K300 | 1578 | --

K300 is a basic statistics course for criminal justice majors. The primary emphasis in the course is on understanding the use and interpretation of statistical techniques. By the end of the class you will be familiar with the most common statistical techniques used in the field. We begin by covering topics such as frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, and measures of dispersion. We then address relationships between variables, focusing on correlations, t-tests, f-tests (ANOVA), Chi-square analyses, and multiple regression analyses. We will focus on which statistical technique is most appropriate to use given a particular type of data. We also will spend considerable time on interpreting the outcomes of the statistical procedures. In brief, the class will be guided by the following questions: How do I best analyze these data? What statistical test is most appropriate to conduct, given these data? Once I have an outcome, what does it mean? How do statistics tell me about what I really want to know? Generally, our class meetings will be structured such that the first part of our session will be devoted to discussing new material and then we will provide a practice problem followed by assignments on the computer, by applying the new materials to an actual dataset. SPSS will be our primary computer software program. The goal of the class is for statistics to be approachable to you, so that you can read the results of original research and understand the study and its findings. Hence, we will focus on the conceptualization of research, the basic mechanics of statistical computations, and understanding and interpreting those computations. Class meeting: Daily, 8:30-11:30, BH 118 *****THIS CLASS MEETS FIRST INTENSIVE SESSION ONLY***** Instructor: Cindy McNair, criminal justice department