EDUC 790 Syllabus

EDUC 790-Advanced Statistics
Towson University-College of Education
Department of Educational Technology and Literacy-Fall 2016

College Mission: Inspire, educate and prepare facilitators of active learning for diverse and
inclusive communities of learners in environments that are technologically advanced.
Additional details about the College's Mission and Vision:

Instructor: Scot W. McNary, Ph.D.
Office Location: HH0102F
Office Contact: phone: 410 704–4835 email:
Office Hours: By appointment
Class Meeting Dates: Thursdays 5:20–8:00pm
Class Meeting Location: HH0206

Goal: The course is designed to introduce graduate students to theory and methodology of
applied data analysis. It provides an opportunity to survey quantitative methods in research
in the area of teaching and learning, elementary education, secondary education, instructional
technology, or school library media. Knowledge of applied data analysis, including statistical
analysis and graphical displays, is intended to aid graduate students in the development of
their personal research.

At the completion of this course, graduate students are expected to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of multiple regression and correlation in educational
2. Apply multiple regression and correlation methods to educational research problems.
3. Demonstrate the ability to test statistical assumptions and manage real world data.
4. Evaluate problems and select appropriate analytic tools.

Standards: This course is consistent with standards from the following sources:
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
Proposition 4 Teachers Think Systematically About Their Practice and Learn From
Proposition 5 Teachers Are Members of Learning Communities
Maryland Teacher Technology Standards
Standard 1: Technology Information Access, Evaluation, Processing and Application
Standard 2: Communication
Standard 7: Professional Growth

Course Texts:
Field, A. (2014). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics (4th ed.). Thousand Oaks,

Other reading may be assigned as needed.

Grading: This course is graded according to the following criteria.

A=95– A-=90– B+=85– B=80– C=70– F=69 and below
100% 94% 89% 84% 79%

Course Evaluation Component Descriptions:
Homework and Final Examination

EDUC 790 Syllabus

Graduate students will take in-class examinations that will test understanding of the research
concepts and processes discussed in the textbook and during class meetings.

Graduate students will complete five homework assignments that will typically involve some
computer work using SPSS and hand calculations. Each homework will have one week before
it will be turned in. Homework errors may be corrected and turned in again to aid mastery.

Component Contribution to Final Grade
Homeworks (5) 60%
Final Examination 40%

Class Policies:
Academic Integrity.
Students are expected to maintain high standards of ethical conduct and academic integrity.
Cheating and plagiarism in preparing materials submitted as original work by the student
constitute a violation of academic integrity. Penalties for academic dishonesty may result in
failure for the course. The university statement on academic integrity is here:

The following website has resources compiled by Sara Nixon at Cook Library for learning more
about plagiarism and how to avoid it:
Attendance is necessary. If you must miss a session for an emergency it is your responsibility
to inform the instructor prior to the missed class, seek notes from a classmate for the missed
class, and make up all work missed.

Class Participation and Homework.
Class participation by students is expected, and online discussions may be extensive some
weeks. Expect to interact often and at length with your peers during the course of the
semester. Readings, slide presentations are your responsibility to have read prior to class. In
class work will consist of SPSS (or other software of your preference) use and discussion.

Assignment Due Dates.
Students are expected to submit all assignments on the due dates and participate in all
discussions. Unless indicated by the instructor otherwise, submit the written assignments in
person in class the date it is due. Late assignments will incur a point reduction of 5% for each
day the assignment is late.

Class will be canceled only when Towson University announces that classes will be canceled.
Towson University posts closing announcements on the main web page
( and creates messages on the following phone numbers: 410-704-
2000 and 410-704-NEWS. Towson University also notifies the following media sources with
closing information: WBAL Radio 11 (1090 AM), WLIF (101.9 FM), WWMX (106.5 FM), WYPR
(88.1 FM), WBAL-TV (11), WJZ-TV (13), WMAR-TV (2), and the Associated Press wire service.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance.
Graduate students who need accommodations should provide a statement from the Towson
University Disability Support Services Office (410-704-2638) authorizing your

EDUC 790 Syllabus

Tentative Course Schedule:
The following schedule may be adapted to meet the needs of the class. Chapter assignments
refer to chapters in Field (2014)
Date Topic Assignment
09/01/16 Course introduction Chapters 1-5 (skim, then loop
through these throughout the
09/08/16 Regression/Correlation review Chapter 7
09/15/16 Chapter 8
09/22/16 ANOVA models Chapters 9 & 11 (skip 10)
09/29/16 ANCOVA Chapter 12
09/28/16 Factorial ANOVA Chapter 13
10/13/16 Repeated measures ANOVA Chapter 14
11/03/16 Non-parametric analyses Chapter 6
11/24/16 Thanksgiving break
12/01/16 Categorical data analysis, Logistic Chapter 18
12/08/16 Chapter 19
12/15/16 Final examination