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QMSC 6351 - 25064 Fall 2013

Course Number QMSC 6351 - 25064
Course Title Statistics and Research Methods
Location Online
Prerequisites Graduate standing and business calculus or equivalent
Instructor Vera Adamchik
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Office Hours Online students: Thu 2PM-4PM via Blackboard email; Face-to-face students: Thu 5PM-6PM Cinco Ranch; or by appointment
Phone 281-275-8824
Fax 281-275-3378
Email adamchikv@uhv.edu
Faculty Homepage/URL http://www2.uhv.edu/adamchikv/

Prerequisite Policy

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.

Course Description

This course places a strong emphasis on the application of research methodology and statistical techniques to typical business problems encountered by management. 

The course is to give students, primarily those in the fields of business administration and economics, a conceptual introduction to the field of statistics and its many applications. The course consists of four major parts: descriptive statistics, probability theory and distributions, inferential statistics, and regression analysis. Descriptive statistics covers the tabular, graphical, and numerical methods used to summarize data. Probability theory provides a background for inferential statistics and introduces basic probability concepts, laws, and distributions, such as the normal, t, F, and chi-square. Inferential statistics focuses on different techniques that allow a researcher to make estimates or test hypotheses about the characteristics of a population based upon the information obtained from a sample. Regression analysis introduces statistical procedures used to analyze the relationship among variables. The course is applications oriented; and applications of data analysis and statistical methodology are an integral part of a learning process. The PRINCIPAL GOAL of this course is to develop an understanding of the basic tools of statistical analysis and to learn to apply them to a variety of situations and data encountered in the areas of business and economics.

Textbook Information

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)

Information on Buying Textbooks

The Victoria College Bookstore carries textbooks for all UHV SBA courses.

Students may use the publishing information posted above to order their textbooks from their favorite book vendor. However, before doing so you should find out what your vendor's anticipated shipping time is, and what their return policy is. Also, you should not write in or remove shrinkwrap from any textbook or materials you purchase from any vendor until the first class day in the event that:

  • the vendor supplies you with the wrong edition of your text,
  • the course instructor is forced to make a late change to the required textbooks,
  • you are forced to make a last-minute change to your schedule due to missing prerequisites, or
  • your course is canceled due to low enrollment.

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.

Course Relationship to Program Mission

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:

  • understand and adapt to the changing business, political and social environments;
  • evaluate and respond to emerging threats and opportunities;
  • interact with and effectively lead diverse groups;
  • analyze and evaluate business operations and processes; and
  • synthesize and apply cross-functional approaches to organizational issues.

AACSB Accreditation Standards

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:

  • Operate with integrity in your dealings with faculty and other students.
  • Engage the learning materials with appropriate attention and dedication. (This standard recognizes the role students play in the creation of high-quality education. You cannot be passive, nor can your participation be superficial.)
  • Maintain your engagement when challenged by difficult learning activities.
  • Contribute to the learning of others. (Regardless of the delivery mode of the program, students should have opportunities to work together on some learning tasks. Students need to acknowledge their responsibilities to their fellow students by actively participating in group learning experiences.)
  • Perform to standards set by faculty.

Course Objectives

As a result of this course, students will:

  1. summarize and analyze data using tabular and graphical methods;
  2. compute and interpret basic numerical descriptive statistical measures;
  3. understand basic concepts of probability and know popular discrete and continuous probability distributions;
  4. apply statistical inference techniques (estimation and hypothesis testing about a population mean, population proportion, about means and proportions with two populations);
  5. compute, analyze and interpret different measures of statistical association (correlation and regression) and the results of a regression analysis;
  6. use simple statistical software packages (Excel).

Course Evaluation Process

Grading Scale:

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%

Course Assessments:

Midterm Exam (online)30 points
Final Exam (online)30 points
Quizzes (online)10 points
Lab Assignments10 points
Individual Term Paper/Case Study10 points
Homework5 points
Discussion Board5 points

Midterm Exam (online)

The midterm exam will consist of multiple-choice questions and/or essays and/or problems. Among other questions, you may be asked: (a) to summarize qualitative or quantitative data; (b) to estimate an equation showing the relationship between two or more variables; (c) to compute the probability of an event; (d) to compute the expected value and the variance of the random variable. (Multiple-choice questions and problems assessing course learning objectives 1, 2, and 3.)

