Basic Statistics for Behavioral Science

Stephen R. Schmidt

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Psychology 3020

Stephen R. Schmidt, Ph.D.

Middle Tennessee State University

206 Jones Hall

Office Hours: 1:30-2:30 Monday - Thursday


Required Materials:

We will use the Gravetter and Wallnau text and Aplia for on-line reading, homework, and grading:

Gravetter, F. J., & Wallnau, L. B. (2008/2010/2013/2018).  Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.   Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, or Ninth Edition.  Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, Belmont, CA.

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Course Description:

Psychology 3020 introduces statistical concepts necessary for the study of psychology.  We will begin with a discussion of assigning numbers to observations, and continue through descriptive and inferential statistics, and ending with a discussion of correlation and regression.

Course Requirements:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of four tests (see attached course schedule for test dates), that combined are worth 60 % of the course grade, weekly homework assignments that account for 30% of the course grade, and in lab SPSS assignments that account for the remaining 10% of the grade. All the material, and thus all the tests, will be cumulative. For example, you can expect material covered on Test 1 to re-appear on Test 4. The homework assignments will generally be given each Monday, and will be due the following Monday. Most homework assignments will be completed and graded through the on-line system.

Lectures will supplement textbook material, not merely cover it again. Thus, regular class attendance is expected.

Make-up Policy and Grading Policy:

If a student cannot take a test at the appropriate time, make-ups will be given only if the student arranges with the instructor before the test date.  Late homework will be accepted up until the test covering that material.  Before that cut-off, late assignments will receive a 5% penalty for each day late. 

Grading Scale:

 The provisional grading scale will be as follows:

 A: 90-100%; B: 80-89%; C: 70-79%; D: 60-69%; F: Below 60%

 Plus and minus grades may be given at the instructors discretion.

Graduate Assistant:

       Jeeun  Yi

Statistics Tutoring (email for additional appointments):

       Jeeun  Yi
           Times: TBA
            Place: TBA

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