Psyc 601: Quantitative Methods Fall 2006

A. Course Description and Requirments

Quantitative Methods (Psyc 601) is a basic course in statistical methods and concepts applied to general psychological research. Much of the material is theoretical in nature and provides a rationale for the practical application of statistical tests to research problems in psychology. In addition, the problems of quantification and measurement, the techniques of data mining and visualization, and the use of at least one statistical computer package and will be discussed.

The lecture part (Tue/Thur 9:00 - 11:00) will cover primary course content in a lecture format. The discussion part (Thur 4:30 - 6:00) will include hands-on tutorials and a discussion of course topics.

B. On-Line Course Materials

All materials except the textbook but including the syllabus, lecture notes, assignments, discussion and exams will be posted on the World Wide Web (WWW) at http://cognitron.umd.edu/.

Most homework will be submitted online, but some assignments may require paper submission as well. Exams will include an on-line and given during the discussion period. Class participation will be determined through on-line discussions and interactions.

C. On-Line Exams

Two exams and a final will be given. All exams will be taken online in the classroom during the disccussion section time (Thur 4:30- 6:00). Exams will be combination of mutliple-choice, short answer, essay, and problems.

D. Course Grade

The course grade will be based on a weighted combination of two exams, a final, homework, and class participation, as follows: Exam 1 = 20%; Exam 2 = 20%; Final = 20%; Homework & Projects = 30%; Class Participation & Discussions = 10%.

Each homework assignment will be graded on a 10 scale. Grades will be assigned as follows: A+ 97-100%, A 93-96%, A- 90-92%, B+ 87-89%, B 83-86%, B- 80-82%, C+ 77-79%, C 73-76%, C- 70-72%, etc.

E. Textbook

Hays, William L. (1994). Statistics (5th Ed.), International Thompson Publisher. (ISBN 0030744679)

F. Instructor

Dr. Kent L. Norman
Office: ZP3123F
Email: kent_norman@lap.umd.edu
Phone: 301 405-5924
Office Hours:
Tuesday 1:30 - 2:30
Wednesday 11:00 - 12:00

G. Teaching Assistants

Amber Sprenger (asprenger@psyc.umd.edu)
Walky Rivadeneira (arivadeneira@psyc.umd.edu)

Syllabus

Psyc 601: Quantitative Methods

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
8/31/2006
Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Personal Description

NO Discussion Session


9/5/2006
Probability Theory (Sets and Events)
Chapter 1
Hw_Ch01
9/7/2006
Probability Theory (Bayes Theorem)
Article 1
Discussion 1

Discussion Session 1


9/12/2006
Frequency Distributions (Measurement)
Chapter 2
Hw_Ch02
9/14/2006
Frequency Distributions (Tables and Graphs)



Discussion Session 2


9/19/2006
Discrete Random Variables:
Chapter 3
Hw_Ch03
9/21/2006
The Binomial Distribution
Article 2
Discussion 2

Discussion Session 3


9/26/2006
Algebra of Expectation
Chapter 4
Hw_Ch04
9/28/2006
Central Tendency



Discussion Session 4


10/3/2006
Variability


10/5/2006
Sampling Distributions
Chapter 5
Hw_Ch05

Exam 1


10/10/2006
Point Estimation
Article 3
Discussion 3
10/12/2006
Normal Population
Chapter 6
Hw_Ch06

Discussion Session 5


10/17/2006
Sampling Distributions


10/19/2006
Hypothesis Testing
Chapter 7
Hw_Ch07

Discussion Session 6


10/24/2006
continued
Article 4
Discussion 4
10/26/2006
Inferences About Population Means
Chapter 8
Hw_Ch08

Discussion Session 7


10/31/2006
(Comparing Two Means)


11/2/2006
Chi-Square
Chapter 9
Hw_Ch09

Discussion Session 8


11/7/2006
F Distributions


11/9/2006
General Linear Model
Chapter 10
Hw_Ch10

Exam 2


11/14/2006
Analysis of Variance
Article 5
Discussion 5
11/16/2006
Comparisons Among Means
Chapter 11
Hw_Ch11

Discussion Session 9


11/21/2006
Correlation and Regression (Part 1)
Chapter 14

11/23/2006
Thanksgiving Break


11/28/2006
continued (Part 1)

Hw_Ch14
11/30/2006
Correlation and Regression (Part 2)



Discussion Session 10


12/5/2006
continued (Part 2)
Article 6
Discussion 6
12/7/2006
Analyzing Qualitative Data: Chi-Square Tests



Discussion Session 11


12/12/2006
Nonparametric Tests
Chapter 18
Hw_Ch18
12/15/2006
Final Exam (8:00 - 10:00)