Statistics for Social Science
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Statistics for Social Science
Statistics for Social Science
Credit Hours 3
Length of Course 8 Weeks
Table of Contents
Course Description Evaluation Procedures Course Scope Grading Scale Course Objectives Course Outline Course Delivery Method Policies Course Materials Academic Services
Course Description (Catalog)
This course is designed to provide a basic survey of the application, empirical use and interpretation of a variety of statistics methods used in the social sciences. A key objective of the course is the instruction in best statistical practice through the use, exploration and analysis of empirical data. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and interpreting the meaning of statistics. The practical aspects of statistics are emphasized and students are instructed in the use of the standard statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS) which is widely used in the social sciences and the in-labor force. This course is part of a series including SOCI 331 Research Methods for the Social Sciences and SOCI 332 Statistics for the Social Sciences.
The student will develop an ability to use sociological concepts, theory, and research to think critically and act intelligently in interactions with (and observations of) individuals, groups, institutions, and societies.
Upon completion of this course students will be able to:
CO1- Describe and apply the concepts and logic of elementary statistics.
CO2- Conduct statistical analysis in SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences).
CO3- Compare and contrast different types of data and the statistics that can be used to analyze them
CO4- Examine the differences between descriptive and inferential statistics and their use in the social sciences.
CO5- Form critical interpretations of quantitative research literature in sociology and other social sciences.
CO6- Complete and interpret descriptive and inferential statistical data analysis
CO7- Develop a research project from conceptualizing a research problem and develop a number of complementary design, measurement, and data collection approaches to bring evidence to bear on the problem.
CO8- Critically evaluate the quality of research design and evidence in published social research.
General Social Survey Dataset
– SPSS (more details under Welcome Announcements in the Sakai classroom)
– Microsoft Office Applications- Word, Power Point (these can be downloaded free of charge from your student email account)
– Screencast-o-matic or similar program
Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required. Forums are scheduled weekly and found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.
This course includes three Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.
% of Final Grade
Forum (Week 1 to 7)
Week 8 Forum
Final Portfolio Project
Assigned Readings Assignments Week 1: Preparing for Data Analysis · Chapters 1-4 1) Complete the Required Introduction Forum
2) Week 1 Forum
Due by 11:55pm ET on Sunday of Week 1
Week 2: Univariate Analysis · Chapters 5-7 1) Week 2 Forum
Due by 11:55pm ET on Sunday of Week 2
Week 3 Univariate vs. Bivariate Analysis · Chapters 8-10
· Crosstabs Handout
· Garrison article
1) Week 3 Forum
2) Assignment 1 Due
Due by 11:55pm ET on Sunday of Week 3
Week 4 Previous Literature and Cause and Effect · Chapters 11-12 1) Week 4 Forum
Due by 11:55pm ET on Sunday of Week 4
Week 5 Measures of Association, Correlation, and Regression · Chapters 13 & 14 1) Week 5 Forum
Due by 11:55pm ET on Sunday of Week 5
Week 6 Tests of Significance · Chapters 15 & 16 1) Week 6 Forum
2) Assignment 2 Due
Due by 11:55pm ET on Sunday of Week 6
Week 7 Multiple Causation · Chapters 17-20 1) Week 7 Forum
2) Final Portfolio Project Due
Due by 11:55pm ET on Sunday of Week 7
Week 8 Statistical Wrap-Up · Chapters 21 & 22 1) Week 8 Forum- Post Presentations
Due by 11:55pm ET on Sunday of Week 8
Click the student handbook link to view APUS Academic Policies
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism: All writing must be in the student’s own words with content based on published materials paraphrased (defined as restating what one has read in one’s own words). Copying published material violates the University policy on academic integrity and plagiarism, is prohibited in this course and will result in a score of zero for the first incident, without an option for revision and resubmission to recoup lost points and a report of the student action to the Registrar’s Office.
SOCI332 Late Policy
Per the Student Handbook, APUS classrooms operate the Eastern Time Zone/Eastern Daylight Time. All due dates and times are based on the Eastern Time Zone/Eastern Daylight Time. Students are expected to submit work by the posted due date and to complete the course according to the published class schedule. As adults and working professionals, time management skills are essential and expected. Work ahead when possible in case something unexpected comes up on a due date. If you wait until a due date and life happens (illness, internet outage, vacation, forget, other work and family priorities, etc.), the class is designed so some late work is accepted, for partial or full credit, as detailed below. Please note: you cannot “catch up” your past due homework without instructor’s prior authorization. Any “catch up” homework without instructor’s prior authorization will NOT be graded.
Initial posts accepted late but due during the learning week for partial credit.
Peer responses are due during the learning week and are not accepted late for credit
Accepted up to three days late for partial credit, 10% tardiness penalty per day (30% total). For day four after the due date, it is an automatic “0.”
