The course introduces basic concepts of statistical analysis, both in theory (lectures) and practice (labs). The course begins with a discussion of descriptive statistics, including frequency distributions, graphs, and measures of central tendency and variability. Next, the course examines relationships between variables and measures of association, including bivariate regression and correlations. The course concludes with an introduction to inferential statistics, including t-tests, chi-square, ANOVA, and ordinary least squares regression.

Syllabus

Learning Objectives

To become an educated consumer of statistical information

To apply what is learned in this course to deal with statistical information presented in daily life and in their academic field

To be able to analyze and discern the uses and abuses of statistics.

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Descriptive Statistics

Week 1: The What and Why of Statistics

Week 2: Frequency Tables and Graphics

Week 3: Measures of Central Tendency

Week 4: Measures of Variability

Week 5: Exam 1

Inferential Statistics

Required Text and Materials

Linneman, Thomas J. 2014. Social Statistics: Managing Data, Conducting Analyses, Presenting Results. Second Edition. New York: Routledge. ISBN: 9780415661478

Scientific Calculator (with square root function)

Recommended Readings

Frankfort-Nachmias, Chava and Anna Leon-Guerrero. 2015. Social Statistics for a Diverse Society. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Salkind, Neil. 2013. Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics. Fifth edition. Sage Publications. ISBN: 9781452277714

Gonick, L., and W. Smith. 1993. Cartoon Guide to Statistics. New York: HarperCollins.

Huff, D. 1954. How to Lie with Statistics. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Sample Assignments

I use a combination of interactive practices exercises, traditional homework assignments, SPSS assignments, quizzes, and exams in this course. You can see examples of some of these assignments by clicking the assignment types listed below.