A306 | 25359 | Jamison

TENTATIVE TEXTS Aron, A. and E.N. Aron 1997 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences: A Brief Course. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Aron, A. and C.C. Norman 1997 Study Guide and Workbook. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. OBJECTIVES The goals of this course are threefold: (1) to increase your knowledge of basic statistical methodology and theory, (2) to increase your computer literacy, and (3) to accomplish both of these tasks within the framework of the research literature in Anthropology. PERFORMANCE Your performance in this course will be determined by points earned on weekly exercises and two examinations. The weekly exercises will be based upon: (1) chapters in the text and workbook and (2) assignments using articles in anthropological journals. Generally speaking, the text and workbook exercises will be due at the beginning of class on Tuesday of the week following their assignment. The journal assignments will generally be due on Thursday and they will form the basis of a discussion that day. Several individuals will be selected (one week in advance) to present information to the class on the journal assignments. Given that the exercises and journal assignments will be the focus of a brief discussion in class on the day they are due, materials handed in late will be assessed a penalty. Both examinations will be take-home exams that you may work on using the text materials for the class. You will have one week to complete each examination. Since it is important that everyone has the same amount of time to complete the exams, I will be very strict on having them turned in on time. You may work on the exams separately, in teams, or in groups. Each student will turn in a separate copy of the exam and I expect that for the written parts of the exam you will do this independently. Your final grade will be determined by the points that you have earned on the exercises, assignments and exams. The total number of points for the course will be divided in such a way that the exams will be worth 1/3 of the points and the exercises/assignments will be worth 2/3. A final grade will be assigned based upon a grading scale that is no more stringent than 90-80-70-60. That is, if you earn at least 90% of the points available you will receive an A, between 80 and 89% a B, etc. What this means is that you are not competing against other members of the class. In theory, all of you could earn an A for the course. Graduate students will be required to produce a research paper in the style of a manuscript that would be submitted for publication. Undergraduates do not have a paper assignment as part of A306. A final point about participation in class. This will be a very practical class in that much of the time we will be working on the computers. I expect that there will be a lot of interaction within the class every day. I will not be calculating a participation score as such. However, there will be a record of your class presentations and whether you fulfilled them on the day assigned. ATTENDANCE A306/506 is a class in which attendance will be very important. I will not be taking roll, but the due dates on the exercises and assignments will pretty much indicate whether or not you are in class. In addition, if you get behind by not attending class it may be very hard to catch up again. Please take this responsibility seriously and try to avoid missing class. I recognize that emergencies and unavoidable circumstances sometimes occur. Keep in mind the saying, "EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE BEFORE THE FACT". This means that I will be reasonable in terms of my demands if you meet me more than half-way. I am always reachable by Email and those messages are dated and timed. I will also give you my home number if you need to reach me there.