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Term: 2nd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Judy Holzer
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:
  • Michael Giandrea

Introduces the basic concepts and methods of statistics as applied to public policy analysis. Demonstrates methods of exploring, organizing and presenting data, and introduces measures of central tendencies, correlation, analysis of variance, and multivariate analysis. Introduces and employs the statistical package STATA, as well as Microsoft Excel to manipulate data and prepare students for the remaining course work in the sequence.

Learning Objective(s):
After completing this course, you should be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to apply fundamental concepts to data analysis;
Describe the basic concepts of probability and random variables
Define the foundations for classical inference involving confidence intervals and hypothesis testing
Apply inferential methods to the means of normal distributions
Apply and interpret basic summary and modeling techniques for data

Methods of Assessment: Problem sets (20%); take-home midterm (20%); two in-class quizzes (10% each) and final exam (40%)
Location: East Baltimore
Final grade applies to all terms
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Enrollment Maximum: 30
Enrollment Restriction: undergraduates are not permitted.
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

students enrolled in programs other then the MPP must obtain permission of department prior to registering for this course.

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Auditors Allowed: No
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: This course will be taught on the Homewood campus.