Fall 2023 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 an office on campus, see Calendly in Blackboard to see times I am available to set up a virtual appointment or email me to set up a time to meet. 
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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.

 Neil J. Salkind’s Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics: Using Microsoft Excel

ISBN: 9781071803882

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.

I also recommend a Rocketbook, but it is not required. 
  • MATH-1314 College Algebra
  • PSYC-2301 General Psychology
Learning Outcomes
1. Compute and interpret empirical and theoretical probabilities.
2. Define and explain the characteristics of data based on their reliability, validity, and scales of measurement.
3. Interpret visual representations of data, such as graphs and tables.
4. Compute and interpret descriptive statistics, such as mean, median, and mode; standard deviation and range; and transformed scores.
5. Compute and interpret inferential statistics and tests, such as z test, t test, ANOVA, and Chi-Square.
6. Calculate, evaluate, and interpret simple linear correlation/regression.
7. Construct and interpret confidence intervals.
8. Examine, analyze, and compare various sampling distributions.
9. Formulate, perform, and interpret hypotheses tests.
10. Identify the appropriate statistical analyses for given research problems, questions, hypotheses, and data sets.
11. Apply statistical knowledge to the interpretation of psychological research.
12. Explain features and purpose of statistical software packages.
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: Chi-Square

Week 14: Correlation

Week 15: Regression

Week 16: Exam 4

Major Assignments Schedule PSYC_2317_71_202390_P00331282.pdf
Final Exam Date December 11, 2023 - 8:0 AM   Through  December 13, 2023 - 5:0 PM
Grading Scale 895 - 1000 = A
795 - 894 = B
695 - 794 = C
595 - 694 = D
< 595 = F

Determination of
Final Grade
Exams = 400 Points
Excel Assignments = 225 Points
Chapter Quizzes = 200 Points
Data Analysis Project = 130 Points
Plagiarism Certificate = 15 Points
APA Assignment = 30 Points 
Total = 1000 
Course Policies
Instructor Policies

Instructor Policies:

  • Assignment Availability Policy: Assignment Availability Policy: Assignments will be available from Day (Monday) 1 at 8:00AM to Day 5 (Friday) ( 5:00 PM.) All assignments scheduled for that week will be due by end of day (EOD) with no exception (5:00PM). Assignments will be made available by week so that grades can be updated frequently, and students can review feedback. 
  • 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 include a subject line. DO NOT SENT messages through Blackboard, I do NOT get notifications for those messages. 
  • 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 NOT accept 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 NOT submit 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.
  • BLACKBOARD Calendar – follow the calendar provided by the instructor, not the one in in Blackboard. If there is any discrepancy with due dates in Blackboard and the Course Schedule, adhere to the instructor provided schedule.
  • I am NOT Technical Support - "Do not send technical support questions to the instructor. Contact the Blackboard 24/7 helpdesk at: 936-496-5378.” Please understand that my capabilities are opening and closing assignments. If you do not see assignments and it is past the due date, it is because the due date has passed. 
  • Generative AI Warning: Students are expected to complete their assignments using their own knowledge and skills, without the assistance of AI generative tools. The use of such tools, including but not limited to language models and other automated writing software, is strictly prohibited. Any violation of this policy will result in a penalty, up to and including a failing grade for the assignment and/or the course. See above that have expertise in machine learning and and data analytics and be aware I can program in languages such as Python (which is what many generative AI softwares use). I have experience in creating these models myself and have done my programming and coding to create AI models. Please do not be that person that makes me commute to Port Arthur to arrange a meeting with the Dean for an academic integrity violation. 
Attendance Policy There is no attendance policy, you are expected to conduct yourself like a college sophomore and complete assignments with minimal oversight. 
Additional Information
Institutional Policies
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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:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431