Syllabus
Methods of Urban Analysis Instructor: David A. Lewis
Course number USP 375/ GOG 375 Phone (518) 4424595
M W 2:454:05 Fax (518) 4424742
Fall 2007 Email: dalewis@albany.edu
AS Room 121 Office hours: M, W 9:0011:00
Or by appointment
Course overview and objectives: Essentially, this class will build a foundation for the lager field of statistical analysis and planning methodologies. Students will develop fundamental skills, such as data collection and presentation, descriptive analysis, and data interpretation. When the course successfully completed, students will be to identify different types of data, accurate present data in table and graphic format, describe and analysis data using statistic tools such as measures of central tendency and dispersion, conduct hypothesis testing, build confidence intervals and use these tools to analyze places.
Grading Policy: No late work will be accepted and class attendance is mandatory.
All violations of the academic integrity policy at the minimum will result in a failure for the assignment.
Midterm 30%
Class participation 5%
Quizzes 20%
Homework assignments 15%
Final exam 30%
There are required reading for each class. In addition, each week there will be a homework assignment due the following class session. There will be two exams and 10 unannounced quizzes.
Required Texts: (available at Mary Jane’s Books)
Ott and Mendall. 1994. Understanding Statistics, Sixth edition. Belmont California: Duxbury Press. (or comparable introduction to statistics text book)
Klosterman, Richard. 1990. Community Analysis and Planning Techniques. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefiled Publishers.
Other readings will be handed out in class or available online at: http://eres.ulib.albany.edu/coursepage. The case sensitive password is pln430.
Schedule:
August 27: Introduction: Data Collection and presentation and class overview.
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall, chapters 1 and 2 (skip sections 2.3 and 2.4).
Read Chapter1 in Cuzzort and Vrettos. 1996. The Elementary Forms of Statistical Reason. NY: St. Martins Press. (ereserve)
Homework due next class, problems 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4. All in Mott and Mendall
Using Census Data City Description Project Due September 19^{th}. See hand out for details.
August 29: Data Collection and presentation
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 3 up to page 67.
Homework due next class problems 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.9, 3.14, and 3.17. All in Mott and Mendall
September 5: Numerical Description of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 3 pages 6770 and chapter 4 pages 9097.
Homework due next class problems 3.18, 3.19, 3,20, 3.23, 4.1, 4,2. All in Mott and Mendall
September 10: Numerical Description of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion
Due next class read Tufte, Edward. 1983. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Chesire, CN: Graphics Press. Pages 1353. (ereserve)
September 17: Students present city data, review homework assignments and quizzes, open question and answer session
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 5 pages.
Homework due next class problems 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.14, 5.16, 5.24. All in Mott and Mendall
September 19: Probability and relationships
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 5 focus on pages 175188..
Homework due next class problems. 5.24, 5.30, 5.32, 5.36, 5.40, 5.42, 5.56 All in Mott and Mendall
September 24: Probability laws and binomial experiments
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 6 pages 198218.
Homework due next class problems 6.4, 6.6, 6.9, 6.11, 6.13. All in Mott and Mendall
September 26: Probability laws and binomial experiments
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 6 pages 198218.
Homework due next class problems 6.15, 6.6.16, 6.19, 6.24, 6.30, 6.32, 6.26, 6.40. All in Mott and Mendall
October 1: Estimation and confidence intervals
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 7 (omit sections 7.4 and 7.6).
Homework due next class problems 7.4, 7.6, 7.8. All in Mott and Mendall
OCTOBER 3: MIDTERM EXAM (covers every thing up to and including probability and binomials)
October 8: Review Midterm and Introduction to hypothesis testing
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 8 (omit sections 8.3, 8.5, 8.6 and in section 8.2 pages 301303).
Homework due next class problems 8.3, 8.5, 8.6, 8.7. All in Mott and Mendall
October 10: Introduction to hypothesis testing
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 10 sections 10.3, 10.7, 10.8
Homework due next class problems 7.3, 7.5, 7.8, 7.10, 7.11, 7.12, 7.29, 7.32, 8.2, 8.4, 8.10, 8.28, 8.30 All in Mott and Mendall
October 15: Hypothesis testing continued
Review Homework assignments and quizzes from 9/19 to 10/10
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 11 pages 445474.
Homework due next class problems 10.3, 10.6, 10.8, 10.11, 10.30, 10.48, 10.50, 10.56 All in Mott and Mendall
October 17: Chisquare analysis
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 12 sections pages 505518.
Homework due next class problems 111.34, 11.32, 11.44, 11.50 All in Mott and Mendall
October 22: Correlation and analysis of variance ANOVA.
Due next class read in Mott and Mendall chapter 12 sections pages 505518.
Homework due next class problems 11.34, 11.32, 11.44, 11.50 All in Mott and Mendall
October 24: Least square regression analysis
Due next class read in Klosterman chapters 1 and 2
Homework due next class see handout
October 29: Population forecasting using extrapolation techniques
Due next class read in Klosterman chapter 3
Homework due next class see handout
October 31: Population forecasting using extrapolation techniques
Due next class read in Klosterman chapter 4
Homework due next class see handout
November 7: TimeCohort Component Technique
Due next class read in Klosterman chapter 9
Homework due next class see handout
November 12: Location Quotients
Due next class read in Klosterman chapter 10
Homework due next class see handout
November 14: Economic Base Analysis
Due next class read in Klosterman chapter 11
Homework due next class see handout
November 19: Review Homework assignments, quizzes from 10/15 to 11/19
November 26: More Economic Base Analysis
Homework due next class see handout
November 28: Critiques of Economic Base
December 3: More Data Sources Explored
December 5: Review
Final Exam: To Be Announced
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