COURSE SYLLABUS - CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH METHODS II: STATISTICS (CRJ401)

Dr. Eric Metchik
Office: 333 Meier Hall - Phone: 542-6460
E-Mail Address: eric.metchik@salemstate.edu

Purpose of the Course | Text | Math and Computer Background
Course Requirements | Course Schedule

Purpose of the Course
This course will introduce the student to a variety of basic approaches to analyzing statistical information. The logic of statistics will be stressed, as well as its relevance for issues in criminal justice. Students are expected to develop a competency in choosing from a variety of basic statistical methods to address particular problems. They will also learn to carry out both manual and computer-based solutions for these problems.

Text

Fox, William (1998) Social Statistics. Third Edition. Washington: MicroCase Corporation.
Fox, William (1998) Doing Statistics Using MicroCase: A Workbook for Social Statistics. Third Edition.  Washington:MicroCase Corporation.

A calculator will be useful in performing the calculations for homework and test problems in this course. You can use an inexpensive calculator that calculates square roots, since you will need to show your work, step-by-step, on computa- tional problems. The more sophisticated calculators that do advanced statistical calculations are therefore not needed for this course.


Math and Computer Background:

In order to learn the material in this course, you will need to have basic competency in elementary arithmetic and high school algebra, as well as a knowledge of rudimentary computer operations. The latter can be obtained by studying Appendix A, "What You Need to Know About Computers" (pp. 191-196) in the course workbook, Doing Statistics Using Microcase. If your math skills are weak, you may need to spend some time reviewing this material, especially in the early part of the course. Please come to see me if you feel you may have trouble in this regard.
Course Requirements: 1. Class attendance: All students must come to class regularly and be on time. Each lecture in the course builds on all previous lectures and so the student will be at a loss if even one class is missed. In addition, the lectures are sometimes only loosely related to the assigned reading for a particular class, and all lecture materials may be tested on the midterm and final examination. If a student misses more than three classes during the semester without a valid medical or other acceptable excuse, this will affect the "participation" component of the final course grade.

2. Class participation and related assignments: This course raises many issues that may not be familiar to you from your prior studies. You are encouraged to give your opinions and ask questions at any point---do not feel you have to wait until the end of the class. Please be sure to do all the assigned readings before each class since this is the only way to stay "on top" of the material. Your active participation in class will be evaluated as part of the final course grade.

3. Tests: There will be three examinations given in this course, including the final. All students are expected to take these exams when scheduled. Unless extreme circumstances (supported by a letter or other appropriate documentation) force a student to fail to appear for an exam, all those who miss it will receive a "0" grade for that component of the course. Even under extreme circumstances, the student must take an alternate form of the original test within 48 hours of the original test date.

4. Homework Assignments: Homework assignments will be required. Most of these will be assigned from the course workbook, but several will be from other sources. These assignments provide an opportunity to practice and reinforce the skills you will acquire in this course and so it is very important you put the time and effort into completing each one as well as possible. Early on, I will assign each of you a study partner from among the other students in the class. Some class time will be devoted to working with this partner on the homework assignments or other exercises. This reflects my belief that successful learning is rarely an isolated process and students can greatly benefit from sharing their ideas and approaches with each other. I strongly suggest that you capitalize on this framework by working with your partner or others in the class outside of the classroom setting, but this will not be formally required. Cooperative learning might include setting up study groups to prepare for the exams. Each student, however, must write up all homework assignments and submit them by him/herself.

5. Final grade breakdown:
 
Quizzes 25%
Final 35%
Homework Assignments 30%
Class participation 10% 
100%

Academic Dishonesty: Any form of academic dishonesty is regarded as a very serious violation of college regulations. Any student suspected of engaging in such activity will be subject to the full set of procedures outlined on pp. 266-269 of the 1998-2000 College Catalog.

Handicapped Students: Students who are handicapped should notify the professor at the beginning of the semester if any modifications in the course requirements are necessary.
 

COURSE SCHEDULE
 
Topic Reading Assignment (pages)
Introduction 3-23; 
*W 1-10, 199- 209
Frequency and Percent 
Distributions
25-42; 
*W 19-30
Codebooks and Data 
Manipulation 
43-51;
*W 45-56
Averages and Measures 
of Variation
53-86;
*W 63-68
Bivariate Tabular 
Analysis
89-106;
*W 81-84
Chi-Square 107-120;
*W 95-97
Tabular Data 121-139;
*W 107-111
Analysis of Variance 141-155;
*W 123-127
Regression and Correlation 157-178;
*W 139-146
Multivariate Tabular Analysis 181-200;
*W 157-161
Multiple Regression 201-218;
*W 173-178
Advanced Techniques  219-229;
*W 185
Course Summation/Review for Final
* Also - workbook reading assignment - in William Fox, DoingStatistics Using Microcase. (1998, Third Edition, Microcase Corporation: Bellevue, Washington)
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