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Unformatted text preview: Political Science 300 Spring 2009 Introduction to Political Science Methods Instructor: Parina Patel Office: Hickman 305 E-mail: parina@rci.rutgers.edu Website: http://fas-polisci.rutgers.edu/patel Class: T Th 2:50-4:10 in Van Dyke 211 Office Hours: T Th 1:30-2:30 in Milledoler and by appointment Introduction The goal of this course is to train students to perform and analyze quantitative research in the Social Sciences. By the end of this course, students should also be able to formulate a hypothesis, design a research project, and use the correct statistical method(s) to test their hypotheses. This course is divided into three parts: definition of key terms, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics. The first couple of weeks will focus on defining and discussing important terms that allow students to learn how to plan and conduct a research project. The remaining weeks will involve learn- ing different statistical tools that are used as a way of analyzing important and interesting research questions. These tools include t-tests, ANOVA, crosstabs, and regression analysis. Please note that this is unlike any other Political Science classes you might have taken in the past; this course will only focus on quantitative methodology, which means that over 95% of this course involves MATH. Requirements Email and Computing: All students must have access to email and Rutgers computer labs. In order to get access to any of the computer labs at Rutgers, students will need an EDEN account. If you do not have an EDEN email account and need more information visit: http://www.nbcs.rutgers.edu/newdocs/newuser002/emakeacct.php3 We will have four classes throughout the semester in the computer labs. During these classes, you will learn SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Science-a statistical software that is used to analyze large datasets). SPSS is available on all Rutgers University computers (on MACs it is only available through the Microsoft Windows interface). If you are interested in getting SPSS for your own personal computer, a free trial version is available from the SPSS website: http://www.spss.com/downloads Note: The trial version expires after fourteen days, so you will probably still need to use the computers on campus in order to get access to SPSS. Students must also make sure that they check their email frequently. I will use email to send out reminders and to make any special announcements for upcoming classes. I will set up a listserv that will send emails to the EDEN accounts of all students who are registered for this course. If you never check your EDEN account, please make sure I have the email account you most frequently check, so I can add you to the listserv....
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