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 webpage.

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.



Phone: 672-1419

Office: Room 331 L. Taylor Building

Office Hours: by appointment

Department: Phone: 672-1413 Fax: 672-1043

Course Resources

Required Text: Grevetter, F & Wallnau, L. (1999). Essentials of Statistics (8th ed.): Brooks/Cole. (4th edition should be okay as well)

Homework Packet: for printable version

Course Description

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

Learning Outcomes

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 programs skills

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 days/times.

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 Quiz below.

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 exam time.

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 following schedule:

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
Fall 2013

Text Chapters 1- 3, Online Lessons 1-4
Exam 1

Text Chapters 4-6, Online Lessons 5-8
Exam 2

Text Chapters 7-8, Online Lessons 9-12
Exam 3

Text Chapters 9, 10, and 12 Online Lessons 13-16
Exam 4

Text Chapters 14-15 Online Lesson 17-20
Final Exam