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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Sloboda, Brian


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Course

EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester

S2T 2013 DLC

Faculty

Sloboda, Brian W.

Title

Senior Adjunct Faculty Member

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D., Economics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
M.S, Economics, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
B.A., Economics, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Office Location

Silver Spring, Maryland

Office Hours

24/7

Daytime Phone

202.693.5904

E-Mail

brian.sloboda@park.edu

sloboda.brian.w@dol.gov

briansloboda@ymail.com

Semester Dates

March 18, 2013 through May 12, 2013

Class Days

The online week is Monday through Sunday

Class Time

Virtual

Prerequisites

Math 120 and CS 140

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 

Basic Statistics for Business and Economics

Douglas A. Lind, Coastal Carolina University William G Marchal, University of Toledo---Toledo Samuel A. Wathen, Coastal Carolina University

8th edition, ©2013
ISBN 978-0-07-352147-3
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Richard D. Irwin, Inc.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Scientific Calculator [This calculator must have the ability to raise a number to a power other than two. Such calculators usually have an XY or an YX key.] Cost about $15.
 PC with modem (28.8 or faster) 

 Internet Browser. 

 E-mail account:  A Park University email address would suffice

EXCEL (recommended) or Megastat (optional). If you do not have the CD with the textbook, it is ok to use EXCEL for the assignments and the term paper in this course.

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.)


Access to a fax machine (or scanner) may be necessary for handwritten graphs and calculations

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.
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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:
Teaching economics seems like an easy task for those with a terminal degree in the discipline, but when students often hear they need to take an economics course(s), often a chill goes down their spine and fear sets in.  All of us experience economics everyday whether we realize it or not.  An appealing way to attract students to economics is to incorporate current events and popular news articles. Headlines which mention the unemployment rate, the release of the GDP growth rates, the increase in poverty rates in 2003, the size of trade deficit has reached its highest level, and other headlines.   These current events provide great classroom discussion to enhance the abstract concepts presented in the textbooks and lectures.  Once the discussion of these current events commences, the students realize that the economic principles and theories makes more sense than it does from reading the required readings.   Despite the incorporation of current events into the course discussion, the students still need to master the underlying economic theory and principles.  The presentation of these concepts requires the presentation to be as simple as possible.  That is, the principle of KISS (Keep it Simple, Silly) should be applied in the lectures.  The focus is not to water-down the material but to improve the level of comprehension of the students with the material.  The goal of the KISS principle is to allow all students in the course to learn the material, not just teach the superior students.  If a student is enrolled in a course, it is the job of the professor to teach all students enrolled in the course. Of course, it is too much to expect that all or even a majority of students will absorb the most material adequately through reading and a single lecture alone.  Consequently, the professor needs to provide avenues for students to receive clarification of the course material via office hours and responding to emails.  Also it should be strongly encouraged that students use office hours as a means to receive additional clarification of the course material.  Also the instructor should accommodate students who cannot come to formal office hours by making an appointment.  By providing such accommodation gives the student a feeling that the instructor is there and has concern for the academic well-being of the student.  Additionally, it also gives the student more self-confidence and greater motivation to put the required effort into the course. In a classroom, the learning process should be collaborative between the students and the professor.  However, this collaborative relationship can only occur if the professor treats the students as equals.  In order to promote an active dialogue in a classroom, the students need to be able to speak and not fear repercussions for misspeaking on a point.  Instead the professor should point out positive points from their response and guide the student to the correct answer.  Following this approach should avoid any embarrassment of the student or making them feel dumb.  If this should occur, I would shift that burden to me and make myself look embarrassed.  Then, I just move on.  Enjoy the course!!

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:

Class Assessment:

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

1- 7

20

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

1- 7

10* 100
Course Participation

all

10 80
Midterm Examination

4

200 200
Term Project Proposal

5

50 50
Term Project Report

8

70 70
Proctored Final Exam

8

300 300
Total   1,000

Grading:

Assessment
Week
Points
Total
Points
Homework
* 20 points per chapter,
some weeks will have more
than 1 chapter
1- 7
20
200
Quizzes
*10 questions per chapter,
some weeks will have 20
questions and some weeks
will have only 10
1- 7
10*
100
Course Participation
all
10
80
Midterm Examination
4
200
200
Term Project Proposal
5
50
50
Term Project Report
8
70
70
Proctored Final Exam
8
300
300
Total
 
1,000

Points Grade
900 - 1000 A
 800 - 899 B
 700 - 799 C
600 - 699 D
<599 F

Final examination - The student's grade will directly reflect their overall course average. The Core Assessment is the final comprehensive exam, which accounts for 30 percent of the student's grade.  The final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University Campus Centers.  This test will be closed book and closed notes.

