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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. Date & Time Submitted: 2004-11-23
  2. Department: ANT
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1205000
  5. Contact Person: Brent Weisman
  6. Phone: 9740780
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: ANG
  9. Number: 5488
  10. Full Title: Quantitative Methods in Anthropology
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Quantitative Methods
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: Graduate Standing
  23. Corequisites:
  24. 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.

  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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
  29. 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.
  30. Learning Outcomes: Students will gain knowledge in use of statistical programs on computers and in designing anthropological research using quantitative measures.
  31. 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
  32. Textbooks: Statistics for Anthropology (L. Madrigal, 1998, Cambridge U. Press), Quantifying Anthropology (S. Shennan, 1988, Academic Press)
  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy:
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports:
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