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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Deck, Raymond R.


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Course

EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester

S2R 2012 SC

Faculty

Deck, Raymond R.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

BS Civil Engineering, P.E. M.B.A.

Office Location

Scott AFB

Office Hours

0700-1600

Daytime Phone

(618) 256-4284

Other Phone

(618) 795-0431

E-Mail

raymond.deck@park.edu

raymond.deck@us.af.mil; ray.deck@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

3/19/2012 - 5/13/2012

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Lind, Marchal, Wathen: Basic Statistics for Business and Economics, 7th Edition, 9780077384470

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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:
To introduce students to may of the important concepts and procedures they are likely to need in order to (1) evaluate such daily inputs as organizational reports, newspaper articles, radio and television commentaries, blogs, (2) improve their ability to make better decisions over a wide range of topics, and (3) improve their ability to measure and cope with changing conditions both at home and on the job. The emphasis will be placed on explaining statistical procedures and interpreting the resulting conclusions.

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:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:
 
Test 1            15%
Test 2            15%
Final Exam      30%
Homework      20%
Class Project   20%
Total            100%
 

Grading:

The final grade will be based on the following scale:
 
A   90-100
B   80-89
C   70-79
D   60-69
F   Less than 60

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 assessed a 10% penalty for each class period that it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students shall 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 fro 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 Univeristy 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:

Week 1: Chapters 8 & 9
Week 2: Chapters 9 & 10
Week 3: Chapters 10 & 11
Week 4: Chapters 11 & 12
Week 5: Chapters 12 & 13
Week 6: Chapters 13 & 14
Week 7: Chapters 14 & 15
 
Students shall prepare for first weeks class by reviewing material learned in MA120.

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 .

Additional Information:

Research Topic Proposal: As preparation for the research paper, formulate an original theory about the correlation between four measurable independent variables (causes) and one measurable dependent variable (the effect). The topic should include the following four items which serve as the foundation for research paper after the instructor feedback is given:

 

1: Purpose Statement: In one paragraph, state the correlation and identify the primary independent variable. State the correlation: "The dependent variable ___________ is determined by the independent variables..." Identify and defend the "primary" independent variable in this relationship.

 

2. Definition of Variables: For each variable, write a single definition paragraph. Paragraphs should be in this order: dependent variable, primary independent variable, remaining independent variables. In addition to defining the independent variables, defend why each determines the dependent variable. For the primary independent variable, provide at least two research sources that discuss the variable. These sources need not be technical documents but should contain evidence to justify the relationship between the primary independent variable and the dependent variable. List these sources on the Works Cited (reference) page. Citations from Encyclopedia, abstracts, or non-governmental websites are not acceptable research sources.

 

3. Data Description: For each of the five variables, at least 30 observations of cross-sectional data must be obtained. Thus, a matrix that is at least 30 rows by five columns must be presented. In one paragraph, identify the data sources and describe the data. Attach a copy of the original data tables from which the data will be compiled after the proposal is reviewed and approved by the instructor.

 

4. Works Cited: The final paper shall include a works cited page listing the two research sources for the primary independent variable and the data sources, with a separate citation for each table of data, including specific table numbers for each of the five sources. The appropriate format should be employed (see below).

 

5: Presentation and Interpretation of Results: Write the estimated prediction equation. Identify and interpret the adjusted R2. Identify and interpret the F Test. Identify and interpret the T Test for each of the coefficients. Analyze multicollinearity of the independent variables. Provide other information as required to fully support your basic hypothesis.



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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