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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Fall 2008

SOC 317L • Introduction to Social Statistics

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
46475 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
GEA 114
GRG 424

Course Description

This course introduces you to the basics of both descriptive and inferential statistics. Descriptive statistics involves organizing and summarizing important characteristics of data. Inferential statistics involves making informed guesses about unknown population characteristics based on information acquired from samples. Sociology 317L is required of all sociology majors and should be taken before 317M, which is more concerned with research design and data collection.

Grading Policy

Three Exams 65%
Homework 35%

Good academic performance requires regular attendance and punctuality. You're allowed four (4) absences without penalty during the semester (excluding our introductory class meeting), regardless of whether they are from lecture or lab. The allowed absences are intended to cover such situations as illness, family emergencies, university sponsored trips, etc. Students who acumulate more than four absences, regardless of the reason, will have their semester grades reduced by one full percentage points for each absence beyond the four allowed. Conversely, I'll add two percentage points to the semester grades of students who miss no classes during the semester. One percentage point will be added to the grades of students who miss only one class. The one exception to this policy concerns absences for religious reasons, assuming that proper notification is given.


Robert Johnson and Patricia Kuby, Just the Essentials of Elementary Statistics (9th ed.) (2005)


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