K300 | 20682 | Hoffman, C

PSY K300 Hoffman C Statistical Techniques Course Description: When asked to estimate the number of sexual partners they would like to have over the next 30 years, the average number for men surveyed is 64, while the average for women surveyed was 3. Women and men must be from different planets right? Wait. The most common number of sexual partners desired over the next 30 years for both men and women was 1. Whew! Women and men aren't so different in what they desire for their lives. Based on the information given above which inference is more correct: Are men and women dramatically different? Are they more alike than different? How do you know which statement to believe? Statistical thinking involves thinking logically, critically assessing data and the conclusions that are drawn from data. In K300 we are going to develop our statistical thinking. The COAS general description of the course will hold true: K300 will be an introduction to statistics and the nature of statistical data; ordering and manipulation of data; measures of central tendency and dispersion, elementary probability, concepts of statistical inference and decision making, estimation and hypothesis testing. We will learn how to conduct single sample t-tests, independent sample t-tests; dependent-sample t-tests; correlation; analysis of variance; and nonparametric tests. Emphasis in this class will be placed on knowing how to conduct statistical tests and understanding the nature of the tests. You will get practice conducting the tests in class, on homework, and during exams. You will be responsible for answering multiple-choice, true-false, and short-answer questions about the nature of the tests (assumptions and appropriate applications) on written homework and on the exams. You will have to purchase a course reader and homework packet from a local copy store. The course reader will serve as your textbook, you will need to bring it with you to class daily in order to take notes and complete in-class computations. You will not have to memorize formulas, formula sheets will be given you to use during each exam. You will have to learn how to use a statistical software package (SPSS) to do some basic analyses.