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Quantitative Methods for Program Evaluation (11:035:200)

Note: This syllabus is for general information about the course. The instructor will provide you with an updated syllabus specific for the semester of enrollment.

Course Description

3 Credits. Online. This course introduces students to the summary and analysis of evaluation data from community education and outreach programs in environmental, youth development, community healthy, and agriculture disciplines. Students will develop skills in appropriate data analysis, interpretation of statistics, and presenting this information in written and graphical form.

Learning Goals

As a result of this course, students will:

  • Understand and interpret common descriptive statistics, analyses, and plots used in outreach education and program evaluation
  • Conduct, interpret, and present results from statistics, analyses, and plots
  • Demonstrate an ability to conduct these analyses in the R statistical package and interpret the results

Organization

The class meets enirely online, and will have no regular meeting times. Students will need to complete assignments weekly over a fifteen week period.

Requirements

Text

Mangiafico, S.S. 2016. Summary and Analysis of Extension Program Evaluation in R. rcompanion.org/handbook/. Or the pdf version: rcompanion.org/documents/RHandbookProgramEvaluation.pdf (PDF).

Software

Students will use the R Project for Statistical Computing software (www.r-project.org/) to conduct analyses and produce plots. This software is free, open-source and cross platform, meaning students will be able to install it on any personally owned Windows, Linux, or Mac computer. It is also available in computer labs in New Brusnwick and online through apps.rutgers.edu/.

The RStudio software is also recommended (www.rstudio.com/).

Students will be required to install supplemental packages from the Comprehensive R Archive Network (cran.r-project.org/web/packages/). Students using university or library computers will need to confirm their ability to install these supplemental packages.

Basis for Grading

Students will be evaluated on their demonstrating that they have met course objectives, specifically their ability to understand, interpret, and compose analyses and plots commonly used in extension education and program evaluation.

Students will complete weekly assignments that include narrative responses demonstrating understanding and reporting correct results and plots from analyses of problem sets.

Schedule

Typical topics include:

  • Using R
  • Why Statistics
  • Evaluation Tools and Surveys
  • Types of Variables
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Basic Plots
  • Hypothesis Testing and p-values
  • Reporting Results of Data and Analyses
  • Choosing a Statistical Test
  • Likert Data
  • Nonparametric Tests
  • Tests for Nominal Data
  • Parametric Tests
  • Correlation and Linear Regression

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

Please follow the procedures outlined at ods.rutgers.edu/students/registration-form. Full policies and procedures are at Office of Disability Services website.

Academic Integrity

The university's policy on Academic Integrity is available at policies on academic integrity.

The principles of academic integrity require that a student:

  • properly acknowledge and cite all use of the ideas, results, or words of others.
  • properly acknowledge all contributors to a given piece of work.
  • make sure that all work submitted as his or her own in a course or other academic activity is produced without the aid of impermissible materials or impermissible collaboration.
  • obtain all data or results by ethical means and report them accurately without suppressing any results inconsistent with his or her interpretation or conclusions.
  • treat all other students in an ethical manner, respecting their integrity and right to pursue their educational goals without interference. This requires that a student neither facilitate academic dishonesty by others nor obstruct their academic progress.
  • uphold the canons of the ethical or professional code of the profession for which he or she is preparing.

Adherence to these principles is necessary in order to ensure that:

  • everyone is given proper credit for his or her ideas, words, results, and other scholarly accomplishments.
  • all student work is fairly evaluated and no student has an inappropriate advantage over others.
  • the academic and ethical development of all students is fostered.
  • the reputation of the University for integrity in its teaching, research, and scholarship is maintained and enhanced.

NOTE: Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to:

  • Resubmitting your own work that has previously been evaluated in this class or any other class.
  • Copying text directly from websites and other sources without attributing the original source(s).
  • Copying the work of students in other sections (past or present) of this course.

Failure to uphold these principles of academic integrity threatens both the reputation of the University and the value of the degrees awarded to its students. Every member of the University community therefore bears a responsibility for ensuring that the highest standards of academic integrity are upheld.

NOTE: To help protect you, and future students, from plagiarism, all essay assignments will be submitted through Turnitin.com.

Attendance and Participation Policy

Students are expected to actively participate in all of the online activities for the course. Attendance in the online sessions is determined by thorough, thoughtful, relevant and on time contributions made in the weekly assignments including threaded discussions, reaction papers and quizzes. The course proceeds with the assumption that students have thoughtfully read and reviewed the assigned materials.

Students are responsible for completion of all assigned readings, materials discussed and assignments on or before the assigned due date.

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Instructor

Salvatore Mangiafico
Associate Professor and County Agent
Dept. of Agriculture and Natural Resources

mangiafico@njaes.rutgers. edu