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Weekly schedule

Please bring an approved calculator to every class session
Cell phones, computers, etc. cannot be used in place of a calculator

NOTICE: ABSOLUTELY NO LAPTOP, COMPUTER OR CELL PHONE USE IN CLASS
(DSS students excepted - see syllabus)

Preparatory work: Please print out all these documents, place them in a binder, and bring them to every class session.

  • Sent by e-mail: Three parking lot coding sheets (each is different) Original coding sheet
    Coding sheet for categorical variables & Chi-Square      Coding sheet for diff. betw. means test
     
  • Sent by e-mail: Article 1, "College education and police job performance." Read the first three pages in depth as soon as possible. Identify the research question and hypothesis (there may be more than one of each), whether explicitly stated or implied. Study the independent and dependent variables in depth so that you can recall them & how they were measured from memory. Exam #1 will have questions about the research question, hypothesis and variables.
     
  • Sent by e-mail: Article 2, titles vary. This is the article you will be presenting in class. Please read the first several pages before week 2. For now, identify the research question and read through the prior research that was used to come up with a hypothesis (there may be more than one.)
     
  • From textbook website: Appendix Table E and Appendix Table F.

Required text: Statistics for Criminal Justice and Criminology in Practice and Research: An Introduction, by Jack and Jerry Fitzgerald (Sage Publications, 2013).


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WEEK 1 - Jan. 24 & 26 / Jan. 27

    Book chapters: 1 & 2

    First half: Course overview. Research process, concepts, measurement, variables - slide show

    Classroom exercise: Students pass around and code age/height/gender coding form

    Second half: First half cont'd. Journal articles - slide show. Organize panels.

    Click here for a good reference source on validity and reliability

WEEK 2 - Jan. 31 & Feb. 2 / 3

    Book chapters: 3 & 4

    First half: Measurement and central tendency - slide show - homework - answers

    Second half: First half cont'd. Last 30 mis.: Instructor meets with panelists #1 and #2

WEEK 3 - Feb. 7 & 9 / 10

    Book chapters: 4 & 5

    First half: Variability - slide show - homework - answers

    Second half: Panelists #1 & #2 bring draft slides, do practice presentation (up to five points.) Other students need not attend.

WEEK 4 - Feb. 14 & 16 / 17

    First half: PRESENTATIONS, panelists #1 & #2

    Second half: PRESENTATIONS cont'd. Review for exam.

    NOTE: Roll will be taken both days. Five attendance points for non-panelists. (TTH must attend both days.)

WEEK 5 - Feb. 21 & 23 / 24

    Book chapter: 2

    First half: EXAM 1 (weeks 1-4) - bring an approved calculator

    Second half: Research designs - slide show - terminology. Instructor meets with panelists #3 & #4.

WEEK 6 - Feb. 28 & March 2 / 3

    Book chapter: 2

    First half: Sampling - slide show

    Second half: First half cont'd. Parking lot practical exercise - slide show. Panels gather in class, prepare materials. Then go to a student lot, draw a sample of cars and code their values on the parking lot coding sheet. (Worth five points)

WEEK 7 - March 7 & 9 / 10

WEEK 8 - March 14 & 16/ 17

    First half: Relationships between continuous variables, cont'd.

    Final half-hour of class: OPTIONAL EXAM. Covers calculating standard deviation and drawing and interpreting a graph depicting the distribution of a single variable. Worth up to five points, will be applied only for students who fall short of a "C" at the end of the term. Cannot be used to earn an "A" or "B". NOTE: Click here to review how to compute SD and build a table.

    Second half: Panelists #3 & #4 bring draft slides, do practice presentation (up to five points.) Other students need not attend.

WEEK 9 - March 21 & 23 / 24

    First half: PRESENTATIONS, panelists #3 & #4

    Second half: PRESENTATIONS cont'd. Review for exam.

    NOTE: Roll will be taken both days. Five attendance points for non-panelists. (TTH must attend both days.)

WEEK 10 - March 28 & 30 / 31 - NO CLASSES - SPRING BREAK

WEEK 11 - April 4 & 6 / 7

    First half: EXAM 2 (weeks 5-9) - bring an approved calculator

    Second half: Intro. to inferential statistics - slide show

    Book chapter: 7

WEEK 12 - April 11 & 13 / 14

    Book chapter: 7

    First half: Intro. to inferential statistics, cont'd - slide show

    Second half: Instructor meets with panelists #5 & #6. Other students need not attend.

WEEK 13 - April 18 & 20 / 21

WEEK 14 - April 25 & 27 / 28

    Book chapter: 12 (selected parts relating to slide show)

    First half: Regression techniques - reading tables - slide show - homework - answers

    Second half: First half, cont'd.

WEEK 15 - May 2 & 4 / 5

    NOTE: Be sure to bring your binder, including Appendix Table F and all parking lot coding sheets.

    Book chapters: 8, 9 & 10 (selected parts relating to slide shows)

    First half: Difference between means test - slide show - homework - answers

    Classroom exercise: Students transfer data to the parking lot coding sheet - diff. between means

    Second half: Panelists #5 & #6 bring draft slides, do practice presentation (up to five points.) Other students need not attend.

WEEK 16 - May 9 & 11 / 12

    First half: PRESENTATIONS, panelists #5 & #6

    Second half: Presentations cont'd. Review - practice final exam

    NOTE: Roll will be taken. Five attendance points for non-panelists (TTH must attend both days.)

WEEK 17 - FINAL EXAM (weeks 11-16)

    NOTE: Bring Appendix Tables E and F (please leave the rest of the binder at home) and an approved calculator

    TTH class: Thursday, May 18, 5:00 - 6:50 pm

    Friday class: Friday, May 19, 2:30 - 4:20 pm

    NOTE: No office hours during final exam week


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