SOC 103M

Spring 2016

**Computer
Applications to Data Management in Sociology **

T Th 9:30-10:50 or T Th 11:00-12:20

SSB 101

Akos Rona-Tas

Office Hours:

MW 10:30-11:20

by appointment

401 SSB

e-mail: aronatas@ucsd.edu

This
course will introduce you to data management through* a research project of your
own*. You will learn practical skills that you will be able to use widely, as a
student who needs to manage information learned in class, as researcher who
needs to marshal data gathered for a project, or as employee who needs to
organize information for work tasks.

You
will learn how to manage both quantitative and qualitative data. Accordingly,
the course will be split into to two halves, each devoted to one kind of analysis
and software. In the first part of the course you will be using Statistical
Package for the Social Sciences or SPSS, a user friendly statistical package
where all you need to do is to click on pull-down menus. You will learn how to
input data in an analyzable, numeric form, then using a real data set
representative of the United States, called the General Social Survey, you will
have a chance to investigate real social issues. You will learn powerful ways
of organizing, describing, depicting and exploring regularities in the data.
While you will become familiar with basic statistical concepts, this is not a
class in statistics. If you know how to add, subtract, multiply, divide, square
and take a square-root with a calculator, you are properly prepared.

In
the second part of the course you will turn to qualitative data and become
acquainted with NVIVO 10, a software that helps you handle qualitative
information from unstructured data. You will learn about organizing and linking
documents, coding, searching, annotating texts, organizing codes and building
theories.

There
are no textbooks for the course, but if you are looking for useful books I
recommend Adventures in Social Research, by Earl Babbie
et al., and *Qualitative Data Analysis
with NVivo* by Pat Bazeley
and Kristi Jackson.

Both
SPSS and NVIVO will be available in the Social Science Computing Facility (SSB
139). Although there is no expensive textbook for this
course, I recommend you get your own access to NVIVO. You can rent it for the
semester (for two PCs $80, for two Macs $60). You can also buy it, but that is
more expensive. While having your own NVIVO is important, having your own SPSS
software is more of a convenience. You can own two copies for 12 months for about $60.
(You will be fine with getting the Grad Pack basic package. It does not matter
if it is version 21 or 22.)

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**0554380**.

The
class has a Web site :

http://weber.ucsd.edu/~aronatas/SOC103M.htm

It
has this syllabus, the assignments and, contains all the statistical material
covered in the first part of the course.

Assignments:

GENERAL
INSTRUCTIONS for the assignments:

Please be sure to
present your responses in an organized, clear, grammatically correct, paragraph
format (i.e. no sentence fragments, bullets, etc.). Be sure to proof read,
spell check, and make appropriate paragraph breaks when necessary. All homework
must be handed in electronically via TED (TritonEd) including NVIVO files and
folders that should be zipped and submitted as a single zip file.

**March
29**

**
March 31 and April 5 no classes **

You must sign up to see me
during class time or my office hours

MANAGING QUANTITATIVE DATA

**
Apri****l 7** (Class split between SSB 101 and computer lab)

Introduction
to SPSS

The Data Editor: Data Entry

Transforming
Data: Computing and Recoding, Composite Measures

Splitting
Files and Selecting Cases

**April 1****2**

*Assignment
A1 due*

Frequency Distributions

Measures of Central Tendency

Measuring Variation

Visual Presentation: Bar and Pie Chart,
Histogram, **Scatterplot**

**April 1**4

*Assignment
A2 due*

The Strength of the Relationship and the Significance of the Relationship

Crosstabulation

Cramer's V

Gamma an Ordinal Scale Measure of the
Strength of the Relationship

Correlation Coefficient
(Pearson's r) an Interval/Ratio Scale Measure of the Strength of the
Relationship

**April **
**19**

* Assignment
A3 due*

Visualization of Causal Explanation

**April 21 **

*Assignment
A4 due*

Multi-causal
explanations

Multivariate Analysis

**April 2****6**

**April 28**

Explanations
and Exceptions

*REMINDER:
Assignment B1 is not due until May 17 but it includes completing 6 more
qualitative interviews and finding 6 more articles, so don't leave it to the last minute.*

**May **
**3**

Working with Quantitative Data I

Working with Quantitative Data II

MANAGING
QUALITIATIVE DATA (NVIVO 10)

Introduction
to NVIVO 10

Here is a video tutorial for
NVIVO 10

**May **
**12**

Creating
Documents

**May **
**17**

*Assignment
B1 is due*

**May
19 **

* Assignment B2 is due*

**May 2**4

Models, Queries and Visualization

How to build models, run searches and visualize results in NVIVO 10

*
Assignment
B3 is due*

**
May **
26

**May 31**

*Assignment B4 is due*

Final Assignment
is due at the time of the final exam and should be submitted via TED (TritonEd)
through Turnitin.