

Course ID:  POLS 7012. 3 hours. 
Course Title:  Introduction to Political Methodology 
Course Description:  A review of basic math skills and summary statistics such as
measures of central tendency and dispersion, and crosstabs. Also
includes an introduction to probability theory, probability
distributions, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.
Statistical software and discussion of political science data
sources will also be covered. 
Oasis Title:  INTRO POL METHOD 
Semester Course Offered:  Offered spring semester every year. 
Grading System:  AF (Traditional) 

Course Objectives:  This course reviews some of the mathematical fundamentals students will need for more
advanced political methodology courses. Students will learn the fundamentals of
probability theory and apply it in the context of confidence intervals and hypothesis
testing. The course will also cover the practical use of statistical software and
sources for political science data. 
Topical Outline:  Review of Math Skills
Measures of Central Tendency & Dispersion
Frequency Distributions
Crosstabs
Random Variables
Probability Theory
Tools for Counting Sample Spaces
Probability Distributions
Sampling and Sampling Distributions
Central Limit Theorem
Confidence Intervals
Hypothesis Tests
ChiSquare
Correlation and Measures of Association
Scatterplots
Basic bivariate regression 
Honor Code Reference:  All academic work must meet the standards contained in "A Culture of Honesty."
Students are responsible for informing themselves about these standards before
performing academic work. The penalties for academic dishonesty are severe and
ignorance is not an acceptable defense. Also note that the course syllabus is a
general plan for the course and that deviations announced to the class by the
instructor may be necessary. (www.uga.edu/ovpi/academic_honesty/academic_honesty.htm) 