CRJ/SOC/SWK 3600 Social Statistics Syllabus, Spring, 2012
Professor:
Stephen M. Marson,
Ph.D., ACSW
Office:
D. F. Sampson 221;
Phone: 5216475
Inclement
weather: (910) 5216888
Office Hours:
11:00 on Monday,
12:30 Tuesday and Thursday,
4:00 Wednesday by appointment; Friday 11 (tutoring)
Course: Prerequisites" MAT 1050 or 1070
Academic Honor Code  Dictionaries  
Final Exam Process  
Course Description  
An introduction to
statistical analysis. Focus is on the process of determining the appropriate
statistical techniques, the uses of those techniques, and on the process of
the proper interpretation of statistical results.
Credit, 3
semester hours. Prerequisite: MAT 1050 or MAT 1070 or permission of the
instructor.
COURSE OUTLINE AND COURSE OBJECTIVES
The course will address the chapters listed in the course outline. In
addition, we will be watching some of the films from the series
Against All Odds: Inside Statistics (you may use the hot link to obtain
the library call number for the films) The course outline
follows the sequence of material addressed in the course objectives.
The course objectives are building blocks. Thus, competence for
each course objective is dependent on the students understanding of the
previous objective. Upon completion of this course, the students
should be able to think critically about data, to select and use graphical
and numerical summaries, to apply standard statistical procedures, and to
draw conclusions from such analysis.
Course Outline  
Readings 
Assignment  
See hot links Powerpoints 
1. To understand basic statistical symbols. (for the projector) To understand what type of chart (line, pie or bar) to employ in relationship to the data. 
Homework 
2. To be able to picture and understand the shape of a distribution (central tendency and spread) by using a histogram , a stemplot, and a box plot. 
Homework  
Chap 2 & 3 
3. To understand and calculate measures of central tendency including median, mean, mode, harmonic mean, and geometric mean, and related concepts of quartiles, range, zscore and standard deviation. 
Homework 
See hot link > 
4. To understand the notion of level of measurement including concepts as nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio, discrete, and continuous data 
Homework 
5. To understand the concept of "distribution" which includes density curves, normal curves, the 699599.7 rule and the standardization rule. 
Homework  
6. To understand and calculate relative frequencies, percentiles and quartiles. 
Homework  
7. To appreciate the use of time series analysis by understanding seasonal variations and the process of smoothing data (especially, Moving Averages and knowing the difference between a Median Trace and a Median Run). 
Homework Test 

8. To understand growth patterns particularly linear and exponential growth. 
Homework  
Chap 4 & 5 
9. To be able to analyze the relationship between two variables using a scatterplot and by adding an addition variable. 
Homework 
10. To be able to interpret and calculate correlation and appreciation its relationship to regression. 
Homework  
Chap 5  11. To understand the interpretive differences between r and the standard deviation of the residuals  Homework 
12. To understand and apply the rules for establishing a causal relationship by analyzing associations and using Simpson's Paradox. 
Homework  
Chap 8, 9 
13. To be able to use and understand experimental designs by comparing them to observational studies, appreciating confounding factors, and accepting the importance of randomization. 
Homework 
14. To understand how complex surveys are designed and how sampling effect distributions. 
Homework Test 

15. To understand and apply
probability rules (including the
addition and
multiplication rules). For further information see
Diaconis
.
In class assignment. 
Homework  
16. To understand the use of binomial distributions and the law of large numbers. 
Homework  
17. To understand the central limit theorem. 
Homework  
See hot links >  18. To test and understand the concept of independence and autocorrelation (formula in MS Word 97, it works best by using Explorer  not Netscape) for timeseries analysis. 1 
Homework Test 
19. To understand and calculate confidence intervals for samples. 
Homework  
20. To understand the purpose of a significance test, type I/type II errors, Pvalues, and statistical significance. 
Homework Test 

