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      Economics   •   Education   •   Health and Research Policy   •   Political Science   •   Psychology   •   Sociology   •   Anthropology   •  

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Undergraduate Courses

Number Name Instructor, Quarter, and Description
Economics
ECON 179 Experimental Economics Muriel Niederle [ email ] Winter 2008-2009 Methods and major subject areas that have been addressed by laboratory experiments. Focus is on a series of experiments that build on one another. Topics include decision making, two player games, auctions, and market institutions. How experiments are used to learn about preferences and behavior, trust, fairness, and learning. Final presentation of group projects. Prerequisites: 50, 51, 102A. Software Package: none
Education
EDUC 191x Introduction to Survey Research Jennifer Adams [ email ] Winter 2008-2009 (Same as EDUC 291X.) Planning tasks, including problem formulation, study design, questionnaire and interview design, pretesting, sampling, interviewer training, and field management. Epistemological and ethical perspectives. Issues of design, refinement, and ethics in research that crosses boundaries of nationality, class, gender, language, and ethnicity. Software Package:
Health and Research Policy
HRP 225 HRP 225. Design and Conduct of Clinical and Epidemiologic Studies Rita Popat [ email ] Autumn 2008-2009 Intermediate-level. The skills to design, carry out, and interpret epidemiologic studies, particularly of chronic diseases. Topics: epidemiologic concepts, sources of data, cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional studies, sampling, estimating sample size, questionnaire design, and the effects of measurement error. Prerequisite: 159/259 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Software Package:
Political Science
POLISCI 157/35 POLISCI 157. Sampling and Surveys Douglas Rivers [ email ] Spring 2008-2009 (Same as POLISCI 357.) The importance of sample surveys as a source of social science data including public opinion, voting, welfare programs, health, employment, and consumer behavior. Survey design, sampling theory, and estimation. Nonresponse, self-selection, measurement error, and web survey methods. Prerequisite: 150B or equivalent. Software Package:
POLISCI 151B POLISCI 151B. Data Analysis for Political Science

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Simon Jackman [ email ] Spring 2008-2009 Operationalization of concepts, measurement, scale construction, finding and pooling/merging data, cross-tabulations, tests of association, comparison of means, correlation, scatterplots, and regression models. How to present the results of data analysis in research reports, essays, and theses. Emphasis is on getting and using data with appropriate statistical software. Prior mathematics not required. GER:DB-Math Software Package: none
Psychology
PSYCH 204A Computational Neuroimaging Brian Wandell [ email ] Spring 2008-2009 Advanced seminar. For students working with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The physiological basis of the signal measured using fMRI. Possibilities for experiment design and interpretation of the signal with respect to other physiological and behavioral measurements. Emphasis is on experimental design, software tools, and pulse sequences for fMRI experiments. Software Package:
Sociology
SOC 180A SOC 180A. Foundations of Social Research Alan Sorensen [ email ] Autumn 2008-2009 (Same as SOC 280A.) Formulating a research question, developing hypotheses, probability and non-probability sampling, developing valid and reliable measures, qualitative and quantitative data, choosing research design and data collection methods, challenges of making causal inference, and criteria for evaluating the quality of social research. Emphasis is on how social research is done, rather than application of different methods. Limited enrollment; preference to Sociology and Urban Studies majors, and Sociology coterms. GER:DB-SocSci Software Package:
Anthropology
ANTHSCI 3 ANTHRO 3. Introduction to Prehistoric Archaeology John Rick [ email ] Autumn 2008-2009 (Same as ARCHLGY 1.) Aims, methods, and data in the study of human society\'s development from early hunters through late prehistoric civilizations. Archaeological sites and remains characteristic of the stages of cultural development for selected geographic areas, emphasizing methods of data collection and analysis appropriate to each. GER:DB-SocSci, EC-GlobalCom Software Package:
ANTHSCI 93 ANTHRO 93. Prefield Research Seminar Miyako Inoue [ email ] Spring 2008-2009 For Anthropology majors only; non-majors register for 93B. Preparation for anthropological field research in other societies and the U.S. Data collection techniques include participant observation, interviewing, surveys, sampling procedures, life histories, ethnohistory, and the use of documentary materials. Strategies of successful entry into the community, research ethics, interpersonal dynamics, and the reflexive aspects of fieldwork. Prerequisites: two ANTHRO courses or consent of instructor Software Package:

