Chris D. Lynd, M.S. Mathematics

Chris_Lynd@my.uri.edu

Office Hours: Tues. and Thur. 11:00 - 12:00 & 2:00 - 3:00, Lippitt Hall 106F

MTH 107            Fall 2010 Kingston Campus




Statistics for Psychology, 5th edition
Aron, Aron, and Coups
Pearson Publishing


Below are documents that you should print out and put in your notebook.

Calendar of Due Dates
Notes Lesson 1                              Homework 1
Notes Lesson 2                              Homework 2
Notes Lesson 3                              Homework 3
Notes Lesson 4                              Homework 4
Notes Lesson 5                              Homework 5
Handout A Lesson 6                      Homework 6
Handout B Lesson 7                      Homework 6
Notes Lesson 8                              Homework 8
Notes Lesson 9                              Homework 9
Excel Worksheet Lesson 10          Excel Worksheet Homework 10
Excel Worksheet Lesson 11          Excel Worksheet Homework 11
Handout C Lessons 12-14             Homework 12 and 13                      Homework 14
Excel Worksheet Lesson 15          Excel Worksheet Homework 15
Excel Worksheet Lesson 16          Excel Worksheet Homework 16
Quiz 4    Hypothesis Testing with t-tests and F-tests
Quiz 5    Hypothesis Testing with Chi-Square Tests and Linear Regression


Grading Policy

Your final grade is the percentage of points earned out of 800 total points.

93% - 100% A
90% - 92% A-

87% - 89% B+
83% - 86% B
80% - 82% B-
77% - 80% C+
73% - 77% C
70% - 72% C-
67% - 69% D+
60% - 66% D
0% - 59% F

Your 800 points will come from the following:
Homework Assignments

100 points
Quizzes

100 points
Project using Microsoft Excel

100 points
Midterm 1

100 points
Midterm 2

100 points
Midterm 3

100 points
Final Exam

200 points


_________
Total

800 points



You are NOT allowed to use a calculator on quizzes, midterms, or the final exam.


Tutoring

Walk-in tutoring for math is located in rooms 201 and 205 in Lippitt Hall (Kingston) everyday from 12:00 - 6:00. There is a no appointment needed and it is FREE. There are laptops available so you can access Microsoft Excel. Be sure to bring your notes and questions with you. The tutoring center is a great place to study with classmates and friends, prepare for exams, and review the material covered in lecture.


Projects

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used software for spreadsheets. You can use Microsoft Excel to keep track of research data, display data in graphs and charts, and perform mathematical and statistical calculations.

There will be four lessons on how to use Microsoft Excel. These lessons focus on how to display data, how to calculate descriptive statistics, and how to make statistical inferences using t-tests, F-tests, Chi-Square tests, and Linear Regression. There will be four practice spreadsheets that we will go over as a class and four homework assignments using an Excel spreadsheet.

There will be one project where each student will be given a unique set of data to analyze and they must use Excel to create graphs, calculate descriptive statistics, form a null-hypothesis and an alternative hypothesis, perform the appropriate statistical test using Excel, and then interpret the results given the context of the problem.

The Main Library (Kingston Campus) and the Memorial Union computer labs have computers with Microsoft Excel installed on them. Lippitt Hall 205 also has laptops with Microsoft Excel installed on them.


Course Description

This is a special section of MTH 107 designed for students who plan to major in Psychology. Many students in Psychology have difficulty in their required inferential statistics class, PSY 300, because they do not have any background in inferential statistics. Since Psychology majors are required to take one math course for general education credit, the math department has created a section of MTH 107 that will focus on the statistics that will help prepare students for their required PSY 300 course. The traditional course for MTH 107 covers logic, probability, and a small amount of descriptive statistics. By shortening the amount of time spent on logic and probability, we can spend five weeks covering sampling methods and exposing students to inferential statistics, including the use of Microsoft Excel for hypothesis testing with t-Tests, F-Tests, Chi-Square Tests, and Linear Regression.

The immediate goal of this course is to provide students with a statistical vocabulary, a basic understanding of hypothesis testing, and to expose students to spreadsheets on Microsoft Excel in order to prepare them for their inferential statistics course. The ultimate goal of this course is to provide students with the ability to understand and conduct research in the field of Psychology.

Click here to see the Learning Outcomes for this course.


Classroom Policies

Attendance
Attendance is required, please arrive on time. If you miss class, you must notify me ahead of time via email. See the policy on Make-up Work.

At times, you will be expected to participate in class and to practice problems as a class. Be respectful of others in the classroom. No mobile phones, ipods, or any other personal electronic devices are allowed during class.

Due to the H1N1 situation, if you are sick, you should not come to class. Please notify me ahead of time, follow along with the syllabus, send any questions to me via email, and get healthy so you can come back to class. You will be allowed a reasonable amount of time to make up any work. Please see U.R.I.’s information regarding the H1N1 flu virus.
The link is: http://www.uri.edu/news/h1n1

Make Up Work
If you miss class, you must notify me ahead of time via email. If you do not notify me ahead of time, then you cannot make up the work and you will receive a zero for the assignment. If you cannot take a midterm exam at the regularly scheduled time, you must notify me ahead of time. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to re-take the exam and will receive a zero. Obviously, exceptions will be made in the case of an emergency. However, “I woke up and didn’t feel well” does not constitute an emergency – you need to send an email in a situation like this.

Students With Disabilities
Any student with a documented disability should contact me as soon as possible to discuss your accommodations. Students should also contact Disability Services for Students: Office of Student Life, 330 Memorial Union, 874-2098. They will determine with you what accommodations are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Cheating
Cheating is defined in the University Manual section 8.27.10 as the claiming of credit for work not done independently without giving credit for aid received, or any unauthorized communication during examinations. Students are expected to be honest in all academic work. The resolution of any charge of cheating or plagiarism will follow the guideline set forth in the University Manual 8.27.10 – 8.27.20.