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Business and Economic Research and Communication

Fall 2013


Course Information


Instructor:
James Murray, Ph.D.
Office: 403T Wimberly Hall
Office hours: 9:30am-11:00am Monday through Thursday.
Phone: 608-406-4068
E-mail: jmurray@uwlax.edu

Syllabus (PDF)
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Practice Exams


Practice Exam 1
Practice Exam 2

Project Information


Final Presentations Schedule for Monday and Wednesday, December 9-11.
Final Project Presentations will take place during class on Monday and Wednesday, December 9-11.
Final Research Paper: Combine all sections of your final paper into one cohesive paper, and upload to the appropriate D2L dropbox folder by Wednesday, December 18, at 9:00pm.
Final Paper Section: Conclusion due as part of the final paper on Wednesday, December 18, at 9:00pm.
Final Paper Section: Results due as part of the final paper on Wednesday, December 18, at 9:00pm
Final Paper Section: Methodology due on Friday, November 15, 11:59pm. Upload to the appropriate D2L dropbox folder.
First draft of your questionnaire is due on Friday, October 11. Type it up in a word processing program and upload to the appropriate D2L dropbox folder.
Status Update Presentations begin in class on Wednesday, October 2.
Final Paper Section: Introduction due on Friday, October 4, 11:59pm. Upload to the appropriate D2L dropbox folder.
Annotated Bibliography due AGAIN! on Friday, October 4, 11:59pm. Upload to the appropriate D2L dropbox folder.
Informed Consent Statement due on Monday, September 23, 11:59pm. Upload to the appropriate D2L dropbox folder.
Annotated Bibliography due on Monday, September 23, 11:59pm. Upload to the appropriate D2L dropbox folder.
BUS 230 Murphy Library Guide
In-class exercise (Monday, September 9): Research Project Ideas: Audience and Decisions
Project Group Assignments
General Tips for Writing


Virtual Desktop


Virtual Desktop is a new service offered by UW-L that allows to use your own personal computer to connect to a UW-L Windows computer desktop that includes software available in on-campus ITS computer labs and classrooms. You can use this service for this class to be able to use SPSS for your homework and project from your own computer instead of having to use a campus computer.

To use the virtual desktop, you will need to install a small software client (VMware View Client) on your device. The service is available on and off campus. Off-campus use will require a fast Internet connection, DSL or cable, for a good user experience. To learn more and to get started, please visit http://www.uwlax.edu/its/virtual/.


Module 7: Statistics Investigating Relationships / Comovements


Class Notes: Slides, Printer Friendly Version
SPSS Handout, Datasets: hotel.sav, publicexp.sav.

Decision Tree
In-class exercise on Monday, November 18: Interpreting SPSS output - Answers
Quiz / In-class exercise on Monday, November 18: Choosing the Right Test (Again!) - Answers


Module 6: Univariate and Bivariate Statistics


Class Notes: Slides, Printer Friendly Version
SPSS Handout, Datasets: eduspending.sav, econoutlook.sav, gradeschool.sav, Job Satisfaction.sav

Homework assignment due on Friday, November 15, 2013. Datasets: eurointernet.sav, training.sav.

In-class exercise on Monday, November 11: Choosing the Right Test


Module 5: Sampling Methods and Potential Biases


Class Notes: Slides, Printer Friendly Version
Monday, October 7, In-class exercise: Pros and Cons of Alternative Survey Approaches


Module 4: Writing Questionnaires


Class Notes: Slides, Printer Friendly Version
Wednesday, October 2, In-class exercise: Brainstorming for your Questionnaire. Upload to the appropriate D2L dropbox folder.
First draft of your questionnaire is due on Friday, October 11. Type it up in a word processing program and upload to the appropriate D2L dropbox folder.

Using Qualtrics:
Qualtrics is online survey software for creating and administering electronic surveys. The University of Wisconsin - La Crosse subscribes to this service for its faculty and staff, and employees of the University may request limited access for students for educational purposes or for student employees. You have all been recently granted access to Qualtrics to be used only for BUS 230, and only as instructed. Any unauthorized usage of Qualtrics is extremely serious, and as such will result in removal of your access to the software, and failure for your entire project grade.

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Qualtrics University

Qualtrics Questionnaire due (before class) on Wednesday, October 23 by 2:15pm.
Practice run in class on Wednesday, October 23. We will complete each other's surveys.
Considerations for peer evaluation of questionnaires

Instructions for sending an email reminder to your potential participants


Module 3: On Writing


General Tips for Writing
Class Notes on Writing Introductions: Slides, Printer Friendly Version
Wednesday, September 18, In-class exercise: Decomposing a literature review. Type up your responses and upload your submission to the appropriate D2L dropbox.


Module 2: Survey Research


Class Notes: Slides, Printer Friendly Version


Module 1: Ethical Considerations in Research


Class notes: Slides, Printer Friendly Version

Homework: National Institute of Health course on Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP). due on Monday, September 16, 11:59pm.

  • At the end, you will be able to print out an official NIH PHRP certificate. Print to a PDF (can do this on campus with Google Chrome), and upload the PDF to D2L dropbox.
  • This is something that can go on your resume!