Quantitative Methods

Course Details

Course Number
POLS 5153
Fall 2010
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
Days & Times

Class: W 5:30–8:20

Dr. Steve R Garrison (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Regression Diagnostics
John Fox (1991), Sage University Papers
Applied Regression: An Introduction
Michael Lewis-Beck (1980), Sage University Papers
Applied Logistic Regression Analysis
Menard, Scott William (1980), Sage University Papers

Course Objectives

 Display critical thinking skills concerning theoretical explanations of local, state, national,

and global political processes.

 Demonstrate critical thinking skills towards political research concerning the strengths

and weaknesses of various methods of inquiry.

 Evaluate the appropriateness of rival political explanations to current political issues.

 Construct an appropriate research question and design.

 Develop a theoretical explanation and resulting hypotheses.

 Collect, analyze, and interpret data using relevant statistical methods.

 Present research findings in a professional manner consistent with disciplinary norms.

 Demonstrate effective writing skills.

 Display effective oral communication skills.

 Demonstrate an ability to produce professional presentations.

Course Expectations


Exercises 20 points

Writing Assignments 80 points


Exercises: Basically each week I expect you to contribute something to class. This will

consist of either completion of computer/math exercises, writing assignment, or presentation

of reading assignment. This is a master level course and student participation is considered

a given. Please be prepared for class. Some of the readings may be challenging this semester.

It is ok to not fully comprehend readings, just be prepared, and able to discuss why.


Writing Assignments: A major aspect of successfully applying quantitative methods in

the research process is to be able to present your research in a written format. To prepare

you for this I will expect you to complete a series of written presentations of quantitative

analysis. I will expect a total of 25-30 pages of written text. I will assign five different writing

assignments of an expected 6-8 pages in length and students can pick the four assignments

that they would like to write on. Speci c instructions for these writing assignments will be

distributed in class.

Final Exam

12/08/2010 5:45

Submission Format Policy

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Other Policies

Disability Policy: Any student in this course who has a disability that may preclude

demonstrating fully his or her abilities should contact me as soon as possible. We will discuss

the accommodations necessary to ensure full participation and to facilitate education.

Plagiarism: I take plagiarism very seriously and will check your work. By enrolling in

this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property

created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but

shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify

originality and authenticity, and educational purposes. The University’s minimum penalty

for cheating or plagiarism is a failure of assignment. Cheating or plagiarism can lead to

expulsion from the university. If you have questions about original work, please consult the

Student Handbook Code of Student Conduct section 10.

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