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Welcome to an introduction to statistics. This course deals with basic concepts in descriptive statistics, distribution theory and hypothesis testing. You will also learn how to develop, administer and analyze the data from a simple survey using MS Excel.

Jeremy Jackson

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The Course Syllabus......
Jeremy Jackson
|     May 6, 2019
NW 3428
|     New Westminster
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Instructor Contact Information

Email: metrixconsulting@shaw.ca or jacksonj@douglascollege.ca.

Email Availability: I will be available between Tuesday and Thursday (9 am to 5 pm) for questions, email, etc. If you have questions, please plan to ask them around these times. I do not answer emails sent on weekends.

Office hours: Tuesday 2:30-3:30 and Monday & Wednesday 1:30-2:30.

Office number: NW 3428.

Classroom: NW 3408.

Email Requirements: All emails should include: 1) Your name, student number and the number of the course you are enrolled in, 2) A salutation such as "Hello Dr Jackson....", 3) An appropriate ending to the email thanking the person for their time in considering your request.

Here is a web page about how to write professional emails to a professor: http://www.wikihow.com/Email-a-Professor.

Required Text Information

Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. Gravetter, F. J., Wallnau, L. B. (2011). Ninth Edition. Wadsworth. The 8th or 7th edition are also sufficient if you can find a good second-hand copy.

Math Proficiency

Grade 9 math proficiency is required for this course. Here is a short test of the kinds of things you will need to be able to do. If you find this difficult, work through the basic math skills in Appendix A at the back of your text.

How Does The Course Work

Throughout the course there will be 4 multiple choice and SA quizzes. The syllabus and course calender indicate the weeks on which there will be a quiz. Each quiz will be completed in person. Quiz 1 has 25 multiple choice questions and 2 SA questions, quiz 2 has 25 multiple choice questions and 2 SA questions, and quiz 3 has 25 multiple choice questions and 2 SA questions. Students will have the full class time to complete the quiz. The Final exam has 40 multiple choice questions and 3 SA questions. Quiz 1 is worth 20% of the final course grade, quiz 2 is worth 25%, quiz 3 is worth 25% , and the final exam is worth 30%.

Each quiz  contains at least 2 SA  questions. I will select the SA questions from the "Learning Objectives" document. There is a link to this document in the menu at the top of this page. PREPARE YOUR ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS AHEAD OF TIME. You may bring in to the quizzes a single 8.5"x11" piece of paper with anything you like written on it.

Throughout the course there are 10 practice quizzes on Blackboard. Students may complete practice quizzes at their leisure. There are no grades given for completing practice quizzes. Practice quizes are for practice only.

Week 1 - May 6th

Monday May 6th: What is statistics? Descriptive statistics vs Inferential statistics. Inferential statistics sampling exercise (populations and samples).

Chapter 1 (1.1, 1.2, 1.4). Note: Do not read text material on constructs and operational definitions or scales of measurement.

Wednesday May 8th: Statistical notation. Types of variables. Frequency distributions, histograms. Shape - modality, skew, kurtosis.

Chapter 2 (2.1, 2.2, 2.3). Videos: Summation Notation, Frequency distribution

Week 2 - May 13th

Monday May 13th: Measures of central tendency - mean, median, mode. Effects of changing values and distribution shape on the mean, median and mode.

Chapter 3 (3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6). Chapter 4 (4.3 ONLY). Videos: Central tendency, The mean, The median

Wednesday May 15th: Measure of variability - AAD, SD, Variance.

Chapter 4 (4.2, 4.3). DO NOT READ 4.4, 4.5 or 4.6. Videos: Variability, Deviation score, The AAD, The standard deviation


Week 3 - May 20th

Monday May 20th: Victoria Day. No class.


Wednesday May 22nd: Variability continued.

Chapter 14 (14.1 - 14.3 ONLY).

Week 4 - May 27th

Monday May 27th: Quiz 1 review.

Wednesday May 29th: Quiz 1: Wednesday May 29th. Chapters 1, 2, 3.


Week 5 - June 3rd

Monday June 3rd: Standard scores - z-scores, T-scores, IQ scores, SAT scores.

Chapter 5 (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4). Note: Do not read 5.5 & 5.6. Videos: Standard scores

Wednesday June 5th: Correlation, covariance, scatter plots, Pearson r, coefficient of determination, regression.

Chapter 14 (14.1 - 14.3 ONLY). Videos: Pearson r, The regression line

Week 6 - June 10th

Monday June 10th: Probability basics, frequency vs probability distributions, coin flipping, population bag, models, empirical vs theoretical distributions, probability distributions vs probability density functions.

Chapter 5 (5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4). Note: Do not read 5.5 & 5.6. Videos: Theoretical distributions, Probability distributions, Probability density functions

Wednesday June 12th: Models. Normal distribution, Uniform distribution. Finding areas in probability distributions. Areas as probabilities.

Chapter 6 (ALL). Videos: The Normal distribution

Week 7 - June 17th

Monday June 17th: Quiz 2 review.


Wednesday June 19th: Quiz 2 - Wednesday June 19th. Chapters 5, 6, and 14.1, 14.3.


Week 8 - June 24th

Monday June 24th: Samples, populations. Inferential statistics. Sampling distributions.

Chapter 7 (7.1, 7.2). Videos: Sampling distributions.

Wednesday June 26th: Sampling distribution of the sample mean. The standard error of the mean.

Chapter 7 (7.3, 7.4). Videos: The sampling distribution of the mean, The standard error of the mean


Week 9 - July 1st

Monday July 1st: College Closed

Wednessday July 3rd: Logic of hypothesis testing, z-test, critical value, critical regions, alpha, P-value.

Chapter 8 (8.1). Videos: Hypothesis testing


Week 10 - July 8th

Monday July 8th: Review.

Wednesday July 10th: Quiz 3 - Wednesday July 10th. Chapters 7 & 8.1.


Week 11 - July 15th.

Monday July 15th: The logic of hypothesis testing continued.

Chapter 8 (8.4, 8.5, 8.6). Videos: Alpha, Beta, Power

Wednesday July 17th: Alpha, Beta and Power. Effect size. Cohen's d.

Chapter 8 (8.4, 8.5, 8.6). Videos: Logic of hypothesis testing, The coin flip...logical problem


Week 12 - July 22nd

Monday July 22nd: Test statistics, t-test for a single sample mean, t distribution.

Chapter 9 (All). Videos: None

Wednesday July 24th: t-test for independent sample means. Estimation (confidence intervals).

Chapter 10 (All). Videos: None

Week 13 - July 29th

Monday July 29th: ANOVA. The F-distribution. Within groups variability vs between groups variability, Eta squared.

Chapter 12 (All). Videos: None

Wednesday July 31st: Final quiz review

Week 14 - August 5th

Monday August 5th: Last Quiz

Wednesday August 7th: Last Quiz - Wednesday August 7th. Chapters 8, 9, 10, 12.


Test Policy

All tests are to be completed in class. ONLY MEDICAL extensions are accepted for quizzes. Supporting medical documentation must be provided for a missed quiz.

Academic Dishonesty - Plagiarism & Cheating

Cheating , which includes plagiarism, occurs where a student or group of students uses or attempts to use unauthorized aids, assistance, materials or methods. Cheating is a serious educational offense.

Plagiarism occurs where the student represents the work of another person as his or her own. Douglas College condemns all forms of cheating.

The college will discipline students found to be cheating. Discipline may include:

1. a grade of zero may be awarded for the affected assignment, test, paper, analysis, etc.;

2. a failing grade may be assigned in the affected course;

3. referral to the College President for the assignment of discipline, which may include suspension from the college.

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