Psyc 200: Statistical Methods in Psychology, Fall 2003

MWF 10:00 - 10:50 PM: PLS Teaching Theater, PLS 1129
Instructor: Dr. Kent L. Norman, kent_norman@lap.umd.edu, 301 405-5924

Please Note:

1. This course will be taught in the PLS Teaching Theater in the Plant Sciences Building. This is an electronic classroom with computers at the desks.
2. All materials including the book, exams, and assignments will be electronic. There is no printed textbook required from the bookstore.
3. All students will need to have computer access either on-campus through the WAM labs, the BSOS labs, or dormitories and/or off-campus through the World Wide Web.
4. Enrollment in this section is limited to 36 as the absolute maximum due to the number of computers and seats in PLS 1129.
5. The content material in this section will be the same as the other sections and will conform to the topics listed in published course descriptions.

Course Requirements and Guidelines

1. Prerequisites: (Math 111, 140, or 220) and (Psyc 100)
2. Exams: Two exams will be given during the semester in addition to the final exam. Make-up exams will be given only with a valid excuse. Each exam will contribute 20% to the final grade. The final exam will contribute 25%. Homework and projects will contribute the remaining 35%.
3. Homework: Problems will be assigned throughout the semester. Most of these assignments will be collected (electronically) and graded on a 10-point scale. The teaching assistant will be happy to go over the homework with you if you have any problems.
4. Projects: Assignments will be given throughout the semester to collect your own data and to analyze it. These projects will be collected for grading.
5. On-line Discussions: Several on-line discussions are required. You will be asked to contribute two entries into the dialogue on different controversial issues in statistic. Satisfactory participation will be awarded 10 points.
6. Class Notes: Note taking and study behavior is very important in statistics. If you have difficulty keeping organized and complete notes, seek help fast.
7. Reading Assignments: Reading assignments should be completed by the date listed on the course outline. Lectures and class discussions presuppose that you have read the material.
8. Attendance: Attendance is recorded automatically by the software and it is strongly advised that you attend every class. If you have to miss a class, please indicate the reason, in the Schedule Module. You are responsible for lecture material not covered in the text. Your instructor will not provide lecture notes.
9. On-Line Textbook: An on-line text will be used in this course:
Lane, D. M., (1997). HyperStat Online.
Go to www.atomicdog.com and click on Students-Purchase Books then enter the Course ID 2713215003060

Syllabus

Psyc 200: Statistical Methods

DateTopicReadingsAssignments
9/3/2003
Introduction to the Teaching Theater
RD_01

9/5/2003
Statistics in Psychology
RD_02
Class Roll
9/8/2003
continued

Data_1
9/10/2003
Numbers, Measurement and Data
RD_03
HW_01
9/12/2003
continued

Discussion 1
9/15/2003
Frequency Distributions
RD_04

9/17/2003
continued

HW_02
9/19/2003
Measures of Central Tendency
RD_05

9/22/2003
continued


9/24/2003
Measures of Variability

HW_03
9/26/2003
continued


9/29/2003
Probability and Random Variables
RD_06
Discussion 2
10/1/2003
continued

HW_04
10/3/2003
Binomial Probabilities

HW_05
10/6/2003
continued


10/8/2003
*** Exam 1 ***


10/10/2003
The Normal Distribution
RD_07
HW_06
10/13/2003
continued

Discussion 3
10/15/2003
Sampling Distributions
RD_08

10/17/2003
conintued


10/20/2003
Confidence Intervals
RD_09
HW_07
10/22/2003
continued


10/24/2003
Hypothesis Testing
RD_10

10/27/2003
continued

Discussion 4
10/29/2003
Student's T Test
RD_11
Data_2
10/31/2003
continued


11/3/2003
T-Tests Between Groups
RD_12
HW_08
11/5/2003
continued


11/7/2003
continued


11/10/2003
*** Exam 2 ***


11/12/2003
Introduction to Analysis of Variance
RD_13

11/14/2003
continued

HW_09
11/17/2003
continued

Discussion 5
11/19/2003
Factorial Designs
RD_14
HW_10
11/21/2003
continued


11/24/2003
Correlation
RD_15
Data 3
11/26/2003
continued


11/28/2003
Thanks Giving Break


12/1/2003
Linear Regression
RD_16
HW_11
12/3/2003
continued

Discussion 6
12/5/2003
continued


12/8/2003
Chi-Square Tests
RD_17
HW_12
12/10/2003
continued


12/12/2003
continued


12/20/2003
*** Final Exam *** ( 8:00 - 10:00 AM )