TENTATIVE SYLLABUS

Fall 2004

Dept. of Sociology and Social Work

Instructor: Dr. G. F. Dobbertin

Office: Library 326

Office Hours: M,W,F @

M,W @

__Readings__

__Course Objective:__

The student will learn some of the jargon of Statistics; solve problems involving measures of central tendency and variability; and become familiar with the foundations of statistical inference, eg. Z-scores, t-scores, and chi square. This will require weekly homework assignments, and tests. A small calculator which is capable of adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and finding square roots is a necessity. The weekly reading assignments are tentative. We might be required to change dates or drop assignments, depending on how fast or slowly we cover the material.

The student is strongly advised to do all of the homework
problems

when they are assigned.

Do __not__ wait until Dr. Dobbertin
has worked them in class before doing them yourself at home. If you do, you
will probably not understand what is going on in class and will find that you
do not really know how to solve the problems when you see them on the tests.

__Weekly Chapter
Assignments____Quiz__

1 chpt. 1-4 central tendency

2 chpt. 5 variability

3 chpt 5 variability-------------------------------------------Sept. 15

4 chpt. 6 standard scores

5 chpt. 8 normal distribution

6 chpt. 6, 8----------------------------------------------------Oct. 6

7 chpt. 11 Standard error of the mean

8 chpt. 11

9 chpt. 11-------------------------------------------------------Oct 27

10 chpt. 12 t test

11 chpt. 12

12 chpt.
12-------------------------------------------------------Nov. 17

13 chpt. 17 week of Thanksgiving break

14 chpt. 17

15 chpt. 17 Chi square------------------------------------------Dec. 8

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Final exam scheduled on Tue. Dec. 14^{th} at

__Grading:__

**1- **This
class must grade itself as a group. You must all agree upon a grading scheme,
report it to me in writing, and each of you must sign this report.

**2- **If
any of you disagree with this report you may design an alternative grading
scheme and report it to me in writing. You must sign this alternate report.

**3- **No
more than two grading schemes and accompanying reports will be accepted. Each
student must sign one of these two reports, if there __is__ an alternative
report.

**4-
**The grading will be done at the time scheduled for
the final exam: