|Course Number||QMSC 6351 - 18544|
|Course Title||Statistics and Research Methods|
|Prerequisites||Graduate standing and business calculus or equivalent|
|Office Hours||M/W 10AM-Noon, 6PM-7PM UHSL BH 339; or by appointment|
Prerequisites for a course exist because the School of Business Administration faculty have determined that the knowledge, skills, and/or exposure students receive through the prerequisites is critical to their success in the course and their ability to contribute to their fellow students' learning experience. In addition, taking your core courses and concentration or elective courses in a prescribed sequence prepares you to integrate the knowledge and skills you are acquiring properly. Students bear the responsibility for verifying that they have the appropriate prerequisites for their courses. Students who enroll in a course without completing the prerequisites risk being dropped from the class at any time during the semester should their lack of prerequisites come to light. In addition, students who enroll without the prerequisites and as a result find themselves at a disadvantage in meeting course objectives will have no redress with the instructor.
This course places a strong emphasis on the application of research methodology and statistical techniques to typical business problems encountered by management.
David R. Anderson, Dennis J. Sweeney, Thomas A. Williams, Modern Business Statistics with Microsoft Excel, 4th (2012) ed., South-Western CENGAGE Learning, ISBN 0538479752(Required)
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In addition, be aware that, on occasion, certain outside vendors may substitute an international version of a textbook for the version you have requested without notice. International versions of textbooks may be quite different from the editions we require.
The mission of the UHV MBA program is to provide individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully manage organizations in a dynamic environment by offering an integrated curriculum that blends theoretical concepts with practical applications. Specifically, the MBA program seeks to develop in each graduate the capacity to:
To be a successful manager, you must understand the strategic management process. Strategic management consists of the analysis, decisions and actions an organization undertakes in order to create shareholder value and sustain competitive advantages. Thus, one must be equipped with quantitative skills, which are an important component of overall management skills. Statistics and Research Methods mainly provides some necessary tools commonly used in marketing management, operations management, and finance management in the formulation of corporate strategy to maximize the shareholders wealth, as indicated in the flow chart below. Some tools may also be used in economics for managers and financial reporting, especially in the bankruptcy analysis.
The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review. AACSB International accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in management education. AACSB International accreditation adds value to your degree. The AACSB International accreditation standards require you to:
As a result of this course, students will:
Your letter grade is determined using the grade distribution that follows. You can calculate your percentage grade at any time in the semester by dividing the points you have accrued by the total points available up to that point. This percentage is then matched to a letter grade.
|A||90% or higher|
|B||80 to 89%|
|C||70 to 79%|
|D||60 to 69%|
|F||Less than 60%|
|Midterm Exam||25 %|
|Final Exam||25 %|
|Homework Discussion Board (DB)||20 %|
|Case Study (Group)||15 %|
|Term Project (Individual)||15 %|
The online midterm exam will cover Chapters 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8. It will contain only multiple-choice questions in 3 hours on Sunday, 6/29. You will need a basic-function calculator (i.e. no particular model is required) for the exam. The details will be informed one week before the exam date.
The online final exam will cover all the materials and chapters after the midterm; that is, Chapter 9, 10, 14, 15, and 16. Similar format to the midterm, the final exam will contain only multiple-choice questions in 3 hours on Sunday, 8/3. You will need a basic-function calculator (i.e. no particular model is required) for the exam. The details will be informed one week before the exam date.
The instructor will assign 3~4 students to form a group after the first week. Students in the same group will earn the same homework discussion board (DB) grade. There are 8 DBs in summer session. In each DB, the instructor will pick one particular student from each group to post the solution(s) for the randomly-chosen selected homework questions (listed on the course schedule) of the chapter(s) in the week. You will see the chosen students last name and selected question numbers in one of threads in each DB. The chosen student needs to post the solution by replying to the thread by due. Before the chosen student posts the solution as final answer in each DB, all the group members are expected to fully discuss the solution within your own Group Discussion Board in which only members have access. In order to get the best group grade, all members are supposed to review and approve the answer before posting. If the chosen student does not post the answer on time, one of the group members may post for the group. However, in this case, all the group members will earn credit from posting except the chosen student.
