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PSYC 3314 PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS

Course Details

Course Number
3314
Section Number
3314
Semester
Fall 2014
Location
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
PY101
Days & Times

PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
Psychology 3314
Dr. G. M. Diekhoff Fall, 2014
O’Donohoe 118, 397-4348, george.diekhoff@mwsu.edu
Faculty URL: http://faculty.mwsu.edu/psychology/george.diekhoff/index.asp
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
In this course you will be exposed to the full range of basic statistics as they are used by administrators and researchers in the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences. The course begins with descriptive statistics--methods by which we can best describe individual cases, samples of several cases, and even populations. Univariate significant difference s come next, where you will learn how to determine if a difference that is observed between a sample and a population or between several samples is a difference that is large enough to be attributed to factors beyond the natural variability that is characteristic of samples. Bivariate correlational statistics help us to determine which variables covary, or “move” together, and give us ways of measuring the strength and reliability of those associations. Finally, bivariate regression analysis allows us to use an established correlation between two variables to predict a case’s score on one variable when provided with a score on the other variable. Throughout the semester the emphasis will be on applications of statistical procedures. However, this is not a “cookbook” statistics course. You will learn how statistical analyses work in addition to learning how to use them. Thirteen 50-minute computer labs will provide you with training in the use of the Statistical Package for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (SPSS). This collection of statistical software will enable you to perform a full range of basic statistical analyses.
REQUIRED TEXTS AND MATERIALS
Diekhoff, G. M. Basic Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Zip Publishing reprint. Available in campus bookstore and the College Store. Diekhoff, G. M. SPSS for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (2013-2014). Zip Publishing reprint. Available in campus bookstore. Salkind, N. & Green, S. (2011). SPSS QuickStarts. Pearson Publishing. Available in campus bookstore and online. Battery-operated hand calculator with the following functions: +, -, x, /, x2, sq. root, and memory. Travel Drive
TOPICS
READING ASSIGNMENTS
Introduction and summation notation
Chapter 1, Appendix A
Data distributions: tables and graphs
Chapter 2
Descriptive statistics
Chapter 3 EXAM ONE
Standard scores, the normal distribution, and the standard normal distribution
Chapter 4
Sampling distributions and interval estimation
Chapter 5 EXAM TWO
Significant difference s: One- and two-sample s; one-way ANOVA; factorial ANOVA
Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9 EXAM THREE
Correlation and regression
Chapters 10, 11 EXAM FOUR (FINAL EXAM) Tuesday, May 8, 2014 8:00-9:20 am
ATTENDANCE POLICY
Lectures:
Students are allowed four unexcused absences (as defined below) in PSYC 3314 lectures during the fall 2014 semester. Each additional unexcused absence beyond these will result in the reduction of your course grade by 20 points (half a letter grade). Each tardy is counted as one-half absence, but if you are tardy you must alert me to your presence at the end of the class period. Leaving class prior to dismissal is considered equivalent to a tardy.
Students who miss one or more lecture exams because of absences will be allowed to take makeup exams, but there will be a one letter grade penalty for exams that were missed for unexcused reasons.
Absences are excused only under the following circumstances: the student provides a written excuse from a medical practitioner stating that the student was unable to attend class on the day(s) of the absence; the student provides a written excuse from a medical practitioner stating that the student=s dependent child was ill on the day(s) of the absence; the student provides a written excuse from an official of Midwestern State University stating that the student was in attendance at a mandatory university function on the day(s) of the absence.
Funerals, employment-related absences, illnesses not requiring medical attention, job interviews, family emergencies, automobile malfunctions, court appearances, etc. do not constitute excused absences. Please reserve your allowed unexcused absences to cover these situations.
Computer Labs:
Thirteen computer lab sessions (ten instructional labs and three ing sessions) are a required component of this course. Your performance in lab will contribute 25% toward your course grade as described below in the section on “Grading.”
Lab policies and procedures are described separately later in this syllabus.
GRADING
There will be four s in the lecture portion of the class, each worth 100 points. There will be three s in the computer lab, each worth 100 points. Finally, there will be 10 computer lab homework assignments each worth 10 points. Course grades will be based on your accumulated point totals, weighted so that the lecture portion of the course contributes 75% to your total and the lab contributes 25%. Finally, unexcused absences in excess of the four that are allowed will lower the total. Your accumulated point total will be calculated as follows:
Total = .75 x (Lecture Total) + .25 x (Lab Total + Lab Homework Total) - (20 x # of absences beyond 4)
