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PSY 210

Introduction to Statistical Methods

Sections 1004, 1005, 1007 (Distance Education)

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Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard
Fall 2012 Syllabus

Course Description


Important Dates



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Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to a variety of commonly used statistical techniques, so that you can understand research results that are discussed in the media and in your other classes, and so that you can conduct appropriate statistical analyses of your own research data.  More generally, you will improve your facility with numbers, your computer skills, and your critical thinking skills.

Each week, you will watch a series of lectlets on your computer, read the associated chapters in their text, and complete the homework exercises at the end of the chapters. For each chapter, you will also complete a lab and lab quiz. Finally, every three weeks, you will complete an exam.

This course is delivered in a fully distance education mode. You do not ever need to come to the UNLV campus.

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The course lectures are delivered as audio streams across the Internet from the Personal Trainer site (access is included free with your textbook). Thus these lectures are asynchronous -- available any place and any time you have access to the Internet.

A lectlet is:

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Each week, you will read one or two chapters from the text, and complete the homework exercises at the end of the chapter.

Required textbook:

Optional study guide:

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Each week, you will complete homework exercises at the end of the chapters you read. The homework exercises will reinforce the concepts you have learned by reading and by watching the lectlets, and it will also provide a test of whether you fully understand the material. If you have difficulty with some of the problems, you should review the relevant sections of the text and lectlets. You may find it beneficial to complete all of the homework exercises, but you are only required to complete a few from each chapter.

You will hand in your homework through WebCampus. To do this:

  1. Type your answers to the required homework problems. Hand-written assignments will NOT be accepted.
  2. Save the file to your computer. The file name should include your first and last name and the chapter number. For example "Terri Holden chapter 3.docx" The following file formats are the best: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .odf, and .txt (of only letters and arabic numerals are required)
  3. Log in to WebCampus
  4. Click on Assignments on the left hand side
  5. Select the appropriate assignment. For example, "Chapter 3 homework"
  6. Click "Add attachment"
  7. In the Get Files window, click "My Computer" on the far left hand side
  8. Navigate to the file, select it, and click "Open"
  9. Click "Submit"
  10. Click on the Submitted tab.
  11. Open the assignment that you just submitted and open the attachment. If there is no attachment or if it is incomplete, you need to "take back" your assignment and resubmit it. You can take back your homework any time before the deadline, but once the deadline is past, you cannot change your submission.
  12. If you cannot get your attachment to work for some reason, you can copy and paste your answers into the "Submission" box.
  13. Keep a copy of your homework for reference and as a backup just in case we do not receive the file.

Throughout the semester, there will be a few additional homeworks. Each homework will be explained in detail on the course schedule.


Homework exercises will be graded as follows:
2 = complete
1 = incomplete
0 = not handed in

Homework assignments will usually be graded three days after they were due.


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Labs and Lab Quizzes

You will complete a series of labs in order to better understand the statistical techniques we are using. The labs will help you understand the theoretical basis for the statistics we calculate (what they mean), and also their practical application (how to calculate and use them).

The lab assignments will be available as web pages on the Personal Trainer website that comes free with your textbook. You can complete the labs as many times as you want, in order to fully learn the material. These labs use two unique and powerful tools. The first unique tool is eyeball estimation, in which you make an educated guess about the value of a statistic. Eyeball estimates will help you gain an intuitive grasp of what each statistic measures, and provide a valuable gut-level check on calculations. The second unique tool is DataGen, a program that calculates most of the statistics that are covered in this course, and which is very easy to use. After you type in the data, DataGen immediately calculates every statistic you might be interested in. All you have to do is locate the number you want. DataGen is valuable because it will allow you to gain an intuitive understanding about the statistics, by changing the data just a bit and seeing what effect this has on the statistics.

The lab quizzes will be available in WebCampus. To access them, click on the Assessment tab on the left hand side. If you do not earn 100% on a lab quiz, I strongly encourage you to review the material you had difficulty with, and then re-take the quiz. You will be allowed to take each quiz three times. I will use your highest grade.

You will be able to complete the lab quizzes any time during the week it is due. If you do not 100%, you will be able to re-take the quiz before the deadline. So, to take full advantage of the ability to re-take the quizzes, you must attempt the quizzes one or two days before the deadline.

See below for more information about resources you can use during quizzes.

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The exams for this course will be completed on WebCampus. Exams will take place on specific days and times, as given on the course schedule. During those times, you can start the exam any time you want.

