Fall 2022 Course Syllabus
Course: PSYC-2317 (Section: 71, CRN: 90127)
Statistical Methods in Psychology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Eric Hernandez
Email hernandezea@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6317
Office Student Center - Room: 410
Office Hours I do not have on campus office hours, but I can be am available on Thursdays 4PM-6PM for virtual appointments via Teams/Zoom or by Appointment.

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Course Information
Description She course covers descriptive and inferential statistics used in psychological research and assessment. It include measurement, characteristics of distributions, measures of central tendency and variability, transformed scores; correlation and regression, probability theory; and hypotheses testing and inference.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, 7th Edition (2020), Salkind and Frey. ISBN: 9781544381855
Additional Materials/Resources Calculator with a square root function and a squaring function. Solar-power recommended. It does not need to be expensive. I recommend the TI-30XA.

You will also need a computer with the most current version of Microsoft Excel.
  • PSYC-2301 General Psychology
Learning Outcomes 1. The ability to analyze and interpret a variety of printed materials, including books, articles, and documents relating to introductory statistics
2. The ability to produce clear correct, and coherent prose adapted to purpose, occasion, and audience, including how to discover a topic, develop and organize it, and phrase it effectively for an audience, relating to introductory statistics
3. The ability to communicate orally in clear, coherent, and persuasive language appropriate to purpose, occasion and audience, including the acquisition of poise and developing control of language through experience in making presentations to small groups, large groups, and through the media, relating to introductory statistics
4. The ability to analyze and interpret various forms of spoken communication, relating to concepts, skills, and procedures associated with introductory statistics
5. The ability to apply both quantitative and qualitative skills analytically and creatively to subject matter in order to evaluate arguments and construct alternative strategies while solving problems when addressing an identified task relating to concepts, skills, and procedures associated with introductory statistics
Core Objectives *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.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
Lecture Topics Outline Week 1: Introduction to Statistics and APA 

Week 2: Introduction to Central Tendency and Variability

Week 3: Frequency Distributions and Graphs

Week 4: Exam 1

Week 5: Probability and the Normal Distribution

Week 6: Introduction to Hypothesis Testing and Inferential Statistics

Week 7: Exam 2

Week 8: One-sample z Test

Week 9: Independent-samples t Test

Week 10: Related-samples t Test

Week 11: Exam 3

Week 12: Analysis of Variance

Week 13: Correlation

Week 14: Thanksgiving

Week 15: Regression

Week 16: Chi-Square

Week 17: Exam 4
Major Assignments Schedule None
Final Exam Date December 5, 2022 - 8:0 AM   Through  December 8, 2022 - 5:0 PM
Grading Scale 895 - 1000 = A
795 - 894 = B
695 - 794 = C
595 - 694 = D
< 595 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Show Your Work Exams = 400 Points
Statistics Case Studies = 150 Points
Chapter Quizzes = 200 Points
Data Analysis Project = 130 Points
Discussions = 60 Points
APA Assignment = 30 Points
Plagiarism Assignment = 30 Points 
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
  • Assignment Availability Policy: Assignments will be available Day 1 (Monday) at 8:00AM to Day 5 (Friday) at 5:00PM. All assignments scheduled for that week will be due by the end of Day 5 at 5:00PMwith no exceptions. The reason is that I am available to address questions about assignments during working hours as well while our Help Desk can resolve Help Tickets. Assignments will be made available by week so that grades can be updated weekly, and I can properly evaluate your progress of the content. The following week’s assignments will be made available by Day 5 at 5:01PM so that students can utilize the weekend to work ahead if they choose. As a sleep researcher, I do not recommend students staying up late to work on assignments, this is another reason why my assignments are due at 5:00PM rather than 11:59PM (Foulkes et al., 2019).
  • Preferred Method of Contact: Please email me at hernandezea@lamarpa.edu from your LSCPA email address. During working hours, it is the quickest way to reach me, and I will respond within 24 hours between Monday-Friday. Emails sent over the weekend will be addressed the following Monday. Do NOT use your personal email address as those will be filtered as SPAM. You will also state which section/class you are in because I teach many PSYC courses.
  • Make-up Work Policy: Late work will NOT be accepted with the only exception being documented emergencies. If such an emergency occurs, contact the instructor immediately and be prepared to provide relevant documentation. Otherwise, complete all assignments the week they are assigned by or on the required due date. Missed assignments are assigned a grade of 0.
  • Missed Assignment Extension Policy: Missed assignments are considered LATE. See the Make-up Work Policy above. “Technical Difficulties” or “Blackboard not working”
     are not acceptable excuses (unless there is a CAMPUS WIDE outage). If you request an extension due to technical difficulties, you need to send me the following” 1) an email describing the problem a minimum of 24 hours before the assignment is due 2) A forwarded Help Desk ticket with a ticket #. If you are unable to email these requirements, consider the assignment LATE. Late assignments are assigned a grade of 0.
  • Acceptable File Formats for Assignments: I will NOTaccept assignments via email. There is an increased risk of getting viruses by downloading attachments. All assignments MUST be submitted in BlackBoard. BlackBoard is compatible with doc, docx, rtf, and pdf file formats. Do NOTsubmit Google Docs or Pages formatted assignments. Assignments in those formats will receive a 0. I will assign a 0 and leave a comment to submit the correct file format. I will not chase you down for your assignments beyond that.
  • Online Discussion Board Netiquette: An important part of conducting research, teaching others, or engaging in the scientific community is learning to express your ideas (even those still in formation); thus, the success of this course rests on part of your willingness to consistently share your reactions, questions, and ideas to the readings and course material in our discussion board. I expect proper and professional discussion etiquette (complete sentences, proper grammar, syntax, and spelling). Scientist don’t always agree with each other, but we must acknowledge different views and research.Respect each other. If you feel the need to disagree, do so respectfully and acknowledge the valid points in your classmate’s argument. Acknowledge that others are entitled to have their own perspectives on certain issues.
Attendance Policy Attendance in an ONLINE course is verified by substantial participation in the course on or before the census date published in the LSCPA Academic Calendar. Substantial participation in this online course is defined as logging in and completing/participating in at least one requirement of the course. Note: Simply logging in to your online course does not constitute attendance.
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
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Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
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Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341