Y502 | 5978 | Carin Neitzel

Course Description This course is designed to develop a working understanding of the fundamental concepts used in descriptive and inferential statistics. The purpose is to understand the use of statistics in educational research as a tool to analyze and interpret data. To this aim the course activities will focus on generating and interpreting sample statistics. The course also includes a weekly lab which will provide opportunities for students to practice analyzing and interpreting data using SPSS for Windows. The lab is designed to assist students working on the assigned projects and homework. Prerequisite: Y520 or equivalent. Students also are expected to have a working knowledge of arithmetic and basic algebra. Course Requirements and Assignments Students are responsible for the assigned readings and for in-class/lab and homework assignments. Please bring the book, handouts, notes and a calculator to class. In addition there will be two exams (each 20 % of final grade) and three written projects (each 20% of final grade) which will require analysis and interpretation of a data set. Assigned labwork and homework is required-it will not be graded but will be checked for completion, adequacy and accuracy. To receive full credit, all assignments have to be completed and turned in on time. If work is not turned in or is systematically late, your final grade will be decreased by one grade level or two (e.g., A will turn into A- or B+) depending on the number of late and incomplete assignments. A course grade of "Incomplete" will not be assigned except in the case of illness or other emergencies. Intended or unintended cheating and/or plagiarism (see academic handbook) will yield an F in the course. Reading Hinkle, D., Wiersma, W., & Jurs, S. (1998). Applied Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. Other readings may be assigned as judged appropriate Tentative Course Outline and Class Schedule (subject to change) 9/2-4 Overview and Introduction Chapter 1 Review of basic concepts 9/9-11 Descriptive Statistics- Tables and Graphs Chapter 2 Frequency Distribution Normal Distribution Percentiles 9/16-18 Descriptive Statistics - Central Tendency, Variability Chapter 3 Mean, Mode, Median Range, Variance, Standard Deviation Standards Scores 9/23-25 Probability and Theoretical Distribution Chapter 4 Probabilities Chapter 7 Normal Distribution Z Scores 9/30-10/2 Logic of Inferential Statistics Chapter 8 Sampling Chapter 9 Sampling Distributions z-Tests Hypothesis Testing - Significance Tests 10/7-9 Review - Catch-up Exam #1 10/14-16 Correlation Chapter 5 Scattergraphs Chapter 10 Pearson r - Restriction of Range Chapter 12 Significant Correlation Other Types of Correlation 10/21-23 Regression Chapter 6 10/28-30 Simple Linear Regression Chapter 17 Regression Toward the Mean Standard Error of Estimate Multiple Regression 11/4-6 t-Test Chapter 11 Testing Hypotheses about Two Means Independent-Samples t-Test Dependent-Samples t-Test 11/11-13 One-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) Chapter 14 The F-distribution Relationship between t-test and F test 11/18-20 Comparisons Among Means Chapter 15 Planned and Post Hoc Comparisons 11/25-27 Two-Way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) Chapter 16 12/2-4 Factorial Designs Main Effects Interactions 12/9-11 Chi-Square Chapter 21 Goodness-of-Fit Test Chapter 22 Goodness Test of Independence Other References Harris M. B. (1998). Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science Research. MA: Allyn and Bacon. Hopkins, K. D., Hopkins, B. R. and Glass, G. V. (1996). Basis statistics for the behavioral sciences. MA: Allyn & Bacon. Kirk, R. E. (1999). Statistics-An introduction (4th ed.,), Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace & Company. Hayes, W. A. II. & Hayes, C. A. (1999). Study guide to accompany statistics-An introduction, Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace & Company. Kirk, R. E. (1999). Statistics-An introduction (4th ed.,), Orlando, FL: Harcourt Brace & Company. SPSS Inc. (latest). SPSS Base 10.0: Application Guide. Chicago, IL: SPSS Co. Web Resources http://www.amstat.org/ - American Statistical Association http://research.ed.asu.edu/ - Arizona State U Statistics Research Resources http://www.isds.duke.edu/sites/software.html - Duke University Institute of Statistics and Decision Sciences http://lib.stat.cmu.edu/ - Carnegie Mellon University StatLib Index http://www.stat.ufl.edu/vlib/statistics.html - University of Florida Department of Statistics. http://www.statisticalengineering.com/central_limit_theorem.htm