POLS625

Political Theory and Research Design

 

Syllabus

            Current

            

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.

 

Paper

Phase 0: Topic

Phase 1: Introduction

Phase 2: Theory

Phase 3: Operationalization

Phase 4: Descriptive Statistics

Pre-results

Phase 5: Conclusion (See the Pre-results section)

  Presentation

 

            Examples of quantitative research papers

                Beck et al (1992)

 

BSU Institutional Review Board

www.bsu.edu/irb

 

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.

 

Handouts

Ecological fallacy

Random digits

Selection of Cases

Normal Curve

            Test of statistical significance and measures of association: Summary table            

            Question Wording

                    Common Core

 

Readings for Week 2 and 8

Week 2 Babbie Ch3

                      Milgram Experiment

Week 8 Examples of Statistical, Experimental and Case Studies

                            Think about the following when you read the articles:
                            Summary
                            How the lit review is carried out.
                            How different sources are used.
                            How many sources are used
                            Theory and hypotheses.
                            Strengths and weaknesses of each study.
                            Is it a qualitative or quantitative study?
                            Units of analysis.
                            Number of cases.
                            Dependent and independent variables.
                            Case selections.
                            Are you convinced?

Required reading 1

Required reading 2

 

                        Sil (Recommended reading)

 

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

Chi-square test and lambda

            Output

Correlation (Bivariate): AnalyzeCorrelateBivariate

Output

, Regression: AnalyzeRegressionSimple

Output

 

EXCEL

Standard deviation and z score

Correlation coefficients (r)

Exams

            Exam 1

            Study guide

        Blackboard

                        Levels of measurement and units of analysis

Exercise: Units of analysis and types of variables Descriptive stats Excel

SPSS Companion (3rd Edition):

Exercises Ch2 Q1, Q2, Q3 (Use GSS2006A_student) [Answer key]

Exercises Ch3 Q1 (Use GSS2006A_student) [Answer key]

Assignment 7 Blackboard Quiz

Exam 2

Study guide

Blackboard

Review 1 Review 2 Review 3 Review 4

Test of statistical significance and measures of association: Summary table

Exercise: Z score 1 Z score 2 Bivariate crosstab  t-test Lambda Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4

Calculating Final Grade: Weighted average

 

                        Extra Credit 1(Addition to Exam2): Blackboard quiz. Interpretation of regression tables.

                        e.g.

                        Table 1:  The Impact of GDP Per Capita on Turnout

                       

Variables

Unstandardized coefficients

GDP per cap ($1000)

.334

(.430)

Gini coefficient

-.573**

(.214)

Compulsory voting

9.451*

(4.538)

Constant

82.323

(10.321)

Adj R2

.092

N

76

Note: Standard errors are in parentheses. **: p<.01, *: p<.05

 

                        Extra Credit 2 (Addition to Exam 2) The maximum of 4 points will be added to Exam 2.

 

Exam 3

Study guide

Blackboard

 

                        Extra Credit (Addition to Final Exam)

 

Assignments

Assignment 1 Ethics (Group)

Assignment 2 Frequency

Assignment 3 Frequency

Assignment 4 Recoding

Assignment 5 Prisoners dilemma game

Assignment 6 Levels of measurement and units of analysis

Assignment 7 Quiz using Blackboard

Assignment 8 Variance and standard deviation

Assignment 9 Excel

Assignment 10 Normal Curve

Assignment 11 Crosstab 1

Assignment 12 Crosstab 2

Assignment 13 Crosstab 3

Assignment 14 Collecting data for group research paper (Dependent, main independent variables, and control variables. Bring your dataset to class.)

Assignment 15 Z-test, t-test

Assignment 16 Chi-square test

Assignment 17 Measures of Association

Assignment 18 Correlation

Assignment 19 Regression

Assignment 20 Obtaining test results for research paper (Group)

Assignment 21 Presentation file (Group)

                            Prepare your power point file

 

Tables

Z table

t table

Chi-square table