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psych5syllabus_fall10 - PSYCHOLOGY 5 INTRODUCTION TO...

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P SYCHOLOGY 5 I NTRODUCTION TO S TATISTICS F ALL 2010 M ON /W ED 12:30-1:45 PM , IV T HEATRE #2 INSTRUCTOR : Dr. Barry Giesbrecht O FFICE L OCATION : 2831 Psychology East O FFICE H OURS : Wednesday 2:30 4:30 pm L AB S ECTIONS & T EACHING A SSISTANTS : A DMIN TA: Brian Lopez, [email protected] Office hours: Wed. 10-11 am, Psy 2115 Lab Time Lab Location TA Email Office Hours Office Location R 8:00-9:50 am Psy E. 2822 Igor Himelfarb [email protected] T, R 10-11 am Bldg. 429, 101 R 10:00-11:50 am Psy E. 2822 Cynthia Gangi [email protected] R 12-2 pm Psy 2107 R 12:00-1:50 pm Psy E. 2822 Whitney Smith [email protected] W 2-4 pm Koegel 1144 R 2:00-3:50 pm Psy 1523 Shadi Roshandel [email protected] W 2-4 pm Educ 3243 F 9:00-10:50 am Psy 1523 Heather Burte [email protected] M 2-4 pm Ellison 3616 T EXT : Gravetter, F. J. & Wallnau, L. B. (2007). Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (7th Edition ) . Pacific Grove, CA: Wadsworth/Thompson Learning. O THER C OURSE T OOLS : Course website: http://gauchospace.ucsb.edu Click on courses, then psychology, then the Psych 5 link. This is a critical tool. Postings will include lectures, announcements, and examples. Check regularly!! Study Guide: Gravetter, F. J. & Wallnau, L. B. (2007). Study Guide to Accompany Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (7th Edition ) . Pacific Grove, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning. Text website: The publishers of the textbook have created a companion site that contains quizzes, reviews, and other materials. Check the class website for a link. Basic (non-scientific) calculator: Only functions required are addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square, and square root keys. Please do not bring scientific, programmable, or graphing calculators to class use of such calculators will not be permitted during exams. 2 G OALS OF THE C OURSE : Whether you are involved in scientific research, watching CNN, or trying to figure out whether to go all in with pocket 10 s, statistics can help. Statistics are a set of tools that help one to organize, summarize, and interpret data, so that we can make informed decisions. The goal of this course is to introduce you to some of the major statistical concepts used in psychological research, although these same methods are used in many other fields including sociology, political science, economics, geography, neuroscience, and communications. Although there is some recipe-type math, the emphasis will be placed on the key concepts so that you can apply statistics appropriately and so that you are not misled by those who don t. S TRUCTURE OF THE C OURSE Each week will include two lectures and a lab section. L ECTURE : The complete schedule of lectures and reading assignments is on page 4.
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