S371 | 3688 | Mike Wallace

THIS SECTION DOES NOT MEET COAS MATH REQUIREMENT This is the second of a two-course sequence that presents a summary of basic statistical techniques sociologists use for the analysis of quantitative social data and an integrated review of methodological approaches available to the sociologist. This course consists primarily of a comprehensive introduction to the logic, application, and interpretation of statistical techniques in the social sciences. This course does not stress abstract mathematical principles, but rather shows how statistical methods can be used to study "real" contemporary social issues. We will begin with a brief discussion of the logic behind statistical research. Next, we will examine the organization and interpretation of different types of statistics. Finally, we will learn a variety of formal statistical tests for determining whether there is a relationship between two or more variables. Since the computer is indispensable to statistical analysis, we will provide a lab session learning how to use it to conduct social research. Requirements: Course requirements include 6-8 computer projects, a mid-term examination, and a final examination. The projects will account for 50% of the final grade, and the exams will account for 25% of the grade. Class attendance and participation in lecture and lab sessions are vital to successful completion of this course and will be taken into account in determining the final grade.