Dr Patrick TOCHE, Department of Finance & Decision Sciences

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BUSI3007 - Business Research Methods
Dr Patrick TOCHE (Coordinator)
    Office WLB514, Department of Finance and Decision Sciences, 
    The Baptist University of Hong Kong, 
    34 Renfrew Rd, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong SAR.
    Contact: patricktoche@hkbu.edu.hk
    Office Hours: Wed 3:30pm-4:20pm, Thu 12:30-3:20pm, Fri 12:30-2:20pm (Call me if I'm not in my office)

GENERAL

The aim of this course is to introduce students to research methods. Material for the course will be uploaded here as it becomes available. 

1. Outline & Timetables  [PDF]    [PDF]    [PDF]    [PDF]

*The timetable is tentative and subject to minor changes.

2. Official Learning Outcomes & Course Template     [PDF]    [PDF]

3. On Being Late to Class     [VIDEO]    NEW!

You may enter the classroom within 15 minutes of the starting time under these conditions: Make eye contact and wave a discrete hand of apology as you enter the classroom. After the 15-minute tolerance period, wait for the next class break to enter (at 20 minutes past the hour every hour). 

TEXTBOOKS

1. Business Statistics
Douglas A. Lind, William G Marchal, Samuel A. Wathen, Statistical Techniques in Business and Economics, The McGraw-Hill/Irwin Series in Operations and Decision Sciences, 17th edition (2017), 978-1259666360.

2. Research Methods
William G. Zikmund, Barry J. Babin, Jon C. Carr, Mitch Griffin, Business Research Methods, South-Western, 9th edition (2013), 978-1439080672.


ASSIGNMENTS 

1. Take-Home Projects   [20%]    [PDF]    NEW!

Part A due Friday 16th March 2018 at 2:30pm in DLB712. Part B due Friday 27 April 2:30pm in DLB303. MUST BE HANDED TO ME IN PERSON. Exact time or EARLIER.

2. In-Class Midterm   [20%]

Scheduled for Saturday 10 March 2018 at 10:00am. Classroom TBA. Open book. Duration 2 hours.

3. Participation   [10%]

Participation in class, in the labs, and evidence of effort is rewarded.

4. Final   [50%]   [Sample]

This is closed-book book examination. This Appendix will be distributed to you on exam day. Only a simple calculator will be allowed.
Please refer to end-of-chapter problems and to the sample of model answers provided.
The Time is TBA. 
The venue is TBA. 

Fill out the multiple-choice sheets properly. Up to 10% of the MC sheets have been incorrectly filled out in the past.
Examples of invalid multiple-choice sheets: [
Example 1]   [Example 2]

LECTURES [Handout + Slides + Labs
]

PROBLEM ANSWERS ARE MARKED BY A STAR     [README

1.  Introduction to Statistics

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]*

2.  Data - Frequency Tables & Histograms

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]*

3.  Data - Centrality & Dispersion + LAB

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]*

     [Lab 1]  +  [Animations]   

4.  Data - Asymmetry & Quantiles + LAB

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]*     

     [Lab 2]

5.  Probability - Basic Concepts & Rules

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]*

6.  Probability - Discrete & Continuous Distributions

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]* 

7.  Methods - Experiments & Quasi-Experiments

     [TO BE ADDED] 

8.  Methods - Data Collection & Survey Design

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]*  [Survey]

9. Methods - Sampling & Inference + LAB

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]* 

     [Lab 3]   

10. Estimation - Confidence Intervals

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]*

11. Estimation - Hypothesis Testing + LAB

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]*

     [Lab 4]  +  [Animation]   

12. Estimation - Correlation & Regression + LAB

     [Handout]   [Slides]   [Problems]*

     [Lab 5]   



EXTRA LECTURES

Extra 1. Introduction to R

     [Slides]   
[Slides]  


DATASETS 

1. Applewood Auto Group Dataset

   [Applewood.xlsx]   Lind, 17th edition

2. Major League Baseball Dataset

   [Major_League_Baseball_2016.xlsx]   Lind, 17th edition

3. North Valley Real Estate Dataset

  [Real_Estate.xlsx]   Lind, 17th edition

4. American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses

  [Aspan_Membership.xls]   Lind, 15th edition   

5. McGivern Jewellers Dataset

  [McGivern_Jewellery.xls]   Lind, 15th edition


SCHEDULE

You are welcome to switch sessions, subject to space in the classroom. Naturally students who are actually enrolled in the session will be given priority. 

Mon 15:30 - 18:20 : DLB712  + DLB303 (Labs)
Wed 12:30 - 15:20 : DLB111 + DLB303 (Labs)
Thu  09:30 - 12:20 : DLB712 + DLB303 (Labs)
Thu  15:30 - 18:20 : WLB211 + DLB303 (Labs)
Fri    09:30 - 12:20 : DLB712 + DLB303 (Labs)
Fri    14:30 - 17:20 : DLB712 + DLB303 (Labs)


TIME MANAGEMENT

Please help me adhere to the following time management. Thanks!

12:30 - 3:20 Sessions
09:30  Start
10:20  Break 1
10:30  Re-start
11:20  Break 2
11:30  Re-start
12:20  Stop

12:30 - 15:20 Sessions
12:30  Start
13:20  Break 1
13:30  Re-start
14:20  Break 2
14:30  Re-start
15:20  Stop

14:30 - 17:20 Sessions
14:30  Start
15:20  Break 1
15:30  Re-start
16:20  Break 2
16:30  Re-start
17:20  Stop

15:30 - 18:20 Sessions
15:30  Start
16:20  Break 1
16:30  Re-start
17:20  Break 2
17:30  Re-start
18:20  Stop