Once you have started an exam, you will have a maximum of 3 hours during which to complete it. The exams have been designed to take less than 1 hour, and so you should find that you have lots of time. If your computer dies and you need to go to another computer, or if you want to take a break for lunch, you can come back and finish the exam.

All exams will be cumulative; they will cover material from all parts of the course. In general, most students do not like cumulative exams. However, research has shown that cumuluative exams result in more learning and higher grades. Many students have difficulty understanding statistics and passing Psy 210. My primary goal is to get as many students to pass this course as possible. Therefore, we will use cumulative exams.

There will be four exams during the semester. You cannot re-take these exams, and there will be no make-up exams for any reason. However, I will drop the lowest of these four exam scores. Therefore, if you are sick or you have a family emergency, you can skip the exam and it will not influence your course grade in any way. In the past, students have told me that it is a great relief knowing that their lowest exam score will automatically drop. Moreover, students who complete every exam are not penalized - their lowest exam score also drops.

The last exam is the final exam. The final exam cannot be dropped. If you are too sick on the days of the final exam to take the exam, send me a doctor's note saying that you are too sick to complete an exam and we will reschedule it.

If you do better on the final exam than you do on your best three mid-semester exams, I will ignore the mid-semester exams. So, your mid-semester exams are worth either 25% of your grade or 0%, and your final exam is worth either 25% or 50%. If you do well on your final exam, that's great! It will be worth 50% of your mark. If you do poorly on your final exam, don't stress out. It's only worth 25%.

So, even if you do poorly on the first couple of exams, you can still get a good grade in the course - all you have to do is master the material before the end of the semester. UNLV expects that you will spend 12-16hours on this course per week. Perhaps you spend 12 hours per week on this course at the beginning of the semester, but you find that you are only getting Cs on the exams. If you want a higher grade, then you can increase your studying and do well on the remaining exams and the final exam, and get the grade you want.

See the next section for more information about resources you can use during exams.

To prepare you for the graded exams discussed above, the Personal Trainer website includes practice quizzes for each chapter in the text. I strongly recommend you complete these practice quizzes.




















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No Late Work

Quizzes, exams, and homework assignments must be completed by certain deadlines. No late work will be accepted.

These deadlines are based upon Nevada time. If you are located in a different time zone, you can use www.timeanddate.com to find the time in Nevada.

Most work is due on Monday or Wednesday. However, based upon the exam schedule and the holidays this semester, some deadlines are on on other days. The deadlines for each item are given on the course schedule and in WebCampus.


Any student missing class quizzes, examinations, or any other class or lab work because of observance of religious holidays shall be given an opportunity to make up the missed work. The make-up will apply to the religious holiday absence only. You must notify me no later than the end of the first two weeks of classes of your intention to participate in religious holidays that do not fall on state holidays or periods of class recess. For additional information, please visit: http://catalog.unlv.edu/content.php?catoid=4&navoid=164.

Also, students who represent UNLV at an official extracurricular activity shall have the opportunity to make up assignments and quizzes, but the student must provide official written notification to me no less than one week prior to the missed activities.  Finally, students who are legally required to miss school (e.g., jury duty, military duty) will be given the opportunity to make up missed assignments and quizzes.


WebCampus Deadlines

You will hand in all work using WebCampus. Therefore, it is important for you to know how deadlines work in WebCampus.

For ASSESSMENTS, as long as you START an assessment before the deadline, WebCampus will allow you the full time limit.  Exams are 3 hours long and are due at midnight.  So, if you start an exam at 11:30pm, you can answer the questions you know, then leave the exam open while you re-read a section in the book, and come back to the exam when you were ready.  If you start the exam at 11:30pm, you can work at it until 2:30am.  You just have to keep the exam open that whole time.  On the other hand, if your computer crashes or you lose your internet connection, you will NOT be allowed to re-enter the exam.  So, this is a risky strategy.  Make sure you answer all the questions you are sure about first and save your work regularly.

For ASSIGNMENTS, WebCampus has very strict deadlines.  If I tell WebCampus that the deadline is midnight, then it will accept your assignment at 11:59pm, and at 11:59 and 58 seconds.  However, it will not accept your assignment at one second after midnight.  You don’t have until 12:00 and 59 seconds.  You have until 11:59 and 59 seconds.

