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Applied Educational Statistics

Course GEDU 706 | Fall, spring and summer semesters of each academic year.

Catalog Description:

General Education course descriptions in the USF General Catalog online.

Objectives or Outcomes:

  1. Develop an understanding of data analytic techniques as a foundation for reading research and for conducting quantitative research investigations
  2. Acquire basic concepts necessary for understanding descriptive and inferential statistics
  3. Apply statistical techniques to a body of data in an appropriate manner
  4. Review the statistical techniques used to analyze data found in journal articles
  5. Write up results of statistical analyses

Course Topics:

  1. Frequency distributionsótables and graphs
  2. Measures of central tendencyómean, median, and mode
  3. Measures of variabilityórange, variance, and standard deviation
  4. z-scores and the normal curve
  5. Correlation and *other measures of association*
  6. Regression
  7. Effect sizes
  8. Inferential statisticsóType I and II errors, power
  9. Hypothesis testing and sampling distributions
  10. z tests **
  11. t tests **
  12. Chi-square tests
  13. nonparametric tests ** | Mann-Whitney, Wilcoxon, McNemar, and Kruskal-Wallis
  14. One-way analysis of variance

**These course topics are not covered by all instructors.

Data Analysis Packages:

In some sections, data analysis packages, such as SPSS and Microsoft Excel, are used.

Criteria for Evaluation:

  • Research reports based on statistical analyses supplied to students
  • Exercises to understand statistics reported in journal articles
  • Multiple-choice quizzes