Introduction to Statistics
- Psyc 111: Introduction to Psychology and MATH103: College Algebra
- EST. time to complete:
- 3 to 9 Months
- $301.00/Credit (No Fees)
Learn descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to psychological measurement and experimentation.
This course will introduce you to descriptive and inferential statistics as applied to psychological measurement and experimentation. This course will strengthen your thinking and reasoning skills, and allow you to apply these skills in various situations.
By the end of this course, you should:
- Understand the concept of statistics. Statistics are a set of tools that can be used to answer questions about group tendencies. By the end of the course you should understand how statistics are used and you have an understanding of the types of questions that statistics can be used to answer.
- Understand the limitations of statistics. Because statistics are used to uncover group tendencies they will tell us nothing about individuals. By the end of the course you should understand the meaning of this limitation and know when statistics should not be used.
- Be able to use descriptive statistics. Descriptive statistics are ways of summarizing and organizing large sets of data. By the end of the course you should be able to calculate basic descriptive statistics and know how to use them properly.
- Be able to use basic inferential statistics. Inferential statistics are statistical “tests”. By the end of the course you should be able to calculate basic inferential statistics and know how to use them properly.
- Be able to choose the correct statistical procedure to answer a research question. By the end of the course you should be able to choose the proper descriptive and inferential statistics to answer specific research questions in any basic research situation in psychology.
- Be able to put the results of inferential statistical tests into words. Statisticians use mathematics to answer questions. By the end of this course you should be able to explain what these results mean. This is the most important and also the hardest part of the course.
Gravetter, F. J. & Wallnau, L. B. (2014). Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, 8th edition.
- ISBN-10: 128556359X or
- ISBN-13: 978-1133956570