S371 | 9378 | Heacock

STUDENTS MUST ATTEND LAB SESSION THIS COURSE NOT TO BE TAKEN FOR GRADUATE CREDIT S371 MEETS THE SAME DAY, TIME, & ROOM AS S370 Scientific research relies heavily on statistical analysis. Perhaps the foremost reason for this is because statistical techniques can quickly summarize large amounts of data that otherwise would be incomprehensible. However, statistical techniques also allow researchers to discern patterns within a dataset, test for causal relationships between variables, and test whether results from a sample dataset can be generalized to the population. Accordingly, this class will cover various statistical techniques used in social scientific – specifically sociological – research. Students will learn basic techniques to summarize and describe a dataset, test for relationships between variables within a dataset, test for a causal effect of one or more variables on another, and finally test the likelihood a sample result matches the true population value. Throughout, the emphasis will be on application and correct interpretation of techniques and results. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to apply these basic statistical techniques in a wide range of “real world” academic or professional situations.