PSYC215 Introductory Psychological Statistics
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology
- I. Course Number and Title
- PSYC215 Introductory Psychological Statistics
- II. Number of Credits
- 4 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- 2250 (lecture) 1800 (laboratory)
- IV. Prerequisites
- MATH115 (C or better) and PSYC110 (C or better)
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course includes exercises within the following areas: scales, graphic representations, central tendency and variability, probability, the normal distribution, standard scores, correlation, hypothesis testing, basic nonparametric techniques, analysis of variance, and basic experimental design. This course includes a two-hour weekly computer lab.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- recognize different applications for descriptive and inferential, parametric and non-parametric statistics;
- identify, calculate and explain (given formulas and data) their rationale for appropriate selection of, and practical results derived from. the following:
- Measures of central tendency and variability.
- Correlation coefficients.
- Standard errors of the mean.
- Z, t and F statistics (one- and two-way classification).
- Chi-square; and
- calculate and analyze results derived from statistical software programs (such as SPSS).
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
Descriptive statistics review:
- Descriptive Statistics including: measurement scales, central tendency, variability, probability.
- Sampling distributions.
- Hypothesis testing (including measures of effect size).
- Single and two-group t-tests.
- Dependent and independent t-tests.
- One-way and two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA).
- Post-hoc comparisons.
- Nonparametric statistics (Chi-square).
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsExams, quizzes, laboratory exercises, class or online participation, and projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized. A minimum of three examinations is required. Data collection and analysis projects are encouraged, but not required.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:Text(s) as specified in the instructor's course syllabus. Students will need hand held calculators with statistical functions; graphing calculators are not required. Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 11/98; Revised 4/2010; New Core 8/2015