Course letter grades will be assigned on the following scale:
Point Total Letter
360-400 A
320-359 B
280-319 C
240-279 D
239 or less F
Each unexcused absence beyond the four that are allowed will result in a 20 point (one-half letter grade) reduction of your weighted course average. Remember that each tardy counts as one-half absence. Grades on lecture exams taken late because of an unexcused absence will be lowered by one letter grade. Grades on computer lab exams taken late because of an unexcused absence will be lowered by one letter grade. Homework turned in late for any reason other than an excused absence will receive no credit.
DISABILITIES
Individuals requiring special accommodations according to the Americans with Disabilities Act please present the instructor with a special Accommodation Request Form from the MSU Disability Support Services center.
ADDITIONAL EXPECTATIONS
1. Learning requires activity on your part. Learning about statistics will be facilitated by taking notes, thinking of examples, paraphrasing ideas that you hear in class, and so on. Please stay busy and mentally involved in class.
2. Students at Midwestern are increasingly prone to getting up and leaving classes, sometimes returning and sometimes not. That behavior is inappropriate and disruptive. I would not dream of walking out on you during one of your presentations; please offer me the same courtesy. Come to class on time having already taken care of your primary drives and social obligations and be prepared to stay for the duration of the class.
3. Unless you expect to receive an emergency call or text, please turn off cell phones in class. Do not use cell phones in class. If you bring a laptop, use it only for taking notes.
PSYC 3314(101/102/103)—PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
COMPUTER LAB SCHEDULE
FALL, 2014
(All statistics labs meet in O’Donohoe 126)
MONDAY LABS (Sections 101 and 103)
DATE ACTIVITY
8/25/14 NO LAB
9/1/14 NO LAB (Labor Day)
9/8/14 LAB 1: Getting Started with SPSS for Windows—Creating Data Files
9/15/14 LAB 2: Editing and Modifying Data Files
9/22/14 LAB 3: Generating Reports and Graphs
9/29/14 LAB 1 (Individual Exercises for Labs 1-3 are due.)
10/6/14 LAB 4: Data Distributions and Descriptive Statistics
10/13/14 LAB 5: One-Sample Significant Difference s
10/20/14 LAB 6: Two-Sample Significant Difference s
10/27/14 LAB 2 (Individual Exercises for Labs 4-6 are due.)
11/3/14 LAB 7: One-Way ANOVA and Related Statistics
11/10/14 LAB 8: Two-Way Completely Randomized Factorial ANOVA
11/17/14 LAB 9: Bivariate Correlation and Scatterplots
11/24/14 LAB 10: Bivariate Regression
12/1/14 LAB 3 (Individual Exercises for Labs 7-10 are due.)
WEDNESDAY LABS (Section 102)
DATE ACTIVITY
8/27/14 NO LAB
9/3/14 LAB 1: Getting Started with SPSS for Windows—Creating Data Files
9/10/14 LAB 2: Editing and Modifying Data Files
9/17/14 LAB 3: Generating Reports and Graphs
9/24/14 LAB 1 (Individual Exercises for Labs 1-3 are due.)
10/1/14 LAB 4: Data Distributions and Descriptive Statistics
10/8/14 LAB 5: One-Sample Significant Difference s
10/15/14 LAB 6: Two-Sample Significant Difference s
10/22/14 LAB 2 (Individual Exercises for Labs 4-6 are due.)
10/29/14 LAB 7: One-Way ANOVA and Related Statistics
11/5/14 LAB 8: Two-Way Completely Randomized Factorial ANOVA
11/12/14 LAB 9: Bivariate Correlation and Scatterplots
11/19/14 LAB 10: Bivariate Regression
11/26/14 NO LAB (Thanksgiving)
10/3/14 LAB 3 (Individual Exercises for Labs 7-10 are due.)
Computer Lab Policies and Procedures
Attendance in computer labs is optional except on days of computer lab exams. (See schedule of lab activities above.) If you think that you can learn the material on your own, complete and turn in the homework assignments on time, and pass the lab exams, you do not need to attend labs.
Students who miss one or more lab exams because of absences will be allowed to take makeup exams, but there will be a one letter grade penalty for exams that were missed for unexcused reasons. (See syllabus page 2 under “Attendance” for an explanation of what constitutes an excused absence.) SEE YOUR COMPUTER LAB INSTRUCTOR TO ARRANGE MAKE-UP EXAMS. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to complete late exams after the course final exam on May 8 at 8:00 am.
NO HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THE DUE DATES WITHOUT AN EXCUSED ABSENCE. Lab homework assignments are due at the time of the lab exam that covers the material included in those homework assignments. Thus, Labs 1-3 are due when you sit to take Lab Exam 1; Labs 4-6 are due when you sit to take Lab Exam 2; Labs 7-10 are due when you sit to take Lab Exam 3. Lab homework that is late for excused reasons will be accepted, but must be turned in no later than Thursday, May 1, 5:00 pm. Lab homework that is late for unexcused reasons will not be accepted and a grade of 0 will be assigned.
DO NOT COME LATE TO A COMPUTER LAB. Once the lab begins, the door is locked. No one will be admitted to the lab after it has started.
ATTENDANCE POLICY
I have read and understand the policies and procedures for PSYC 3314. I understand that it is my responsibility to keep track of my absences and tardies. I understand that I will not receive any warnings that I have reached or exceeded the maximum number of allowed unexcused absences.
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Professor
Dr. George M. Diekhoff (view Profile)

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Textbooks

Final Exam 12/11/2014 8?00 AM
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

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