Statistics for the Social Sciences – PSYC 354

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Introduction to the descriptive statistics and probability, probability distributions, estimation, tests of hypotheses, and visual displays of data with applications in psychology and the other social sciences.


(PSYC 101 or PSYC 210) and (MATH 115 or MATH 116 or MATH 117 or MATH 121 or MATH 122 or MATH 123 or MATH 125 or MATH 126 or MATH 128 or MATH 130 or MATH 131 or MATH 132 or MATH 200 or MATH 201 or BUSI 230 or MATH 217 or MATH 221 or MATH 231 or MATH 250) and PSYC 255


Due to the often highly publicized nature of social science research, it is imperative for the student in the social sciences to have a basic understanding of statistics that aids in the description and interpretation of data at a basic level. This course is designed to give the student a working knowledge of the topics listed above with an emphasis on the application of statistical knowledge rather than the theory. This course will also further equip the student to succeed in upper-level statistics courses within his or her field of study.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the basic concepts of probability and statistics.
  2. Analyze psychological data, both by hand and with SPSS.
  3. Use critical thinking to solve everyday problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Apply statistics within a biblical worldview.
  5. Communicate the results of data analysis in appropriate APA format.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words.

Mindtap Homework (8)

Assignments depend on information gained from the Reading & Study material in the assigned module/week.

SPSS Homework (5)

Assignments are SPSS-based and depend on information gained from the SPSS Tutorial Presentation(s) in the assigned module/week.

Hypothesis Testing Homework

Assignment is based on information gained from the Reading & Study material in the assigned module/week.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for 2 modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 40 multiple-choice questions, and have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes.