U of U SOC 3112 - INTRO TO SOCIAL STATISTICS Syllabus (3 pages)

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Soc 3112 - Social Statistics
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SOC 3112 010 INTRO TO SOCIAL STATISTICS SUMMER 2009 UNIVERSITY OF UTAH THURSDAY 6 9 PM BEH S 102 Jessie Winitzky M S Office hours Before class and by appointment Email Jessica winitzky soc utah edu Lab H 5 6 pm in BEH S 101 Course website http www soc utah edu courses soc3112 COURSE SUMMARY This class introduces you to empirical methods of social science research Statistics is a set of tools and techniques researchers use to describe and draw conclusions about the world We begin by studying descriptive statistics including frequency distributions and measures of central tendency and variability We next study ways to describe relationships between variables including measures of association and bivariate regression Finally we study basic inferential statistics and learn how to use sample data to draw conclusions about the population COURSE MATERIALS Frankfort Nachmias C and A Leon Guerrero 2005 Statistics for a Diverse Society 4th Ed Thousand Oaks CA Pine Forge Kentor J 2004 Exploring Social Inequality with Statistics Thomson Custom Publishing Calculator with square root function COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING Class and lab attendance are important components to success in this course Much of the material encountered can be challenging for many students and it is crucial to tackle issues before they overwhelm you Please attend office hours labs and review sessions at the merest hint of difficulty Your grade will be based on the following requirements Exams 3 30 Homework 15 Group quizzes 15 Labs 10 Project 25 Project plan 5 100 1 There will be three exams each worth 10 of your grade They will cover material encountered in class in the text and in lab sessions They will be a mix of shortanswer questions and problems 2 Homework can be found on the class website Assignments are due at the beginning of class in the week following the session in which the chapter was discussed e g if we talk about Chapter 7 on June 5th Chapter 7 homework is due June 12 at the start of class Homework will not be graded but will be included in the calculation of your final grade on a credit no credit basis It is intended as a way for you to practice your statistics skills 3 According to recent educational research learning is most effective when it occurs in groups You will take a total of nine quizzes during the course of the semester in small groups turning in just one per group This will also function as an exam review 4 Labs will help you conceptualize the abstract ideas you will encounter in a more hands on way You will learn how to use the statistical computer program SPSS so that you can handle larger datasets and perform more complex analyses Attending lab completing lab assignments and understanding how to use SPSS are crucial for the completion of your final project 5 The final project is the capstone of this class You will use the General Social Survey or World Bank dataset to discover and map relationships between two variables You will write a 3 5 page paper double spaced 1 inch margins 12 pt font Times New Roman or something similar length does not include tables charts outlining why you chose to study these two variables and going through the five steps of hypothesis testing We will discuss this in greater detail as the end of the semester approaches 6 The project plan is a 1 page outline of which variables you plan to study why and which statistical methods you plan to use CLASS SCHEDULE It should be noted that the following schedule is merely tentative and may be subject to change TOPIC ACTIVITY LAB DUE DATE 21 May Syllabus etc No lab What and Why of Statistics Ch 1 Lab sign up Organization of Information Ch 2 Central Tendency Ch 4 28 May Variability Ch 5 Ex 1 Freq Tables Ch 1 2 Group Quiz and Exam Review Ex 2 Graphs 4 4 June Exam 1 Descriptive Statistics Ch 5 Review Cross Tabs Ch 6 11 June Measures of Association Ch 7 Ex 3 CT Var Ch 6 Group Quiz 25 June Regression and Correlation Ch 8 Ex 4 Biv Tables Ch 7 Group Quiz and Exam Review 2 July Exam 2 Relationships btwn Var Ch 8 Review Normal Distribution Ch 9 9 July Sampling Ch 10 Ex 5 Corr Reg Ch 9 Estimation Ch 11 Ex 6 Norm Dist Group Quiz 16 July Testing Hypotheses Ch 12 Ex 7 Conf Int Ch 10 Project Work 11 23 July Chi Square Ch 13 Ex 8 T Test Ch 12 Group Quiz Project plan 30 July ANOVA Ch 14 Ex 10 ANOVA Ch 13 Group Quiz Ex 9 Chi Square 6 Aug Exam 3 Inferential Statistics Ch 14 Review Project


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