|Date||Assignment due||Discussion topic and readings|
|Jan. 10||Introduction to spreadsheets and econometrics
Introductory probability and statistics review HTML
Simple Regression Theory I PDF revised 1/3/11
Li'l lecture: Points and a line on a graph (These have sound files. Each lecture's two sound files are the same, except for the file format. The mp3 file will probably work better.)
Li'l lecture: What a linear model means HTML
Assignment 1's graph
Li'l lecture: The true line and the regression line HTML
Li'l lecture: Least squares demonstrated HTML
Simple Regression Theory II PDF revised 1/5/11
|Jan. 24||1 and 1A (If you need more time with 1A, hand it in next class.)
Assignment 1 PDF 1/10/10
Data for Assignment 1 HTML
Assignment 1A PDF 1/10/10
Data for the last part of Assignment 1A HTML
Tables for hypothesis tests PDF for 1A and later assignments.
|Assumptions behind using regression, Excel charts
Class demos about regression HTML
The Philosophy of Hypothesis Testing PDF
Graphs and predictions
Assignment 2 instructions PDF
If you are using an older Excel version, these old instructions show how to graph in Excel 2000 or 2003. The assignment has changed, so read this year's instructions for what to send me.
|Jan. 31||1A and 2
Data for assignment 1A's last part HTML
Assignment 2 instructions PDF
Answer Checker for assignment 2 HTML (includes help with the confidence interval). I recommend that you try this Answer Checker once you have completed the work for Clinic 1.
Multiple regression theory PDF
Instructions for Assignment 3 PDF
Getting data for assignment 3 HTML
Comment hints HTML
|Multicollinearity in regression
Assignment 4 instructions PDF
Data for assignments 4&5 Excel
Answer Checker HTML This Answer Checker includes help with calculating the F-test and with writing your comment on the F-test and t-test results.
|Heteroskedasticity, nonlinear regression
Non-linear regression PDF
Assignment 5 PDF
If you get stuck, you can get ideas from the Answer Checker HTML
|Time series analysis
Dummy variables and time series PDF
Assignment 6 PDF
Data for Assignment 6 Excel
Answer Checker HTML
|Queuing theory introduction
Queuing Theory I, Assignments 7 and 7A PDF
Demonstrations used in class HTML
|Mar. 14||7, 7A
The Answer Checker HTML features a partial walk-through for 7A's last question.
|Queuing theory advanced models
Queuing Theory II, Assignments 8 and 8A PDF
Queuing Theory Cookbook PDF
Queuing theory cookbook with named cells HTML
|Mar. 21||8 The Answer Checker HTML will help you start right and finish right.
8A Answer Checker HTML
What-If Analysis and Assignment 9 PDF
|Mar. 28||9 Answer
Checker for part 1 HTML
Download file for Contest Excel
|Linear programming introduction
Linear Programming I, Assignment 10 PDF
|Apr. 4||10 Answer Checker HTML
If Solver... is not under the Data tab in Excel 2007 for PCs (under Tools in older Excel versions), here is how to install Solver in Excel 2007 PDF.
Instructions for installing Solver in Excel 2010.
Instructions for older Excel versions HTML.
Excel 2007 Vista Solver bug! When you ask for the Reports after solving, you may get an error message box. Here is a workaround -- it involves removing and then re-adding Solver. If that doesn't work, e-mail me your spreadsheet.
|Linear programming, scheduling
Linear Programming II, Assignment 11 PDF
|Apr. 11||11 Answer Checker HTML||Project planning, critical path method (CPM)
CPM instructions, Assignment 12 HTML I recommend opening this HTML file in its own window and having Excel and Pathfind each open in separate windows. Use Alt+Tab to move among open windows.
Answer Checker HTML
Decision Theory, Assignment 13 PDF
Tricky extra-credit question HTML
|May 2||All work due||No class
Goal of the course: To make you an intelligent user and consumer of quantitative methods, by showing you the mechanics and the ideas behind selected quantitative methods applicable to public and institutional health administration.
Classes meet Mondays from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Wardlaw 116. The classes are televised live to regional campuses and other locations with access to the ETV closed-circuit network.
Goal of the course: To introduce selected quantitative methods applicable to public and institutional health administration.
Instructional method: Learning by doing. You will apply the methods presented in class in homework exercises due each week.
Required work: The weekly assignments are the only required work in the course. No examinations. How the grading works.
Prerequisite: BIOS 700 or its equivalent with permission of the instructor. This course builds on the statistics concepts and the computer experience in BIOS 700. If you can understand this introductory probability and statistics review, you should be OK.
