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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - ANG5488

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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-11-10
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  1. Department and Contact Information

    Tracking Number Date & Time Submitted
    2106 2004-11-23
    Department College Budget Account Number
    ANT AS 1205000
    Contact Person Phone Email
    Brent Weisman 9740780

  2. Course Information

    Prefix Number Full Title
    ANG 5488 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology

    Is the course title variable? N
    Is a permit required for registration? N
    Are the credit hours variable? N
    Is this course repeatable?
    If repeatable, how many times? 0

    Credit Hours Section Type Grading Option
    3 C - Class Lecture (Primarily) R - Regular
    Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum)
    Quantitative Methods
    Course Online? Percentage Online


    Graduate Standing


    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to quantitative methods for the anthropologist covering both classical statistical approaches and exploratory data analysis, using computers with statistical software.

  3. Justification

    A. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course.

    This is a required course for all MA anthropology students and is an integral part of their graduate training.

    B. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service?

    There is strong demand as it is a required course to be taken in the first year of the MA program. PhD students without strong quantitative background often take this course in preparation for the PhD level quantitative course. Graduate students from other social science, education, or public health programs with a quantitative requirement might find this course useful.

    C. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times?

    Course has been offered annually for at least the last ten years under a special topics number.

    D. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.)

    Ph.D. in anthropology or related field

  4. Other Course Information

    A. Objectives

    Primary course objectives are: to introduce student to data analysis using computers, to show student how to frame anthropological questions using quantitative techniques, to show student how to analyze and critique the use of quantitative data in anthropological studies.

    B. Learning Outcomes

    Students will gain knowledge in use of statistical programs on computers and in designing anthropological research using quantitative measures.

    C. Major Topics

    Data collection and organization, use of single and multiple variables, probability, statistical inference, random sampling, parametric tests, nonparametric tests, linear correlation, cluster analysis, multivariate analysis, spatial analysis, simulation analysis

    D. Textbooks

    Statistics for Anthropology (L. Madrigal, 1998, Cambridge U. Press), Quantifying Anthropology (S. Shennan, 1988, Academic Press)

    E. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases

    F. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy

    G. Assignments, Exams and Tests

    H. Attendance Policy

    I. Policy on Make-up Work

    J. Program This Course Supports

  5. Course Concurrence Information

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