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PSY 201: Introduction to Statistics in Psychology

Fall 2018
MWF 11:30 am - 12:20 pm
Peirce Hall, Room 277

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Greg FrancisPSYCH 3186 494-6934 gfrancis@purdue.edu Office hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:00-3:00 pm
I check my email frequently, feel free to use it for questions and setting up appointments. If you cannot make my office hours, we can schedule for another time.

Class home page
The Internet home page for this course is http://www.psych.purdue.edu/~gfrancis/Classes/PSY201/indexF18.html This class does not use Blackboard.

IntroStats Online at https://introstatsonline.com. This is an on-line textbook that requires a login. You will receive information on setting up and registering an account from the instructor. You will be graded for finishing the readings by the assigned day and time (always 10:00 am). A rough outline of the readings is given below. Precise readings (sections and their due dates) are given at the textbook site. Each assignment must be completed by the assigned date and time. The textbook grade counts as 10% of your class grade.

The IntroStats Online text includes end-of-chapter homework assignments. The rough schedule is below, with precise details (which questions) at the textbook site. All homework assignments must be completed by 10:00 pm on the due date. The homework will make up 20% of your final grade.

StatLab assignments
Also included with your textbook is access to a web site called StatLab Online. A StatLab account, with the same login credentials, will be created when you sign up for your IntroStats Online account. You will be given StatLab assignments throughout the semester that measure some aspect of your behavior. They are run through the Internet and can be carried out at any computer lab on campus or at a home computer. At the end of each experiment you will need to calculate statistics that are appropriate for the experimental results. You get credit by finishing the experiment and answering all of the statistics questions correctly. Your overall lab grade will make up 15% of your final grade. In the schedule below, individual labs are associated with different dates. You must complete the lab by 10:00 pm on the date indicated to get credit. You will find that computing the statistics is easiest if you copy and paste the data into a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel. If you have not previously used Excel, you may want to look over a tutorial to get started. Sorting is especially useful, and unfortunately is not covered in the previous tutorial. Some of the textbook calculators can also be useful.

Class attendance: Your presence for the lectures is mandatory, and will be checked each class period. Over the course of the semester, each student may miss up to 6 lectures without penalty. Additional absences will proportionally reduce your class attendance score. This score contributes to 5% of your final class grade. Athletes and other special cases need to contact Dr. Francis.

There will be three section exams and a final exam. The section exams will be in-class and the final exam will be given during the final exam period. Each section exam is worth 10% of your grade. The final exam is worth 15% of your grade, it will cover all topics of the course, and it is taken during the scheduled final exam period. Make-up exams will not be permitted unless you check with Dr. Francis at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled exam date to verify that your excuse allows you to take the exam at another time. Missed exams will receive a grade of 0. Study guides are available as links in the class schedule below.

Practice exams
Prior to each exam you will be given a practice exam. You must complete the practice exam and submit it to the TA for feedback by the date indicated in the schedule, below. Your grade on the practice exam is whether you complete the assignment, it is not based on the graded score of the practice exam. Completing the practice exams is worth 5% of your final class grade. Practice exams should be given to the teaching assistant by 10:00 am start of class on the day listed on the syllabus.

The number links on the far left of the schedule (below) are to PDF copies of the lecture notes.

Teaching Assistant
Maria KonPSYCH 3188 mkon@purdue.edu Office hours:Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10:30 -11:20 am

Handouts are in portable document format (pdf). You can view them with a pdf viewer, for example, Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is probably already installed on university computers and is available for free at http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html.

No.Date Topic Reading AssignmentsHomework AssignmentsStatLab AssignmentsPractice Exams
01August 20 Introduction
02 August 22 Measurement Chapter 1
03 August 24 Plots Chapter 2 Homework 1
04 August 27 Distributions
05 August 29 Central tendency Chapter 3a Homework 2 Frequency distribution - Speeded Reaction Time
06 August 31 Variability Chapter 3b Percentile Rank - Sense of Humor
-- September 3 Labor Day (No class)
07 September 5 Normal distribution Chapter 4a Homework 3
08 September 7 Normal distribution Chapter 4b Central Tendency - Horizontal Vertical Illusion
09 September 10 Normal distribution Standard Deviation - Weber's Law
10 September 12 Correlation Chapter 5 Homework 4
11 September 14 Correlation Standard (z) scores - Memory Span Practice Exam 1
12 September 17 Probability Chapter 6a Homework 5
SG1 September 19 Review for exam Correlation - Lexical Decision
-- September 21 SECTION EXAM I
13 September 24 Probability Chapter 6b Homework 6
14 September 26 Signal detection Chapter 7a Probability - Typical Reasoning
15 September 28 Signal detection Chapter 7b
16 October 1 Sampling distributions Chapter 8a Homework 7
17 October 3 Sampling distributions Chapter 8b
18 October 5 Hypothesis testing-mean Chapter 9a Homework 8
-- October 8 Oct. Break (No class)
19 October 10 Hypothesis testing-mean Chapter 9b
20 October 12 Hypothesis testing-mean
21 October 15 Estimation Chapter 10 Homework 9
22 October 17 Estimation Hypothesis test of a mean - Ebbinghaus Size Illusion Practice Exam 2
23 October 19 Hypothesis testing-proportion Chapter 11a Homework 10
SG2 October 22 Review for exam Confidence Intervals - Air Traffic Control
-- October 24 SECTION EXAM II
24 October 26 Hypothesis testing-correlation Chapter 11b
25 October 29 Two samples - independent means Chapter 12a Homework 11
26 October 31 Two samples - independent means Chapter 12b Two-sample t-test - Emotional Stroop
27 November 2 Two samples - dependent means Chapter 12c Power -- Stroop Effect
28 November 5 Two samples - independent proportions Chapter 13a Homework 12
29 November 7 Two samples - dependent proportions Chapter 13b
30 November 9 Two samples - independent correlations Chapter 13c
31 November 12 Multiple testing Chapter 14a Homework 13 Practice Exam 3
32 November 14 ANOVA Chapter 14b
SG3 November 16 Review for exam
-- November 19 SECTION EXAM III
-- November 21 Thanksgiving Break (No class)
-- November 23 Thanksgiving Break (No class)
33 November 26 Interpreting ANOVA Chapter 14c
34 November 28 Power for ANOVA Chapter 14d
35 November 30 Dependent ANOVA Chapter 14e Practice Exam 4
36 December 3 Dependent ANOVA ANOVA -- Judging Art
37 December 5 Catch all Homework 14
SGF December 7 Review for final exam
No.Date Topic Reading assignmentsHomework assignmentsStatLab assignment Practice Exams