Also, keep in mind that it can take several seconds for your computer to react when you click the submit button.  Depending upon Internet traffic and connection speed, it can take a minute or two for the computer to react.  In addition, you will sometimes lose Internet connectivity, and computers sometimes crash.  Therefore, you should submit all assignments several hours before the deadline, so that you have time to go to another computer, if necessary, in order to submit your homework.

Finally, keep in mind that WebCampus phone support ends at 11pm.  If you are having trouble with WebCampus, you can get immediate help by calling 702-895-0777, but only if you discover the problem before 7pm.


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Resources during Exams and Quizzes

During quizzes and exams, you may use the following resources:

During lab quizzes and exams, you may NOT use the following:

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Your grade for this course will be based upon four components:

  Lab quizzes
  Exams 1-4
25% or 0%
See Exams section for more information.
  Final Exam
25% or 50%

The grading scheme for the course will be as follows:



93 – 100


A –

90 – 92



87 – 89



83 – 86


B –

80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76


C –

70 – 72



67 – 69



63 – 66


D –

60 – 62



Below 60

Grades may be scaled to ensure an appropriate class average.

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You should plan to spend 12 - 16 hours per week on this course. This is because UNLV expects that, for a typical class, students will do 3 or 4 hours of homework for every one hour in class.  For the usual 3-credit course, this would be 7.5 – 10 hours of homework each week.  However, this is a 4-credit course and your lectures are completed online, and so you should probably plan on 12-16 hours per week.  If you are not able or willing to do this much work for this class, you are likely to get a bad grade or to fail and I recommend you take this class when you have more time to devote to it. 

Students who fall behind or who skip some material are unlikely to pass the course. It is very difficult to catch up if you fall behind. Do not procrastinate.

At the beginning of the course, the material is quite easy, and you will likely be able to keep up with this course in only 5 to 8 hours for the first couple of weeks.  Do not be lulled into a false sense of security by this.  The material will accumulate and you will need to study harder after the first two weeks.

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Computer Requirements

Computer Requirements:

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Personal Trainer

Personal Trainer 5.0 (Hurlburt, 20012) is a computer program that will help you learn statistics. Personal Trainer works with both Windows and Macintosh computers.

Personal Trainer was written by Russell T. Hurlburt, who also wrote your textbook, and so they are designed to go together. It includes a complete set of lectlets, and modules to help you with algebra, eyeball estimation, and data exploration. Finally, to prepare you for the graded exams discussed earlier, Personal Trainer includes practice quizzes for each chapter in the text. I strongly recommend you complete these practice quizzes.

You MUST have access to the Personal Trainer website in order to complete this course. Many lab assignments require that you use Personal Trainer, and those labs will teach you skills that you need for the lab quizzes and the exams.

You will access Personal Trainer through the Internet. Access is included free with your textbook. You can access the Personal Trainer website here.


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All Distance Education courses at UNLV use WebCampus. You will use WebCampus to

All UNLV students are issued an ID for WebCampus. If you do not know what yours is, go to http://nln.nevada.edu/knowledge-base-categories/getting-started

After Aug 27, you should be able to see Psy 210 when you log in to WebCampus.

All email in this course will be completed in WebCampus. However, you won't see your WebCampus email until you log in. Therefore, you must forward your WebCampus mail to your regular email account. This way, you will receive my emails when I send them, and you can read them on your SmartPhone or home computer without logging in to WebCampus. Note, however, that you will have to log in WebCampus to reply to those messages. See http://nln.nevada.edu/help/mail-how-do-i-forward-my-course-e-mail-my-campus-e-mail-address

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Introductory psychology (PSY 101)

College algebra (Mat 096, 124, or 126)

If you have not taken one of these math courses, take the "Self-test for arithmetic" found in Appendix B of the textbook immediately. If you don't score 90% or higher on that test, you should seriously consider dropping this course and adding an algebra course.

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How to Register for PSY 210

To avoid late fees, you should register for this course before the first day of class.

Please ensure that you have the computer equipment necessary to operate this course before you register.

Then use the same registration procedure you would use for any other UNLV course. To register for the 4-credit lecture, use the following call numbers:

Lecture Section 1004 86027
Lecture Section 1005 86028
Lecture Section 1007 86968

If you can see this course in WebCampus, then you have successfully registered for the lecture.

