Course outline (2011 version)

 

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Session

Date
(mm/dd/2011)

Topic

1 1/24 Introduction
2 1/26 The 2010 U.S. Census of Population and Housing
LAB 1 1/28 Visualizing Reapportionment (due Monday January 31)
3 1/31 Federal data providers
2/2 "Snow day"
4 (not LAB)

2/4

Employment Situation (www.bls.gov) This session will include missed materials from 2/2 and is not a lab

Household employment data

Establishment employment data

Brief intro to Lab 3

5 2/7 Populations and Samples
6 2/9 The American Community Survey
LAB 3

2/11

Basic project presentation (core ideas)
7 2/14 Register-based Statistics
8 2/16 Transportation statistics: OnTheMap and others
Guest speaker

2/18

SPECIAL MEETING: Census Bureau Director Robert Groves 1:30pm G10 BioTech
9 2/21 Economic Activity Indicators
10 2/23 National Income and Product Accounts
LAB 5

2/25

GDP, Cycles and Leading Indicators (www.bea.gov)
11 2/28 Price and cost-of-living indices
12 3/2 Web-based and private price indices
LAB 6

3/4

The Big-Mac Index
13 3/7 CANCELED due to inclement weather
3/9 No class
3/11 No class/lab
14 3/14 Experimental visualization tools
15 3/16 Using visualization tools to make decisions, Assessing data quality
LAB 8 3/18 No lab
16 3/28 Setting up mock-ups, next steps towards term paper
17 3/30 Ethical aspects of data collection and use; Protecting privacy
LAB 9 4/1 Updated course project template (see lecture notes for Session 16)
  4/4 No class
18 4/6 Mock-up: Matthew McManus
19

4/8

Mock-up: Alistair Ballantine, Benjamin Perry, Gabriel Gershenfeld
20 4/11 Mock-up: Hyun Jae Cheon, Kyle Barron, Benjamin Wagner
21 4/13 Mock-up: Jacob Bogardus, Noa Ikeda, Hyun Jae Cheon
LAB 11

4/15

No class
22 4/18 How to do an effective project presentation
23 4/20 Project presentations: Alistair Ballantine
24

4/22

Project presentations: Kyle Barron
25 4/25 Project presentations: Benjamin Wagner
26 4/27 Project presentations: Noa Ikeda (postponed)

4/29

no class
27 5/2 Project presentations: Hyun Jae Cheon (may be marked private at this time)
28 5/4 Project presentations: Benjamin Perry
5/6 no class
29 5/13
special time/location:
Hollister 312, 2PM
Project presentations: Gabriel Gershenfeld, Matthew McManus, Noa Ikeda, Jacob Bogardus
5/13 All projects due on this date. See Submission requirements.