SO 307 Statistics for Social Sci.
F1T 2012 DLB
Josephsohn, Thomas J.
B.A. University of Missouri, ColumbiaM.A. University of Missouri, ColumbiaPh.D Loyola University Chicago
Monday, August 20, 2012--Sunday, October 14, 2012
An introductory social science class (i.e., SO141, PS101, CJ100, or SW205) and MA131 or equivalent.
Textbook: Healey, J.F. (2012). Statistics: A tool for social research (9th ed.). Stamford, CN: CENAGE Learning-Wadsworth.
IBM Statistics SPSS Standard GradPack 19 (6 month rental), available at www.onthehub.com/spss/
Huff, D. (1954/1993). How to lie with statistics (1993 Reissued ed.). NewYork, NY: W.W. Norton & Co.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Additional Resources: Additional Readings as necessary.
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My educational philosophy is that of active
learning. I attempt to ask questions and provoke discussion that
provides students with a working knowledge of a subject.
Knowing answers to questions is not enough, a student must be able to
find answers and judge their quality. I do this by emphasizing open
ended questions embedded in readings and lectures that are subject to
debate using the evidence at hand.
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: 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:
If your assignments are turned in late regarding your contributions the
discussion sections, or other assignments, they will not receive the
maximum number of points available. Points deducted will be per day and
depend upon the assignment involved. If you do not contribute to your
discussion sections, you will not receive credit for it.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Courtesy & the "Golden Respect
Rule": Treat others as you would like to be treated - including the
Professor. (unless you are a "personality disorder", and then we will
have to refer you for treatment!)
2. Everyone has the right to respect regarding their own opinions,
feelings if expressed appropriately, ie assertively rather than
aggressively. Use "I" statements/messages rather than "you". Use "active
listening". Note link to information on appropriate
communication. Everyone has the right to be heard - listened to without
interruption or judgment.
3. It can take a few days to adjust to a course site, so take some
time to check out the areas and be patient with yourself and others.
After exploring and reading all the information, if you still have
questions please post them in the Office area so that other students can
benefit from reading them. If you have a personal issue you can email
the Professor within the course system. The turn around for responding
is a maximum of 48 hours, except for weekends.
4. You will post/discuss study questions in the discussion posting
area. A minimum of 3 in depth responses is required; "I agree", is not
5. Other assignments that the entire class will participate in will
be posted in the special discussion areas created for them each week. A
minimum of 3 in depth responses is required also.
6. If doing an interview, remember to use "Active Listening" when asking questions. Note information regarding the interviewee.
7. It's best to do assignments in a word processing program and
then cut and paste into the discussion area. This way you can save your
work in case of a software problem.
8. Have a BACKUP COMPUTER located in case of problems, and do your
assignments early enough to be able to seek another if you have to.
Having a computer problem is not an excuse for not doing an assignment.
Pre-quiz, Quiz 1
Quiz 2, Assignment 1
Probability & Inference
Quiz 3, Assignment 2
Quiz 4, Assignment 3
Statistical Association I
Quiz 5, Assignment 4
Statistical Association 2
Quiz 6, Assignment 5
Quiz 7, Assignment 6
Summary & Review
Final Exam, Core Assessment
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