Syllabus_Stats_Spring08

Syllabus_Stats_Spring08 - Statistics 031: Spring 2008...

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Statistics 031: Spring 2008 Page 1 of 6 Syllabus: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences PSY 031 Spring 2008 Instructor: Lecture: Jennifer DiCorcia Mondays & Wednesdays 1:30 – 2:45pm Dept. of Psychology, Rm #329 Cohen Auditorium jennifer.dicorcia@tufts.edu Office Hrs: Mondays 12-1pm & by appt. Lab Instructors: Steve Maher Emily Slocombe Patty Allen Psych. Dept., Rm#021 Psych Dept., Rm # 112 Psych Dept., Rm#329 Stephen.Maher@tufts.edu Emily.Slocombe@tufts.edu Patricia.Allen@tufts.edu Office Hrs: Th 12:30-1:30 & by appt. Tues. 3-4pm & by appt. Mon. 3–4pm & by appt. Labs: Psychology Building, Room 109 Tuesdays 9 – 11:30am Wednesdays 9 – 11:30am Thursdays 9 – 11:30am Instructor: Emily Slocombe Patty Allen Emily Slocombe Thursdays 1:30 – 4:00pm Thursdays 6:30 – 9:00pm Fridays 9 – 11:30am Instructor: Steve Maher Steve Maher Patty Allen General Course Information: Statistics is a universal language used by scientists to interpret their research findings to colleagues and the general public. Inappropriate use of statistics devalues research and ultimately taints the public’s perception of psychology. This course will not only emphasize the mechanics of statistics, but we will also use statistical methods to analyze and interpret research findings. Although this course emphasizes statistics for psychology, I hope you understand how statistics plays a role in other sciences as well as everyday life. Course Goals: The following is a short list of course goals that we will strive to achieve by the end of the semester: 1) Understand how to gather, describe, and analyze data by hand and by using statistical software. 2) Learn how to interpret and explain statistical results in non-statistical language. 3) Understand the advantages and limitations of statistics. 4) Reduce any psychological fears and/or physiological responses (e.g., nausea, sweating, heart palpitations) associated with the word “statistics”.
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Statistics 031: Spring 2008 Page 2 of 6 Course Materials. Blackboard Website: http://blackboard.tufts.edu Course documents (syllabus, assignments, handouts, lab information, etc…) can be found on this site. There is also an external links section that includes a link to a FREE online textbook. I recommend checking blackboard at least once a week. I will post announcements, lecture slides, grades, and answers on blackboard. You will be provided with the necessary materials for quizzes and exams, but it is your responsibility to print out lecture handouts (e.g., formula sheets, tables, etc. ..). Textbook (recommended): Gravetter, F.J., & Wallnau, Larry B. (2007). Essentials of Statistics for Behavioral Sciences, 6th Edition. New York: Thomson Wadsworth Publishing. Calculator:
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