Introduction to Political Science Research Methods

syllabus [pdf]
assigned exercises from FPP [pdf]
data sets [zip]

Office Hours

Allen 2051, MW, 11am-12pm. Please reserve your slot here.

Schedule

Tasks (bullets) below the date should be completed before the next class (unless a due-date is listed).

August 30: Introduction
. Read the syllabus carefully.
. Install R and RStudio (complete by Sep 6).
. Order textbook (have by Sep 11).
. Obtain a pocket calculator (have by Sep 11).

Sep 1: Questions . Review Notes on Questions [pdf]. Complete exercises.

Sep 4: Models
. Review Notes on Models [pdf] (and slides from lecture [pdf]). Complete exercises.
. Install R and RStudio.

Sep 6: Model-Building Exercise

Sep 8: Computing in R

Sep 11: Computing in R, part 2
. Read Notes on Computing in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.

Sep 13: Loading Data in R
. Review your notes from my Lecture on Data Frames [pdf].
. Review Notes on Loading Data in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.
. Complete Computing Assignment 1 [pdf].

Sep 15: Causal Inference and Histograms
. Have textbook and calculator.
. Read chs. 1-2 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises (remember that assigned exercises are [at the top]).
. Review your notes from my Lecture on Causal Inference [pdf]. Complete exercises at the end.
. Read ch. 3 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Sep 18: Histograms in R
. Review Notes on Histograms in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.
. Begin to work on Computing Assignment 2 [pdf] (due Sep 22).

Sep 20: Average and SD
. Read ch. 4 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. Submit Computing Assignment 2 [pdf].

Sep 22: FSAB Panel Day

Sep 25: Average and SD in R
. Review your notes from my Lecture on Average and SD in R [pdf].
. Review Notes on Average and SD in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.

Sep 27: Normal Approximation . Read ch. 5 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. Finish the leadership extremity exercise we began in class [pdf].

Sep 29: Measurement . Review your notes from my Lecture on Measurement [pdf]. Complete exercises at the end.
. Read ch. 6 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. Prepare for Exam 1. Focus on the review exercises from notes, slides, and textbook.

Oct 2: Review for Exam 1

Oct 4: Exam 1 (bring pencil, pocket calculator, and small green Scantron)

Oct 6: Scatterplots and Correlation, Part 1
. Read chs. 7-8 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. See this sheet for p. 137, #9(a) [Google Sheet].

Oct 9: Scatterplots and Correlation in R
. Review Notes on Scatterplots and Correlation in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.

Oct 11: Scatterplots and Correlation, Part 2
. Read ch. 9 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. Play this game [web] and track your performance.

Oct 13: Regression, Part 1
. Read ch. 11 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises. Regression, Part 2

Oct 16: Regression, Part 2
. Read ch. 11 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Oct 18: Regression, Part 3
. Read ch. 12 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Oct 20: Regression in R
. Review Notes on Regression in R [pdf]. Complete exercises.

Oct 23: Multiple Regression, Part 1

Oct 25: Multiple Regression, Part 2

Oct 27: Multiple Regression in R

Oct 30: Exam 2 Review

Nov 1: Exam 2 (bring pencil, pocket calculator, and small green Scantron)

Nov 3: Probability, Part 1
. Read ch. 13 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Nov 6: Probability, Part 2
. Read ch. 14 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.
. Submit peer review by noon on July 26.

Nov 8: Law of Averages
. Read ch. 16 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Nov 10: Expected Value and Standard Error
. Read ch. 17 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Nov 13: Normal Approximation for Probability Histograms
. Read ch. 18 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Nov 15: Sample Surveys, Part 1
. Read ch. 19 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Nov 17: Sample Surveys, Part 2
. Read ch. 20 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Nov 20: The Accuracy of Percentages
. Read ch. 21 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Nov 22: No Class (Reading Day)

Nov 24: No Class (Thanksgiving Holiday)

Nov 27: The Accuracy of Averages
. Read ch. 23 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Nov 29: Tests for Averages, Part 1
. Read ch. 26 of FPP. Complete assigned exercises.

Dec 1: Testing Averages in R

Dec 4: Problems with Significance Testing
. Read ch. 26 of FPP. Complete TBA exercises.

Dec 6: Final Exam Review

Dec 8 or 11: Final Exam
. For 901 (8:35-9:25am), 10am-12pm on Dec 8
. For 902 (9:45-10:35am), 8-1am on Dec 11