 

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.

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:
Weekly work must be submitted no later than Sunday midnight of each week.  

Late work will not receive full grade credit
. Work not turned by the due date, but which is turned in no more then 7 days late, will receive 1/2 the score it would have received otherwise. Homework not received within 7 days of the due date will not be scored. No work received after the last Sunday of the term will be scored.

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.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

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

1- 7

20

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

1- 7

10* 100
Course Participation

all

10 80
Midterm Examination

4

200 200
Term Project Proposal

5

50 50
Term Project Report

8

70 70
Proctored Final Exam

8

300 300
Total   1,000
 

Weekly Quiz Schedule

Chapter Week # Quiz
Questions
Length
of Quiz
3 1 10 30 min
6, 7 2 20 1 hour
8, 9 3 20 1 hour
10 4 10 30 min
13 5 10 30 min
12, 14 6 20 1 hour
11 7 10 30 min
 

You will have graded weekly homework assigned in the weekly threads and weekly quizzes. Your term project is broken down into two parts: the term project proposal (week 5); and your term paper report (week 8). You will have a mid-term exam (week 4), a proctored final exam (week 8) and participation.  The weekly quiz times cannot be adjusted to allow for additional time, so such requests will be not honored.

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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:
 


       
  • Policy #1: If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your online course, please contact the helpdesk via phone (toll free) at 1-866-301-park or by email at helpdesk@parkonline.org.
       
  • Policy #2: Please check weekly discussion area in the current week under course home before you ask general course questions. This is the only discussion thread that I monitor regularly. When you have a question on an assignment or other class matter, put your question in the weekly discussion thread for that week. This consolidates questions on similar topics and reduces the area that students have to search for answers to their questions. When you have a course question, look for a similar question in that week's discussion thread. If you do not see your question there, then post your question. Posting them in the threaded discussion area will allow your fellow students to benefit from your questions. There are no stupid/silly questions.
       
  • Policy #3: Communicate: If you are experiencing any confusion over course material, technical difficulties that are not being resolved and are preventing you from completing your assignments, or general questions about the course, I prefer you put your question in the weekly discussion thread but if this is not helpful e-mail me directly. I will respond to course-related questions within 48 hours.
       
  • Policy #4: Back up every piece of work, you complete. Always have two copies for yourself and one for me. Your copies should be on different media. Keep one copy on the hard drive and one on a floppy or CD-ROM for example. This will ensure that a computer goof or a glitch in cyberspace will not wipe out all traces of your hard work. Be sure to keep a copy of everything you send to me until after your course grade is finalized.
       
  • Policy #5 Late Work: Each week's work must be completed by the end of that week. Comprehensive solutions will be distributed after the deadline. After a solution is distributed to any student in the class, the maximum grade will be 50% for that assignment. However, late or not, it is important that you complete all assignments because they will be a major help in preparing you for the test. There is a huge difference in what you will learn by working the assignments and what you will learn by reading the solution to them.
       
  • Policy #6 Online Etiquette: All online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. If I deem an online communication to be inappropriate or offensive, I will forward it to the appropriate ParkUniversity official and appropriate action will be taken.
       
  • Policy #7 Numerical calculations will be carried out to four decimal places in all stages of calculations including the final answer. In some cases, you will be directed to not round off at all in the intermediate stages of a problem. It is not necessary to add zeros to integers. For example the number "4" is written as "4" not "4.0000." However, 1/3 will be .3333 and 2/3 will be .6667. Note that if there are five or more decimal places the fourth digit is unchanged when the fifth digit is 4 or less, but it is rounded up when the fifth digit is 5 or higher. Thus .33333 is rounded to .3333 and .66666 is rounded to .6667.



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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