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Statistics

BHS300

3.0 Credits Mon/Wed. 01:00–02:15 pm

Room (TBA) Winter 2011

I abhor averages.  I like the individual case.  A man may have six meals one day and none the next, making an average of three meals per day, but that is not a good way to live.”  ~Louis D. Brandeis

Instructor:

Dr. Michael A. Smith

Phone:

204-924-4897

Office Hours:

TBA (and by appointment), Room 315

E-Mail:

msmith@boothcollege.ca

Required Readings:

  • Course Text Book: Gravetter, F. J., Wallnau, L. B. (2011). Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (7th. Ed.). New York, NY: Cengage. (E-book or e-rental of this book is available)

  • Additional handouts and readings as they may occur

  • Handouts for SPSS lab assignments

Course Description:

This course introduces students to descriptive and inferential statistics emphasizing the organizing, calculating and interpreting of data including selection of representative, parallel or equivalent groups; graphic representation; measures of central tendency and variability; normal distribution; probability; random sampling; confidence levels; inference; t-test; analysis of variance; chi square; correlation, etc.


Upon completion of this course, students should:

  • Understand fundamental concepts in statistics

  • Appreciate the relevance of statistics in today’s world

  • Apply techniques from both descriptive and inferential statistics

  • Interpret the results of statistical tests

  • Gain fundamental fluency with the statistical package SPSS

College Policies:

All university college policies for undergraduate students apply to this class. Please consult the undergraduate catalog or see the professor if you have questions.

Classroom Etiquette:

We consider the Booth classroom environment to be a special place of focused engagement between professors and fellow students. As such, electronic devices are allowed in the classroom only for the purposes of course instruction. The use of computers, the internet (including email), downloaded material, or other electronic devices such as cell phones require the express permission of the instructor. Social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, blogging and other related activities are not allowed in Booth classrooms. The use of personal computers and other electronic devices in the classroom is a privilege which may be withdrawn at the discretion of the instructor at any time.

Academic Dishonesty:

Presenting words or ideas, that are not your own, as if they were your own is a serious offense that may include loss of part or all of the marks for an assignment/test, failure in the course, dismissal from the University College, or other serious consequences. Three or more words taken directly from another author must be enclosed in quotation marks and referenced. The source of distinctive ideas must also be acknowledged in a footnote or reference. This applies to diagrams, statistical tables and the like, as well as to written material and materials or information from Internet sources. The following are unacceptable forms of academic behavior at Booth University College:

  • “Writing” a paper by cutting and pasting from other papers on the internet

  • Submitting a paper written by another student or person as if it were your own

  • Submitting your paper written by you for another course or occasion without the explicit knowledge and consent of the instructor

  • Fabricating evidence or statistics that supposedly represent your original research

  • Cheating of any sort on tests, papers, projects, reports, and so forth.

Instructors are required to report all allegations of plagiarism or cheating to the Academic Dean before a grade is assigned. The original assignment is submitted to the Academic Dean. The Academic Dean will chair a joint meeting of student and instructor to hear both the allegations and the student’s response to the allegations. The Academic Dean will then make a determination whether or not plagiarism or cheating has in fact occurred and decide on appropriate disciplinary measures. The student and instructor will be notified of the Academic Dean’s decision in writing. A copy of the decision will be sent to the Registrar and College President. The student has the right to appeal the decision of the Academic Dean (see Academic Appeals).

Late Policy

I do not accept late assignments nor do I grant “extensions”. Rather, late assignments incur a penalty. This is typically 5% per day, 7 days a week. If however, there is a valid and documented reason (typically requiring a note from your doctor) then the penalty for the period covered would be adjusted to 0% per day, after which the regular penalty will apply. The penalty adds up quickly. It is in your best interest, therefore, to submit work on time (or earlier). In the absence of extenuating and documented circumstances, term work which is 2 weeks late (or more) will no longer be accepted and will receive a grade of zero.

Policy on Missed In-Class Tests

Missed in-term tests will receive a grade of zero. The weight of the missed in-term test will be applied to the next in-term test if there is one. If there is no in-term test following the missed test, then the weight of the missed test will be applied to the final exam. There is no make-up work, or work for extra credit.

Policy on Unclaimed Term Work:

It is the student’s responsibility to claim all term work, assignments or tests. Any term work that has not been claimed by students will be held for a period of four months from the end of final exam period for the term in which the work was assigned. At the conclusion of this time, all unclaimed term work will be destroyed according to FIPPA guidelines.

Grading and Evaluation

All assignments are letter-graded (A, B, C, etc.) and are to be typed, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins, in 11-point font, use gender-inclusive language, and be properly formatted and referenced using the current APA style.


Superior

A

Very Good

B

Satisfactory

C

Less than Satisfactory

D

Unacceptable

F

Work shows in-depth and critical analysis, well developed ideas, creativity, excellent writing, clarity and proper format.

Work is generally of high quality, well developed, and well written.

Work has some developed ideas but needs more attention to clarity, style and formatting.

Work is completed in a general way with minimal support, or is poorly written or did not use proper format.

Responses fail to demonstrate appropriate understanding or are fundamentally incomplete.

How points and percentages equate to grades

A+

90-100

B+

75-79

C+

65-69

D

50-59

A

80-89

B

70-74

C

60-64

F

< 49




Course Requirements




  • Completion of Statistics Lab Assignments and Homework (35%): Students will be expected to complete the various assignments assigned in the SPSS statistics lab. These assignments will complement topics covered in the course. See handouts for details.

  • Midterm Examination 1 (20%): held during class time. If, under extreme circumstances, a student misses the midterm exam, the onus is on the student to provide sufficient documentation within 3 days of the missed exam. Excused absences are at the discretion of the instructor. In most cases, the weight of the missed midterm will be added to the final exam.

  • Midterm Examination 2 (20%): held during class time. If, under extreme circumstances, a student misses the midterm exam, the onus is on the student to provide sufficient documentation within 3 days of the missed exam. Excused absences are at the discretion of the instructor. In most cases, the weight of the missed midterm will be added to the final exam.

  • Final Examination (25%): The final exam is cumulative: it will cover all readings, lectures and other materials. Please consult the most recent edition of the Booth College Final Examination schedule to confirm this date and time.




Proposed Schedule

The actual schedule may change as class requirements unfold. However, due dates for assignments are unlikely to change.


Date

Topic

Required/Event

01/10/2011

Introduction to the course/Overview



01/12/2011

Descriptive Statistics

Ch.1—3

01/17/2011





01/19/2011





01/24/2011

Standard scores and distributions

Ch.5

01/26/2011

Probability

Ch.6—7

01/31/2011





02/02/2011





02/07/2011

Hypothesis testing

Ch.8

02/09/2011



Midterm 1

02/14/2011

t-test

Ch.9—11

02/16/2011





02/21/2011

Reading Week: No Classes



02/23/2011

Reading Week: No Classes



02/28/2011

t-test



03/02/2011

ANOVA

Ch.13—14

03/07/2011





03/09/2011





03/14/2011

Review



03/16/2011



Midterm 2

03/21/2011

Correlation, regression, and multiple regression

Ch.15

03/23/2011





03/28/2011





03/30/2011

Non-Parametric

Ch.16

04/04/2011






04/06/2011

Review



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