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Course EPPS 3405: Introduction to Social Statistics with Lab Dr.

Bryan Chastain Professor Senior Lecturer, EPPS Term Fall, 2011 Mondays & Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 PM, FO 2.702; Meetings Lab sessions to be held in GR 3.402 (Subject to Change)

Instructors Contact Information Office Phone 972-883-5217 Office Location GR 3.232 Email Address Office Hours Wednesday 3:00 4:00 PM Other I use eLearning for this class. Please contact me through eLearning email for all Information class related issues.

General Course Information Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, & College Algebra (MATH 1314 or equivalent) other restrictions This course introduces students to the basic tools of statistics and shows how they are used in the analysis of social science data. A fundamental understanding of these tools is a critical foundation for social science research Course in many fields. The course covers descriptive statistics, inference from samples, Description hypothesis testing, and the basics of regression analysis. NOTE: This course is required of all social science majors and is a prerequisite for a required course in social science research methods within each discipline (for example, CRIM 3304, ECON 3304, GEOG 3304, PA 3304, or SOC 3304). At the end of this course, students will be able to: Describe and explain the basic concepts of sample and population Understand and apply concepts of probability Learning Formulate and test hypotheses in research models Outcomes Apply statistical models to real world research questions Compute and interpret statistics in context Connect statistical findings to population and draw inference Required Texts & Materials Salkind, Neil J. (2010). Statistics for People Who Think They Hate Statistics, 4th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. A basic calculator that can take square roots and raise numbers to powers is required

Assignments & Academic Calendar [Topics, Reading Assignments, Due Dates, Exam Dates]
Students are expected to have read the assigned chapters prior to coming to class.

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Topic Introduction to the course & Lab 0 Ch. 1-3: Descriptive statistics and variability Ch. 1-3: Lab 1 Labor Day - No Class Ch. 6: Reliability and Validity & Lab 2 Ch. 4: Frequency distributions Ch. 4: Lab 3 Review for Exam I Exam I Ch. 5: Correlation coefficients Ch. 5: Lab 4 Ch. 7: Hypothesis testing Ch. 7: Lab 5 Ch. 8: Probability and the Normal Curve Ch. 8: Lab 6 Review for Exam II Exam II Ch. 9: Significance and inferential statistics

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Ch. 9: Lab 7 Ch. 10-11: Z-test and t-test Ch. 10-11: Lab 8 Ch. 13-14: Analysis of variance Ch. 13-14: Lab 9 Review for Exam III Exam III Ch. 15-16: Linear regression and the correlation coefficient Ch. 15-16: Lab 10 Ch. 17: Chi-square and other nonparametric tests Ch. 17: Lab 11 Review for Final Final Exam

Course Policies 10% Quizzes, Attendance, & Participation 30% Laboratory Exercises 60% Exams 93-100 points = A; 90-92 points = A87-89 points = B+; 83-86 points = B; 80-82 points = B77-79 points = C+; 73-76 points = C; 70-72 points = C67-69 points = D+; 63-66 points = D; 60-62 points = D59 and below = F

Grading (credit) Criteria

Make-up No Make-up project will be given without a legitimate excuse accompanied by proper Exams formal documentation (e.g., a doctors excuse). Extra Credit Will be given to optional lab works Late Work

Late submission for labs will be penalized 10% per day late Special Assignments TBD Class Class attendance is required. Students are expected to actively participate in class Attendance discussion. Classroom Please make sure you turn off your cell-phone before coming to the classroom. Citizenship Viewing anything that is not related to class and communicating with others using instant messenger are prohibited during the class. UT Dallas Syllabus Policies These descriptions and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Instructor.