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Predictors of Family Structure
This exercise looks at race and family income as predictors of family structure. Students will test and evaluate hypotheses, learning how to work with control variables and bivariate tables.

Preparing Community Profiles
People are at the root of community profiling: they create the need for planning functions, and they experience the effects - for better or worse - of planning efforts. ""Community Profiling"" is often essential for effective planning. ""Planning"" are synonymous terms; they mean the same. But unless planners know who ""their people"" are and how their characteristics affect - and are affected by - various professional functions, planners cannot fully meet the needs of the population they are profiling. Thus, although it is not a core planning focus, such as land use or transportation, demographic analysis occupies a position of overarching importance in community profiling.

Navigating CensusScope
Students will be introduced to data retrival by becoming familiar with CensusScope data.

Research Fundamentals
This module will introduce students to demographic and statistical language and terms and encourage critical thinking and extrapolation skills.

How Good Was Your School District?
Students will empirically examine the issues underlying school performance using data that captures some of their own experiences.

Disability: Equality/Inequality
This module examines the disability community and inequality. Students will attempt to determine which is the best indicator of disability and will form a composite to describe the disability community.

CensusScope Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize students with interpreting charts and graphs by using a credible source, the US Census.

Identifying Independent and Dependent Variables
Students will identify independent and dependent variables for a series of hypotheses.

Bivariate Tables
Students will practice interpreting bivariate tables by examining the relationship between credit hours and study hours, gender and video games, and type of school and language offerings.

Fear of Crime
The purpose of this module is to introduce students in an online Criminology course to the idea of data analysis using an online analysis program and the General Social Survey. Prior to this module, students will have read several documents describing the scientific method including terminology such as statistical significance, independent and dependent variables, and operationalization. Once students have read this document, they then complete a guided online analysis and turn in their answers by completing an online quiz.

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