EC315 Quantitative Research Methods

for S1T 2008

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EC 315 Quantitative Research Methods


S1T 2008 DLB


Fleming, Latasha


Professor Latasha Fleming


B.S. Human Service/Criminal Justice
M.S. Psychology
Ph. D Psychology (Currently Enrolled)

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Office Hours

11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Daytime Phone

407 288-7155


Semester Dates

01/14/2008 - 03/09/2008

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Required Text: GUIDE to QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS Using SPSS Version 14.0 and Microsoft Excel.Seventh Edition/2008

Author: Dr. Pete Soule
ISBN: 978-007-815-216-0

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Course Description:
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 philosophy of teaching derives from a profound believe that teaching others is a great privilege, and it is one with a revered mission. For me, this mission is relentless pursuit of advanced “understanding”. It is the kind of understanding that leads to deep deliberation and the creative analysis of principles, concepts, and problems. This sort of understanding is one that teaches and guides the student towards problem-solving abilities, and develop the kind of confidence and affirmative analytical skills, that regardless the difficulty of the problem, or the task ahead, it is welcomed by the student with a posture of confidence and responsibility.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Derive an original regression model and run it using Excel or SPSS. Correctly interpret the model statistics including the statistical significance of the independent variables, the R-squared and (if applicable) the Durbin-Watson statistics.
  2. Derive the Durbin-Watson statistic in Excel. Determine whether a given regression has autocorrelation using a graph and the Durbin-Watson table values.
  3. Conduct hypothesis tests and confidence intervals on the mean and the difference between two means using the "t" statistic.
  4. 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, homework, participation, projects!


Grading Criteria
Course participation  100; Weekly
Homework  100  Weekly
Project Topic Paper  70;  Week 1
Mid-Term Test 150    Week 4
Term Project Proposal  150  Week 5
Team Project Report  130   Week 7
Final Exam;   300   Week 8
Total: 1000
Grading scale;
A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 60-69, F = 0-59.    

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 and Management 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 and Management.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

A) Due dates are firm! It is REQUIRED that your Unit classroom discussions, responses and replies to other learners be completed AND posted DURING THE WEEK THAT THE UNIT IS CURRENT. Although you may enter any of the Units at any time during the course, it is imperative that you stay up to date with the discussion for the current Unit each week. Most learners find it helpful to log into the course early in the week and then check back several times a week in order to participate in ongoing discussions in the Courseroom.

Because your responses may act as a catalyst for additional discussion, it's important that writers are reflective and constructive in each response. As in any form of communication, comments should be content relevant and appropriate in tone. Whenever possible, please try to relate the course content to your professional or personal experiences.


B) Once we all get on the same page after Drop/Add and textbooks, you should notify me prior to the due date in order to receive an extension. If you contact me prior to a due date, I will work with you to establish another deadline. To foster an interactive academic environment, learners are expected to communicate in a respective and constructive manner, and actively participate in assigned discussions (reference participation requirements outlined in student handbook). Make sure that your responses are clear and succinct to decrease misinterpretation and counterproductive communication in the learning environment. Although some discussions can get heated or conversational in nature, students are expected to maintain professionalism at all times in any and all correspondence. Basic respect must be maintained at all times. These discussions provide a lot of the information upon which the course learning is drawn. Ensure that your posts are reviewed to ensure that they don’t convey the wrong message (written words often don’t express tone or mood well).

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

How much to Post

A) For the Discussions: “construct 1 main post that answers all the parts of the questions. Each discussion post should be at least one paragraph which consist of five sentences. “The other points come from your responses to others. Just saying "I agree" or "good post is not a substantive post." When responding to weekly assignments, remember that it is important to thoroughly analyze questions to provide meaningful answers. Your main response to discussion questions and peer comments should be at least one paragraph, succinct and clearly written to inform and engage the reader.

The responses to others does not have to be a paragraph. It should at least be more than one sentence.


For the homework: “I am looking for a submission that provides evidence that you have truly contemplated the question. Your homework should be proofread of misspelled words, grammar, citations, and references. When using other's work, please cite and reference the work to avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of claiming credit for another's work, accomplishments, or ideas without appropriate acknowledgement of the source of the information by including in-text citations and references. Whether this happens deliberately or inadvertently, whenever plagiarism has occurred, you have committed a Code of Conduct violation. Every act of plagiarism, no matter the severity, must be reported to Park University administration.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Course participation  100; Weekly
Homework  100  Weekly
Project Topic Paper  70;  Week 1
Mid-Term Test 150    Week 4
Term Project Proposal  150  Week 5
Team Project Report  130   Week 7
Final Exam;   300   Week 8

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Course participation  100; Weekly
Homework  100  Weekly
Project Topic Paper  70;  Week 1
Mid-Term Test 150    Week 4
Term Project Proposal  150  Week 5
Team Project Report  130   Week 7
Final Exam;   300   Week 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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: 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

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Critical Thinking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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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