Introduction to Statistics | Arts and Science ONLINE

# Introduction to Statistics

BIOL 243/3.0

Introduces descriptive and inferential statistics and data analysis strategies. Topics include experimental design, data visualization, probability, correlation/regression and analysis of variance. Online learning and weekly tutorials provide practice in computation, interpretation and communication of statistical findings, and large class sessions and individual drop in assistance ensure mastery. Applications appropriate to diverse fields of study will be explored.

NOTE: BIOL 243 is the introductory statistics course being offered online in place of STAT 263. BIOL 243 does not require any biology background, and covers the same content and is taught by the same professor as BIOL 243/3.0, GPHY 247/3.0, KNPE 251/3.0, NURS 323/3.0, POLS 385/3.0 and PSYC 202/3.0. It is also a substitution for STAT 263/3.0 in most Plans.

NOTE: On campus students who wish to take BIOL 243 Introduction to Statistics (online) as a core course in their Plan should check with their department's Undergraduate Chair first to ensure that this course will satisfy the department's requirement.

## Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, students should have the knowledge and skills to do the following:

1. Identify the study design for a given question, and define the accompanying statistical population, sample and observation unit.
2. Distinguish descriptive statistics from inferential statistics, and define the role of each in quantitative analyses.
3. Compute descriptive statistics for a dataset using contemporary software and create the appropriate visualizations.
4. Identify and conduct the appropriate statistical test for a question and dataset using contemporary software
5. Interpret the results of statistical tests and data software output to draw valid conclusions, and communicate them in written form.
6. Apply knowledge of statistics and research design (e.g., sampling) to critically evaluate research findings.

## Description

An introduction to the analysis of data from real life situations. Covers study design, descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include probability, t‐tests, regression, Chi‐square tests, analysis of variance. Emphasis is in the foundation of statistical inference and practical application of statistical methods using statistical software.

Topics

Week 1 - Course Introduction
Week 2 - Anatomy of Statistical Population
Week 3 - Sampling and Variables
Week 4 - Data Visualization
Week 5 - Probability
Week 6 - Sampling Distribution
Week 7 - Hypothesis Testing
Week 8 - T-testing and Chi-squared Tests
Week 9 - Linear Regression
Week 10 - Study Design
Week 11 - Single-Factor ANOVA
Week 12 - Two-Factor ANOVA

## Course Resources

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onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

#### Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

• OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
• Dual Core 2 GHz processor
• 4 GB RAM
• Soundcard
• Webcam

Supported Browsers

• Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
• Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

• Wired high speed access: Cable or better
• Wifi is not recommended

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The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

#### Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, \$685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, \$1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

 Letter Grade Grade Point A+ 4.30 A 4.00 A- 3.70 B+ 3.30 B 3.00 B- 2.70 C+ 2.30 C 2.00 C- 1.70 D+ 1.30 D 1.00 D- 0.70 F 0.00

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