POLS210

 

Syllabus 

            Current semester  

           

Software Locator

Find SPSS on campus

 

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 edge.sagepub.com/Pollock for more resources.

  

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

            Phase 1

            Assignment 3 Phase 2 Prep

            Phase 2

            Assignment 5 Phase 3 Prep Describing variables

            Phase 3

            Assignment 9 Phase 4a Prep: Descriptive stats

            Phase 4a

            Assignment 15 Phase 4b Prep

            Final Paper (Phase 4b and Phase 5)

Other Assignments

 

Assignment 2 Quiz using Blackboard

Assignment 4 Recoding

Assignment 6 Standard deviation

Assignment 7 Descriptive stats

Assignment 8 Z score

Assignment 10 Crosstab

Assignment 11 Chi square test

Assignment 12 Measures of association

Assignment 13 Correlation

Assignment 14 Regressoin

 

Exams

Exam 1

Blackboard

Study Guide

Exercise: Levels of Measurement and Units of Analysis

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exam 2

Blackboard

Study Guide

Z table

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. Two attempts.

                        The emphasis on statistics and manual calculations.

 

Exam 3

Blackboard

Study Guide Review1 Review2 Review3

Chi square table

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

Blackboard

Study Guide   Review 1

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

                        * 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

Descriptive Statistics

Frequency: AnalyzeDescriptive StatsFrequency

Bar chart: AnalyzeDescriptive StatsFrequencyChartsBar Charts

Measures of central tendency and variability: AnalyzeDescriptive StatsFrequencyStats

Scatterplot: GraphsLegacy diaglogsScatter

Output

Recoding

Cross-tabulation

Chi-square and Lambda

            Output

Correlation (Bivariate): AnalyzeCorrelateBivariate

Output

, Regression: AnalyzeRegressionLinear

Output,

 

Handout

            Importance of Statistical Analysis

                    Econometrics of Basketball

            Sampling

         Bush Approval

        Random digits

        Gallup Poll

            Question Wording

                    Common Core