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PSY 216: Psychology Statistics

Course Description

This course will focus on an overview of the general concepts associated with descriptive and inferential statistics in psychology. There will be an examination of the purpose behind the use of statistics in psychology and an investigation of the process undertaken to derive these statistics. Students will apply these principles by conducting a variety of statistical analyses. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • ENG 101: English Composition
  • PSY 101: Psychology or SOC 101: Sociology

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Examine the general concepts associated with descriptive statistics.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the purpose of inferential statistics and discover the process needed to derive these statistics.
  3. Develop hypotheses and engage in hypothesis testing.
  4. Employ critical thinking to conduct the appropriate type of statistical analysis and to determine if findings are statistically significant.
  5. Illustrate how to apply statistics in the psychological field.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Points

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-8)

320

32%

Quizzes (Weeks 1-3 & 5-7)

120

12%

StatCrunch Project Report (Weeks 1-3 & 5-8)

210

21%

Midterm Paper (Week 4)

150

15%

Final Paper (Week 8)

200

20%

Total

1000

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak’s online bookstore)

  • Aron, A., Aron, E. & Coups, E. (2013). Statistics for Psychology (Looseleaf) - with Access Code. 6th ed. Pearson. ISBN-13: 9780205923922

    Note: This textbook should be purchased New Only.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,5

Topic: Descriptive Statistics

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 1 - web version (optional - recommended for students who have no prior statistics experience)
  • Videos:
    • StatTalk Video 1 - What is an Average? (Access through MyStatLab)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Watch StatTalk Video
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the lecture material
  • Complete Quiz
  • Create database in StatCrunch
  • Submit StatCrunch weekly report

2

2,5

Topic: Inferential Statistics

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3
  • Videos:
    • StatTalk Video 3 - Sampling (Access through MyStatLab)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Watch StatTalk Video
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the lecture material
  • Complete Quiz
  • Submit StatCrunch weekly report

3

3,5

Topic: Hypothesis Testing

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4
    • Chapter 5
  • Videos:
    • StatTalk Video 6 - The Normal Distribution (Access through MyStatLab)
    • StatTalk Video 7 - Not the Normal Distribution (Access through MyStatLab)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Watch StatTalk Videos
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the lecture material
  • Complete Quiz
  • Submit StatCrunch weekly report

4

4,5

Topic: Statistical Significance

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6
    • Chapter 7
  • Videos:
    • StatTalk Video 9 - Why use a p-value anyway? (Access through MyStatLab)
    • StatTalk Video 10 - What does a p-value mean? (Access through MyStatLab)
    • StatTalk Video 11 - A p-value is about the probability of the data and not the hypothesis (Access through MyStatLab)
    • StatTalk Video 12 - What is statistical significance? (Access through MyStatLab)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Watch StatTalk Videos
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the lecture material
  • Submit Midterm Paper

5

4,5

Topic: T-Test

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 8
  • Videos:
    • StatTalk Video 17 - How does statistical testing work?(Access through MyStatLab)
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Watch StatTalk Video
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the lecture material
  • Complete Quiz
  • Submit StatCrunch weekly report

6

4,5

Topic: ANOVA

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the lecture material
  • Complete Quiz
  • Submit StatCrunch weekly report

7

4,5

Topic: Correlation

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the lecture material
  • Complete Quiz
  • Submit StatCrunch weekly report

8

4,5

Topic: Chi-Square Analysis

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 13
  • Videos:
    • StatTalk Video 24 - Statistics is about people even if you can't see the tears (Access through MyStatLab)
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the lecture material
  • Submit StatCrunch weekly report
  • Submit Final Paper
  • Complete Course Evaluation

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