Exercises

Stand-alone exercises for use in introductory, substantive, or research methods courses in the social sciences. Exercises include problems (theoretical or statistical), one or more datasets, and steps on how to address the problems by analysis of the data. Unlike the modules there is little or no theoretical material provided. Materials are downloadable for printing or customizing by instructors.

Economic Data exercises were written by Jim Gerber, San Diego State University, and the longitudinal analysis exercises by John Korey, Cal Poly Pomona.. All other exercises were written by Ed Nelson, Fresno State University. If you have developed exercises of your own that you would be willing to share, contact the current Council Chair.

Except as follows, the exercises use SPSS:

  • There are three versions of the Statistics exercises -- one for use with SPSS, another for use with PSPP,* and a third version using SDA (Survey Documentation and Analysis)**.
  • The first four exercises in the Field Poll gun control exercises use SPSS. The last two use SDA.

*Other exercises written for SPSS can probably be run with little or no modification using PSPP, but this has not been verified. For more information on PSPP, see "Notes on Using PSPP" and "Differences between PSPP and SPSS," both written by Ed Nelson. 

**For more information on SDA, see "Notes on Using SDA," written by Ed Nelson.

Ways to Use Exercises in Class

  1. You can use them from an instructor's station in a classroom or in a computer lab for a presentation or demonstration.
  2. You can provide links to them from your on-line syllabus for regular assignments or as independent and extra credit projects, with little or no modification.
  3. Exercises and datasets can be downloaded in word processing format which you can then modify, distribute, or place on a local server.

Exercises:

Primarily Methods/Statistics-oriented

Primarily Content-oriented

Last Revised: January 17, 2017