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You must have a solid foundation in algebra to take this course. If you haven’t taken MATH 110 (College Algebra) or an equivalent course within the last five years, you should review those skills before you begin the course.

In addition, you should have taken PSYCH 210 (A History of Psychology), PSYCH 307 (Writing Within Psychology).

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Course Materials

You will need these materials to successfully complete the course:

General Course Design

There are three basic instructional activities in this course:

The lectures and readings convey the conceptual and logical foundations associated with developing an understanding of statistics. I have included the problem sets, while not explicitly graded, to promote your ability to perform the various statistical operations you will learn during the course.

The lectures, readings, and problem sets are simply the means by which you can prepare yourself for the quizzes and examinations. Your performance on quizzes and major examinations serve as the basis for your grade in this course.

In addition to the problems at the end of each chapter, the text also provides a link to helpful review material and practice quizzes on the textbook’s companion Web site: Understanding Statistics in the Behavior Sciences.

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Minimal Objectives Quizzes

The first system, which the course quizzes cover, is based on the assumption that each student should master certain objectives that cover basic knowledge concerning statistics.

The minimal objective (MO) quizzes are intended to give you feedback concerning your mastery of essential instructional objectives. I have carefully selected the questions on the quizzes so they represent only those outcomes that are regarded as basic. Each quiz will consist of 12–15 items, and you will be able to see the worked solutions to the quizzes so you can understand how to do the problems.

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The second system, represented by the three major examinations, is based on the assumption that students will differ in their achievement on more advanced or complex course objectives. Therefore, you will also take three major course examinations:

Note that we will not cover 2-way ANOVAs in this course. While the tests are not comprehensive, they do build upon the concepts we cover in previous lessons.

The major examinations differ from the minimal objective quizzes in one important respect: they are designed to determine the degree to which you have achieved the more advanced course outcomes, such as your ability to interpret or translate concepts and principles in novel situations, your ability to analyze various empirical findings and the appropriateness of your interpretations and assumptions, and so on. Because the major exams are designed to tap more complex and subtle outcomes, students typically find them more challenging than the minimal objective quizzes. I have found that students who take the time to complete the review material and practice quizzes, as well as thoroughly study the material, do significantly better on the exams.

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Your course grade will be based on your cumulative score on the quizzes and major examinations. Here is the breakdown:

Assignment/Exam Points Percent
Quiz 1 (Lesson 4) 14 5%
Quiz 2 (Lesson 7) 14 5%
Quiz 3 (Lesson 12) 15 6%
Quiz 4 (Lesson 14) 15 6%
Exam 1 54 21%
Exam 2 70 27%
Final Exam 78 30%
Total: 260 100%

Grade Scale

Your course grade will be based on this scale:

A 89–100% C 69–72%
A– 86–88% C– 66–68%
B+ 83–85% D+ 63–65%
B 79–82% D 59–62%
B– 76–78% D– 56–58%
C+ 73–75% E (fail) 0–55%

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The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

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Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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