Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Fall 2014 Course Syllabus

PSYC-2317-50 - Statistical Methods in Psychology

Faculty Information
SemesterFall 2014
InstructorCarona, Ken M.
Phone(409) 984-6576
Math and Science
Chair:Percy Jordan
Phone:(409) 984-6335
Hours:As requested
Building:Educational Annex (EDUC)
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Course Information
Course Number90127
Course Description Study of statistical methods used in psychological research, assessment, and testing. Includes the study of measures of central tendency and variability, statistical inference, correlation and regression as these apply to psychology.
Course Prerequisites Math 1314
Required Textbooks The Basics of Introductory Statistics, Revised Second Edition (2004), Walker, Esser and Kirk. ISBN: 1-58152-317-3.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. The more classes you attend, the more likely it will be for you to experience success in learning. I strongly recommend regular attendance. If you miss a class, get the notes on what you missed in your absence from another student. Some material covered in class may not be in the textbook and may be covered by the exams. Attendance will help you succeed in this course. I do not drop you from the class if you quit coming. It is your responsbiblity to drop the class if feel it is necessary.
Course Grading Scale 90 - 100 = A 80 - 89 = B 70 - 79 = C 60 - 69 = D Below 59 = F

Determination of Final Grade EXAM POLICIES AND GUIDELINES: There will be 4 exams. Some exams will have multiple choice questions related to concepts in statistics. The majority of the test will be calculations. I do not give make-up exams. If you are going to miss an exam I need to hear from you within 24 hours of that exam or before you miss the exam. It will be my discretion if you are allowed to take the exam or if you receive a zero. Do not disappear and show up the next week expecting to take the exam.

The number of graded points contributing to the above totals will be as follows:

EXAM 1 ---100 points

EXAM 2 ---100 points

EXAM 3 ---100 points

EXAM 4 ---100 points

Total of 400 points

I will deduct 2 points from your final total points for every missed class lecture after 3 missed lectures. I will add 15 points to your final total points for perfect attendance (excluding exam days). I will add 10 points to your final total points if you miss 1 or 2 lectures. I will add 5 points to your final points if you miss 3 lectures.

Total amount of Extra Credit you are able to earn is limited to 20 points.

Your final grade will be based on the number of points you earn in the course. Earned points will be from exams. The course grade will be calculated using a percentage of the 400 graded points total as follows:

A                360 and above                90% and above

B                320- 359                80%- 89%

C                280 - 319                70%- 79%

D                240 - 279                60%-69%

F                239 and below         59% and below

PROJECTED EXAM SCHEDULE: This is a projected schedule only. Exam dates may be changed at any point in the semester, except for the final exam.

Exam 1- Sept. 22

Exam 2- Oct 20

Exam 3- Nov. 17

Exam 4- Final Exam- Monday, Dec 8, 2014, 5:00 PM, The final exam will focus on the last section of assigned material. Although not a specifically designed comprehensive course, math is cumulative in nature and you must keep up with the methods and concepts in order to build on your skills for the new material.

Final Exam Date December 8, 2014 - 5:00 PM
Major Assignments Week 5: Exam 1 over Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4

Week 10: Exam 2 over Chapters 5, 6, 7

Week 13: Exam 3 over Chapters 8, 9

Week 16: Exam 4 over Chapter 10
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates Week 1: History, scales of measurement

Week 2: Summation notation

Week 3: Grouped frequency distributions, graphs

Week 4: Central tendency

Week 5: Exam 1

Week 6: Measure of variability

Week 7: Standard scores

Week 8: Percentiles

Week 9: Probability

Week 10: Exam 2

Week 11: Correlations

Week 12: Regression and Spearman rho correlation

Week 13: Exam 3

Week 14: ANOVA

Week 15: ANOVA

Week 16: Final exam
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
Communication skills:Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

Critical Thinking Skills:Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

Social Responsibility:Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.

Personal Responsibility:Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO Alpha: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.

PSLO #1: Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.

PSLO #2: Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.

PSLO #3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills – Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

PSLO #5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Course Student Learning Outcomes By the end of the course a student will be able to:

1. Recognize or recall specific facts, terminology, and principles in statistics. (PSLO Alpha, PSLO 1,PSLO 2) Measured by embedded test questions and Pre-test post test.

2. Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts relating to descriptive and inferential statistics, correlation and regression, tests of significance, and non-parametric techniques.(PSLO 1, PSLO 3, PSLO 5) Measured by embedded test questions

3. Interpret various types of data and go beyond the given data to determine implications and consequences. (PSLO 1, PSLO 2, PSLO 3, PSLO 5) Measured by embedded test questions and or essays

4. Perform statistical calculations. (PSLO 1, PSLO 3) Measured by embedded test questions
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  • No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  • Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    TEXT EXAM /GRADE REPORT GUIDELINES: Scores for the first 3 exams will be returned the next class session following each exam, or emailed if you send me an email requesting your grade.

    GENERAL GUIDELINES: Do not ask me for the notes you missed by being absent or being late for class. Get the notes from someone in class. I will give you the lab you missed as it is good practice. Some students may grasp concepts quicker than other students. Be considerate of others students and do not hold lengthy conversations while I am trying to explain concepts and procedures. Please do not talk while I am talking or one of your fellow classmates is talking. Extend me and them the courtesy of listening.

    CELL PHONE RULES: You will not be allowed to surf the internet, post on Facebook or any other social media while in class on any laptop, cell phone, or other device. You will not text, send photos or any similar type action with your cell phone, laptop, etc. during class. Your cell phone will be in your purse, phone holder, or your pocket not in your lap, on the floor where you can read it, or on your desk during class. I do not want to see your cell phone while we are having class. 1st Violation: I will take 10 points from your final points earned and you forfeit the chance to earn any extra credit points. 2nd Violation: I will deduct 20 points from your final points earned and you forfeit the chance to earn any extra credit points, and you will have to leave my classroom. 3rd Violation: I will drop you from my class wherever we are in the semester. Cell phones shall be on vibrate during class. If you must take a phone call step outside. You will not be able to answer your cell phone during an exam.

Additional Information NECESSARY EQUIPMENT: Calculator (with a square root function and a squaring function; solar-power recommended; does not need to be expensive as I recommend the TI-30XA), pencils with erasers, and a straight edge (e.g.: small ruler, protractor) If your calculator is battery-powered, make sure you have extra batteries. You will be responsible for providing your own calculator for exams and class activities. You will not be able to share equipment during an exam. You will not be able to use any other device (cell phone, ipad, etc.) as a calculator for an exam. Bring your calculator and text book to class every class period.

Some exams will have multiple choice questions related to concepts in statistics. The majority of the test will be calculations.

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty. These policies will be strictly enforced.

Students with Disabilities:

The Americans with Disabilities (ADA) is a Federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities have access to a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe that you have a disability requiring an accommodation, it is your responsibility to make this known to the Special Populations Coordinator, Andrea Rodriquez, without delay. Andrea Rodriquez office is in the Madison Monroe Building, Room 210. The telephone number is 984-6241.

Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

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  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


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