch. 1 – Intro to Course;
Healey Ch. 2 - Descriptive Stats;
How to Lie with Statistics (entire book)

        

2: 24 Aug

Healey Ch. 3 – Measures of Central Tendency;

Healey Ch. 4 – Measures of Dispersion

Assignment 1 & Quiz 1

Module 1: Topic TBA

3: 31 Aug

Healey 5 – Normal Curve;

Healey 6 – Intro to Inferential Stats

Assignment 2 & Quiz 2

Module 2: Topic TBA

4: 7 Sept

Healey 7 – Estimation Procedures;
Healey 8 –Hypothesis Testing I

Assignment 3 & Quiz 3

Module 3: Topic TBA

5: 14 Sept

Healey 9 – Hypothesis Testing II;

Healey 10 –Hypothesis Testing III

Assignment 4 & Quiz 4

Module 4: Topic TBA

6: 21 Sept

Healey 11 – Hypothesis Testing IV;

Healey 12 – Bivariate Association

 

Assignment 5 & Quiz 5   

Module 5: Topic TBA

7: 28 Sept

Healey 13 – Nominal Level Measurements

Healey 14 – Ordinal Level Measurements

Final Data Analysis Report (Core Assessment) & Quiz 6

 

Module 6: Topic TBA

8: 5 Oct

 

Final Exam

 

 

 

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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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 .

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