There are four cases, including Descriptive Statistics, Normal Distribution, Testing Hypothesis, and Regression Analysis in this semester. Each case is located in the end of each learning module. The highest three scores of the four cases will count 15% toward to the semester grade. The submission deadline for each case is listed on the course schedule. By the end of second week, each group is supposed to inform the instructor (via Message) who the group leader is. Only the leaders will be granted by the case submission links. Before the leader submits, he or she is responsible to coordinate the discussion in the Group Discussion Board and all group members are supposed to participate in solution development. Students in the same group will earn the same case grade. Each group leader will be given 1 point in the semester average as bonus. The instructor will monitor the participation in group discussion board regularly. Please also feel free to inform the instructor if any inactive member exists as a free rider. Grading will be fair and reasonable.
An individual term project focusing on statistical tools for price and risk analysis in finance will be due by 11:00PM, 7/27 (Sun). Please follow the instruction in the folder of Term Project.
Your capacity to contribute to class discussions is directly related to your commitment to completing all reading assignments by the dates listed on the course schedule. Class participation grades will reflect both the quantity and the quality of your participation.
Make-up exams will only be given at the discretion of the instructor. Students are strongly cautioned to notify the instructor immediately if legitimate and insurmountable obstacles prevent them from participating in a scheduled exam session.
The due dates for all assignments will be strictly followed. Late assignments may or may not be accepted at the instructor’s discretion; should the instructor accept a late assignment, he or she may reduce the grade of the assignment the equivalent of one (1) letter grade for each day the assignment is late.
According to the UHV Student Handbook, students are expected to be diligent in their studies and regular in class attendance. A student whose absences are determined by the instructor to be excessive shall be dropped prior to the last day to drop a course or withdraw from UHV with a grade of W or F. For students enrolled in online courses, "absence" connotes a failure to engage in class participation activities on a weekly basis. If an unforeseen crisis (including family emergencies, professional obligations, and technical difficulties) prevents you from fulfilling your course obligations, you are responsible for alerting your instructor to the reason for and anticipate duration of your absence.
Teaching and learning is a partnership between faculty and students. I will fulfill my partnership obligations by serving as advisor, consultant, mentor and purveyor of general comments and clarifications of difficult or confusing concepts. To this end, I will respond to questions within 72 hours. You will fulfill your partnership obligations by being a fully participative, responsive, helping, and working team member of the class. You should check your UHV email frequently and respond to faculty in a timely fashion. Good business and professional etiquette is expected. No derogatory comments should be made. You may certainly disagree with others in class discussions, and you may state your disagreement (if you choose to); however, please do so in a polite manner.
Homework, take-home exams, case assignments and bulletin board participation all play an important role in your education in this course. They are an essential part of the learning process in that they require the synthesis and extension of concepts. They also help both the student and the instructor to evaluate one’s progress in mastering the material. Past experience indicates that generally the course material cannot be adequately mastered without active involvement on your part.
Discussion of homework assignments with others who are also struggling with them can be highly beneficial and is encouraged. Most real-life problems are solved through team efforts, and it is important to learn how to solve problems cooperatively. The interaction with others working on the same problem often reveals different approaches to common difficulties.
Each student is responsible for maintaining high standards of academic honesty and ethical behavior. In order that each student understands what is (or is not) acceptable behavior, the following guidelines are offered.
UHV’s Student Handbook contains a detailed description of the university’s Academic Honesty Policy. In addition, tutors at the Academic Center (see section below) are available to assist you in providing proper citations for your source materials.
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|1||Data and Statistics||Chaper 1.1~1.6||Self-Introduction by 11pm, 6/8 (Sun)|
|2||Descriptive Statistics and Discrete Probability Distribution||Chapter 3.1-3.3, 3.5; Chapter 5.3-5.5||DB#1 by 11pm, 6/15 (Sun)|
|3||Continuous Probability Distributions and Sampling Distributions||Chapter 6.1-6.2; Chapter 7.3~7.5||Case 1 and DB#2 by 11pm, 6/22 (Sun)|
|4||Interval Estimation||Chapter 8.1~8.3||DB#3 by 11pm, 6/29 (Sun)|
|5||Hypothesis Testing (Part I)||Chapter 9.1~9.3||Case 2 and DB#4 by 11pm, 7/6 (Sun)|
|6||Hypothesis Testing (Part II) and Statistical Inferences||Chapter 9.4; Chapter 10.1~10.2||DB#5 by 11pm, 7/13 (Sun)|
|7||Simple Regression||Chapter 14.1~14.6||Case 3 and DB#6 by 11pm, 7/20 (Sun)|
|8||Multiple Regression||Chapter 15.1~15.5||Term Project and DB#7 by 11pm, 7/27 (Sun)|
|9||Model Building||Chapter 16.1~16.2||Case 4 and DB#8 by 11pm, 7/31 (Thu)|