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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Spring 2008

SOC 317L • Intro to Social Statistics-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46430 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
BUR 330
BUR 220

Course Description

This is an introductory course in statistics for undergraduate majors in sociology. The basics of descriptive and inferential statistics and general quantitative reasoning will be covered. Descriptive statistics involves organizing and summarizing important characteristics of the data. Statistical inference involves making informed guesses about the unknown characteristics of some population based on the known characteristics of a sample. Students are expected to have the ability to carryout elementary mathematical operations.

Grading Policy

Exams: There will be 3 in-class examinations graded on a 100 point scale, and a comprehensive final exam worth 100 points. Roughly 75% to 90% of the points on the examinations are accounted for by problems requiring the student to work toward a solution, with the remainder accounted for by true and false or multiple choice questions. Examinations will be based entirely on topics covered in lectures. In-class examinations are non-cumulative; they cover only the material since the previous exam. Students must take all exams to pass the course. Make up exams will be given only in the case of documented emergencies or illness.

Problems: There will be 5 problem sets worth a total of 200 points. Problem sets include material from the book as well as handout problems. Problem sets must be received in class no later than the dates indicated. No credit will be given for assignments turned in late.


R. Johnson and P. Kuby, Just the Essentials: of Elementary Statistics, 9th Edition, (2002)


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