In addition to registering for the lecture, you should also register for the 0-credit lab. You will pay $0 in tuition for the 0-credit lab, and you will not be assigned a course grade for it. All of your work will be assigned and graded by the instructor of the lecture section for which you register. None-the-less, you should register for the 0-credit lab, so that people who read your transcript will know that there was a practical component to this course. To register for the 0-credit lab, use the following call number:

Lab Section 1006 86029

To check if you have registered for the lab, log in to MyUNLV, and look at your current course listing.

For additional information you may contact the UNLV Office of Distance Education at (702) 895-0334.

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Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a legitimate concern for every member of the campus community; all share in upholding the fundamental values of honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility and professionalism. By choosing to join the UNLV community, students accept the expectations of the Academic Misconduct Policy and are encouraged when faced with choices to always take the ethical path. Students enrolling in UNLV assume the obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with UNLV’s function as an educational institution. See the Student Academic Misconduct Policy at http://studentconduct.unlv.edu/misconduct/policy.html

NOTE: I take an extremely dim view of cheating, and will recommend penalties as extreme as the UNLV Code allows.

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Important Dates

Exam 1

8am Tue Sept 11 - midnight Wed Sept 12

Exam 2

8am Tue Oct 2 - midnight Wed Oct 3

Exam 3

8am Tue Oct 23 - midnight Wed Oct 24

Final day to drop or withdraw from classes

Friday Nov 2

Exam 4

8am Tue Nov 13 - midnight Wed Nov 14

Final Exam

8am Tue Dec 11 - midnight Wed Dec 12


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Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard

Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard (please call me Kim)
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Office Hours

Hours: Tues 1:30 - 2:30, Thurs 11-12
Office: CBC B346
Phone: 702-895-0758
During my office hours, I will be in my office and I will answer the phone if you call. Outside of office hours I rarely answer my phone. I also rarely check for phone messages. If I do not answer the phone when you call, use WebCampus Mail.


The best way to reach me is through WebCampus Mail. Log in to WebCampus and select Psy 210. On the left hand side, click Mail.

Regular Email

If you are unable to contact me through WebCampus (for example, your WebCampus account isn't working), you can email me at my regular email address. Put "Psy 210" in the subject line. However, I sometimes get behind on my regular email, and I will answer your email faster if you use WebCampus.
Email: barchard@unlv.nevada.edu

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Teaching Assistants

The Department of Psychology has assigned two teaching assistants to help me prepare course materials and to help you complete the course.

  Name Caroline Maykut Elyse Safko
  Email Send email through WebCampus Send email through WebCampus
  Office Hour Tuesday 3:30 - 4:30  
  Location CBC B135  

The best way to reach your TA is to email them through WebCampus.

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Students: Who Should Take This Course?

This is a fully online course. Students do not need to be physically present in Las Vegas, because the entire course (lectures, readings, homework, quizzes, and exams) is online.

However, online courses require slightly different skills than in-person courses. Students should take this course if they are:


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Advice from Former Students

Near the end of the semester, PSY 210 students (in both live and Distance Education sections) provide advice they would like to share with incoming students. Was there anything that they wished they had known at the beginning of the semester? Here's what they said, basically unedited...
Here's my piece of advice to future statistic students: Do the homework!
This is the first method that I have ever used to truly learn statistics.... The lectlets are great, the book is well written, informative but not dry, and the quizzes keep you on your toes. Do not get behind, do the work assigned and enjoy an understanding of Statistical Methods.
If you stay on top of everything there is no way you won't understand what is going on. Read the book, listen to the lectlets and take advantage of everything offered on the Personal Trainer. If you keep up with the syllabus there is no way you will fail.
My advice would be to definitely do the homework problems, which help tremendously with the test. I would also recommend reading the book along with taking lecture notes because your tests have information in them that is more thoroughly discussed in your book, although your lectures are great too.
It's also good to take notes from the book as you read, and draw the distributions that are given as examples in the book.
The last thing that I would recommend is trying to understand statistics, not just memorize the equations. When you do that, the class is so much easier to understand.
My advice would be for distance ed students to try to get together during the semester and chat about the class, homework, problems, or solutions. This method seems to help in other D.E. classes and could be a real advantage here too.
I wish there was advice when I first started the class!
For both live and distance-education classes I would tell them to pay strict attention to the side notes (in the textbook margins) and definitely listen to the lectlets whether they are distance ed or not. For me, it really made a difference in my comprehension of difficult principles.
I think it is a very good idea to have input from prior students because an online course- especially this course!- can be very intimidating.
I found that the strong points of the course were in the organization of the material. There was not any concept that I could not learn if I just went back and listened again to the lectlets or went over the ESTAT lessons again. I found they were more helpful than the book, which was easier to get lost in.
My best advice is to make sure to set aside Monday night or a night early on in the week to do the lectlets and quizzes..... Make it like an actual classroom hour. Too many times I had to rush a quiz out in the end because I procrastinated.
I really felt that this was an easy class to comprehend if you put the normal amount of time in to it you would any class -- nothing extraordinary. It is that explicative and interactive.

