ST. JOHN'S UNIVERSITY
STATISTICAL METHODS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES - PSY 2030
Miguel Roig, Ph.D.
Email: roigm@stjohns.edu   
 Phone: 718-390-4513

OFFICE HOURS: My office is in DaSilva Hall, Room 338. I am in school on Tuesdays and Fridays and my official office hours are between 7:00 and 9:00 AM on those two days. I am often available on Fridays between noon and 3:00 PM and on some Wednesdays from 8:00 until 10:00 AM.

 

REQUIRED TEXT: Jaccard, J. & Becker, M. A. (2009). Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. 5th edition, Wadsworth (4th or 3rd editions are acceptable).


COURSE DESCRIPTION
AND OBJECTIVES: PSY 2030 is designed to introduce the student to the various methods for describing and evaluating research data in the social sciences. The course places special emphasis on understanding statistical theory, as well as on computational techniques. Through readings, classroom presentations, and homework exercises, you will learn the principles of data analysis in the social sciences. The lab component may be taught by a different instructor.

GRADE ALLOCATION

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: 20% of your final grade will be based upon completion of your homework exercises and lab/class assignments. All homework exercises will be collected and reviewed. The work will be recorded in my grade book according to criteria described on page 4. Students who submit all homework assignments properly completed, generally correct and in a timely fashion earn the full 20% toward this grade.

HOMEWORK PORTFOLIO: 5%  - All of homework assignments and any other course-related problems, including lab assignments, that you complete as part of the course or on your own will be organized in a 3-ring binder and handed in during the day of the final. The grade for this component is somewhat subjective and will be based on the amount, quality, and level of organization of the work that you present, as well as evidence of the extent to which feedback from earlier homework assignments and class discussions is incorporated into later assignments.

EXAMS: 40% - based upon 2 examinations (midterm-20% and a final exam-20%) from textbook readings, handouts, and class material. The midterm will have two parts; a multiple-choice and an open-book part. The final exam will include excerpts of experiments for which you will have to identify the relevant variables, experimental design, appropriate statistical techniques to be used for data analyses, etc. For the final exam, you will also have to carry out some statistical analyses. Consequently, this exam, which is cumulative in nature and will be open-book, open-notes, etc., will be given during the week of final exams and will take approximately the allotted two hours. A student who is thoroughly familiar with the material will be able to complete it in less time. Others who have shown lapses in attendance, homework assignments, and the like, will invariably take longer to complete the final exam. 

PAPER: 10% - based on a paper that will be completed toward the end of the semester. The paper will consist of the Results and the Discussion section of a laboratory report of an experiment for which data have already been collected. Please note that the necessary statistical techniques needed for the analyses of the data (e.g., Analysis of Variance, Tukey HSD) will not be covered until about the end of the semester. As soon as the pertinent material is covered in class and the assignment is given out, you should immediately start work on this project.

PRACTICUM: 25% - Based on the successful completion of lab projects of data analyses using SPSS software and APA-style summaries of these analyses plus other assignments. 

 

IMPORTANT POINTS:

1.  You should expect to receive homework everyday.  In most cases, the homework assignments will come in the form of handouts that will be distributed during class or via e-mail. Homework assignments will vary in length and complexity. However, as we go through the course homework assignments will become progressively more complex, particularly after the midterm examination. Except where indicated, each homework assignment is due on the following class meeting. 

2. You should do your readings, homework (approximately 30 homework assignments for the semester), and any other work as soon as I assign the work. Late homework submissions will be penalized, without exception (see formula below). In the event that I forget to ask for the homework assignment on the date that it is due, YOU are held responsible to hand it in. Any other assignments and exam dates will be announced in class ahead of time. Assignments are to be handed in to me at the end of class. I ONLY accept assignments via e-mail or fax (718-390-4347) if the student expects to be absent on the day an assignment is due. In those situations, the assignment may be e-mailed or faxed to me before its due date with the time stamp that indicates that it has been sent before the end class. If the automatic time stamp indicates a later time of delivery, the assignment will be marked late.

