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PSY 210

Introduction to Statistical Methods

Sections 1008, 1009, and 1011
(All sections are hybrid)

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Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard
Fall 2013 Syllabus

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PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Course Overview

By the end of this course, you will be able to

This course requires some work on the computer and some work in class on campus. This course is delivered in hybrid mode to take advantage of the best features of both formats.

Advantages of a hybrid format:

This course is slightly different from the fully distance education course that I have taught in the past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Weekly Timeline

Each week, you will complete the materials for the new chapter by Wednesday.

Preparing for Class on Wednesday

During Class on Wednesday

Preparing for Class on Monday

During Class on Monday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Lectlets

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.

Many people prefer lectlets to face-to-face lectures, because of they are:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Class Time

Since lectlets and labs are done on the computer, you may be wondering how we will spend our time in class.

On Wednesdays, we will work on the exercise problems from the back of the chapters. During the fully-DE course, students sometimes had difficulty with the problems from Set B, because the answers to these problems are not given in the back of the text. We will work on the Set B problems together, and answer any questions you had about the Set A problems.

On Mondays, we will complete a research project. You will work in groups of 2-3 students to design a research study, analyze the data, and write the report. By having group meetings during class time, we eliminate scheduling difficulties and make it easy to get help from the instructor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Readings

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

Required textbook:

Optional study guide:

Reading Questions:

Taking Notes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Homework

Each week, you will complete problems at the end of the chapters you read. The problem exercises will reinforce the concepts you have learned by reading and by watching the lectlets, and will provide a test of whether you fully understand the material. You may find it beneficial to complete all of the problems, but you are only required to complete a few from each chapter. See the course schedule for the specific questions that are due each week.

There are three types of homeworks:

Set A

Set B

Other homeworks

Preparing your homework:

Submitting Your Homework

Grading

Problem exercises will be graded as follows:
2 = complete
1 = incomplete
0 = late or missing

Problem exercises will usually be graded within one week of the due date.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Project

You will complete a research project. You will identify a topic that interests you, develop a research question related to it, collect data to answer your research question, analyze your data using the statistical techniques taught in this course, and explain your results in a research paper.

You will work on project assignments during class on Monday. At the beginning of the class, I'll tell you what you are working on that day. You'll have most of the class period to work on the assignment. Most students will be able to complete the assignments during class. However, in case you need to work on the project assignment outside of class, the assignments won't be due until Sunday night.

You will work on your project in teams of 2 - 3 students. To facilitate effective team work, you will do almost all of the work for this project during class time. You will also pick your own teams and you will be allowed to switch teams at any time. However, if you switch teams after the semester has begun, this may make it more difficult for you, because you'll have to learn about the project that the new team is working on. To ensure that students receive grades that reflect their contributions to the project assignments, team members will complete a peer evaluation form every week.

If you own a laptop, you are welcome to bring it to class on Monday, so you can use it when working on your project.

Grading

Project assignments will be graded based upon the quality of your work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Peer Evaluation

You will complete a research project by completing a series of research assignments. You will work in a team of 2-3 students. For each assignment, team members will complete a peer evaluation form together. The purpose of the peer evaluation is to encourage all students to contribute to the assignments and to ensure that grades accurately reflect the relative contributions of each student. Peer evaluations will be used to determine project grades. If students agree that they contributed equally to an assignment, they will all receive the same grade. If students agree that one person did more work, that person will get a higher grade.

If three people worked on the assignment, divide 15 points between the three of you. If two people worked on the assignment, divide 10 points between the two of you. If your team-mates were absent and you had to complete the entire assignment on your own, assign yourself 5 points. 

You can divide the points any way you want. The only requirement is that you AGREE upon how you are dividing these points.  Signatures are required for every student who worked on the assignment.

Click here to download a copy of the peer evaluation form.

Examples:

A three-person team divides up 15 points (unless someone is unable to contribute).

Assignment 1: All three team members contributed equally.

John 5 John's signature
Susan 5 Susan's signature
Mary 5 Mary's signature

Assignment 2: Susan did a bit more work and Mary a bit less.