If you cannot motivate yourself to study and actually do the work, DO NOT take this class online. You cannot afford to be a slacker in this class. Make sure to check the emails from the instructor, because she lays out everything we need to be doing each week. DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. Get things done ahead of time so you have extra time to work on areas that were especially difficult.
--Fall 2011 student

My advice is to check emails every day, study and not wait last minute for things.
--Fall 2011 student

My advice is to always do the lectlects. LOG ON EVERYDAY as it is very easy to forget and miss deadlines. Make sure you make and outline in your planner, like a checklist, because there is a lot of little things you need to remember. Avoid getting behind. Catching up isn't impossible but not fun.
--Fall 2011 student

Ask for help when you need it, right when you need it. And take the quizzes all of the times you are allowed because you might improve your score.
--Fall 2011 student

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Many students find it useful to work with a tutor for Psy 210. Often, having a tutor is less time consuming and less frustrating than failing the course and taking it again. In my experience, 1 hour of tutoring per week is usually sufficient.

The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides tutoring and academic assistance for all UNLV students taking UNLV courses. Students are encouraged to stop by the ASC to learn more about subjects offered, tutoring times, and other academic resources. The ASC is located across from the Student Services Complex, #22 on the current UNLV map. Students may learn more about tutoring services by calling (702) 895-3177 or visiting the tutoring web site at: http://academicsuccess.unlv.edu/tutoring/

In addition, I have recruited a few students who are qualified to tutor this course. These tutors might be more expensive than the tutors available through the Academic Success Center, but they may be able to work with you individually or in a group. Contact each person directly to find out what their rates are, and when they are available.

Sean Hartlieb hartlieb@unlv.nevada.edu, Undergraduate Took Psy 210 from Dr. Barchard in Fall 2011
Brianna Maxim - Trumbo ReneeMaxim@gmail.com, Undergraduate Took Psy 210 from Dr. Barchard in Fall 2011
Dalton Terry terryd7@unlv.nevada.edu, Undergraduate Took Psy 210 from Dr. Barchard in Fall 2011
Joanne Ullman joanne_ullman@yahoo.com Graduate student Was teaching assistant for Dr. Barchard in Fall 2011




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Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) coordinates all academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The DRC is the official office to review and house disability documentation for students, and to provide them with an official Academic Accommodation Plan to present to the faculty if an accommodation is warranted. Faculty should not provide students accommodations without being in receipt of this plan. 

UNLV complies with the provisions set forth in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, offering reasonable accommodations to qualified students with documented disabilities. If you have a documented disability that may require accommodations, you will need to contact the DRC for the coordination of services. The DRC is located in the Student Services Complex (SSC-A), Room 143, and the contact numbers are: Voice (702) 895-0866, fax (702) 895-0651. For additional information, please visit: http://drc.unlv.edu/.



































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WebCampus Help

During this course, you might have difficulty with WebCampus. You might forget your password, have difficulty logging in, or have difficulty seeing the course content, or have difficulty seeing assessments and assignments. These last two problems are often caused by using the wrong browser or not having Java. Try switching browsers and updating Java. If that doesn't help, there are several ways to reach the WebCampus Support Center.

1) Call 702-895-0777 between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week, including holidays.

2) Submit a help request through the online system.

3) Visit the help desk in SU 231 or CBC B113.

See the following webpage for hours and directions: http://webcampus.unlv.edu/contact-us
















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Predicting Your Course Grade

Dr. Barchard has created an Excel spreadsheet to help you estimate your course grade.

To predict your grade, you will first type in your grades for the homeworks, quizzes, and exams that you have already completed. Then you will estimate your grade for the remaining work in this course. Then the computer will predict your grade.

If you have difficulty using this file, we would be happy to help you. Email us your completed file, and tell us what difficulty you are having.

To access the Excel spreadsheet, click here.

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