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David Pettinicchio
SOC 221
Seattle Campus

Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Social Sciences

Develops statistical literacy. Examines objectives and pitfalls of statistical studies; study designs, data analysis, inference; graphical and numerical summaries of numerical and categorical data; correlation and regression; and estimation, confidence intervals, and significance tests. Emphasizes social science examples and cases. (Students may receive credit for only one of STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311, STAT 221/CS&SS 221/SOC 221, and ECON 311.) Offered: jointly with CS&SS 221/STAT 221; AWSp.

Class description

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the logic and tools social scientists use to quantify social phenomena so as to answer certain research questions. You will learn about the utility of quantitative work in the social sciences, how to define and describe variables, develop and test the relationship between variables, the tools necessary to infer about a population using limited sample information, and you will learn how to do this both conceptually and mechanically. You will also learn the basics of analyzing large data sets using a widely-used software package, SPSS. This class is intended to provide you with the skills needed to become an informed consumer of scientific research reported in the popular media as well as in scholarly articles and books.

Student learning goals

Deductive Research

Univariate Statistics (descriptive) and Point Estimates/Estimation (inferential)

Bivariate/Multivariate Statistics and Relationships


General method of instruction

Lectures and Labs

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Assignments. There are 2 homework assignments. Each is worth 15%. These assignments are a mixture of chapter exercises from the text, as well as additional exercises based on course lectures. 2.Lab Assignments: There are 2 lab assignments. The first is worth 10% the second is worth 15%. You will be adequately prepped for the lab assignments. Labs are held in CSSCR in Savery Hall (1st Floor, rm. 141). 3.In-class Assignments: These are meant to be done in class as practice exercises. I will collect these at the end of class. There are 5 exercises and combined are worth 10%. 4.Final Exam. The final exam is cumulative and worth 35% of your grade. The exam contains multiple choice questions. I will provide you with practice questions well in advance, as well as a review session.

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by David Pettinicchio
Date: 06/21/2010