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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Bowersox, Nicholas N.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

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Course

EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester

F2T 2012 DLA

Faculty

Bowersox, Nicholas N.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

PhD in Business Administration (ABD), Trident University
MS in Management, Minot State University
MBA, Upper Iowa University

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Eastern Time Zone

E-Mail

Nicholas.Bowersox@park.edu

Semester Dates

10/22/12 to 12/16/12

Class Days

Virtual

Class Time

Virtual

Prerequisites

MA 120 and CS 140

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Basic Statistics for Busines & Economics 8th edition
Douglas A. Lind, Coastal Carolina University
William G. Marchal, University of Toledo
Samuel A. Wathen, Coastal Carolina University
 
Hardcover with CDROM
2012, ISBN 9780073521473
 
Please note: Earlier editions of the textbook cannot be used!

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Additional Resources:

EXCEL or Megastat

Note: For the various statistical methods used in this course, the EXCEL add-in is a useful choice. When in EXCEL, this is accessed using TOOLS, DATA ANALYSIS. (If the data analysis is not loaded, then load it using TOOLS, ADD-INS, check ANALYSIS TOOL PAK and ANALYSIS TOOL PAK, and then OK.)

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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:
My educational philosophy is one that promotes learning through interactiveness, teamwork, and self-teaching. Lectures, readings, quizzes, homework, and discussions, among other things, will be used to assess the student and his or her ability to grasp the material.

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:

All assignments are due by 11:59PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME each Sunday. Late work will NOT be accepted. Timely access for solutions to the homework and other assignments makes this policy necessary.
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:
  • Homework Assignments
  • Mid Term Examination
  • Weekly quizzes
  • Proctored Comprehensive Final Examination
  • Term Project Report applying a data base and conducting a multiple regression analysis with week 2, 5 and 8 deliverables (topic, data, report)
  • Instructor evaluation/class participation which is made up of the following factors:
    1. Posting your introduction to the conference during the first week of the course.
    2. Weekly discussion activities
    3. Having a completed, correct proctor form received and approved by the end of week 4. There will be a link to the proctor form provided in week 2.
    4. Other course related activities.

Grading:

Assessment Week Points Total
Points
Homework
* 20 points per chapter,
some weeks will have more
than 1 chapter

1- 7

20/ch.

200
Quizzes
*10 questions per chapter,
some weeks will have 20
questions and some weeks
will have only 10

1- 7

10* 100
Course Discussion

1-8

10/week
80
Midterm

4

200 200
Term Project topic/proposal

2/5

0/50 50
Term Project Report

8

70 70
Proctored Final Exam

8

300 300
Total   1,000


The following percentages will be used to assign course grades:
  • 90% - 100% = A
  • 80% - 89% = B
  • 70% - 79% = C
  • 60% - 69% = D
  • Below 60% = F

Final examination - The student's grade will directly reflect their overall course average provided they pass the final exam.  IT IS A COURSE REQUIREMENT THAT THE STUDENT MUST PASS THE PROCTORED FINAL EXAM WITH A GRADE OF 60% IN ORDER TO PASS THE EC315 COURSE REGARDLESS OF THEIR OVERALL AVERAGE IN THE COURSE.   A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University Campus Centers.  All final exams will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes.  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 Associate Dean.

The Proctored final exam for online courses must be passed with a grade of 60% or higher in order to pass the course regardless of the overall average.  The grade for students who pass the proctored final will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course.  The proctored final exam must address only material which the student has been taught in class.

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:
All assignments are due by 11:59PM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME each Sunday. Late work will NOT be accepted. Timely access for solutions to the homework and other assignments makes this policy necessary.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Park University wishes to promote a positive, collegial atmosphere among students faculty and staff.  The students should present his/her answers in a civial manner and respond to others in a civil manner.  Disruptive students will not be tolerated and will be dealt with.  Disruptive behavior may have sanctions ranging from a private email warning to reporting to the Academic Dean.