Final Exam (online)

The final exam will consist of multiple-choice questions and/or essays and/or problems. Among other questions, you may be asked: (a) to apply the concepts of simple random sampling and sampling distributions; (b) to provide a point estimate of the population parameter; (c) to develop an interval estimate of the population parameter; (d) to test a hypothesis about the population parameter; (e) to test a hypothesis about the regression coefficient. (Multiple-choice questions and problems assessing course learning objectives 4, and 5.)

Quizzes (online)

There will be several announced short online quizzes during the semester. They will consist of multiple-choice questions and/or problem sets involving concepts and techniques recently studied. (Quizzes assessing course learning objectives 1-5.)

Lab Assignments

There will be several lab assignments during the semester. These assignments require students use different computer statistical software packages, such as Excel. (Lab assignments assessing course learning objectives 1-6.)

Individual Term Paper/Case Study

This course involves the study of different concepts and tools of statistical analysis. The purpose of the term paper/case study is to provide each student with the opportunity to apply statistical analysis to a real world situation. (Term paper/case study assessing course learning objectives 1-6.)

Homework

Homework should become an invaluable tool of the learning process because one cannot learn statistics without doing many problems. Students are supposed to work ALL the assignments at the end of each section in the textbook. Students do not have to submit the assignments; however, some students may be asked to present the evidence of their homework - the solved end-of-section problems - to the Instructor at the Instructor"s request (during the final exam). While homework contributes only a small percentage to the overall grade for this course, the ability to solve problems quickly and correctly is crucial for the two examinations. (Homework assignments assessing course learning objectives 1-6.)

Discussion Board

Discussion Board Questions for discussion will be posted on the Discussion Board (DB) each week. Weekly Discussion Boards will be locked on a due date. Late answers will not be accepted. (DB questions assessing course learning objectives 1-6.)

Reading Assessments

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.

Makeup Exams

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.

Late Assignments

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.

Attendance Policy

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 Partnership

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.

Academic Honesty

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.

  • Discussion of assignments with other students and members of the faculty is both permitted and encouraged as a constructive educational practice.
  • Students are expected to write their exams, quizzes and papers on their own, based on their individual level of progress with the material.
  • Copying of another’s work and representing it as one’s own work is a serious academic offense, and will be treated as such.
  • Students are encouraged to review materials other than those required for the course in preparing assignments, but should always properly cite any sources used in assignment preparation.

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.

Disabled Student Policy

The University of Houston System complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, pertaining to the provision of reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids for students with a disability. In accordance with Section 504 and ADA guidelines, each University within the System strives to provide reasonable academic adjustments/auxiliary aids to students who request and require them. If you believe that you have a disability requiring academic adjustments/auxiliary aids, please contact your University’s student disability services center. University of Houston–Victoria, Office of Disability Services, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St., Suite 133-B University West, Victoria, TX 77901. Office phone – 361-570-4287; E-mail worleyc@uhv.edu; Website - www.uhv.edu/DisabilityServices

Student Absences on Religious Holidays

Per Texas state law, students will be excused from attending class and other required activities, including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day, including travel for that purpose. A student whose absence is excused on these grounds will be allowed to take an examination or complete an assignment within one (1) week of the excused absence.

Sexual Harassment

Students who feel they are the victims of sexual harassment may contact the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at 361-570-4290 and/or the Director of Human Resources/Affirmative Action at 361-570-4800.

Grievance Procedures

Students who have non-academic grievances or complaints may contact Student Services at 361-485-4409.

Student Success Center Services

The Student Success Center offers writing assistance to all UHV students in the form of paper reviews by peer tutors. Tutors will aid students in looking more critically at their own writing to examine issues such as organization, structure, and development of ideas. To submit a document for online tutoring, or to schedule an appointment for face-to-face tutoring, please visit the Student Success Center online http://uhv.mywconline.com/. For more information about the Student Success Center and its library of online resources, visit the Center's Web site at http://www.uhv.edu/ac or stop by Suite 129 (University West in Victoria).