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Research and Statistical Analysis

Course Details

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Fall 2010
O'Donohoe Hall
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MW 9:00-10:20 am

Dr. George M. Diekhoff (view Profile)

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Course Objectives




In this graduate course we will spend the first half of the semester reviewing the basic concepts of univariate statistics, adding details that were undoubtedly missing from your undergraduate class. During the second half of the semester we will cover topics in bivariate and multivariate statistics that were certainly not covered in your undergraduate course.  In addition to acquiring a conceptual understanding of these statistical procedures, you will be expected to develop the ability to analyze research situations so as to identify the research questions being asked and determine which statistical techniques are most appropriate to answering these questions.  You will become skilled in the use of statistics as well, through regular homework and in-class assignments that require both manual calculation and computerized data analysis. Your training will include a thorough introduction to the use of SPSS 16.0 for Windows and most class periods will include at least some time spent in the computer lab working with SPSS.  The ultimate goal of this course is to prepare you to be an intelligent and critical consumer of the technical and professional research literature in the social and behavioral sciences and to be a capable user of statistics in applied settings as well.

Course Expectations


TOPICS                                                         ASSIGNED READINGS


Introduction, Scales of measurement                      Chapter 1


Descriptive Procedures

            Data distributions and Graphs                     Chapter 2

            Descriptive Statistics                                      Chapter 3

            Std. Scores, Std. Normal Distribution         Chapter 4

            Interval estimation                                          Chapter 5




Univariate Significant Difference Tests

            One-sample tests                                            Chapter 6

            Two-sample tests                                            Chapter 7

            One-way ANOVA                                               Chapter 8

            Factorial ANOVA                                                 Chapter 9




Bivariate Correlation and Regression

            Bivariate correlation                                          Chapter 10

            Bivariate regression                                         Chapter 11


Multivariate Correlation and Regression

            Partial and semi-partial correlation                 Chapter 12

            Multiple correlation and regression                 Chapter 13




Multivariate Significant Difference Tests  

            Discriminant analysis                                         Chapter 14


Examining Data Structure

            Factor analysis                                                    Chapter 16

            Cluster analysis                                                  Chapter 17

            Multidimensional scaling analysis                   Chapter 18







Course grades will be based primarily on the average of four exams. The fourth exam is the final which will be comprehensive.  These exams will cover definitional and conceptual knowledge as well as your ability to analyze research problems, select appropriate statistical procedures, and use statistics effectively to answer research questions.  Borderline grades will be affected by such factors as attendance, completion of homework assignments, and quality of participation.




Final Exam 12/06/2010 8:00 am
Submission Format Policy


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

N /A 

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

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Attendance Requirements




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Writing Proficiency Requirement

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