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6126FA09 Syllabus - world examples will be used to...

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STA 6126 Syllabus Fall 2009 Instructor: Ramon C. Littell Office: 430 McCarty C Telephone: 392-2545 e-mail [email protected] Office Hours: MW 8 th period (3:00-3:50) Grad. TA Alexander Kirpich Office: 218 Griffin-Floyd e-mail [email protected] Office Hours: MW 6 th period (12:50-1:40) Class Time: MWF, Period 7 (1:55-2:45) Class Room: Leigh 207 Objectives: To prepare students with statistical skills needed to plan and analyze data for research projects in social sciences. Text: Agresti and Finlay, “Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences,” 4 th ed. Topics: Basic concepts of statistics. Summarizing data. Basic ideas of probability. Descriptive and graphical statistics. Inferential methods: Confidence intervals and tests of hypothesis. Measures of association. Regression and correlation. Description: Classroom lectures will closely follow material in the textbook. In addition, real-
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Unformatted text preview: world examples will be used to illustrate the usefulness of statistics. Homework will be assigned from problems at the end of chapters in the textbook and some real data problems. A portion of these will be collected and graded. Exams will be a combination of problems to work and objective (true-false, multiple choice, short answers). Problems to work will be similar to homework problems. Students will need access to computer software capable of performing computations for homework, such as SPSS, SAS, or JMP. No particular software is required, but SPSS, SAS and JMP will illustrated in class. Grading Policy: A total of 400 points will be possible from three in-class exams (100 points each) and ten homework assignments (10 points each). Letter grades will be determined as follows: A: 360-400 (90%-100%) B: 320-359 (80%-89%) C: 280-319 (70%-79%) D: 240-279 (60%-69%)...
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