FALL 2001

Instructor: Dr. M. Foster,

Lecture Time/Place: Wednesdays, 7:15-10, Anderson 212

Telephone: 610 436 3153


Office/ Hours: Peoples, 43: Tuesdays/Thursdays 11-12:30, Wednesdays 5-7pm

Text: Pagano, Understanding Statistics in the Behavioral Sciences, 6th edition.

Software Text: Using SPSS for Windows: Analyzing and Understanding Data

Course Objectives:

In this course, students will develop:

1) A basic understanding of the purposes and uses of statistics, especially for the social and behavioral sciences;

2) A conceptual understanding of several different statistical techniques to describe a set of numbers, how to compute them, and in what circumstances their use is appropriate;

3) How to write APA format results sections

4) A working knowledge of a computer software package (SPSS) that will enable the user to perform many statistical computations more efficiently.


Course Calender

Note: Chapter numbers not yet available due to change in text edition

August 29th:

September 5th:

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November 7th:

November 14th:

7.64,8.55,8.82,8.45,6.73,9.36,9.18,9.82,9.82,8.73,9.82 into a new data file. This data represents "attributions for discrimination". That is, on a scale ranging from 0 to 10 women were asked to read about discrimination happening and asked to attribute the cause of it either to themselves or to someone else (internal versus external attributions). Using the midpoint of the scale, compute a one-sample t-test using SPSS and write up an APA results section to answer whether these women are making internal or external attributions for discrimination.

November 21st:

November 28th:

December 5th:

December 12th: Final due by 8pm


The examinations will consist of multiple choice questions, problems and short answer questions. The final examination will cover material from the entire semester and will consist of the same types of questions as the other exams.

Computer Assignments:

You will also be given computer assignments to complete using the SPSS program that accompanies this course. There will be SIX assignments.



Assignments: 6x 5% = 30% of your grade

Test 1=20%

Test 2=20%

Final exam=30%

We at West Chester University wish to make accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please make you needs known by contacting Dr. Foster and/or the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at ext. 3217. Sufficient notice is needed in order to make the accommodations possible. The University desires to comply with the ADA of 1990.