This course provides an introduction to the use of statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics, introductory probability, estimates and confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression, and time series analysis.
As a rule, meaningful statistical work is done on computers, and this course recognizes that fact. Computers will be used extensively. You should already be familiar with Excel, or a similar spreadsheet program. SPSS, a more specialized statistical program, will be introduced as well. And, while not all work will require a computer, a computer will always be available to you.
The topics of this course represent a powerful set of tools for learning about the world, both as a student here at IWU and in your future career. Recently, top seniors have done research projects on questions such as:
And graduates, in their careers, routinely face questions such as:
Statistical tools are useful for addressing these, and a great many other interesting questions, in almost any field.
Grades determined by three in-class exams, numerous graded exercises, and a comprehensive final exam.