 

LATE OR MISSED ASSIGNMENTS AND STUDENT EXCUSES: My deadlines are final and I do not extend them for anyone or for any reason. In other words, I do not entertain student excuses for missed or late work.

3. Attendance and punctuality are extremely important in this course. Active and responsible participation is encouraged, as it will greatly facilitate the learning process, however, class participation per se is not going to be formally graded (or the lack of it penalized). Class participation constitutes asking a question or making a comment when the student raises his or her hand and the instructor calls on the student. You are also strongly encouraged to work out a problem or part of the problem on the black board if I call on you. During lectures, no other interaction between students will be tolerated. I reserve the right to dismiss from class any student who, in my view, is disruptive. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to obtain class notes from your peers. On the day of the absence, before the absence or when feasible, contact me to obtain any homework assignments. You are not to make copies of another student’s assignment because in some cases each student will receive a slightly different assignment. Please note that I do not repeat lecture material.

4. The assigned readings should be done on time as doing so will enable you to come prepared to class, to ask intelligent questions, and to make intelligent comments. When asking questions or making comments please raise your hand and wait until I call on you. Also, it is strongly recommended that attempt to complete the exercises at the back of each chapter, ideally before we cover the material in class. Note that the following words/phrases are not to be used in this course: prove, proven, society, like a, sort of, you know. Be sure to use the terms hypothesis and theory correctly (see also below).

5. You will need an electronic calculator with at least the following functions: square root, squaring operation, n!, additional memories (optional), and the capability to handle large numbers. You need to bring your calculator, statistics book and a RED PEN to class EVERYDAY. Please note that you are NOT to use your cell phone as a calculator.

6. Do not submit any type of plastic, paper, or any other type of covers for your homework assignments or for the paper. When necessary, all papers, homework, etc., must be neat and stapled at approximately 45 degrees from the top and left edge of the paper. No homework assignments will be accepted if the papers are not stapled or if they are submitted on ripped paper from spiral- or any other type of binders or notebooks. Also, be mindful of the fact that paper is derived from trees and that trees are a treasured resource. Use 2 sides of a sheet whenever possible, alter the margins as I have done with this course outline, etc.

7. Although I encourage you to study in groups and to help each other out, your papers, homework, and all other assignments are expected to be the student's own original work. That is, when writing your assignments use your own words and expressions; not your peers’. When seeking help in carrying out a statistical technique, you never merely copy from someone else’s homework as this will be deemed as cheating. You may seek and be given guidance as to what the different elements of a formula mean and how to carry out a series of calculations, but you are to carry out all of the calculations on your own and not simply copy them from someone else. Any detection of inappropriate collaboration or any other form of academic dishonesty will result in strict adherence to the school's guidelines on this subject (see catalog and student handbook). - ANY STUDENT CAUGHT CHEATING ON AN EXAM, SUBMITTING OTHERS’ IDEAS, TEXT, ETC., AS HIS/HER OWN WORK, OR FABRICATING OR DOCTORING DATA, WILL BE GIVEN A ZERO FOR THAT ASSIGNMENT. Please note that when writing papers for any of my courses you are not allowed to use direct quotes. You must always paraphrase material from your original sources and all sources must be Primary Sources of information (i.e., journal articles. You are never to use book chapters, magazine or encyclopedia articles).  In addition, any homework that involves writing (i.e., text, not data organization or calculations) must be typed.

WARNING: IN THE EVENT THAT AN INCIDENT OF ACADEMIC DISHONESTY COMES TO LIGHT AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE COURSE, THE ABOVE RULES WILL CONTINUE TO APPLY AND, IF WARRANTED, THE COURSE GRADE WILL BE RETROACTIVELY ADJUSTED.