Also remember that computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems.  Printers run out of ink and hard drive crash.  Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology.  Be sure to save copies of your work to disk, hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK ONE

This week we will be covering:
  • Chapter 3 Describing Data: Numerical Measure

Week 1 Assignment Checklist

  • Post your introduction discussion under the Course Home Link
  • Read through the syllabus
  • Send your instructor an email to verify your pirate email account is working

Now start on Week One work:

  1. Review Chapter 3 from textbook and review the Powerpoint lectures for chapter 3.
  2. Review your tutorial to do statistics in Excel and Megastat.
  3. Participate in Weekly Discussion
  4. Turn in homework assignment for week 1 to the Week 1 Homework Dropbox
  5. Prepare to take a quiz on the concepts of week 1
  6. Start on your Term Paper Topic and Feasibility Study paper due in week 2

 


 

WEEK TWO
This week we will be covering:
  • Chapter 6 Choices and Theories
  • Chapter 7 Trait Theories

Week 2 Assignment Checklist

  1. Read Chapters 6 and 7 from the textbook and review the Powerpoint lectures for each of the chapters. From these readings emphasize chapters 8 and 9.
  2. Review your tutorial to do statistics in EXCEL and Megastat to be able to confidence intervals.
  3. Participate in Weekly Discussion.
  4. Turn in the homework assignment for week 2 to the Week 2 Homework Dropbox.
  5. Prepare to take a quiz on the concepts of week 2.
  6. Project Topic and Feasibility Study is due in Word ormat in Dropbox abeled Feasibility Study

 

WEEK THREE
This week we will be covering:
  • Chapter 8 Sampling Methods and the Central Limit Theorem
  • Chapter 9 Estimation and Confidence Intervals

Week 3 Assignment Checklist

  1. Read Chapters 8 and 9 from the textbook and review the Powerpoint lectures for each of the chapters. From these readings emphasize chapters 8 and 9.
  2. Participate in Weekly Discussion.
  3. Turn in the homework assignment for week 3 to the Week 3 Homework Dropbox.
  4. Prepare to take a quiz on the concepts of week 3.

 

WEEK FOUR
This week we will be covering:
  • Chapter 10 One-Sample Test of Hypothesis

Week 4 Assignment Checklist

  1. Read Chapters 10 from the textbook and review the Powerpoint lectures for each of the chapters. From these readings emphasize chapters 8 and 9.
  2. Participate in Weekly Discussion.
  3. Turn in the homework assignment for week 4 to the Week 4 Homework Dropbox.
  4. Prepare to take a quiz on the concepts of week 4.
  5. Take the midterm.

 

WEEK FIVE
This week we will be covering:
  • Chapter 13 Linear Regression and Correlation

Week 5 Assignment Checklist

  1. Read Chapter 13 from the textbook and review the Powerpoint lectures for each of the chapters.
  2. Participate in Weekly Discussion.
  3. Turn in the homework assignment for week 5 to the Week 5 Homework Dropbox.
  4. Prepare to take a quiz on the concepts of week 5.
  5. Term Project Report is due

 

WEEK SIX
This week we will be covering:
  • Chapter 12 Analysis of Variance
  • Chapter 14 Multiple Regression and Correlation Analysis

Week 5 Assignment Checklist

  1. Read Chapters 12 and 14 from the textbook and review the Powerpoint lectures for each of the chapters.
  2. Participate in Weekly Discussion.
  3. Turn in the homework assignment for week 6 to the Week 6 Homework Dropbox.
  4. Prepare to take a quiz on the concepts of week 6.

 

WEEK SEVEN
This week we will be covering:
  • Chapter 11 Two-Sample Tests of Hypothesis

Week 7 Assignment Checklist

  1. Read Chapter 11from the textbook and review the Powerpoint lectures for each of the chapters.
  2. Participate in Weekly Discussion.
  3. Turn in the homework assignment for week 7 to the Week 7 Homework Dropbox.
  4. Prepare to take a quiz on the concepts of week 7.
  5. Term Project Paper is due next week.

 

WEEK EIGHT
This week we will be covering:
  • Review all chapters in preparation for final

Week 8 Assignment Checklist

  1. Upload the Term Project Report
  2. Take part in the weekly discussion
  3. Take a proctored 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 95-96
Academic honesty is highly valued at Park University. A student must always submit work that represents his or her original words or ideas. If any words or ideas are used that do not represent the student's original words or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources. The student should also make clear the extent to which such sources were used. Words or ideas that require citations include, but are not limited to, all hardcopy or electronic publications, whether copyrighted or not, and all verbal or visual communication when the content of such communication clearly originates from an identifiable source. At Park University, all submissions to any public meeting or private mailbox fall within the scope of words and ideas that require citations if used by someone other than the original author.

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 95

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 course related question, or using any of the learning management system tools.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.
Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88


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 .



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)



 
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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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