Syllabus

University of Warsaw, Experimental Social Psychology Specialization 

Advanced Statistical Methods: Continuous Variables (Lecture)

Syllabus Winter 2011

 

Instructor: Dr. Irina Tomescu-Dubrow

Time:    Mondays: 15:15 – 17:30 and Thursdays: 13:45 – 16:00

Place:  Faculty of Psychology, ul. Stawki 5/7, Room 405

Course Website: https://statisticalmethods.wordpress.com

Office Hours:  Wednesdays, Room 211 Palac Staszic, 14:30 – 15:30, and by appointment

emailtomescu.1@sociology.osu.edu 

Course Description:

This course is designed for students who have a background in quantitative methods for the social sciences. Students should be familiar with descriptive statistics, testing differences between two and more means, and OLS regression analysis. 

Basic outline of the course:

Linear Regression and Correlation – Review

Multiple Regression and Correlation

Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis

Comparing Groups: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

Model Building with Multiple Regression

Structural Equation Modeling

Multi-Level Modeling

This course will feature a series of guest lectures by Prof. Dr. hab. Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, Professor of Sociology and Courtesy Professor of Political Science, the Ohio State University, USA.

Course Objectives:

This course aims to teach students the logic and the theoretical assumptions behind some of the main techniques in advanced statistics for the social sciences, and how these techniques are applied to testing specific hypotheses. Students will learn to interpret empirical results, and to make critical evaluations of published social research that employs the methods covered in class.

Required Texts:

1. Alan Agresti and Barbara Finlay. Statistical Methods of the Social Sciences. 3rd edition. Prentice Hall

2. Tabachnick, B. G., & Fidell, L. S. (2007). Using Multivariate Statistics , 5th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon

Course Requirements and Evaluation:

Class participation (15%): Students are expected to discuss all of the assigned readings on the due date and to participate in in-class discussions and projects.

2 Assignments (15% each): Assignments, to be distributed during the course, will require interpretation of statistical results from software output. While studying with another student is permitted and even encouraged, you need to write the answers in your own words.

Final Examination (55%): In-class written examination at the end of the course, covering all materials from lectures and required readings. The exam consists of a combination of (a) multiple choice questions; (b) short answer questions, and (c) interpretation of statistical results from software output.

Grading points:

A       94-100   [5]
A-       90-93  [5-]
B+     87-89   [4+]
B     84-86   [4]
B-       80-83   [4-]
C       74-76   [3]
C+       77-79   [3+]
C-       70-73 [3-]
D+       65-69   [2+]
D       60-64   [2]
F       59-0   [1]

Policies on Attendance, Late Materials, and Make-Ups:

I expect everyone to show up to class on time. During class, cell phones and other electronic devices with noise-capacity must be turned off. I will make exceptions to this rule if you explain why you need them turned on during class; you have to inform me of this reason before class begins.

Assignments are to be turned in electronically, via email (tomescu.1@sociology.osu.edu) by the specified deadline. I accept late materials only if I am notified 24 hours prior to the deadline. Late writing assignments will be assessed a penalty of 10% off per day.

While working together on assignments is encouraged, you need do your own write-up. Identical assignments will result in failing grade.

For emailed assignments: it is the responsibility of the student to be sure that the instructor receives it.

Course Outline and Course Readings

Course readings are available at the library of the Graduate School for Social Research. Readings marked with an “R” are REQUIRED, or mandatory readings. Those with “OP” are optional or non-mandatory readings. Students are expected to have read at least the REQUIRED readings on the date they are assigned.

 

Topic

Readings

October 3

15:15 – 17:30

 

Linear Regression and Correlation

OP – Agresti and Finlay, Ch. 4 & 9OP – Tabachnick and Fidell, Ch. 1 (Introduction)

October 6

13:45 – 16:00

 

Multiple Regression and Correlation – Part I

R –  Tabachnick and Fidell, Ch. 5 (Multiple Regression)

OP– Agresti and Finlay, Ch. 10

October 10

15:15 – 17:30

 

Multiple Regression and Correlation – Part II

R – Tabachnick and Fidell, Ch. 5 (Multiple Regression)

R – Tomescu-Dubrow, Irina and Henryk Domanski (2010)  “How to Model Parental Education Effects On Men And Women’s Attainment?  Cross-National Assessments of Different Approaches.” ASK: Society, Research, Methods19: 21-50.

OP – Agresti and Finlay, Ch. 11

October 13

13:45 – 16:00

 

Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis – Part I

R – Tabachnick and Fidell, Ch. 13 (Principal Components and Factor Analysis)

October 17

15:15 – 17:30

 

Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis – Part II

R – Joanne Miller, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski and Ronald J. Schoenberg. 1981. “Assessing Comparability of Measurement in Cross-National Research: Authoritarian-Conservatism in Different Sociocultural Settings.” Social Psychology Quarterly44(3): 178-191

R – Tabachnick and Fidell, Ch. 13 (Principal Components and Factor Analysis)

October 20

13:45 – 16:00

Comparing Groups: Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)

 

R – Agresti and Finlay, Ch. 12

OP – Agresti and Finlay, Ch. 13

1st Assignment Due by 3 PM, via email (tomescu.1@sociology.osu.edu)

November 3

13:45 – 16:00

Model Building with Multiple Regression

R – Agresti and Finlay, Ch. 14

R – Tabachnick and Fidell, Ch. 4 (Cleaning Up Your Act)

November 14

15:15 – 17:30

 

Structural Equation Modeling – Part I

R – Tabachnick and Fidell, Ch. 14 (Structural Equation Modeling)

November 17

13:45 – 16:00

 

Structural Equation Modeling – Part II

R – Kazimierz M. Slomczynski, Joanne Miller and Melvin L. Kohn. 1981. “Stratification, Work, and Values: A Polish-United States Comparison.” American Sociological Review. 46(6): 720-744

November 21

15:15 – 17:30

Multi-Level Modeling

R – Tabachnick and Fidell, Ch. 15 (Multilevel Linear Modeling)

R – Dubrow, Joshua Kjerulf, Kazimierz M. Slomczynski and Irina Tomescu-Dubrow. 2008. “Effects of Democracy and Inequality on Soft Political-Protest in Europe: Exploring the European Social Survey Data.” International Journal of Sociology  38(3):36-51.

2nd Assignment Due by 3 PM, via email (tomescu.1@sociology.osu.edu)

November 24

13:45 – 16:00

COMPREHENSIVE FINAL EXAM (in-class, written)

 

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