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Statistics for Social Scientists
GOVT 366 FA
This course is a standard introduction to statistics and quantitative methods for the social sciences. The goal is to cultivate an ability to conceive and test political and social theories. The coverage of
methods includes descriptive statistics, probability and sampling theory, and the deductive logic of hypothesis testing and statistical inference, with a special emphasis on measurement, cross-tabulation, and regression.
The intended audience for this course includes majors in Government, Sociology, and the College of Social Studies. Research problems and data sources are drawn from various fields of political science and sociology.
Moore, THE BASIC PRACTICE OF STATISTICS
EXAMINATIONS AND ASSIGNMENTS
2 hour exams and a final exam, plus problem sets.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS and/or COMMENTS
Instruction in a statistical package, SPSS, is an integral feature of the course. Previous experience with computers is helpful but not required. Knowledge of calculus is not assumed or required. Because the
statistical content of this course overlaps
with GOVT204 Political Analysis: A Quantitative Approach, one may not take both courses for credit. Students with a special interest in statistical techniques for public policy analysis should take GOVT204 rather than
GOVT366. The content of GOVT366
also overlaps with ECON300 Quantitative Methods in Economics, PSYC201 Psychological Statistics, and MATH231 Probability and Statistics. Students who have already taken or who intend to take any of these three courses
should not enroll in G366.
who wish to be eligible to register for the course during Drop/Add should place themselves on the wait list during on-line registration. Wait list preference rankings will be one factor I will consider in making
Drop/Add period registration decisions.
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Links to Web Resources For This Course.
- Instructor(s): Boyd,Richard W.
- Times: .M.W.F. 10:00AM-10:50AM; Location: SCIE74;
- Reserved Seats: (Total Limit: 24)
- SR. major: 12 Jr. major: 9
- SR. non-major: 3 Jr. non-major: 0 SO: X FR: X
- Curricular Renewal: Quantitative Reasoning
Last Updated on MAR-30-2006
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