John 5 John's signature
Susan 6 Susan's signature
Mary 4 Mary's signature

Assignment 3: Mary was absent. John and Susan completed the assignment without her and so they divide 10 points between them.

John 5 John's signature
Susan 5 Susan's signature
Mary absent  

Assignment 4: Susan was absent. John and Mary worked on the assignment during class but they did not hand it in immediately. They asked Susan to review the work they have done. Susan read what they have written, and corrected one spelling error.

John 7 John's signature
Susan 7 Susan's signature
Mary 1 Mary's signature

Assignment 5: John was absent. However, he texted Susan and Mary during the meeting. Afterwards, he reviewed the work that Susan and Mary did and made some improvements.

John 5 John's signature
Susan 5 Susan's signature
Mary 5 Mary's signature

Assignment 6: Mary was absent. However, Susan had a phone with speaker-phone. Therefore, Mary was able to talk to both John and Susan during the meeting. Also, Mary was at a computer and so she was able to edit the wiki at the same time as John and Susan.

John 5 John's signature
Susan 5 Susan's signature
Mary 5 Mary's signature

Hopefully, your team members will not be absent as often as John, Susan, and Mary were.  I have provided these examples to show you how to deal with peer evaluations if someone is absent.  All team members should be physically present during all project meetings (on Mondays) to ensure the project goes smoothly. 

A two-person team divides up 10 points (unless someone is unable to contribute).

Assignment 1: Both team members contributed equally.

Lois 5 Lois's signature
Kelly 5 Kelly's signature

Assignment 2: Kelly did most of the work.

Lois 2 Lois's signature
Kelly 8 Kelly's signature

Assignment 3: Kelly was absent and Lois did the assignment without her.

Lois 5 Lois's signature
Kelly absent Kelly's signature

Assignment 4: Lois was absent. Kelly did most of the assignment during class, but Lois looked it over and made a couple of improvements before handing it in.

Lois 2 Lois's signature
Kelly 8 Kelly's signature

Assignment 5: Kelly was absent. However, she talked with Lois on the phone during the meeting and they both worked on the wiki at the same time, during the meeting.

Lois 5 Lois's signature
Kelly 5 Kelly's signature

Hopefully, your team members will not be absent as often as Lois and Kelly were.  I have provided these examples to show you how to deal with peer evaluations if someone is absent.  All team members should be physically present during all project meetings (on Mondays) to ensure the project goes smoothly. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Labs and Lab Quizzes

Each week, you will complete a lab and a lab quiz on the computer, outside of class. The labs and lab quizzes 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 of 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 Blackboard. To access the lab quizzes, click on the Assessments tab on the left hand side. You will have two opportunties to take each quiz. You must complete the lab and the lab quiz by Tuesday night, so that you are prepared for class on Wednesday. If you do not earn 100% on a lab quiz the first time you take it, you can talk with other students and the instructor about the concepts you had difficulty with, and then re-take the quiz by Sunday night. I will use your highest grade.

Please note that the Personal Trainer provides practice quizzes to help you learn the material in the textbook. I encourage you to complete those quizzes. However, those practice quizzes are not graded and are NOT the lab quizzes. The lab quizzes are the ones that are available through Blackboard, on the Assessments tab.

See the resources for information about materials you can use to help you during quizzes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Exams

The exams for this course will be completed in class on Mondays. The dates for the exams are given here and on the course schedule.

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 a total of five 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, give 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 20% of your grade or 0%, and your final exam is worth either 20% or 40%. If you do well on your final exam, that's great! It will be worth 40% of your mark. If you do poorly on your final exam, don't stress out. It's only worth 20%.

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 12-16 hours 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Important Dates

Exam 1

Monday Sept 16

Exam 2

Monday Oct 7

Exam 3

Monday Oct 28

Final day to drop or withdraw from classes

Friday Nov 1

Exam 4

Monday Nov 18

Final Exam

To be announced

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Deadlines

Quizzes, exams, and homework assignments must be completed by certain deadlines. See the weekly timeline and the course schedule for specific deadlines. No late work will be accepted.