 

 

 

Text Box: ACADEMIC HONOR CODE
St. John's University is a diverse community of teachers and scholars committed to the principles of truth, love, respect, opportunity, excellence and service.  Members of the St. John's University community strive to create an atmosphere which embodies the University's Vincentian mission.  Students and faculty commit themselves to the pursuit of wisdom and academic excellence, while fostering a responsibility of serving others.  As members of this community, students are expected to maintain the principles of compassion and the values of honesty and academic integrity.

In accordance with this pledge, students acknowledge their commitment to the values and principles of the mission of St. John's University. 1) I will not tolerate or participate in any form of academic fraud by cheating, lying or stealing, nor will I accept the actions of those who choose to violate this code. 2) I will conduct myself both honorably and responsibly in all my activities as a St. John's University student, both academically and non-academically.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


8. If you wish to review an exam you are to make an appointment with me and I will give you access to the exam paper. If you want to double check an answer or find the correct answer to a question that was marked wrong, bring your textbook, calculator and class notes to the office and look up the answer there. I will not provide you with the answers for you. However, I will be happy to explain a particular answer only after you have searched for the answer on your own.

MONITORING YOUR GRADES - The following is the grading system used in all of my classes.
00.00 - 56.99 ----- F               57.00 - 65.99 ------ D                66.00 -  69.99 ------ D+
70.00 - 72.99 ----- C-               73.00 - 76.99 ------ C               77.00 -  79.99 ------ C+                     
80.00 - 82.99 ----- B-               83.00 - 86.99 ------ B               87.00 -  89.99 ------ B+         
90.00 - 92.99 ----- A-              93.00 - 100  ------- A

The following are some of the words which are frequently misspelled or misused in this course: effects/affects, conclusion, experimenter, results, hypothesis/hypotheses, qualitative/quantitative, theory, dependent/ independent, repetition, study/experiment. Be sure that you spell them and use them correctly. Please be mindful of their use in your homework assignments and class participation.

GENERAL CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR, CELL PHONE USE, AND LAPTOP POLICY:  I expect that you conduct yourselves as respectful adults and in accordance with university tradition: to remain silent and attentive while I am lecturing or while a fellow student is asking a question; to clean up your area if you have littered it, etc. No smoking, food, or beverages are allowed in class. I am particularly sensitive about class disruptions, such as students talking to each other while I am lecturing or engaging in other academic work not related to the class. Such behavior will not be tolerated as I consider it to be rude and disrespectful not only to me but also to your classmates.

I consider any use of cell phones during class to be highly distracting and disrespectful. Thus, the use of cell phones is not permitted during class time for any purpose, including its use as a calculator, and they are to be kept turned off and out of view inside pocketbooks, knapsacks, etc. Only 2 or 3 students designated by the instructor will be allowed to have their phones on and only in vibrate mode to be alert for any campus emergency. Any other student whose phone rings during class or is otherwise seen manipulating his/her phone will be asked to leave the class. For the second offense, the matter will be forwarded to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action. Laptops are not to be used during class time and should be turned off. 

SPECIAL NOTE: PSY 2030 is one of the most difficult (it’s math!) and intensive (lots of homework) courses in the Psychology curriculum. The grade obtained in this course will be of keen interest to graduate school admissions officers who review your application. Be advised that if you ask me and I agree to write a letter of recommendation for you (for whatever purpose, graduate school, job, etc.), my comments about you will, to a large extent, be based on your general performance in this class (aptitude, attitude, academic performance, etc.). I strongly recommend that you keep this special note in mind throughout the semester. For my policy on letters of recommendation go to http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~roigm/recomlet.html.

If you have any questions about the course, consult your course outline first, particularly the online version. If you need further clarification then see me. In fact, you should always bring the course outline to class (you should staple it to your notebook) and refer to it from time to time to remind you of deadlines, policies, etc. If lose your course outline, however, you can always download one from my home page.


