Psychology 233 (Online)
Statistics for Psychology
Department of Psychology
Fayetteville State University
This syllabus is for the online version of the course
only. Classroom students should view their syllabus on
Blackboard! This course is completely web based with all
communication done via the Internet. There is no campus component,
and all activities will be done online. Most of the course will be
conducted through Blackboard, but you must also utilize this
I have compiled a number of resources for the course.
The most important of these is the homework packet, which you should
print and use to practice the problems. The sample exams it contains
will be very similar to the exams you will be taking. Answers to all
problems are located at the end of the file. You must practice the
problems in order to do well on the exams!
In addition, lecture notes are located in the Course
Content section on Blackboard. Study the lessons closely so you can
work the practice problems and exams in the homework packet. The
book follows closely both the lecture notes and the problems in the
homework packet. Use the book to give you additional information
about how to work the problems in the homework packet. Each section
of the homework packet gives information about what will be
contained on each exam, and where any discrepancies exist between
the lecture notes and information in the text.
Your grade will be based on your performance on five
timed exams, plus labs. Thus, there is no grade for homework. The
homework packet is just for your own practice. There are no
make-up exams or extra credit for the course, but students will
be allowed to drop their lowest exam grade (excluding the final)
in case they must miss an exam due to scheduling problems or
technical difficulty. Please look at the course schedule for exam
dates and times. Notify me before the first exam if you notice a
conflict with your schedule. An alternative exam time will be
arranged for the exams based on the schedules of all those with time
conflicts. This single alternative exam time for all exams will be
arranged prior to the first exam. Students with emergency conflicts
that arise during the semester will be allowed to take the exam at
this already scheduled alternative time if it fits their schedule.
No other alternative exam times will be scheduled after Exam 1 has
taken place. The exam drop policy exists for these emergency time
conflicts, and technical problems.
Although you will be able to take the exams open-book,
you should prepare for them as if you were going to have to take the
exams without the book or notes. The classroom version of this
course requires students to take the exams without the text or
notes, but with a copy of the formula sheet. However, students in
the online course consistently score below students in the
classroom. Please donít let a lack of practice with the problems
leave you with a similar deficit to other online students!
David S. Wallace Ph. D.
Office: Room 331 L. Taylor Building
Office Hours: by appointment
Department: Phone: 672-1413 Fax: 672-1043
Required Text: Grevetter, F & Wallnau, L. (1999).
Essentials of Statistics (8th ed.): Brooks/Cole. (4th
edition should be okay as well)
http://faculty.uncfsu.edu/dwallace/packet.html for printable version
This course is a standard introductory course for the
behavioral sciences. Basic statistical theory and techniques
appropriate to psychology and related fields; introduction to
statistical inference and the testing of hypotheses. Prereq: PSYC
210 and MATH 123
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Compute and evaluate the appropriateness of conclusions derived for basic research questions.
2. Use critical thinking more effectively.
3. Use appropriate software to produce understandable reports of the psychological
statistical and qualitative analyses, including graphic representations of data.
4. Be able to develop and test statistical hypotheses.
5. Demonstrate basic word processing, database, email, spreadsheet, and data analysis
6. Demonstrate effective writing skills.
7. Exhibit quantitative literacy.
8. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills.
Exams: There will be four two-hour
non-comprehensive exams worth 50 points each, and a two-hour final
comprehensive exam worth 65 points. See the course schedule for exam
Exams will be posted in the Course Content section of
Blackboard on the specified days. To take the exams, you must be
able to download the file to your computer, edit the file using MS
Word, and save the new file to your hard drive. You will then send
me an email with the file attached to your message. See Technical
At exam time you must download the test file and email
it back to me as an attachment to your message within ten minutes of
the end of the exam time. We will not be using the Blackboard
testing system! You will receive your grade within one week of the
Lab: There will be 5 labs due on assigned days as
printed in the course schedule. Labs will consist of running the
statistical tests we learn to compute by hand on the computer using
SPSS. Labs will not begin until after the third exam. Look for
information about the labs in the Course Content section of
Blackboard soon after Exam 3. See the course schedule for due dates.
Technical Quiz: Before the first exam, each
student must complete the technical quiz located in the Course
Content section of Blackboard. The quiz is meant to replicate what
you must do to take the exams, and is exactly where exams will be
posted. Save the file to your hard drive by clicking on the file
with the right mouse button. Choose "save the target as" and select
a place on your hard drive to save the file. Close your Blackboard
connection! Start MS Word on your computer. Under "file" in MS Word,
choose "open" and locate where you saved the file on your computerís
hard drive. Save the new file once you finish editing it. Now send
an email to me and be sure to "attach" the new file you just saved.
Final grades will be determined according to the
A = 270- 300 points
B = 240-269 points
C = 210-239 points
D = 180-209 points
F = 179 points and below
Academic Dishonesty Policy and Procedures
Academic dishonesty is the giving, taking, or
presenting of information or material by a student with the intent
of unethically or fraudulently aiding oneself or another on any work
which is to be considered in the determination of a grade or the
completion of academic requirements. Please refer to the student
handbook for details.
Department of Psychology
PSYC 233 Course Map
Text Chapters 1- 3, Online Lessons 1-4
Text Chapters 4-6, Online Lessons 5-8
Text Chapters 7-8, Online Lessons 9-12
Text Chapters 9, 10, and 12
Online Lessons 13-16
Text Chapters 14-15
Online Lesson 17-20