Statistics in Psychology – PSYC 355

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

Course Description

Introduction to statistical methodology in the social sciences, particularly as related to psychological measurement and development of scientific research studies involving quantitative investigation.


(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 211 or MATH 217 or MATH 221 or MATH 231 or MATH 250) and PSYC 354 and PSYC 255


The purpose of this course is to acquaint the undergraduate psychology major with basic descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. The course will draw heavily upon decision-making regarding the selection of appropriate analytic techniques and interpretation of statistical results. Because today’s work environment demands computer literacy, this course requires familiarization with computerized data analysis and file transfer.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Select the appropriate statistical test to analyze and interpret psychological data produced by different research designs.
  2. Use SPSS statistical software to analyze psychological data.
  3. Determine whether statistical results support hypotheses of psychological studies.
  4. Communicate the results of data analysis in appropriate APA format in written and technological forms.

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. The student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt based on the Lab assignment for each forum. Each thread must be at least 350 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. Assertions must be supported by citations as needed.

SPSS Homework (7)

The student will complete 7 SPSS homework exercises. These homework exercises rely on the SPSS tutorial presentations in the Reading and Study for the module/week.

Mindtap Homework (2)

The student will complete 2 Mindtap homework exercises. These homework exercises rely on material learned in the Reading and Study for the module/week.

Lab Project (To be completed in multiple phases)

The student will administer a survey to at least 12 people and will use the resulting data to complete a lab assignment throughout the course. The lab includes data collection via a survey, choosing the correct type of data analysis using SPSS, and reporting and interpreting results in a results section to be written in current APA format. Instructions from the Institutional Review Board regarding how to administer this survey must be followed.

SPSS Cumulative Assessment

The student will complete one cumulative assessment that covers material learned during the course. There will be 1 problem for each of the statistical tests covered. The student will complete the analyses in SPSS and write APA-style Results sections for each problem.

Exams (4)

The student will complete 4 exams. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, covering 2 modules/weeks of material. Each exam will have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes and will contain 40 multiple-choice questions.