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).
You will need these materials to successfully complete the course:
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.
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.
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.
Your course grade will be based on your cumulative score on the quizzes and major examinations. Here is the breakdown:
|Quiz 1 (Lesson 4)||14||5%|
|Quiz 2 (Lesson 7)||14||5%|
|Quiz 3 (Lesson 12)||15||6%|
|Quiz 4 (Lesson 14)||15||6%|
Your course grade will be based on this scale:
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