Stats 301 Spring 2011(1)

# Stats 301 Spring 2011(1) - INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL...

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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL STATISTICS SOC 301-01, Spring 2011 Tue-Th 11 am-12:15 pm LUTZ Hall Sociology Department Computer Lab Room #131 Instructor: Lauren Heberle Office: 108 Lutz Hall Office Hours: Tues-Thurs 12:30-1:30 p.m. or by appointment Office Phone: 852-4749, Fax: 852-0099 email: [email protected] Teaching Assistant: Janidean Bruner Office 113 Lutz Office phone: (502) 852-8043 Office hours: Tues & Thurs 9:30-10:30 or by appointment Important Notes : (1) Completion of general education math requirement is a prerequisite for this course. Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and MATH 109, PSYC 301 or MGMT 201. (2) This is a required course for Sociology Majors. Course Description : Be not afraid, statistics are everywhere! The goal of this course is to begin to learn how to use statistics to make sense of our social world. We will use a variety of methods to describe and analyze information about society so that we might make better decisions and critically assess decisions made by others. You will see how statistics can be used in better and not so better ways to support declarations and predictions about our social world. The course will first examine how social scientists gather numerical or quantitative data. We will discuss ways to organize, describe, and summarize numerical data so that we can see and understand patterns in the numbers. An important subject in statistics is probability theory. We will learn what it is and why it is the basis for the majority of statistical operations. Once we have built that foundation, we will cover methods or statistical tests for determining if variation exists and whether there is a demonstrable relationship between the variables in our data. Since it is important to communicate our results to others, we will learn how to talk about the results in everyday language and with accuracy. Throughout this course we will learn how to use SPSS/PASW which is a computer program that assists in analyzing data sets. Therefore the class will meet in Lutz Hall Sociology Department Computer Lab.

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