University of Nevada, Las Vegas
PSY210 Section 1002 (Online Education) Introduction to Statistical Methods |
Professor Russell T. Hurlburt
Teaching Assistant Bailey Way
Syllabus--Fall 2020
Teaching Assistant Bailey Way
Syllabus--Fall 2020
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Copyright 2020 Russell T. Hurlburt (see terms of use). Last modified 8/29/2020
Copyright 2020 Russell T. Hurlburt (see terms of use). Last modified 8/29/2020
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Course Goals and Overview
This course has two major goals: (a) to acquire an understanding of basic statistical concepts; and (b) to be able to perform accurately basic statistical computations. Students will demonstrate their understanding by providing "eyeball-estimates" of all statistics before computations are performed.
The course lectures are delivered as audio/visual streams across the Internet from the Personal Trainer site (access included free with your textbook). Thus these lectures are asynchronous -- available any place and any time you have access to the Web. See How this course works.
There is a lab for each chapter, also available from Personal Trainer. Each lab has a quiz, which counts towards your final grade.
Dr. Hurlburt will conduct a "live" question-and-answer session Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30am. These are entirely optional, and will happen on Zoom. He will use a virtual whiteboard to answer any of your questions: about computation, homework issues, and so on. You can ask a question live, or email a pic of a homework problem that has you stuck, and he will help you sort it out. The object of these sessions to encourage you to begin homework early, and to put yourself in a position to let Dr. Hurlburt help you clear up any misunderstanding you might have.
The course exams take place according to a fixed schedule -- that is the exams are not asynchronous. The dates are shown below. You must begin the exams between 6:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the assigned date. Exams will be administered through WebCampus using the Respondus Lockdown Browser. See Examinations and grades.
Examination dates (2020): Tuesday September 8, Tuesday September 29, Tuesday October 20, and Tuesday November 17.
The exam and quiz calendar can be found here.
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Who Should Take This Course?
Anyone who is eligible to take a course at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas may take this course. You do not need to be physically present in Las Vegas because the entire course will be available at any time and any place served by the Internet.
However, you should recognize that success in this course requires that you be self-motivated. There are no scheduled class meetings to "remind" you that it is time to think about statistics.
Furthermore, your success in this class relies heavily on your ability to read and understand the textbook. There will be short lectures ("lectlets"), but some of the material in this class will be presented only in the textbook. (Students generally find the textbook to be very clear and self-explanatory.)
Examinations will be delivered through WebCampus using the Respondus LockDown browser and monitor. A computer with broadband internet access, a webcam, and a microphone are required. Your examination will be videotaped, and those videotapes may be examined by employees of UNLV or their designees.
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Computer Equipment You Will Need
Computer requirements are:
- Any computer with broadband access to the Internet. Windows or Macintosh computers are OK. However, the exams are *not* accessible with a Chromebook.
- A webcam and microphone. (Check your webcam (e.g., here) and microphone (e.g., here).)
- The computer must have the ability to play audio through speakers or headphones.
- If you are using a public computer (as in a computer lab on campus), you will need to bring your own headphones to hear the audio.
Contact the UNLV library technology loan program. Alternatively, you can use computers in the UNLV open computer labs or at the UNLV libraries.
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Textbook etc.
- TEXT: Hurlburt, R.T. (2017). Comprehending behavioral statistics (6th ed.). Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt. ISBN 9781524904654. This text may be purchased from the bookstore or online. You must use the sixth edition; previous editions will not provide access to Personal Trainer. You may use either the printed copy or the ebook, which is available at https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/comprehending-behavioral-statistics (you may install an ebook on two computers and two hand-held devices; access disappears after six months). Both the printed copy (for the original purchaser) and the ebook include access to the Personal Trainer website.
- COMPUTER SOFTWARE: Hurlburt, R. T. (2017). Personal Trainer 6.0.
Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt. Access to this site is included free with the sixth edition of the
textbook (original purchaser) or ebook and operates on both Windows and Macintosh
computers. The site includes a complete set of lectlets and the eyeball-estimation and computational
program ESTAT.
- CALCULATOR: A calculator is required for this course. A $5.00 version that has a square root key and a single memory function is adequate. Calculators with special statistical functions are permitted, but you will be required to show your work anyway.
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Arithmetic Prerequisite
Introductory psychology (PSY101) and college algebra (Mat 096, 124, or 126 or satisfactory placement on the mathematics pretest) are prerequisites for this course. 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.
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
How to Register for PSY210.1002
Use the same registration procedure you would use for any other UNLV course.
If you have the proper equipment installed, and you can be present for the exams on the dates specified, register as usual.
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
How This Course Works
As you proceed through the course, you will read a section of Dr. Hurlburt's textbook, widely regarded as one of the clearest and most innovative textbooks available.
You will also listen to Dr. Hurlburt provide a brief "lectlet" introducing the material you will read. These short introductions will take the place of classroom lectures, and provide some demonstrations that are impossible in printed form. Lectlets are available in the Personal Trainer web site (access is included free with your textbook).
There is a laboratory for each chapter, available in the Personal Trainer web site.
There is a quiz for each chapter, available in the Personal Trainer web site.