21. To understand and apply tprocedures for single and paired comparisons. 
Homework  
22. To compare two means, two samples by using the ttest. 
Homework  
23. To be able to produce an inference for proportions and twoway tables. 
Homework  
24. To understand and apply c^{2 }test and distribution. 
Homework  
25. To have the basis for understanding and producing an inference for linear regression. 
Homework  
See hot link > 
26. To understand the difference between statistical and practical significance. 
Homework Test 
Attendance Policy: Missing 6 hours of class constitutes an F. Don't miss class, don't be late. Attendance is worth 10% of your grade. Being late or leaving early is calculated as .5 raw point while missing a class is calculated as 1 raw point. I will not consider any changes in the attendance grade during starting the last week of class. Students must identify problem with their attendance at the end of each class.
Homework: Assignments from the workbook, text, collected data other
problems will be given daily. Assume that students will be given a homework
assignment every day.
Tutoring: In addition, tutoring services are available at the UNCP
campus. Contact
Student Support Services for more information.
Grading: All exams including final will receive an equal weight which
will equal a total of 80% of the final grade. Attendance and class
participation are constitute 10% and home is worth 10%.
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Text: The Basic Practice of Statistics and A Study Guide
for Moore’s Basic Practice of Statistics by David S. Moore
Suggested References:
Napier, A., Judd, P. J. & Rand, B. (2002). Mastering and Using Microsoft
Excel 2002. Boston, Thomson Learning.
Berk, K.N. & Cary, P. (1998). Data Analysis with Microsoft Excel.
Pacific Grove, CA: Duxbury.
Middleton, M. R. (2003). Data Analysis Using Excel. Pacific Grove,
CA: Duxbury.
Statistical Dictionaries:
http://www.stats.gla.ac.uk/steps/glossary/alphabet.html,
http://linkage.rockefeller.edu/wli/glossary/stat.html,
http://www.oswego.edu/~kane/econometrics/glossaries.htm,
Calculator Recommentation: In my experience, I found that the Sharp
Corporation offers the best Scientific Calculators. One way of
testing a calculator is by finding the square of 5. If your
answer is 25, don't purchase the calculator. A list of features
for good calculators for this course can be found at:
Scientific Calculators. If you click on the gold ">>" sign,
you'll get detailed information about special features. If you
would like to find a calculator with special features click here:
Special Features.
Students with Disabilities: Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments is requested to speak directly to Disability Support Services and the instructor, as early in the semester (preferably within the first week) as possible. All discussions will remain confidential. Please contact Disability Support Services, DF Lowry Building, 9105216695.
Religion Statement:
The University of
North Carolina at Pembroke has a legal and moral obligation to accommodate
all students who must be absent from classes or miss scheduled exams in
order to observe religious holidays; we must be careful not to inhibit or
penalize these students for exercising their rights to religious observance.
To accommodate students’ religious holidays, each student will be
allowed two excused absences each semester with the following conditions:
1.
Students, who submit written notification to their instructors within two
weeks of the beginning of the semester, shall be excused from class or other
scheduled academic activity to observe a religious holy day of their faith.
Excused absences are limited to two class sessions (days) per
semester.
2.
Students shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up tests or
other work missed due to an excused absence for a religious observance.
3.
Students should not
be penalized due to absence from class or other scheduled academic
activity because of religious observances.
A student who is to
be excused from class for a religious observance is not required to provide
a secondparty certification of the reason for the absence.
Furthermore, a student who believes that he or she has been
unreasonably denied an education benefit due to religious beliefs or
practices may seek redress through the student grievance procedure.
Cell Phone Policy: Students are not permitted to conduct phone conversations during class time. Students are not permitted to have cell ring during class time. Students who use conduct a phone conversation or allow their phones to ring during class time will be drop 10 points on the next quiz or 5 points for their final exam. During an exam, phones and hand held computers are not permitted in the room.
Tutoring is
available by subject with peer tutors who show proficiency in courses and
have been trained in effective tutoring strategies. The tutoring
sessions can host up to five students per session. To get the most
effective results students should sign up for tutoring as soon as possible.
Students should also come to tutoring sessions with specific questions
prepared regarding course material. The more consistent the attendance
to tutoring sessions, the better students will understand the material and
perform at a higher level in class. Sign up for tutoring in the Center
for Academic Excellence office.
Supplemental
Instruction (SI) is available to assigned classes that present
historically difficult material. An SI Leader is an upperclassman,
model student who has taken the course and shown proficiency, and has been
trained in effective Supplemental Instruction leadership strategies.
An SI Leader is assigned to the course to attend all lecture sessions and
host at least three study sessions per week for students to attend
voluntarily. SI sessions will provide supplemental material for
students to use to improve their understanding of the course material.
SI sessions also provide an opportunity for students to ask questions, and
gain insight from their classmates. Students are encouraged to attend
as frequently as possible to review the class material consistently.
The more frequent the attendance at SI Sessions, the better students will
understand the material and perform in class.
The Resource Learning Lab offers computer based,
selfpaced tutoring in basic writing skills from composing sentences,
paragraphs, and essays, to addressing common writing problems, basic reading
comprehension, and word problem dissection. These programs are 4 – 8
weeks long and offer noncredit, collectable test performance data on each
student during their progression through our programs. The Resource Learning
Lab also offers tutoring that improves academic study skills through
selfhelp DVD’s, such as Values and Goals, Time Management, Critical
Thinking and ProblemSolving, Active Listening and NoteTaking, Researching,
Reading and Writing, and Studying and TestTaking. These programs are
designed to enhance collegelevel reading comprehension and writing skills,
and to improve the areas where students find they have deficiencies.
The Resource Learning Lab is available to all students, whether right out of
high school or nontraditional students needing a refresher.
Gwet, K. (2001). Handbook of interrater reliability. Gaithersburg, MD: STATAXIS..
References that influence the direction of this course (books used while
I was a student)