PSY 270 - Statistics for Behavioral and Social Sciences
4 Lecture Hours
Prerequisites: PSY 101 or SOC 101 or ANT 101 and MAT 108
This course introduces concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics used in the behavioral and social sciences. It includes: central tendency, variability and distributions; correlation, regression, chi square and other non-paramentic tests; hypothesis testing and sampling; type I error, type II error, confidence intervals and power; statistical packages and their application to hypothesis testing.
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:
- Analyze statistical choices in published research.
- Compute and interpret statistical formula.
- Identify the uses and limits of specific statistics.
- Choose appropriate statistics for analyzing data.
- Analyze the type of data that is appropriate for hypothetical research studies.
- Perform statistical analysis using software packages.
- Describe the relationship between samples and populations.
- Identify levels of measurement and statistics appropriate for the levels of measurement: nominal, ordinal, interval and ratio.
- Describe the difference between descriptive and inferential statistics.
- Samples and populations
- Levels of measurement, chi square tests for nominal data, non-paramentic tests for ordinal data
- Using frequency distributions to summarize data
- Measures of central tendency and dispersion
- Z-scores and z-test
- The standard normal curve and elementary probability
- Correlation coefficients and regression
- Proportion of variance
- Null and alternative hypotheses and hypothesis testing
- Type I and type II error
- Single sample t-test, independent samples t-test, related samples t-test
- Effect size
- One-way within subjects ANOVA, one-way between subjects ANOVA
- Post-hoc tests
Texts, statistical packages, internet
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 10/11/2019
- Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
- Technological Competence
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