EDB 9080: Quantitative Methods I

Syllabus for Spring 2020



Instructor: Dr. Satish Nargundkar 
Office: RCB 727, 35 Broad St., ATL

Office Hours:  By appointment 

E-Mail: snargundkar@gsu.edu    

Phone: (678) 644 6838  


Residencies: Click here for Schedule/Topics


Jan 24:

Jan 25:



8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM *

Feb 28:

Feb 29:



8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Mar 27:

Mar 28:



8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Apr 24:

Apr 25:



8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

12:30 PM – 4:30 PM


*Exception: All Saturday meetings in the afternoon except in January.


Text: Burns, Robert B. and Richard A. Burns (2014), Business Research Methods and Statistics Using SPSS, London: Sage Publications. ISBN: 978-1-4129-4530-1.



1.      HBP Online Quantitative Methods course before January 6. The EDB Quantitative Methods sequence (EDB 9080,9100, Quant Methods Workshop) requires a common, baseline knowledge of statistical concepts.


To ensure that everyone has successfully completed this prerequisite, 25% of your EDB 9080 grade will be determined by the average of the following two assessments:

         The final assessment grade (or highest if two are taken) from the online Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) Quantitative Methods Review course.

         A similar in-person timed online assessment.

Details on access and schedule are provided by the EDB Office.


2.      Excel and SPSS installed on your laptops. The EDB program office can instruct you on downloading and installing SPSS software.


Course Description: This course is designed to provide students with a command of the core concepts and tools needed to design, collect, evaluate and analyze quantitative data. The course will cover empirical data collection methods, such as surveys, and sampling methods, as well as various types of data and appropriate analysis techniques. This would include univariate and bivariate statistics (i.e., chi-square, t- and z-test, ANOVA, correlation, and regression). In addition, the course helps students gain proficiency in using SPSS to analyze and interpret results. This syllabus is a general plan for the course, providing policies and guidelines. As necessary, I may change the course requirements including adding or dropping graded components.


Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

1.         Explain in your own words an overview of quantitative analysis tools and their applications.

2.         Convert research questions to hypotheses that are testable in a quantitative study. This requires the ability to translate a concept or construct into measurable variables.

3.         Demonstrate a clear understanding of the basic statistical terminology, including population, sample, sample size, dependent variable, independent variable, and observation.

4.         Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various data collection methods. Choose and design an appropriate method to collect data to test hypotheses.

5.         Design and evaluate survey questions (e.g. identify different types of questions; data scales; make decisions about appropriate question content, wording, response format; and, question placement and sequence in your instrument).

6.         Demonstrate an understanding of sampling and of sampling techniques, including how to determine sample size, sources of error associated with sampling (e.g., response bias).

7.         Choose appropriate analysis methods to address the hypotheses.

8.         Interpret results of hypothesis tests.

9.         Explain p-values, Type I and Type II errors.

10.     Perform Regression analysis and interpret results.

11.     Correctly use SPSS to analyze data.

12.     Translate quantitative results into readable manuscripts

13.     Identify and mitigate ethical challenges and various biases in quantitative research


Access to Some Online Resources:


Lynda.com, a video training system free to GSU students, includes an SPSS course that you can watch onlineor on your mobile devices. SPSS tutorials (e.g., merging files, calculating frequencies, formatting and exporting tables) average about 5-6 minutes per topic.

• Go to http://www.Lynda.com/login.   

• Click the “Create a Profile” button. Use your campus ID and password to create your account.

• From the Software tab, search for SPSS Statistics Essentials Training.

Mobile: Go to http://technology.gsu.edu/2013/08/12/logging-in-to-the-lynda-app/ for

directions. Each device is different so you may need to adapt the directions for your device. Once logged in, search for SPSS.

Wix - https://quantresources.wixsite.com/quantresourceswiki - created for EDB students, this site includes links to pages, videos, etc. for public data sources, statistics tutorials and calculators, survey software, etc.








Course Average


Course Average


HBP Online



94-96, 97+

A, A+










In-class work







Team Project












Less than 60



Late assignments will be penalized 10% for up to a week, after which they will not be accepted.


The team project will involve analyzing an existing dataset: setting up reasonable hypotheses (if you can justify them with some theoretical basis, all the better), conducting appropriate tests, and reporting the results with some discussion regarding implications for theory or application.


Academic Honesty:

Students are expected to recognize and uphold standards of intellectual and academic integrity in all work. The university assumes as a basic and minimum standard of conduct in academic matters that students be honest and that they submit for credit only the products of their own efforts. See Appendix.


NOTE: All written assignments are automatically submitted to Turn-It-In, the iCollege platform’s originality detection service. (See http://www.turnitin.com/.)


The following are some instances of academic dishonesty:

         Failing to indicate full and accurate attribution to the correct author/creator. This includes marginally altering material taken from another source and calling it your own creation. Plagiarism includes material taken from internet sources. Proper citation requires quote marks or other distinctive set off for the material, followed directly by a reference to the source.

         Cheating on examinations,

         Unauthorized collaboration with others


For a link to a GSU citation guide, see http://library.gsu.edu/home/services-and-support/how-








University Policy on Grades of “I” (“Incomplete”)

The notation of “I” may be given to a student who, for nonacademic reasons beyond his or her control, is unable to meet the full requirements of a course. In order to qualify for an “I”, a student must:

• Have completed most of the major assignments of the course (generally all but one); and

• Be earning a passing grade in the course (aside from the assignments not completed) in the judgment of the instructor.

When a student has a nonacademic reason for not completing one or more of the assignments for a course, including examinations, and wishes to receive an incomplete for the course, it is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor in person or in writing of the reason.

The grade of “I” is awarded at the discretion of the instructor and is not the prerogative of the student. Conditions to be met for removing an “I” are established by the instructor. Registering in a subsequent semester for a course in which a grade of incomplete has been received will not remove the grade of incomplete. No student may graduate with an “I” on his or her record.


GSU Disruptive Student Behavior Policy

Disruptive student behavior is student behavior in a classroom or other learning environment (to include both on and off-campus locations), which disrupts the educational process. Disruptive class* behavior for this purpose is defined by the instructor. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, verbal or physical threats, repeated obscenities, unreasonable interference with class discussion, making/receiving personal phone calls, text messages

or pages during class, excessive tardiness, leaving and entering class frequently in the absence of notice to instructor of illness or other extenuating circumstances, and persisting in disruptive personal conversations with other class members. For purposes of this policy, it may also be considered disruptive behavior for a student to exhibit threatening, intimidating, or other inappropriate behavior toward the instructor or classmates outside of class. Complete details at http://codeofconduct.gsu.edu/files/2013/03/Disruptive-Student-Conduct-in-the-Classroom-or-Other-Learning-Environment-April-2006.pdf.


GSU Policy on Academic Honesty

Students are expected to recognize and uphold standards of intellectual and academic integrity. The University assumes as a basic and minimum standard of conduct in academic matters that students be honest and that they submit for credit only the products of their own efforts. Both the ideals of scholarship and the need for fairness require that all dishonest work be rejected as a basis for academic credit. They also require that students refrain from any and all forms of dishonorable or unethical conduct related to their academic work.


Complete details at http://deanofstudents.gsu.edu/files/2013/03/2013-14-Academic-Honesty-Policy-Only-Revised-March-15-2012.pdf