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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
PSY210.1001 and PSY210.1002
(Online Asynchronous Education)
Introduction to Statistical Methods

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Professor Russell T. Hurlburt
Teaching Assistant Cody Kaneshiro

Syllabus--Summer 2021

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Course Goals and Overview

Course goals: Course material: Exams: Calendar:

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Who Should Take This Course?

Anyone who meets the prerequisites and 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.

Prerequistes are Introductory psychology (PSY101) and college algebra (Mat 096, 124, or 126 or satisfactory placement on the mathematics pretest).

Because there is no in-person contact, you should recognize that success in this course requires that you be self-motivated.

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.

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Computer Equipment You Will Need

Computer requirements are: If you do not have access to a computer that meets these requirements, you may be able to borrow a laptop and/or webcam from UNLV.
Contact the UNLV library technology loan program. Alternatively, you can use computers in the UNLV open computer labs or at the UNLV libraries.

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Textbook and Personal Trainer Software

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Q/A (Optional)

This Online Education course has no required live classes. The lectlets take the place of lectures.

Dr. Hurlburt will conduct a "live" question-and-answer session Monday through Thursday at noon. 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 Zoom link is https://zoom.us/j/92858448100?pwd=aHJrMTdocEpkTkU0di9zNWRLaE1yUT09.

A few hours after each Q/A period, we will make video of the Zoom classroom available here.

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Registration and Email

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A 'lectlet' is Dr. Hurlburt's attempt at creating a lecture-type environment optimized for asynchronous learning. Dr. Hurlburt has been building lectlets since 2000. They have these advantages:

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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!
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.
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.
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...:)
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 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.

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Labs and Quizzes


Labs are found on the Personal Trainer website and are available 24/7. Labs are designed to provide practice in the skills involved in comprehending statistics. There is a lab for each textbook chapter.
The labs include frequent interactive text-entry cells. These are valuable exercises that test your comprehension, but they are not saved and they do not count toward your grade. Each lab is designed to prepare you for the corresponding quiz.


Quizzes are found on the Personal Trainer website and are available 24/7. There is a deadline for each quiz; deadlines are found in the class Schedule.

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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.1001@gmail.com or psy210.homework.1002@gmail.com. There is no specified format: pencil on paper is fine.

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Because of the coronavirus, the first four exams will be administered remotely.
exam template
  • How: Each exam will have 33 multiple-choice/true-false questions (you will enter answers directly into your browser) and two pages (17 points) of written (computational) questions. You will hand-write the written portion on templates (see at left; get it here) 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 psy210.1001@gmail.com or psy210.1002@gmail.com.
  • Crib sheet: These examinations will be closed book and closed notes. However, you may prepare and bring to each exam one 'crib sheet' using one or both sides of an 8.5 X 11 inch piece of paper.
  • Formulas and tables: We will provide a pdf that includes the equations that are shown in the inside front and back covers of your textbook and the tables from Appendix A. You should print that pdf and bring it with you to the exams.
  • Calculator: You may use a calculator during the exam.

The last two exams will be untimed and open book. Examination 5 and the Cumulative Review Final Exam are 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).

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.

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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:
  1. Follow the install-the-Respondus-LockDown-Browser procedures below.
  2. Follow the before-any-exam procedures below.
  3. Follow the to-take-the-exam procedures below.
  4. Follow the after-the-exam procedures below.
Install the Respondus LockDown Browser on your desktop computer (preferably before class begins, certainly before Wednesday of the first week):
  1. If you have already installed the Respondus Lockdown Browser on your computer, skip this section.
  2. Go to the Respondus installation page.
  3. Click Install Now.
  4. 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.
  5. Close the window.
  6. Continue to the next section to take the online-readiness exam.
IPad users: There is a LockDown Browser app for iPad. I recommend using a desktop computer if you can, but if that is not an option, install the LockDown Browser app from the app store. Then please ensure that Cross-Website Tracking is enabled for the LockDown Browser app. Instructions:
  1. Click on Settings on your iPad.
  2. Scroll down to the LockDown Browser app (labeled LockDown)
  3. Change the slider for the setting Allow Cross-Website Tracking. (If this setting is not available, please visit your App Store to check for updates for the LockDown Browser app.)
Before any exam (including the online-readiness exam): To take the exam (including the online-readiness exam):
  1. 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).
  2. Clear your workspace of all material except those.
  3. Ensure that your webcam and microphone are available and working.
  4. Close (don't just minimize) all programs, unless one is used to connect you to the Internet.
  5. Locate the “LockDown Browser” shortcut on the desktop and launch (double-click) it. (For Mac users, launch “LockDown Browser” from the Applications folder.)
  6. 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.
  7. Using the Respondus LockDown Browser, log into WebCampus with your Ace account.
  8. Choose PSY210 from your WebCampus dashboard.
  9. Navigate to the exam by selecting Quizzes at the left side of the WebCampus window. Click the appropriate Exam.
  10. 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.
  11. The Respondus pre-exam sequence will then start. Follow it to the end.
  12. 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.)
  13. Answer the multiple-choice questions using the buttons provided.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.)
  17. Close (X) the Respondus LockDown Browser to return to your computer.
After the exam (including the online-readiness exam):
  1. 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.
  2. Check that the scan or photo is clearly readable (that you didn't put a shadow over the pages when you snapped the photo
  3. Email the scan or photo to PSY210.1001@gmail.com or PSY210.1002@gmail.com. Put your name in the subject line of the email. If you have your choice of file size, choose "Large".

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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.

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