Most work is due on Monday or Wednesday. However, some deadlines are on other days. The deadlines for each item are given on the course schedule and in Blackboard.

Exceptions:

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.

 

Blackboard Deadlines

You will complete quizzes in Blackboard and you will hand in project assignments and some homework exercises in Blackboard. Therefore, it is important for you to know how deadlines work in Blackboard.

When you are working on an ASSESSMENT, it is possible for you to quit in the middle, and then come back later to finish it. However, keep in mind that the timer for quizzes and exams does not stop. If you start an exam at 4pm, you only have until 7pm to finish it, even if you have to switch computers in the middle of the exam.

For ASSESSMENTS, as long as you START an assessment before the deadline, Blackboard will allow you the full time limit. Quizzes are 1 hour long and are due at midnight. So, if you start a quiz at 11:30pm, you can answer the questions you know, then leave the quiz open while you re-read a section in the book, and come back to the quiz when you were ready. If you start the quiz at 11:30pm, you can work at it until 12:30am. You just have to keep the quiz 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 quiz. 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, Blackboard has very strict deadlines. If I tell Blackboard 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 work.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Working Together

Students will work individually and in groups.

Set A work on this individually or in groups of 2-3 students, hand it in individually outside of class
Set B work on this individually or in groups of 2-3 students, hand it in individually in class Wednesday
Other homework individually outside of class
Projects work on this in groups of 2-3 students and hand in most project assignments as a group in class Monday
Quizzes individually outside of class, in Blackboard
Exams individually in class on Monday, on paper

You will complete Set A outside of class and Set B during class. You may work on these problem sets individually or in groups of 2-3 students. Problems will be marked identically, regardless of whether you talked to others or not. Most students find that it is easier to complete Sets A and B in groups, and that they learn more. However, every student must hand in their own answers. This ensures that every student fully understands the material.

You will complete additional homeworks individually, because the purpose of these homeworks is to help you with your individual educational and career goals.

You will complete project assignments in groups of 2-3 students. Working in groups is beneficial because

When you work in groups on project assignments, everything that has your name on it must be something that you helped to create. By putting your name on an assignment, your are asserting that you made a substantial contribution to that assignment. Having one person do an assignment and putting two or three names on it is not acceptable. If someone misses a class when the team worked on the project, then that student should review and comment on the project assignment before it is handed in. Furthermore, don't hand in someone else's work as though it was your own. In a practical sense, what this means is that the only people whose hands touched the keyboard and mouse (or who held the pen or pencil) are the ones whose names are on the assignment.

When you work on homework exercises, everything you hand in must be something that you helped create: don't hand in someone else's work as your own. What this means in a practical sense is that you must be the only person whose hands touched the keyboard and mouse (or who held the pen or pencil). On the other hand, if you hand in a homework exercise as an individual, this does not mean that you cannot talk to other students about the exercise. In fact, quite the reverse: I encourage you to work on the exercise at the same time as other students and talk to them about it extensively. We will work on Set B in class on Wednesday, and you will be required to talk with other students while you are working on it. I also encourage you to talk to other students when you are completing Set A.

Finally, you will complete quizzes and exams individually. Do not talk to anyone during the quizzes or exams. If you complete a quiz or exam at the same time as another student, do not share information with them in any way. However, you can talk to students after the quiz or exam is finished. You will have two opportunities to complete each quiz. If you do not get 100% on the quiz the first time you complete it, I strongly encourage you to talk to other students and to me to figure out the material you found challenging.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Resources during Quizzes

During Blackboard quizzes, you may use the following resources:

During lab quizzes, you may NOT use the following:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Resources during Exams

During the in-class exams, you may use the following resources:

During exams, you may NOT use the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Workload

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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Grades

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

  Homework
20%
 
  Lab quizzes
20%
 
  Project
20%
 
  Exams 1-4
20% or 0%
See Exams section for more information.
  Final Exam
20% or 40%

The grading scheme for the course will be as follows:

 

A

93 – 100

 

A –

90 – 92

 

B+

87 – 89

 

B

83 – 86

 

B –

80 – 82

 

C+

77 – 79

 

C

73 – 76

 

C –

70 – 72

 

D+

67 – 69

 

D

63 – 66

 

D –

60 – 62

 

F

Below 60

Grades may be scaled to ensure an appropriate class average.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology
Attendance

Attendance in class is required. There will be two classes each week, on Monday and Wednesday. On Mondays, you will hand in some problems and work on your projects. On Wednesday, you will hand in problems and work on additional problems. You will also complete exams in class.