The course exams take place according to the schedule shown -- that is the exams are not asynchronous. You must take the exams beginning between 6:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the assigned dates. Exams will be administered through WebCampus using the Respondus Lockdown Browser. See Examinations and grades.
Examination dates (2020): Tuesday September 8, Tuesday September 29, Tuesday October 20, and Tuesday November 17.
Thus PSY210 is an optimized multimedia presentation of statistical material. It seeks to capitalize on the advantages of each medium by
- Using a printed textbook to present major content areas (see why a textbook is useful)
- Using audio lectlets to introduce chapter sections (see why lectlets are useful)
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Why a Textbook is a Good Way to Present Content
A textbook is:
- Easy to use (to carry around, to underline, to refer back and forth, etc.)
- Easy to read because the type face is clear. This allows longer and more complex texts to be read with comprehension
- Permanent, which generally leads to more careful construction: better editing, better peer review, more thorough revision
- Printed at high quality: the graphics are clear, special typographic characters are available, the layouts of the pages are precisely controlled
- Backed by a publisher whose reputation and considerable financial assets are on the line, which provides something of a guarantee of accuracy.
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Why Lectlets are Useful
A lectlet is:
- Short: Specifically targeted at one topic
- Always ready: You can hear the lecture at your convenience
- Repeatable: You can listen again if you desire
- Controllable: If an interruption occurs or you lose concentration, you can pause and/or rewind (try that in a classroom lecture!)
- Helpful for people with special needs: Volume can be individually adjusted by the hearing impaired; rate of presentation can be controlled by the those for whom language is difficult; repetition is easy for those with attention difficulties; and so on
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Advice from Former Students
Near the end of semesters, I ask students who were just completing PSY210 (both live classroom and Online Education) whether they had any 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. If you follow the plan as he has outlined you will do well. 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 |
Here's my suggestion for taking the class: You need to
do all the homework assignments for every chapter so
it will help you understand the subject as well as
getting extra credit for it... make sure you go to
class every day or listen to the lectlets... and make
sure you do all the extra credit... if you do all of
these, you'll be more likely to get an A for this
class...:)
--Maria |
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 because they are due on Fridays. 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 |
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Russell T. Hurlburt
Russell T. Hurlburt is Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For more information visit his web site
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Homework
Required homework is Section A and Section C at the end of each chapter (except that Chapter 1 has no Section C).
Homework is due on the day of the exams for the relevant chapters. Scan or take pics of the homework email to PSY210.homework.1002@gmail.com. There is no specified format: pencil on paper is fine.
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Examinations
Coronavirus Update: Examinations will be administered through WebCampus using the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor. Exams may be taken anywhere you have a computer with a broadband internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone.
Examinations 1, 2, 3, and 4 will each last 75 minutes and must begin between 6:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the day scheduled.
Each exam will have 34 multiple-choice/true-false questions (you will enter answers directly into your browser) and two pages (16 points) of written (computational) questions. You will hand-write the written portion on templates (see at left) that you print prior to the exam. When the exam is finished, you will take a pic of the two written pages and email them to the address provided. These examinations will be closed book and closed notes. However, you may prepare and bring to each exam one 'exam notes sheet' using one or both sides of an 8.5 X 11 inch piece of paper. Do not bother to write out equations; we will provide a copy of the equations that are shown in the inside front and back covers of your textbook. You may use a calculator during the exam. |
The last exam will be untimed and open book and will actually be two exams in one. One of these last exams, Examination 5, will cover Chapters 16, 17, and 18 and will have the same format as the first four exams. As with the previous exams, this score may be dropped if it is your lowest score. The other last exam will be the Cumulative Review Final Exam and will have the same format as Section C of the homework exercises for Chapters 10 through 18.
Examination 5 and the Cumulative Review Final Exam are take home, open notes, open book, and are not timed. They are both due at the time shown on this schedule (which is the time shown for the final exam in the UNLV course schedule). We will drop your lowest exam score (or your quiz composite if that is lower). The Cumulative Review Exam is not droppable.
The coronavirus situation makes exam proctoring problematic. We use the Respondus LockDown Browser to make it clear that you are to do your own work. There are doubtless ways to defeat the Respondus system--that is not OK. The UNLV academic honesty policy applies to these exams, and in each exam you will be asked to sign a statement that says, "During this exam I have neither given nor received assistance."
NOTE: I take an extremely dim view of cheating, and will recommend penalties as extreme as the UNLV Code allows.
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Exam procedure (the Respondus LockDown Browser)
Because of the coronavirus campus closure, Examinations will be administered through WebCampus using the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor. Exams may be taken anywhere you have a computer with a broadband internet connection, a webcam, and a microphone. You will be videotaped throughout the examination, and videotapes may be reviewed by employees of UNLV or their designees.
General information about the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor can be found here and an explanatory video here.
Note that the Respondus Lockdown Browser will *not* work on a Chromebook. Chromebook users will need to access another computer to access the exams.
