Fall 2009 Course Description

Introduction to Quantitative Analysis

Instructor(s): Pat Wong
Course: P A 397 - Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
(previously Applied Quantitative Analysis I)
Unique Number: 63275
Day & Time: Mondays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.360
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Description: Scope and Objectives: This course is an introduction to a wide range of basic quantitative tools. The emphasis of this section is to foster analytic thinking and communication skills through rigorous conceptual reasoning. The mathematical and statistical techniques acquired through this process do not constitute the primary objective of the course. Instead they are the anchoring stories and beneficial side-products.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to take any section of Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis, which will focus on techniques within a specialized quantitative topic.

Structure of Content: This course is organized into seven modules:

Learning Experiences: All assignments in this course are based on conceptual reasoning and its application to practical problems. None is driven by data crunching or the use of software. These assignments include:
Expectation: Satisfactory completion of the quantitative prerequisites at the LBJ School—one semester each of differential calculus and basic statistics—is required. Camp LBJ level preparation is recommended. A Thursday evening tutorial will be offered. Abstention from long-hand note-taking in class is requested.

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