PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCES 313
STATISTICS IN PSYCHOLOGY

 

 

Reagan Brown, Ph.D.

Spring 2019

Office: GRH 3032

Phone: 745-6939

email: reagan.brown@wku.edu

website: www.reaganbrown.com

 

Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 10:30-11:00 & 2:15-3:45. I am also available by appointment

Catalog Description: Methods of organizing, describing, and analyzing psychological data.

Prerequisites: PSY 210 or PSYS 210 and PSY 211 or PSYS 211 with a grade of C or better.

Course Objectives: By the end of this semester, you will have a clear understanding of all of the topics listed in the above description. Also, you will learn to love these topics. And that may be just as important.

Grading: Three exams will be given in this course. Each exam will count 29% towards the final grade. The remaining 13% of your grade will come from your performance on projects involving data analysis. All exams are non-cumulative. The exams are not easy. This is a technical course where detail counts. So, in most cases, close enough is not close enough. On the positive side, you will be allowed to use one hand-written 4x6 note card during tests.

Make-Up Policy: Missing an exam necessitates a make-up exam of a different format than the original exam. In order to take the make-up exam, you must have a documented excuse and you must make me aware of this special situation in advance of the scheduled exam.

Title IX Misconduct/Assault Statement: Western Kentucky University (WKU) is committed to supporting faculty, staff and students by upholding WKU's Title IX Sexual Misconduct/Assault Policy (#0.2070, located here) and Discrimination and Harassment Policy (#0.2040, located here). Under these policies, discrimination, harassment and/or sexual misconduct based on sex/gender are prohibited. If you experience an incident of sex/gender-based discrimination, harassment and/or sexual misconduct, you are encouraged to report it to the Title IX Coordinator, Andrea Anderson, 270-745-5398 or Title IX Investigators, Michael Crowe, 270-745-5429 or Joshua Hayes, 270-745-5121. Please note that while you may report an incident of sex/gender based discrimination, harassment and/or sexual misconduct to a faculty member, WKU faculty are "Responsible Employees" of the University and MUST report what you share to WKU's Title IX Coordinator or Title IX Investigator. If you would like to speak with someone who may be able to afford you confidentiality, you may contact WKU's Counseling and Testing Center at 270-745-3159.

ADA Accommodation Statement: In compliance with University policy, students with disabilities who require academic and/or auxiliary accommodations for this course must contact the Student Accessibility Resource Center located in Downing Student Union, 1074. SARC can be reached by phone number at 270-745-5004 [270-745-3030 TTY] or via email at sarc.connect@wku.edu . Please do not request accommodations directly from the professor or instructor without a faculty notification letter (FNL) from The Student Accessibility Resource Center.

Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned the usual A = 89.5 - 100%, B = 79.5 - 89.4%, C = 69.5 - 79.4%, D = 59.5 - 69.4%, F = below 59.5%. No exceptions, although if you are close I will check to see that you not being penalized by rounding.

Textbook: Nolan, S. A., & Heinzen, T. E. (2010). Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences. (1st Edition). Worth Publishers. (Very cheap copies located here.)

 

Schedule

Date

Topic

Chapter

January 22

Introduction

January 24

Basic Statistical Issues

1

January 29

Distributions

2

January 31

Central Tendency and Variability

4

February 5

Sampling Theory

5

February 7

NHST

5

February 12

Normal Distribution

6

February 14

Test Review

February 19

Test I

 

February 21

z-tests

7

February 26

Confidence Intervals

8

February 28

Effect Size and Statistical Power

8

March 12

One Sample t-tests

9

March 14

Paired Samples t-tests

9

March 19

Independent Samples t-tests

10

March 21

One-Way ANOVA

11 (p. 255-274)

March 26

One-Way ANOVA (cont'd)

11 (p. 255-274)

March 28

Test Review

April 2

Test II

 

April 4

Post Hoc Tests

11 (p. 275-280)

April 9

Two-Way ANOVA

12

April 11

Two-Way ANOVA (cont'd)

12

April 16

Within Group ANOVA

11 (p. 281-290)

April 18

Correlation

13

April 23

Regression Analysis

14

April 25

Regression Analysis (cont'd)

14

April 30

Chi Square Test of Association

15

May 2

Test Review

May 6 (10:30)

Test III

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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