Fall 2023  |  PA 5932 Section 001: Working with Data: Finding, Managing, and Using Data (23380)

Class Component:
1.5 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Enrollment Requirements:
Graduate Student
Times and Locations:
Second Half of Term
10/24/2023 - 12/13/2023
Mon, Wed 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 85
Enrollment Status:
Open (8 of 30 seats filled)
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Course Catalog Description:
Hands-on experience with common issues that arise when using secondary data sets. After successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 1. Determine where to find data and information about data (metadata) for policy-related topics. 2. Repurpose, manipulate, and/or clean data collected by someone else or for a different purpose in order to answer questions. 3. Determine appropriate units of analysis, weights, data structure, and variables of interest in order to answer policy-related questions. 4. Document workflow to allow reproducibility and protect the confidentiality of the data. 5. Conduct basic data manipulation tasks (making tables) using existing software including Excel and Stata. 6. Learn how to find answers for questions through online support. This course will focus on Excel and Stata equally. Previous experience in Stata is preferred, but the course will include a brief introduction to relevant skills.
Class Notes:
The Fall 2023 offering of PA 5932 will mainly use Stata with some Excel applications. http://classinfo.umn.edu/?wahby001+PA5932+Fall2023
Class Description:

In this course, you will learn how to find, manage, analyze, and present quantitative data to answer policy questions. Working with data is a powerful skill that helps you gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of issues you are interested in. It also helps you make an argument backed by evidence to convince your audience. The class gives you the opportunity to apply the skills you learn to policy issues that concern you. Through the class, you will gain hands-on experience working in Stata (mainly) and Excel to become an independent user of the software.

Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
14 June 2023

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