Introduction to Statistics | Arts and Science ONLINE

Introduction to Statistics

STAM 200 (formerly 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: STAM 200 is the introductory statistics course being offered online in place of STAT 263. STAM 200 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 STAM 200 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

Terms

Winter 2020
Course Dates: 
Jan 6 - Apr 3, 2020
Exam Dates: 
Apr 9 - 25, 2020

Evaluation

10% - Weekly Quizzes (x12)
20% - Term Tests (x2)
9% - Software Skills Quizzes (x3)
16% - Group Problem Solving Activities (Synchronous Sessions)
15% - Inquiry Project
30% - Proctored Final Exam

**Evaluation Subject to change.**

Live Sessions

This course has required live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.

Proctored Final Exam

You must write and pass the final exam in order to pass the course.

Students must write their exams on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.

Instructor

Professor William Nelson (nelsonw@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend, on average, about 10-12 hours per week completing relevant readings, assignments, and course activities.

Course Resources

About SOLUS

SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

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.

About Credit Units

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

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • 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

Java

  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version

Dates/Deadlines

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.

Grading Scheme

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
A4.00
A-3.70
B+3.30
B3.00
B-2.70
C+2.30
C2.00
C-1.70
D+1.30
D1.00
D-0.70
F0.00

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.