In addition, you are required to complete work on the computer. You will watch lectlets, complete labs, and complete lab quizzes on the computer. You will hand in your projects on the computer. Because this is a hybrid course, you are required to do some work on the computer and some work in person. This allows us to take advantage of the best features of both methods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Computer Requirements

You must use a computer for this course. Lectlets, labs, lab quizzes, and projects will be completed on the computer.

You can use the computers in the UNLV library or open computer labs. They meet the requirements for this course.

If you want to use your own computer, make sure it meets the following requirements:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

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. (Note, however, that these are NOT the quizzes you will hand in each week. These are simply for practice.)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Blackboard

All Distance Education courses at UNLV use Blackboard. Blackboard is the new version of WebCampus. You will use Blackboard to

All UNLV students are issued an ID for Blackboard. If you do not know what yours is, go to http://webcampus.unlv.edu/students-get-started

After Aug 19, you should be able to see Psy 210 when you log in to Blackboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Prerequisites

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

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 1008 M W 8:30 - 9:45 CBC C133 88787
Lecture Section 1009 M W 1:00 - 2:15 BEH 122 88788
Lecture Section 1011 M W 5:30 - 6:45 CBC C110 89092

If you can see this course in Blackboard, 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 83996

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

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.

An example of academic misconduct is plagiarism. Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of another, from the Internet or any source, without proper citation of the sources. See the Student Academic Misconduct Policy (approved December 9, 2005) located 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Professor

Dr. Kimberly A. Barchard (please call me Kim)
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
http://faculty.unlv.edu/barchard/

Office Hours

  Hours Fri 3:00 - 4:00pm  
  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 and I rarely check for phone messages.
  Email barchard@unlv.nevada.edu Put "Psy 210" in the subject line. Otherwise, it may be several days before I read your email.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Teaching Assistants

The Department of Psychology has assigned a teaching assistant to help me prepare course materials and to help you complete the course. Contact the Teaching Assistant if you have any questions about the grading of the chapter exercises.

  Name Vincent Rozalski  
  Email rozalski@unlv.nevada.edu Put "Psy 210" in the subject line. Otherwise, it may be several days before he reads your email.

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PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Students: Who Should Take This Course?

This is a hybrid course. Students will do some work in class and some work on the computer outside of class. This course has been designed to address the weaknesses of courses that are taught fully face-to-face or fully online. Students should take this course if

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

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!
--Amy
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.
--Alan
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.
--Vivien
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.
--Ruff
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.
--Mary
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.
--Monica
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.
--Tiffany
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Tutoring

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
Dalton Terry terryd7@unlv.nevada.edu Undergraduate Took Psy 210 from Dr. Barchard in Fall 2011
Moana Ladrazo moanal57@aol.com Undergraduate Took Psy 210 from Dr. Barchard in Fall 2012
Joanne Ullmain joanne_ullman@yahoo.com Graduate student Was teaching assistant for Dr. Barchard in Fall 2011

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

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/.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

Blackboard Help

During this course, you might have difficulty with Blackboard. 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 get help with Blackboard.

1) When you are signed into Psy 210 on Blackboard, click "Blackboard Help" on the menu bar to take you to the Student Blackboard Help website.

2) Access the Student Blackboard website directly by clicking here.

3) Submit a help request through the online IT Help Desk: http://oit.unlv.edu/help

4) Visit the help desk in SU 231 or CBC B113. See the following webpage for hours: http://oit.unlv.edu/help

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PSY 210: Statistical Methods in Psychology

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