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Instructor Info:Tom Cain
Office Extension x413 559-6218
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 101
10:30 AM - 11:50 AM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 101

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to many of the statistical methods used in experimental research. Although most analyses are currently conducted with the aid of computers, it is important to understand the principles behind those analyses. The main focus of this course will not only be to learn how to do calculations by hand, but to understand the underlying theory behind the calculations. In addition, you will learn why and when to use these statistics in evaluating data sets. These skills are essential to understanding research articles and conducting your own research.

Evaluation Criteria: Students will be evaluated on homework assignments, a take home mid-term and take home final, as well as class participation and attendance.

Any more than 3 absences will be noted on final evaluations. More than 5 absences will result in no evaluation for the course.

Students will also be expected to present to the class, as part of a group, a current example of statistics being used for good and for evil. More details on this to come...
Additional Info:

Text: Gravetter & Wallnau. Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.


You will need a calculator (it must have square and square-root keys) for this class.

Homework guidelines: Please choose 10 odd problems from each chapter. Please show all of your work. Homework will be considered on time if it is submitted no later than 1 week after we have discussed the material in class.