The title of this course, Public Management Statistics, is somewhat misleading. Although
an integral part of the MPA program at the University of Delaware, the content and level should
meet the needs of students who want or need an introduction to applied statistics. The intended
audience includes social science students as well as those who are or may pursue a career
in public administration pr policy analysis.
Equally important, it is also serves as the first semester of
two- or there-semester sequence applied statistics.
I am especially anxious that students learn a few fundamental ideas so that they can assess the strengths and limitations of quantitative policy and social science research. Who should enroll?: The class attempts to address the needs of two groups, graduate and advanced undergraduate students in the social and behavioral sciences such as sociology, economics, political science, urban affairs, history, geography, and public management.
Topics: The course provides a gentle introduction to several subjects. (If you are not familiar with these terms, suffice it to say that many of them are standard fare in most social and political science statistics courses.)
Prerequisites: Practically none except a good attitude.
Understanding the material requires no mathematical background other than
high school algebra. Nor do you need to know much about computers since I provide instruction
every step of the way. You will, however, have lots of work especially since I believe statistics is
best learned by doing.
Requirements: weekly assignments and problems.
Go to Statistics 815 page.
Go to H. T. Reynolds page.