Course GEDU 706 | Fall, spring and summer semesters of each academic year.
General Education course descriptions in the USF General Catalog online.
Objectives or Outcomes:
- Develop an understanding of data analytic techniques as a foundation for reading research and for conducting quantitative research investigations
- Acquire basic concepts necessary for understanding descriptive and inferential statistics
- Apply statistical techniques to a body of data in an appropriate manner
- Review the statistical techniques used to analyze data found in journal articles
- Write up results of statistical analyses
- Frequency distributionsótables and graphs
- Measures of central tendencyómean, median, and mode
- Measures of variabilityórange, variance, and standard deviation
- z-scores and the normal curve
- Correlation and *other measures of association*
- Effect sizes
- Inferential statisticsóType I and II errors, power
- Hypothesis testing and sampling distributions
- z tests **
- t tests **
- Chi-square tests
- nonparametric tests ** | Mann-Whitney, Wilcoxon, McNemar, and Kruskal-Wallis
- 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