Spring 2019 Course Syllabus
Course: PSYC-2317- Section: 01
Statistical Methods in Psychology
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Instructor Information
Instructor Eric Hernandez
Phone(409) 984-6341
Location:Education Annex - Room: 133
Hours:T & R 8:00am-9:15am
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
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.
Prerequisites TSI complete in math.
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.
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.
Textbooks The Basics of Introductory Statistics, Revised Second Edition (2004), Walker, Esser and Kirk. ISBN: 1-58152-317-3.
Lecture Topics
Week 1: Syllabus, introduction to statistical concepts, measurement and scales of measurement
Week 2: Frequency distributions and graphs
Week 3: Characteristics of distributions: Central tendency and variability
Week 4: Exam 1
Week 5: Normal curve, standard scores, and percentiles
Week 6: Probability
Week 7: Exam 2
Week 8: Spring Break
Week 9: Correlations
Week 10: Bivariate linear regression, forecasting error, and Spearman's rho
Week 11: Exam 3
Week 12: Inferential statistics, confidence limits
Week 13: Hypothesis testing
Week 14: The T-tests
Week 15: ANOVA
Week 16: Class Presentations on written assignment
Week 17: Final Exam
Major Assignments

Week 4: Exam 1 over chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4
Week 7: Exam 2 over chapters 5 & 6
Week 11: Exam 3 over chapters 7, 8, 9, & 10
Week 16: Written assignment due before class starts, presentations due in class
Week 17: Exam 4 over chapters 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15.

Final Exam Date May 14, 2019 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 14, 2019 - 10:00 AM
Grading Scale 895 - 1000 = A
795 - 894 = B
695 - 794 = C
595 - 694 = D
< 595 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Exams = 600 points
Homework & Participation = 150 points
Written Assignment = 125 points
Presentation = 125 points

EXAM POLICIES AND GUIDELINES: There will be 4 exams. 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 with or without penalty or if you receive a zero. Do not disappear and show up the next week expecting to take the exam.

NECESSARY EQUIPMENT: 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 need 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 everytime you attend class.
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.

EXAM /GRADE REPORT GUIDELINES: Scores for the first 3 exams will be available for you to see the next class session following each exam.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Late Work Policy: Late work will NOT be accepted with the only exception being documented emergencies. If such emergency occurs, contact the instructor immediately and be prepared to provide proof of the emergency. Otherwise, complete all assignments within the unit time frame or on the required due date.

Plagiarism is not tolerated. Minimum failure of the assignment for a first offense. Future offenses result in a grade of F for the course.

Extra Credit
I will NOT offer individual extra credit. However, throughout the semester I may offer various opportunities to the entire class that are optional but highly recommended.

The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus

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 responsibility to drop the class if feel it is necessary.
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
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

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

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
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Other Note to students
I would really like to speak with you if you have any questions or concerns! It's better to meet early in the course, than to wait until you have a major challenge. No question or concern is too small to discuss together. Most importantly, be assured that I want students to learn and receive the grade they deserve.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.