Graduate or Cross Listed Courses

Number Name Instructor, Quarter, and Description
Economics
ECON 279 Experimental Economics Muriel Niederle [ email ] Winter 2008-2009 An introduction to experimental economics, its methods, and major subject areas that have been addressed by laboratory experiments. Focus is on a series of experiments that build on one another, and allow researchers with different theoretical dispositions to narrow the range of potential disagreement. Prerequisites: 202, 203, 204, or consent of instructor. Software Package: none
Education
EDUC 353c EDUC 353C. Problems in Measurement: Generalizability Theory

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Edward Haertel [ email ] Not Given 2008-2009 Application to analysis of educational achievement data, including performance assessments. Fundamental concepts, computer programs, and actual applications. (PSE) Software Package: none
Health and Research Policy
HRP 225 HRP 225. Design and Conduct of Clinical and Epidemiologic Studies Rita Popat [ email ] Autumn 2008-2009 Intermediate-level. The skills to design, carry out, and interpret epidemiologic studies, particularly of chronic diseases. Topics: epidemiologic concepts, sources of data, cohort studies, case-control studies, cross-sectional studies, sampling, estimating sample size, questionnaire design, and the effects of measurement error. Prerequisite: 159/259 or equivalent, or consent of instructor. Software Package:
HRP 251 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials

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Mark Hlatky [ email ] Spring 2008-2009 The rationale for phases 1-3 clinical trials, the recruitment of subjects, techniques for randomization, data collection and endpoints, interim monitoring, and reporting of results. Emphasis is on the theoretical underpinnings of clinical research and the practical aspects of conducting clinical trials. Software Package: none
HRP 226 Advanced Epidemiologic and Clinical Research Methods

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Lorene Nelson Winter 2008-2009 The principles of measurement, measures of effect, confounding, effect modification, and strategies for minimizing bias in epidemiologic studies. Prerequisite: 225 or consent of instructor. (Nelson) Software Package: none
HRP 223 HRP 223. Epidemiologic Analysis: Data Management and Statistical Programming

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Raymond Balise [ email ] Autumn 2008-2009 The skills required for management and analysis of biomedical data. Topics include importing and exporting data from multiple database systems, visualizing and cleaning data, data management for multicenter projects, and data security. Introduction to applied statistical programming relevant to epidemiologic and clinical research. No previous programming experience required. (Balise) Software Package:
Political Science
POLISCI 157/35 POLISCI 157. Sampling and Surveys Douglas Rivers [ email ] Spring 2008-2009 (Same as POLISCI 357.) The importance of sample surveys as a source of social science data including public opinion, voting, welfare programs, health, employment, and consumer behavior. Survey design, sampling theory, and estimation. Nonresponse, self-selection, measurement error, and web survey methods. Prerequisite: 150B or equivalent. Software Package:
Psychology
PSYCH 204A Computational Neuroimaging Brian Wandell [ email ] Spring 2008-2009 Advanced seminar. For students working with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The physiological basis of the signal measured using fMRI. Possibilities for experiment design and interpretation of the signal with respect to other physiological and behavioral measurements. Emphasis is on experimental design, software tools, and pulse sequences for fMRI experiments. Software Package:
Sociology
SOC 280A SOC 280A. Foundations of Social Research

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Alan Sorensen [ email ] Autumn 2008-2009 (Same as SOC 180A.) Formulating a research question, developing hypotheses, probability and non-probability sampling, developing valid and reliable measures, qualitative and quantitative data, choosing research design and data collection methods, challenges of making causal inference, and criteria for evaluating the quality of social research. Emphasis is on how social research is done, rather than application of different methods. Limited enrollment; preference to Sociology and Urban Studies majors, and Sociology coterms. Software Package: none
SOC 180A SOC 180A. Foundations of Social Research Alan Sorensen [ email ] Autumn 2008-2009 (Same as SOC 280A.) Formulating a research question, developing hypotheses, probability and non-probability sampling, developing valid and reliable measures, qualitative and quantitative data, choosing research design and data collection methods, challenges of making causal inference, and criteria for evaluating the quality of social research. Emphasis is on how social research is done, rather than application of different methods. Limited enrollment; preference to Sociology and Urban Studies majors, and Sociology coterms. GER:DB-SocSci Software Package:

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