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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Willcox, John


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Course

EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester

S2FF 2013 FA

Faculty

Willcox, John

Title

Senior Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MS Mathematics
MA Logistics
MA Industrial Management

Office Location

Fairchild AFB Class Room and On Line

Office Hours

24 Hours on line, via Email

Daytime Phone

509 276 9466

E-Mail

john.willcox@park.edu

Semester Dates

Mar 18 – May 12, 2013

Class Days

--T-R--

Class Time

1700-1940.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: MA120 and CS140.

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:



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Additional Resources:

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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:

This Class will be a blended course using both on site instruction and on line assignments and participation.  Students will be required to understand the material by assuring homework assignments are completed.  In no case will students be unprepared with incomplete homework assignments.  As with any University class, long hours of study will be required. Class will involve lectures, homework, participation, a term paper and final exam.

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.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand relations between Hypothesis Testing and Quality Control
  2. Study of Gossets T Statistics, and the difference with Z Statistics
  3. Will Study Regression methods in linear and also quadratic format.
  4. Provide Demonstration of Problem Solving in Class and also a Park Instructor provided  On Line Class Room.
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:

Students grades will be assessed on the following:
 
Introduction:  Students will log into the http://parkonline.org/ and post an introduction with your background, goals and profession
 
Participation:  This will consist of classroom attendance, on line participation, and preparation of homework.
For missed classes 2 points will be deducted per class.  Students will be required to post an Homework problem on line by Friday evening and if not, then 3 points will deducted. 

Term Paper: Every EC315 class at Park University requires each student to do a term paper consisting of developing a hypothesis, finding a data base and transferring it to excel, performing a multiple regression with at least 2 independent variables, and reporting the results with conclusions

Final Exam:  This will cover the homework, quizzes and problems presented/assigned by the instructor.

Grading:
The following grading plan will be used.

 
Unit/Week Introduction Participation Term Paper Final Total
1 5 5 10
2 5 5
3 5 5
4 5
55
5 5 5
6 5          50 5
7 5 5
8 5 150 155
Points 5 40 50 150 245
Percent 0.020 0.160 0.205 0.615 1.000

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:
No Late Submission will be allowed.  A 0 grade will be administered. Exams will be completed by the end of the class.  If the final exam is not completed an F will be administered.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are responsible for reading all assignments from the text.  Assignments (problems from the text) will also be given throughout the term.  Students are required to obtain information regarding assignments made during absences.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1, Chapter  1- 3
Week 2, Chapters 5-6
Week 3, Chapters 7- 8  
  
Week 4, Chapter 9-10, 
Week 5,  Chapter 13     
Week 6,  Chapters  12 and 14. Term Paper Due    
Week 7, Chapters 11, Quiz Covers Weeks 1-7 
 
Week 8,  Quiz Review and Final Review;    Final Examination
Covers Weeks 1-8 

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.

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 .

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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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