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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods
Bell, Stephen E.


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Course

EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods

Semester

FA 2013 HO

Faculty

Bell, Stephen E.

Title

Associate Professor of Economics

Degrees/Certificates

Ph.D. Economics
J.D. UMKC School of Law

Office Location

MacKay 27E

Office Hours

MWF 7:00-8:00, MWF 10:00-11:00am and TR 7:00-8:45am

Daytime Phone

816-584-6867

E-Mail

stephen.bell@park.edu

Semester Dates

August 19,2013-December 15, 2013

Class Days

MWF

Class Time

9:00-9:50 AM

Prerequisites

MA120 and CS140

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Basic Statistics for Business and Economics, 8th edition, McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-07-352147-3

Additional Resources:

Other required materials:
1) course notebook to bring to every class period
2) scientific calculator with X to the y power or Y to the x power (no graphic calculators or cell phones allowed during exams). I recommend the Casio fx-260 Solar, available from stores such as Wal-Mart for less than $10.
3) jump drive or other memory device for labs (optional)
4) number-two pencils for exams
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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:
I will combine lectures with the Socratic method and student questions are always encouraged.

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:

Exams: there will be two semester exams administered during the class period worth 50 percent of the final grade and a comprehensive exam worth 30 percent of the final grade.
 
Exams 1 and 2 will be composed of problem-solving questions and short answers based on my lectures and homework assignments.
 
Homework Exercises: Homework exercises are designed to help students practice for exams. They will be assigned in class and will come from the problems in the textbook. These problem/assignments will not be collected. Instead, students may ask specific questions about the homework during the class time.
 
Research Project: A research project proposal and paper will be worth 20 percent of the final grade. The proposal and paper are both graded on a 100 point scale. Both must be handed in at the beginning of the class period on the deadline date.

Grading:

Exams 1 and 2    250 points each =500 pts.
Final Exam          300 points        = 300 pts.
Paper proposal    100 points       =100 pts.
Paper                   100 points      = 100 pts.
Total                                          =1000 pts.
 
Grading percentages:
A= 90-100%
B= 80-89%
C= 70-79%
D= 60-69%
F= 59% and Below

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:
Proposal deadline: Monday, September 30, 2013
Paper deadline: Monday, November 18, 2013

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
No texting at any time. No cell phone use at any time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1          Review: Fundamentals of Statistics                           1,3,6,7,8
Week 2          Review Fundamentals of Statistics
Week 3          Hypothesis Testing (One Sample)                             9,10
Week 4           continued
Week 5          Continued; Review
First Exam: Week 5
Week 6          Simple Linear Regression Analysis                            13,14
Week 7          continued
Week 8          Multiple Regression/the f distribution                          12, 13, 14
Week 9          continued
Week 10        Continued; review
Second exam
Week 11        Two-Sample tests of Hypothesis                                 11
Week 12,       continued
Week 13        Tests of proportions                                                    10,11
Week 14        Chi-square Applications                                               15
Week 15        Continued; Review

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

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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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