May 25, 2020  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20
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POLS 2800 - Analyzing Politics: Applied Statistics for Government, Public, and International Affairs

An introductory course analyzing a variety of political issues, government institutions and processes, and policy outcomes in U.S. and international politics using data analysis and applied statistics. The course covers how to organize data for analysis, describe data using measures of central tendency and dispersion, and use and interpret inferential statistics to test hypotheses about the political world. Using appropriate statistical software and other technology, students analyze, interpret, and present data from a variety of sources including polls, news media, government agencies, and various actors in public and international affairs.

Requisites: Math Placement Level 1 or higher or (MATH D004 or MATH D005) and (Warning: Not GEOG 2710)
Credit Hours: 3
General Education Code: 1M
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture, 1.0 laboratory
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to collect and organize data for statistical analysis using appropriate technology
  • Students will be able to conduct basic statistical analyses using appropriate technology
  • Students will be able to describe the scientific method and its application in political science
  • Students will be able to evaluate theories and hypotheses related to the study of politics using quantitative data from print and electronic media, including newspapers, magazines, television, and the internet
  • Students will be able to interpret the results of statistical analyses to analyze and evaluate government, public and intenational affairs

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