SO 307 Statistics for Social Sci.
F1H 2011 BU
Blaydes, Kathy J.
Senior Adjunct Professor
Ed. D., LPC, LPCS, NCC, MAC
Park University office, MCAS Beaufort
15 August to 9 October, 2011
5:00 - 7:30 PM
Textbook: Healey, J. (2009). Statistics: A tool for social research, 9th edition. Wadsworth, Belmont, CA. ISBN: 1-111-18636-7.
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Educational Philosophy: This facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, and class discussions. In this class there will be a high number of examples of statistical analysis, as well as small group work in statistical analysis.
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: There will be periodic examinations, graded homework, a core assessment that includes statistical analysis, and classroom examples.
Late Submission of Course Materials: All homework is due on the next class meeting after it is assigned. Assignments and exams are due at the due date. Late submission will be marked down one letter grade per class meeting until it is turned in or there are no longer any points. If you have an emergency, work crisis, or something else that prevents you from being in class, please let me know by phone or email as soon as possible.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Attendance is crucial for this class. If you miss a class, you will miss important information that could leave you behind in the next assignments. Make sure that you show up on time, turn off or mute phones, no texting, checking email, or side conversations in class, as these are distracting for both the instructor and other students. We will be working in small groups. Please make sure that if you have questions about any information that you let me know.
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.
Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96
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