Computers for the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Purpose

This course is designed to nurture an understanding of the computer as a professional tool in the social and behavioral sciences with special emphasis on data collection, data description and data analysis (with statistical software e.g. SPSS for Windows), use of the Internet, on-line bibliographic searching, computers in teaching and learning, and computerized techniques in psychological testing.

Reflection

I am currently teaching this course. I have taught it for the last three years either in an eight or sixteen (16) week interval. My students and I clearly prefer the sixteen weeks because we have adequate time to integrate knowledge of statistical procedures with SPSS. Many of my students either dislike mathematics or have no interest in statistics. However once we broach topics in politics or 'preferred personality traits for intimate relationships', their interest increases and I use that as a stimulus for quantitative reasoning. Then we are astounded by the various ways numbers can be interpreted, transformed and manipulated. And my students quickly recognize that we cannot appreciate statistics without acknowledging the intentions of the statisticians, which are often implicit. Their subsequent revelations always infuse my choosing this class as one of my favorites to teach. They transfer their lambent understandings to their papers that they have chosen to write. My students write about love, abuse, alcoholism, racism, disability, sex trafficking, online education, religion and other topics they find relevant to their own lives. I have been deeply honored and blessed to read their papers and witness their presentations because they always show the grit and grace of the human spirit. They have helped me to be stronger and taught me that what I perceive as being taken away from me, or lost, was actually gained ~ my redemption occurs when I decide to stand and deliver, and receive.

Syllabus

This is my syllabus for the course. If you need a copy, please contact me.

Evaluations

The following list the evaluations for this course that I received in Spring 2013Spring 2014, Fall 2014Spring 2015Fall 2015Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 (Hybrid and Face-to-Face).