Sections 101 and 102: TR 8-9:20
Sections 103 and 104: TR 11-12:20
In this course you will be exposed to the full range of basic statistics as they are used by administrators and researchers in the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences. The course begins with descriptive statistics, methods by which we can best describe individual cases, samples of several cases, and even populations. Univariate significant difference tests come next, where you will learn how to determine if a difference that is observed between a sample and a population or between several samples is a difference that is large enough to be attributed to factors beyond the natural variability that is characteristic of samples. Bivariate correlational statistics help us to determine which variables covary or move together and give us ways of measuring the strength and reliability of those connections. Finally, bivariate regression analysis allows us to use an established correlation between two variables to predict a case’s score on one variable when provided with a score on the other variable. Throughout the semester the emphasis will be on applications of statistical procedures. However, this is not a “cookbook” statistics course. You will learn how statistical analyses work in addition to learning how to use them. Ten 50-minute computer labs will provide you with training in the use of the Statistical Package for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SPSS). This collection of statistical software will enable you to perform a full range of basic statistical analyses.
REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS
Introduction and summation notation
Chapter 1, Appendix A
Data distributions: tables and graphs
Standard scores, the normal distribution, and the standard normal distribution
Sampling distributions and interval estimation
Significant difference tests: One- and two-sample tests; one-way ANOVA; factorial ANOVA
Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9
Correlation and regression
Chapters 10, 11
EXAM FOUR (FINAL)
There will be four tests in the lecture portion of the class, each worth 100 points. There will be three tests in the computer lab, each worth 100 points. Finally, there will be 10 computer lab homework assignments each worth 10 points. Course grades will be based on your accumulated point totals, weighted so that the lecture portion of the course contributes 75% to your total and the lab contributes 25%. Finally, unexcused absences in excess of the four that are allowed will lower the total. Your accumulated point total will be calculated as follows:
Total = .75 x (Lecture Test Total) + .25 x (Lab Test Total + Lab Homework Total) - (20 x # of absences beyond 4)
Course letter grades will be assigned on the following scale:
Point Total Letter
279 or less F
Each unexcused absence beyond the four that are allowed will result in a 20 point (half letter grade) reduction of your weighted course average. Remember that each tardy counts as one-half absence. Grades on lecture exams taken late because of an unexcused absence will be lowered by one letter grade. Grades on computer lab exams taken late because of an unexcused absence will be lowered by one letter grade. Homework turned in late for any reason other than an excused absence will receive only half credit.
Students are allowed four unexcused absences (as defined below) in PSYC 3314 lectures during the fall 2011 semester. Each additional unexcused absence beyond these will result in the reduction of your course grade by 20 points (half a letter grade). Each tardy is counted as one-half absence, but if you are tardy you must alert me to your presence at the end of the class period. Leaving class prior to dismissal is considered equivalent to a tardy.
Students who miss one or more lecture exams because of absences will be allowed to take makeup exams, but there will be a one letter grade penalty for exams that were missed for unexcused reasons.
Absences are excused only under the following circumstances:
Funerals, employment-related absences, illnesses not requiring medical attention, job interviews, family emergencies, automobile malfunctions, court appearances, etc. do not constitute excused absences. Please reserve your allowed unexcused absences to cover these situations.
Attendance in computer labs is optional except on days of computer lab exams. (Your lab instructor will give you a schedule of events in your lab section.) If you think that you can learn the material on your own, complete the homework assignments, and pass the lab exams, you do not need to attend labs.
Students who miss one or more lab exams because of absences will be allowed to take makeup exams, but there will be a one letter grade penalty for exams that were missed for unexcused reasons.
There will be no penalty for late lab homework assignments if homework is late because of an excused absence. Homework turned in late for any reason other than an excused absence will receive only half the credit it would otherwise receive.
DO NOT COME LATE TO A COMPUTER LAB. Once the lab begins, the door is locked. No one will be admitted to the lab after it has begun.
DO NOT LOSE YOUR TRAVEL DRIVE! By the end of the semester if will contain many files that you will need for in-class exercises and for homework. Put your name on your travel drive so that it can be returned if found.