GRADING CRITERIA FOR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: Acceptable homework assignments will get a check mark with my initials. Deficient home works will get one or more of the following:

INC – A component of the assignment has not been completed.
POOR – Homework is either sloppily done or it contains two or more calculation errors.
LATE – The assignment is handed in after it is due date and time. Please note that no excuses will be accepted for late homework assignments.  If you are sick or for whatever reason you cannot attend class you must contact me and inquire about any missed assignments.  If you have completed a homework assignment but will not be able to attend class, you can either e-mail me the assignment (if feasible) or fax it to me (see above), but note that only up to 2 assignments may be faxed or e-mailed.
OTHER – The assignment is unstapled (always staple at 45°), or not typed (for those that do not involve calculations, such as the one due every Wednesday where you have to identify the variables, etc.), or handed on ripped paper, or having some other problem.

For every two deficient or late homework assignments handed in, the student will lose one homework assignment. Your final Homework grade will be calculated as a proportion of completed homeworks over total number of homework assignments. Thus, for example, if there a total of 30 homework assignments and a student hands in all 30 in acceptable form, s/he will get a 100. If the student fails to submit a homework assignment or hands in two deficient home works, then s/he will get a 97 (29/30). If a student fails to submit an assignment AND, in addition, hands in 4 deficient assignments (27/30) s/he will earn a 90, etc., etc.

OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS
1.
  Homework assignments involving calculations should be completed in pencil. Those that involve text
     should be typed.

2.      Each individual step/calculation should be documented as indicated in the book and as reviewed in class.  Your calculations should show every step in an organized, clear, and neat manner.

  1. Each calculation should be repeated at least twice. If a discrepancy occurs, it should be repeated a third or fourth time until the discrepancy is reconciled.

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE.  Please note that we will adhere to following schedule as best as closely as possible.  By the same token, however, you should expect a certain degree of flexibility in what gets covered when.  So, be sure to be up to date on what is being covered in class each day and come prepared (Underlined dates will be exam days). NS or NC =  No class. Chapter readings are from the Jaccard and Becker text.

        T     W     F
08-       31        - Course overview and chapt.
1

09-             02  -  Chapt. 2
09- 06, NC,09  -  Chapts. 2 & 3
09- 13, 14, 16  -  Chapts. 3 & 4
09- 20, 21, 23  -  Chapts. 4 & 5
09- 27, 29, 30  -  Chapts. 5 & 6


10- 04, 05, 07  -  Chapts. 7 & 8 
10- 11, 12, 14  -  Chapts. Midterm Exam, Wednesday, October 12th  - Chapt. 10
10- 18, 19, 21  -  Chapts. 10 & 11
10- 25, 26, 28  -  Chapts. 11 & 12


11- 01 ,02, 04  -  Chapts. 12 & 13

11- 08, 09, 11  -  Chapts. 13 & 17

11- 15, 16, 18  -  Chapt. 17    

11- 22, NC,NC-  Chapt. 14

11- 29, 30        -  Chapts. 16 & 17

 

12-              02 -  Chapts. 17 & 18

12- 06, 07        -  Chapts. Review

12-       14        - FINAL EXAM, December 14th -

 

 

HOW TO SUCCEED IN THIS CLASS: Come prepared for class. Read the assigned chapter before I cover it in class and take lots of notes while preparing for class at home. Most importantly: DO THE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS AND DO THEM ON TIME. There is no room for procrastination in this class.
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Sign and return to the professor by the first Monday of the semester. Note: You may not be given credit for this course unless I have this portion of the course outline in my possession (Cut with scissors along the dotted line; ripped stubs are not acceptable).  CHANGES: I reserve the right to change or add to assignments and make changes to this course outline, for good reason and with adequate notice.

I _____________________________________ have received a copy of the course outline for Statistical Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (PSY 2030).  I have read the course outline and have reviewed the on-line version at http://facpub.stjohns.edu/~roigm. I have been given an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the content of these documents and understand and agree to the requirements of this course.

Student’s signature: ________________________________________   Date: _________ Student No.:  ____________