SOC 109
Statistical Analysis of Social
Data

Summer 2006 Prof. Akos Rona-Tas

MWF 4:00 -5:50 SSB 488

CENTR 207 Office Hours: M W 3:00-4:00

or by appointment

858-534-4699

This course will teach you three important skills:

1. a way of systematic reasoning and decision making with the help of numeric evidence

2. elementary statistics, or ways of manipulating, organizing numbers so that they reveal patterns hidden in your data

3. basic computer skills so that you can handle large amounts of information.

There will be a midterm and a final, both closed book and notes. There will be three computer assignments. Late computer assignments will not be credited. You must do all the work yourself including obtaining the output.

Final grades for this course will be assigned as follows:

Computer assignments 35%

Midterm exam 30%

Final exam 35%

The textbook for the course is Chava
Frankfort-Nachmias and
Anna Leon-Guerrero, *Social Statistics for a Diverse Society, 4 ^{rd} edition*. It is
available at the
UCSD bookstore. Your computer assignments will require that you
use SPSS
for Windows, a statistical package for the PC. Manuals for SPSS
are
available in the computer lab in Solis Hall, but the program itself is
user
friendly and provides extended on-line help. You can also find most of
what you
need at the end of each chapter

.

The course has a Web site

http://weber.ucsd.edu/~aronatas/s109s01.htm

where you will find this syllabus and all three assignments. You just have to click on

Introduction

Social Research and Statistics

Brief Introduction to the Computer Facility

Useful link:

Level
of measurement

Organization of Information

Graphic Presentation

Organization of Information

Graphic Presentation

**August 14**

Measures of Central Tendency and Variability

Useful links:

Central
Tendency

Variability

**August 16**

Measures of Central Tendency and Variability

Relationships Between Two Variables: Cross-Tabulation

Measures of Association for Nominal and Ordinal
Variables

Useful link:

Measures of Association in Tables,

*Assignment 1 due*

Relationships Between Two Variables: Cross-Tabulation

Measures of Association for Nominal and Ordinal
Variables

Bivariate Regression and Correlation

Useful links:

Scatterplot

Correlation (Pearson's r)

Regression

Bivariate Regression and Correlation

Review of Descriptive Data Analysis

The Normal Distribution

Sampling and Sampling Distributions

*Assignment 2 due*

Useful links:

Sampling Distribution of Means

Estimation

Two Sample Test

**September 6**

The Chi-Square Test

Useful Link:

Chi-square
Test of Significance

*Assignment 3 due*

**September 8**

Final Review

**September 9**

FINAL

3:00-6:00