Readings: Downloadable pdf files. A free pdf file reader can be downloaded from www.adobe.com. There is no book to buy. Students wishing additional detail on econometric theory may consult a standard textbook, such as Wonnacott & Wonnacott, Econometrics, but this not required.
Downloading all of the readings at the start of the semester is not recommended. I may revise some readings as I notice errors or get ideas for improvements. Instead, download each week's materials when you are about to start that week's work or want to give yourself a lecture preview.
Required computer access: Every course assignment will require using a computer. You may do course assignments in our computer lab, Room 124 of the Arnold School of Public Health's old building (HESC). If you wish to work elsewhere, you must have access to a computer with a full-featured spreadsheet program and internet access with a browser that can do Java.
Internet access, with a web browser with Java, will enable you to download data for assignments, use course software, read about bugs and last-minute changes, and use the Answer Checkers. (Answer checkers let you know instantly whether you are on the right track as you do assignments.) If you do not have internet access or cannot get Java to work, plan to spend time in our lab.
|Microsoft Excel||OK! Office Mac 2008 users can download Solver for no charge at http://solver.com/mac/|
|Corel Quattro Pro||OK|
|Microsoft Works||Not OK -- limited features, incompatible file format with Excel|
|Sun StarOffice||OK, but I haven't tried its Solver.|
You'll get keystroke-by-keystroke instructions for doing the assignments with Excel, run under Microsoft Windows . All of the course assignments can be done with recent versions of Excel, Quattro Pro, and Lotus 1-2-3. Course data files will be provided in a format that all of these programs can read. Students using spreadsheets other than Excel will have to translate the instructions to fit their particular programs. The spreadsheet with Microsoft Works is not good enough, sorry.
Solver: Several of the course exercises use Excel's Solver. This is not installed by the default "typical" installation of Excel. If the Solver icon is not under the Data tab in Excel 2007 (under Tools on older Excel versions), here is how to install it. (Here are instructions for older Excel versions. For older versions, you will need your Microsoft Office installation CD.)
Please locate the computer(s) that you intend to use well before the first meeting of the course. Contact me if you have questions about your computer's capabilities.
Homework: A write-up is mandatory. The write-up should answer the assignment's questions in sentences. It is good to also turn in your spreadsheet file. That can help a lot if I need to track down an error. Your spreadsheet can be in a separate file from your write-up, or you can include your write-up in the spreadsheet.
Most homework assignments have an online Answer Checker. It can tell you if you are on the right track, and give you hints.
Turning in homework: Use Blackboard'sfeature.
Blackboard'sallows you to include a spreadsheet file as an attachment. Your write-up can go in the text box, in an attached word processor file, or it can be incorporated into a spreadsheet file that you attach. A few assignments require your doing something on paper. You may bring the paper to my office or to class on the due date. Alternatively, you may scan it and attach it to what you submit on Blackboard.
How to attach more than one file for a Blackboard assignment: Do not hit Submit until you have added all your files. Attach your first file by browsing for it. Then hit the "Add another file document" button. That should let you browse for your second file. Repeat until you have added all the files you want. Hitting Save along the way is useful if you do not have all your files ready to attach right now. When you can see on Blackboard's assignment submission form a complete list of the files you had wanted to attach, then and only then hit Submit. Once you hit Submit, Blackboard will not allow you to go back and attach or change anything.
Helping another student is a great way to learn, and a great way to make a friend. Be careful, however, to follow these guidelines.
The assignments in this course are intended to be individual work, not team efforts. The goal is for you to have confidence that you can do this.
By the way, I like explaining things. Feel free to ask me for help, by e-mail or when I'm in my office.
Each week's assignment is worth 4 points, if done well.
There are 13 assignments, so a perfect score for the semester is 52.
|For this grade||At least this many points|
Some weeks have their assignment split into two parts. The first week, for example, has assignment 1 and assignment 1A. Each part is worth 2 points, so that the total for the week is 4 points.
|Storage Technology||Advantages||Disadvantages||Access as|
|3-inch floppy disk||Cheap. Enough capacity for this course.||Not reliable. Tends to break while you're working on an important assignment.||No floppy (A:) drive on the lab computers!|
|Hard drive of lab computer||Already paid for.||May be erased at any time! When we upgrade software, we often overwrite the hard disks of lab computers.||Local Disk (C:)|
|Writable CDs and DVDs||Fairly cheap.||Bulky. Awkward to change once you have saved, even if you are using RW disks. Bright sunlight can erase them.||DVD drive (D:)|
|Thumb-sized USB flash drive||Reliable. Enough capacity for all your courses.||Moderately expensive. Easy to lose.||Removable (E:)|
Student performance of these objectives will be evaluated by weekly assignments.