Statistics – EDCO 735

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

A review of descriptive and inferential statistics with attention to how these techniques are utilized in community counseling and the role of primary research in the counseling literature. Students will gain proficiency in research techniques data analysis.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course is designed to give students a working knowledge of the topics listed above with an emphasis on the application of statistical knowledge rather than the theory. This course should also further equip students to succeed in more advanced statistics courses within their field of counseling.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop a basic understanding of probability and statistics, their basic concepts and practical applications.
  2. Develop an understanding of how research design and statistics are used hand-in-hand to address specific kinds of research questions.
  3. Understand the specific kinds of research questions associated with each statistical technique.
  4. Obtain an understanding of how multivariate statistics is an extension of many these univariate statistics.
  5. Obtain a more in-depth understanding of several important and commonly used statistical techniques, including their assumptions and limitations, fundamental equations, major types and variations, and important conceptual and practical issues.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to set-up and run each of the techniques in the textbook on SPSS, using the data sets supplied in the texts and by the professor.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Essays (7)

Each Essay contains 2 comprehension questions assigned from the chapter of the reading for Modules 1 through 7.  Each essay allows one attempt for a grade.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz in module 1-7 will cover the chapter reading for that week. It will be 10 questions and you have 45 minutes to take each quiz. Each quiz is worth 30 points. Students may take a quiz as many times they like. The attempt with the highest score for each quiz will be recorded in the grade center. The module 8 quiz contains 30 questions and is worth 90 points. The module 8 quiz allows 120 minutes to complete and will encompass the material from the entire course. Quizzes are open book and open notes. Students may take a quiz as many times they like. (MLO A-F)