STA 6126, Fall 2011
Statistical
Methods in Social Research I
MWF
Period 2 @ Griffin/Floyd 100
Instructor: Dr. Larry Winner
228 Griffin/Floyd
(352) 273-2995
Office Hours: TBA (See Class Website)
TA: Demetris
Atheinitis,
Course Objective: Introduction to statistical methods used to
analyze social science data.
Textbook: Agresti&Finlay
2009.Statistical Methods for the Social
Sciences 4th Ed.,
Prentice-Hall.
Other Materials: Datasets, assignments, and overheads
available on class website.
Web Site: http://www.stat.ufl.edu/~winner/
Homework
and Exams:
1. Homework Assignments: There will be 4-5 assignments. You will have at
least one week to hand them in from the time they are posted and shown in
class. Assignments will be worth a total of 100 points. Practice problems from
textbook are listed on class website.
2. Exams:
There will be 3 in-class midterm exams. They will be worth a total of 300
points. The highest exam score will be weighted to 125 points, the lowest to 75
points, the middle to 100 points.
3. Grading: Grades will be based on the total of 400 points from homework and
exams. Grades are not negotiable (unless a mis-calculation
is made in totaling points)
4. Exams and Formula Sheets. Tables will be provided on class website for each
exam. You may download them and HAND-WRITE any
formulas/information on back of table.
5. Missed Exams: Any exams that will be missed must be confirmed as soon as possible, before the time of the exam.
6. Late Homework: Will not be accepted and will receive a grade of 0. All homework must
be handed in by hard copy. No e-mail will be accepted.
Computing:
You will need a computer for homework assignments.
Examples will make use of SPSS, but you may use any program you choose.
Datasets will be posted on web in column formatted ASCII format or EXCEL and
can be easily imported into any program.
Tentative
Schedule:
Lectures |
Topics |
Sections |
1-2 |
Introduction, Description and Inference,
Statistical Computing |
1.1-1.3 |
3-5 |
Sampling and Measurement, Descriptive and
Graphical Methods |
2.1-2.4,3.1-3.6 |
6-8 |
Probability Distributions and Sampling
Distributions |
4.1-4.6 |
9-12 |
Point Estimation and Interval Estimation for a
Mean and Proportion |
5.1-5.5 |
15-18 |
Significance Tests for Means and Proportions |
6.1-6.5, 6.7 |
19-24 |
Comparing 2 Groups (Means and Proportions) |
7.1-7.6 |
27-32 |
Categorical Data Analysis |
8.1-8.6 |
33-36 |
Simple Linear Regression and Correlation |
9.1-9.6 |
39-40 |
Introduction to Multivariable Relationships |
9.1-9.6 |
41-43 |
Introduction to Multiple Regression |
11.1-11.5 |
Exam Dates:
·
Exam 1: September 21 (In
Class)
·
Exam 2: October 28 (In
Class)
·
Exam 3: December 7 (In
Class)
University
Policies:
Academic
Dishonesty: All
members of the University Community share the responsibility to challenge and
make known acts of apparent academic dishonesty. Acts of academic dishonesty
will not be tolerated and will be referred to the Student Honor Council.
Academic
Accommodations: If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic
accommodations with me, please contact me as soon as possible.