This course is an introduction to
statistical techniques commonly used in the analysis of data from many
sources. Emphasis is placed on the assumptions, restrictions, and uses of
various methods of analyzing data rather than on the mathematical
derivation of formulae.
The basic objectives of the course
- overcoming some of the myths
and fears associated with statistical analysis;
- learning to think
"statistically" and to share the vocabulary of data analysts;
- providing a basic working
knowledge of fundamental statistical analyses;
- introducing you to various
software programs and the Internet;
- avoiding the passive
"learning" format typically encountered in traditional statistics
- preparing you to become a
critical consumer of information;
- peaking your intellectual
curiosity about the world around you.
Course topics include:
- descriptive statistics
- inferential statistics
- normal distribution
- bivariate and multivariate
In order to successfully complete
this course you will need the following items:
- access to a computer with
connection to the Internet. The minimum recommended connection speed
is 28.8 Kps.
- a Web browser (Microsoft
Internet Explorer 4.0 (or later) or Netscape Navigator 4.0 (or later)
is strongly recommended,
- and e-mail software that
permits sending attachments. Some assignments will require you to have
access to SPSS.
- time and patience. Prior
research has suggested that students enrolled in online statistics
courses outperform students in traditional courses if they are willing
to invest the time "networking" with fellow students. You will be
exposed to a great deal more in this course than in a traditional
Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements
Please visit the Virtual Bookstore
to obtain textbook information for this course:
students who have access to SPSS Version 10.0 - text with study guide
(check with TBR Virtual Bookstore regarding the order)
For students who do NOT have access
to SPSS Version 10.0 - text with study guide and SPSS 10.0 -
see Bookstore for details
There is no Student Version of SPSS
10.0 for Apple; contact SPSS (www.spss.com) to purchase the full version.
SPSS 10.0 for Windows Student
Version or have access to this software, solutions manual.
course grade will consist of two major components: homework and
Homework will be submitted each
week. Quizzes will be taken online at your convenience by Friday of each
week. 3 major exams will be administered online, which will require a
Final grades are based on the
A = 90 & up
B = 80-89
C = 70-79
D = 60-69
F = 0-59
The deadline for submitting
homework and quizzes is 5:00 PM on Friday of each week during the term
Ground rules for the course
- learn how to navigate in
- keep informed of course
announcements by logging onto the course Web site 5-7 times per week
- use WebCT email as opposed a
personal e-mail address
- address technical problems
- observe course netiquette at
- keep in contact with me on a
- manage your time wisely
- Always include a subject
- Remember without facial
expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in
wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
- Use standard fonts.
- Do not send large
attachments without permission.
- Special formatting such as
centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless
necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
- Respect the privacy of other
- Review the discussion
threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a
- Try to maintain threads by
using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
- Do not make insulting or
inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be
respectful of other's ideas.
- Be patient and read the
comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your
- Be cooperative with group
leaders in completing assigned tasks.
- Be positive and constructive
in group discussions.
- Respond in a thoughtful and
- Introduce yourself to the
other learners in the chat session.
- Be polite. Choose your words
carefully. Do not use derogatory statements.
- Be concise in responding to
others in the chat session.
- Be prepared to open the chat
session at the scheduled time.
- Be constructive in your
comments and suggestions.
Tennessee Board of Regents Virtual Library is available
to all students enrolled in the Regents Degree Program. Links
to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases,
interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps,
and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to
complete online assignments and as background reading must be included
in all courses.
||Qualified students with
disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic
accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability
services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability
accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written
verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from
the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's
responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's
disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for
having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.
instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this
syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the
instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by
individual email communication and posting both notification and nature
of change(s) on the course bulletin board.
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