**FORMAT**: The __usual__ format for our sessions will be
lecture/discussion on Tuesdays and Thursdays in GYM 215 and work on data analysis and
research projects conducted in smaller lab section groups on Tuesday (Section 1) __or__
Thursday (Section 2) as scheduled in the computer lab (HSS 380).

**PREREQUISITES**: PLSI 200 (American Politics) or equivalent. A course
in critical thinking is strongly recommended. Computer experience you must have to take
this course: zero. Math background? Not much, but you will have difficulty passing this
course if you have trouble with basic arithmetic (fractions, percentages, etc.) and simple
algebra (e.g., solve for X if 15 = 5 + 2X; graph this linear equation.)

**NEEDED MATERIALS**: (1) a formatted 3.5 floppy disk; (2) a calculator
(nothing fancy); (3) some graph paper (8-10 sheets should do); (4) ruler or straight-edge.
(Note: The Bookstore sells single diskettes. If you can't get pre-formatted diskettes,
that's okay -- you can format them in the lab. If you don't know what any of this means,
don’t worry: you will learn.)

**COURSE REQUIREMENTS**: (1) two exams; (2) a data collection and
analysis exercise using the computer; (3) various problem sets, lab projects, and homework
assignments to hone specific research and analytical skills; (4) a term research project
to be described later that will involve original data analysis, hypothesis testing, and
writing an 10-12 page technical report.

**SUMMARY OF REQUIREMENTS: POINTS & DUE DATES**

Requirement |
Percent of Grade |
Due |

Computer Skills Project | 15% | March 25 |

Exam # 1 (Research Design) | 20% | March 16 |

Exam # 2 (Quantitative Methods) | 20% | May 4 |

Problem sets, homework | total 20% | As scheduled, varying points |

Final Research Paper | 25% | May 27, noon |