- Name: Introduction to Statistical Methods
- Division: Liberal Arts
- Discipline: Psychology
- Units (Credits): 3.00 - 4.00
I. Catalog Course Description
Prerequisites: PSY101,SOC101 & MATH096 or consent of instructor
Develops an understanding of statistical methods and training in the useful presentation and interpretation of behavioral science data, including elementary computer use. Same as SOC 210.
II: Course Objectives
The course objectives have been aligned with the recommended outcomes from the American Psychological Association and the WNC requirements for sophomore level general education courses. The outcomes students are expected to attain are:
- Develop ability to think critically about data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
- Demonstrate ability to calculate solutions to common statistical problems.
- Interpret results responsibly and in plain English.
- Appreciate the conceptual and quantitative strengths and weaknesses of behavioral science research.
- Become proficient with statistical software in order to analyze data and interpret results.
- Ability to discriminate between statistical significance and functional significance.
- Ability to detect political dogma and pseudo science that often masquerades as behavioral science “research”.
- Ability to discriminate quantitatively and objectively, rather than qualitatively and emotionally, between two or more competing theories.
III: Course Linkage
Introduction to Statistical Methods can be used for all degrees and certificates of achievement offered at WNC. It is most strongly linked to missions for the General Education Requirement and the two primary transfer degrees, AA and AS. This course also helps students prepare to successfully transfer to baccalaureate degree programs at four year institutions by meeting the AA and AS Student Learning Objectives.
General Education Program Outcomes
Students in Statistical Methods are expected to show they are making progress towards meeting five of the General Education Student Learning Objectives by demonstrating that they:
- Have college-level reading, writing, and oral communications skills.
- Understand the methods of science.
- Are able to apply the basic principles of social science.
- Possess adequate problem-solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
- Appreciate the importance of cultural traditions, diversity, and ethics in psychology.