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Introduction to Statistics

Introduction to Statistics

Sophia's Introduction to Statistics course helps you gain mastery of the basic principles of statistics. In this course, you will learn a variety of topics, including statistical principles, research methodologies, data analysis, and hypothesis testing. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate the application of these topics in statistics to everyday situations. Full Description

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  • 3 semester credits at Excelsior College
  • Excelsior College Equivalency: Natural Science/ Math (GEN ED.)
  • Category: Math and Science

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This Introduction to Statistics Course uses problem-based learning that shows you how to apply your knowledge in real-world situations. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's Introduction to Statistics Course helps you gain mastery of the basic principles of statistics. In this course you will learn a variety of topics, including statistical principles, research methodologies, data analysis, and hypothesis testing. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate the application of these topics in statistics to everyday situations.

In Sophia's Introduction to Statistics Course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 18 Challenge assessments and 6 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand and identify key principles of statistical reasoning and statistical methods.
  • Apply concepts of data and data representation in a real world context.
  • Calculate variation and central tendency and recognize patterns in distributions.
  • Apply concepts of probability and risk in real life scenarios.
  • Determine correlation and causation and distinguish between them in context.
  • Apply concepts of hypothesis testing and utilize t-tests, z-tests, and ANOVA in real world situations.


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by Andrea K. on March 19, 2018
I love Sophia Pathways. The first 4 modules of Intro to Stats were great. It was easy to navigate and the tutorials were extremely helpful. The last module was so confusing and I had to seek other sources because the tutorials were not helpful. That said, the testing is fair and I learned way more in this Stats course than I learned when I took AP Stats in high school 10 years ago. The proctored ID verification exam through ProctorU is less than ideal. The concept is good but it would have been helpful to instruct that the testing area should be as un-cluttered as possible; I ended up having to move my organization and storage items that are under my desk. The proctor also didn't know I was allowed to use the course materials for the test. We didn't start the test until 42 minutes after my start time. This was frustrating but could have been avoided with a little more detail in the instructions. Overall I would still recommend this course.
by colleen b. on March 17, 2018
Great course. Challenging
by Dana K. on March 17, 2018
A lot of information. Very well taught.
by Joseph F. on March 17, 2018
It was a great class. very informational
by Sheree C. on March 15, 2018
This was an extremely hard class, however, I would recommend this Sophia course to any struggling with Stats! I passed. So excited!
by Brittany A. on March 11, 2018
This course was by far the most difficult course I have taken but I'm very proud of myself that I have passed and I want to thank Sophia for assisting me in this course as well.
by Curtis G. on March 10, 2018
GOOD but challeging subject, great tutors.
by Shannon S. on February 19, 2018
I laughed, I cried, I didn't throw the calculator (it was close). Had to use all of the tutorials within several sections and work with a tutor but I know more now than when I started.


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