Rare emergency circumstances need to be discussed with the Instructor and documentation may be required. As needed, the instructor will refer students to the appropriate support office such as the Disability Office, Registrar, or Chaplain. Per the Student Handbook, work must be submitted by the end of the course. This means that for Week 8, late Assignments and Forums are not accepted unless the student has an approved course extension.
QUALITY OF RESPONSE NO RESPONSE POOR / UNSATISFACTORY SATISFACTORY GOOD EXCELLENT Content (worth a maximum of 50% of the total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 20 points out of 50: The essay illustrates poor understanding of the relevant material by failing to address or incorrectly addressing the relevant content; failing to identify or inaccurately explaining/defining key concepts/ideas; ignoring or incorrectly explaining key points/claims and the reasoning behind them; and/or incorrectly or inappropriately using terminology; and elements of the response are lacking. 30 points out of 50: The essay illustrates a rudimentary understanding of the relevant material by mentioning but not full explaining the relevant content; identifying some of the key concepts/ideas though failing to fully or accurately explain many of them; using terminology, though sometimes inaccurately or inappropriately; and/or incorporating some key claims/points but failing to explain the reasoning behind them or doing so inaccurately. Elements of the required response may also be lacking. 40 points out of 50: The essay illustrates solid understanding of the relevant material by correctly addressing most of the relevant content; identifying and explaining most of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology; explaining the reasoning behind most of the key points/claims; and/or where necessary or useful, substantiating some points with accurate examples. The answer is complete. 50 points: The essay illustrates exemplary understanding of the relevant material by thoroughly and correctly addressing the relevant content; identifying and explaining all of the key concepts/ideas; using correct terminology explaining the reasoning behind key points/claims and substantiating, as necessary/useful, points with several accurate and illuminating examples. No aspects of the required answer are missing. Use of Sources (worth a maximum of 20% of the total points). Zero points: Student failed to include citations and/or references. Or the student failed to submit a final paper. 5 out 20 points: Sources are seldom cited to support statements and/or format of citations are not recognizable as APA 6th Edition format. There are major errors in the formation of the references and citations. And/or there is a major reliance on highly questionable. The Student fails to provide an adequate synthesis of research collected for the paper. 10 out 20 points: References to scholarly sources are occasionally given; many statements seem unsubstantiated. Frequent errors in APA 6th Edition format, leaving the reader confused about the source of the information. There are significant errors of the formation in the references and citations. And/or there is a significant use of highly questionable sources. 15 out 20 points: Credible Scholarly sources are used effectively support claims and are, for the most part, clear and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition is used with only a few minor errors. There are minor errors in reference and/or citations. And/or there is some use of questionable sources. 20 points: Credible scholarly sources are used to give compelling evidence to support claims and are clearly and fairly represented. APA 6th Edition format is used accurately and consistently. The student uses above the maximum required references in the development of the assignment. Grammar (worth maximum of 20% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 5 points out of 20: The paper does not communicate ideas/points clearly due to inappropriate use of terminology and vague language; thoughts and sentences are disjointed or incomprehensible; organization lacking; and/or numerous grammatical, spelling/punctuation errors 10 points out 20: The paper is often unclear and difficult to follow due to some inappropriate terminology and/or vague language; ideas may be fragmented, wandering and/or repetitive; poor organization; and/or some grammatical, spelling, punctuation errors 15 points out of 20: The paper is mostly clear as a result of appropriate use of terminology and minimal vagueness; no tangents and no repetition; fairly good organization; almost perfect grammar, spelling, punctuation, and word usage. 20 points: The paper is clear, concise, and a pleasure to read as a result of appropriate and precise use of terminology; total coherence of thoughts and presentation and logical organization; and the essay is error free. Structure of the Paper (worth 10% of total points) Zero points: Student failed to submit the final paper. 3 points out of 10: Student needs to develop better formatting skills. The paper omits significant structural elements required for and APA 6th edition paper. Formatting of the paper has major flaws. The paper does not conform to APA 6th edition requirements whatsoever. 5 points out of 10: Appearance of final paper demonstrates the student’s limited ability to format the paper. There are significant errors in formatting and/or the total omission of major components of an APA 6th edition paper. They can include the omission of the cover page, abstract, and page numbers. Additionally the page has major formatting issues with spacing or paragraph formation. Font size might not conform to size requirements. The student also significantly writes too large or too short of and paper 7 points out of 10: Research paper presents an above-average use of formatting skills. The paper has slight errors within the paper. This can include small errors or omissions with the cover page, abstract, page number, and headers. There could be also slight formatting issues with the document spacing or the font Additionally the paper might slightly exceed or undershoot the specific number of required written pages for the assignment. 10 points: Student provides a high-caliber, formatted paper. This includes an APA 6th edition cover page, abstract, page number, headers and is double spaced in 12’ Times Roman Font. Additionally, the paper conforms to the specific number of required written pages and neither goes over or under the specified length of the paper.
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