Statistics for Practitioners (EDPE 575 )

McGill University ~ Education Faculty ~ Winter '20 Semester (online)

Instructors: Sam Bruzzese & Domenico Tullo

Teaching Assistants: TBD

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Course hashtag: #statsinyourlife

Course Objectives:By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain how research methods and statistics affect your professional domain
  • Differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics
  • Identify and calculate the basic statistical
  • Select and apply appropriate statistical techniques and tools
  • Describe the rationale and procedure for statistical analyses
  • Critically read and interpret the basic results of statistical studies

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the basic tools and techniques needed to conduct, analyze, and interpret statistics in order to make informed decisions.

The course content is divided into three main sections.

  1. The first section focuses on descriptive statistics including definitions and terminology, understanding experimental design, organizing and presenting data, and calculating measures of central tendency, variability, and position.
  2. The following section presents the concept of probability, covering such topics as probability theory, methods of counting, calculating simple and compound events, probability distributions, conditional probabilities, and the normal distribution.
  3. The last section of the course explores inferential statistics including the rationale and procedure to conduct hypothesis tests. Students will use learn to use sample data to make decisions about a given population (with large and small data sets), deal with dependent means and independent means testing, and will be introduced to the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) technique. Lastly, students will explore linear relationships between variables and predict outcomes using correlation and regression analysis.

Online Course:

This course will be taught online during the Winter '20 semester.

There will be a weekly check in component (via ZOOM online ~ approximately 1 hr.) You will be given a choice of picking a 1 hr. session from 2 different available times.

We will decide this during our first online session.

More details to follow in late Fall.

Required Text:

Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences 4th Edition by Susan Nolan, Thomas Heinzen)

Cheapest price is direct from Nelson/Cengage

You have to buy the looseleaf version @ The Paragraph Bookstore corner McGill Ave. / Sherbrooke streets.

The text will be available as of December 1st. The cost will be approx. $80.00 ~ this includes the printed copy. The students who took the class last year ending up printing most of the chapters.

The looseleaf version is most economical and includes access to all the required online components.

Here's a screenshot of the login screen:

Here are the detailed instructions on purchasing % accessing the course textbook:

Dear Students,

My online course is open for student registration. Follow these steps to get started. If you need additional guidance, consult the support site, especially the system requirements which list recommended browsers.

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Bookmark the page to make it easy to return to (although note that the URL will look different due to security measures).

Enroll in this course using one of the following options:

If you have an access code, select "I have a student access code", enter the code exactly as it appears on the card, and click Submit. This will be found in your looseleaf version you purchase at Paragraph Bookstore.

If you don't have an access code, either purchase a text package that includes one OR click "I want to purchase access" and follow the instructions.

If you need to start working but can't purchase right away, select "I want temporary access" and follow the instructions. Please note: Your grades are linked to your Launchpad account username (email address). If you use temporary access, make sure you purchase or register your code using the same email address for your paid access.

If you have problems registering, purchasing, or logging in, please contact Customer Support.

You can reach a representative 7 days a week:

  • through the online form
  • by chat
  • by phone at (800) 936-6899

Looking forward to seeing you in class!

Sam Bruzzese & Domenico Tullo &

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