S110 | 10254 | Heacock

ABOVE SECTIONS OPEN TO FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORES ONLY. Social scientists attempt to better understand the social world. Almost always, numbers are used to illustrate and convey relationships interesting to researchers. These numbers must be presented in an accessible and interpretable fashion. Charts, graphs, and tables are effective ways to present empirical results. At each stage in the research process errors can be made, accidentally or purposefully, that ultimately may lead to the inappropriate and/or misleading results and conclusions. This course will prepare you to be a knowledgeable and critical consumer of research findings. Perhaps more importantly, you will also become a good producer of scientific knowledge. This is not a math course. Rather, it is a class that focuses on quantitative reasoning. Throughout the semester, we will focus less on the mathematics behind producing numbers and more on the underlying logic of the mathematical procedures. Accordingly, you will learn some elementary statistical techniques, how and when to use them, and various techniques available for presenting your results. Finally, you will apply what have learned and be able to make correct conclusions about aspects of our social world.