The"online-readiness" exam:
A practice ("online-readiness") exam will be available as soon as WebCampus is opened (a week before classes begin). This exam will have some multiple-choice questions and two pages of written questions, so that you can be familiar with the format of the exam. I recommend that you take this online-readiness exam as soon as it is available, so that any issues can get ironed out before the semester begins. To take the online-readiness exam:
- Follow the install-the-Respondus-LockDown-Browser procedures below.
- Follow the before-any-exam procedures below.
- Follow the to-take-the-exam procedures below.
- Follow the after-the-exam procedures below.
- If you have already installed the Respondus Lockdown Browser on your computer, skip this section.
- Go to the Respondus installation page.
- Click Install Now.
- That will download the installation file (something like "LockDownBrowser...exe"). When the download finishes, launch that file and follow the instructions. When the installation is finished, LockDownBrowser should be on your desktop, in your Recently added files list, or in the Applications folder.
- Close the window.
- Continue to the next section to take the online-readiness exam.
- Print the exam written template (for each exam including the online-readiness exam).
- If you haven't done so already, print the exam instructions (this section of the syllabus) (the same for all exams, needs to be printed only once).
- If you haven't done so already, print the formulas and tables 6e.pdf (the same for all exams, needs to be printed once; it is not needed for the online-readiness exam).
- Create the 'crib sheet' for the exam if allowed to do so.
- Verify that your webcam (e.g., here) and microphone (e.g., here) work.
- Verify that the pen or pencil you will use on the written portion of the exam writes dark enough so that you can photograph it clearly. (Please check this and imagine that you have to grade 50 exams that look like your photo!).
- Verify that you can find the Respondus LockDown Browser on your computer.
- Gather your photo id (driver's license or UNLV ID), calculator, pen or dark pencil, the two-page written template you printed, the crib sheet (if allowed), and the formulas and tables packet you printed (not needed for online-readiness exam).
- Clear your workspace of all material except those.
- Ensure that your webcam and microphone are available and working.
- Close (don't just minimize) all programs, unless one is used to connect you to the Internet.
- Locate the “LockDown Browser” shortcut on the desktop and launch (double-click) it. (For Mac users, launch “LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder.)
- If prompted, either close a blocked program (e.g. screen capture, Skype, instant messaging) by choosing Yes. Or, close LockDown Browser and close the blocked program before restarting.
- Using the Respondus LockDown Browser, log into WebCampus with your Ace account.
- Choose PSY210 from your WebCampus dashboard.
- Navigate to the exam by selecting Quizzes at the left side of the WebCampus window. Click the appropriate Exam.
- Click Take the Quiz. If you don't see that button, you are probably not in the Respondus LockDown browser. Go back to Step 5.
- The Respondus pre-exam sequence will then start. Follow it to the end.
- When the pre-exam sequence is completed, click Begin Exam. It is at this point that your 75-minute timer begins. (Note, once an exam has been started with Respondus LockDown Browser, you cannot exit until the Submit button is clicked.)
- Answer the multiple-choice questions using the buttons provided.
- Answer the written problems on the exam written templates you previously printed. Write clearly and dark enough to photograph well. Do not type in the space at the bottom of the screen.
- When you have completed the written portion, and BEFORE you click the Submit Quiz button, hold up both written pages in front of your webcam for 2-3 seconds.
- When finished, click the Submit Quiz button. A message will appear that says "You have 2 unanswered question...Submit anyway?" Click OK. (The two unanswered questions are the questions that you wrote on your own paper.)
- Close (X) the Respondus LockDown Browser to return to your computer.
- Scan or take a photo of the two written pages. To take a photo, lay the two pages side by side on a well-lighted surface.
- Check that the scan or photo is clearly readable (that you didn't put a shadow over the pages when you snapped the photo
- Email the scan or photo to PSY210.1002@gmail.com. Put your name in the subject line of the email. If you have your choice of file size, choose "Large".
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
Grades
This course has seven 100-point scores: Exam 1, exam 2, exam 3, exam 4, exam 5, the cumulative final exam, and the quiz composite.
The 'Quiz Composite' score is obtained by dropping the two lowest quizzes and adjusting to make it a 100-point score: There are 19 quizzes, each worth 10 points, for a total of 190 quiz points. We will drop the lowest two quizzes, giving a total of 170 points. The 'quiz composite' is the sum of all your quizzes (minus the dropped two) multiplied by 100/170, making the quiz composite have a maximum of 100 points.
We will drop the your lowest score on the five chapter Examinations and the quiz composite score. (The Cumulative Final Exam is not droppable. We will drop the quiz composite if it is your lowest score.)
Your final grade will be therefore based on six equally weighted scores: the best five of the Examinations and quiz composite, and the Cumulative Review Final Exam.
Each of those scores is worth 100 points. Therefore your final grade will be based on 600 points. Grade categories will be 10% wide; thus an A will be 540 points and above; a B will be 480 points and above, a C will be 420, a D 360, and and F 359 and below.
Homework will 'soften' the edges of these categories. For example, if your total points is 539 and you have done no homework, you will receive a B. However, if you have done some of the homework, you will receive an A. The more homework you have done, the more lenient we will be.
There will be no make-up exams. If you miss an exam, that will be the score that will be dropped.
PSY210: Introduction to Statistical Methods
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