Participants on the quantitative stream who require credit must complete three short assignments from the following selection.
4pm Friday March 9th, 2018 (for all three assignments)
Please address any queries regarding specific assignment questions, or any general queries regarding submission, file formats and extensions etc., to Brendan.Halpin@ul.ie.
Please submit your assignments to Sulis or by e-mail to Brendan.Halpin@ul.ie. Files should be saved as Open Document Format, PDF, Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format documents. Please do not assume successful delivery until you have received a submission receipt. Please see the resources folder for instructions on submitting to Sulis.
The assessment for Unit B1 is drawn from chapters 8, 10 and 11 of Agresti and Finlay. Please complete exercises 8.13, 8.27, 8.28, 10.29, 11.8, 11.19 and 11.23. A scan of the questions is provided.
The assessment for Unit B2, Categorical Data Analysis, is drawn from chapters 8 and 15 of Agresti and Finlay. Please complete exercises 8.16, 8.23, 8.24, 15.3, 15.4 and 15.8 (note there is a typo in q15.8, please add "-1.62P2" at the end of the formula). A scan of the questions is provided.
The assignment consists in using secondary data to carry out a mini research project on a topic of your choice. Using secondary data available through the ISSDA or the ESS), or any other data to which you have access, identify a interesting research question that can be addressed. Conduct the analysis and write it up in a brief report, appending the minimal Stata do-file used to generate the results. Marks will be given for the substantive interest of the research question, the appropriateness of the data for the question, the appropriateness and correctness of the analytical methods used, the correctness and clarity of the conclusions drawn, and the clarity of the presentation.
Students are required to submit assignments by the deadline, using the submission procedure specified for that assignment.
Where an extension has not been agreed in advance, or where a student submits an essay after the agreed extensions has expired, a penalty will be imposed for late submission. For the first day that elapses between the expiration of the deadline and the receipt of the work by the co-ordinator, 5 percentage points will be deducted from the student’s mark for that assignment. Assignments received after the 24 hour period has lapsed will attract a mark of zero.
The quantitative stream co-ordinator may at his discretion and for good cause sanction an extension to individual students. In order to be granted an extension, students will be required to present a medical certificate or other evidence of a compelling reason for late submission. This must be in writing. In the first instance, students seeking an extension should contact the staff member who is convenor of the relevant module. On submission of the assignment, the written authorisation for an extension should be attached to any such late assignments.
Students can apply for an extension a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the deadline by submitting a written request by e-mail for such an extension. This is so that students can be informed in writing prior to the assignment deadline whether or not the extension has been granted.
On a discretionary basis, the co-ordinator may allow further extensions.
|Letter||Award Equivalent||Quality Point Value (QPV)||Percentage Equivalent||Remarks|
|F||Fail||0.00||Less than 30||No credit awarded|
|NG||No Grade||0.00||No credit awarded|
All sources should be accurately referenced using the Harvard referencing system as elaborated in the UL Cite it Right document. This document can be accessed at: http://www.ul.ie/~library/pdf/citeitright.pdf or through the left hand menu of this application.
All participants are required to familiarise themselves with the Department of Sociology plagiarism policy which is available from: http://www.ul.ie/sociology/index.php?pagid=11.
Please note that all cases of plagiarism will be reported and penalised.