The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics including the organization and presentation of data, measures of central tendency and variability, relationships between variables and measures of association, the normal distribution, sampling and sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. We will use the following software: SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). Prerequisites: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
Student Learning Outcomes
completion of the
course, students will be able
1. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of existing statistical research
2. Identify an appropriate statistical technique for particular research questions
3. Calculate and interpret descriptive and inferential statistics
4. Describe fundamental statistical terms including central tendency, variability, association, and inference
Office Hours and Support
Office: UH 442
Office Telephone: 817-272-3796
Handouts and Downloads
The Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) is available in the Business and University Hall computing labs. See the OIT web page for lab locations and hours. Although you may use SPSS in these labs, some prefer to install SPSS on their own computer. Purchasing the software is quite expensive, but it is possible to rent SPSS for a reasonable price (approximately $40 for 6 months). If you choose to rent the software, the "statistics base grad pack" is all that would be needed for this course.
We will be using data from several sources. The data files are available for download from the book's study page (the first link below). Do not wait to access the data until the last minute. You should assume that you will have trouble and will need help.
Social Statistics for a Diverse Society: Student Study Web Page
The National Opinion Research Center
The General Social Survey
UCLA Stat Computing Portal: SPSS Portal
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