**POLS210**

Syllabus

Software Locator

Datasets

Use one of the following datasets

NES2012.sav, GSS2012.sav, States.sav, World.sav

Read "Getting Started" in *SPSS Companion* and download a dataset.

* Visit also

Citing References

Please follow the APSR format by referring to the most recent issue of the APSR. You may also consult the Chicago Manual of Style.

Visit JSTOR and find
*The American Political Science Review*

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html

How to Avoid Plagiarism

http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml#acceptable1

*Any papers or assignments with plagiarism will receive the grade of 0.

Assignments

*You can find the instructions for the assignments by following the links below. Follow the instructions and complete the assignments. (These written instructions are not sufficient to complete the assignments. Make sure to attend the lectures.) The due dates are shown in the syllabus.

*You are also responsible for signing the attendance sheets, when you attend the lab hours.

*Paper Assignments*

Assignment 1 Phase 1 Prep Paper topic and bibliography

Assignment 3 Phase 2 Prep

Assignment 5 Phase 3 Prep Describing variables

Assignment 9 Phase 4a Prep: Descriptive stats

Assignment 15 Phase 4b Prep

Final Paper (Phase 4b and Phase 5)

*Other Assignments*

Assignment 2 Quiz using Blackboard

Assignment 6 Standard deviation

Assignment 7 Descriptive stats

Assignment 12 Measures of association

Exams

Exam 1

Exercise: Levels of Measurement and Units of Analysis

Exam 2

Exercise: Z score 1 Z score 2 Descriptive stats

Calculating Final Grade: Weighted average

Extra Credit (Exam 2 Calculator) Calculator Exercise. Maximum of 3 points will be added to Exam 2.

Extra Credit (Exam 2 Excel) Maximum of 5 points will be added to Exam 2. See Assignment 6.

Extra Credit (Exam 2 Post test) Maximum of 7 points will be added.

Open between the following Monday and Friday. Three attempts.

The emphasis on statistics and manual calculations.

Exam 3

Study Guide
Review1 Review2
Review3

Test of statistical significance and measures of association: Summary table

Exercise: Crosstab Lambda Chi square test

Extra Credit (Exam 3 Testing Lab)

Interpretation of regression tables. See the Study Guide and Final Paper (Phase 4b and Phase 5) above for an exmple.

Maximum of 3 points will be added to Exam 3. Due end of the last full week of the regular classes. (i.e. Saturday Midnight) Three attempts.

Extra Credit (Exam 3 Testing Lab No2)

Interpretation of regression tables. See the Study Guide and Final Paper (Phase 4b and Phase 5) above for an exmple.

Maximum of 5 points will be added to Exam 3. Due end of the last full week of the regular classes. (i.e. Saturday Midnight) Three attempts.

Exam 4

* You will receive 5 extra points by just taking the test. There will also be
bonus questions.

* Exam 4 is very similar to Exam 3. Study the review sheets and exercise questions listed under Exam 3.

Extra Credit (Review for Exam 4)

Maximum of 5 points will be added to Exam 4. Due: Wednesday of the final exam week

**The lowest exam score will be dropped after the final exam period ends.

**SPSS
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Frequency: Analyze, Descriptive Stats, Frequency

Bar chart: Analyze, Descriptive Stats, Frequency, Charts, Bar Charts

Measures of central tendency and variability: Analyze, Descriptive Stats, Frequency, Stats

Scatterplot: Graphs, Legacy diaglogs, Scatter

Correlation (Bivariate): Analyze, Correlate, Bivariate

, Regression:
Analyze, Regression, Linear

Handout

Importance of Statistical Analysis

Sampling

Question Wording