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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

3 semester credits

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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.


159 Student Reviews
by Michael M. on July 19, 2017
This was a fun and challenging class.
by Maria Joy M. on July 12, 2017
Take you for a wonderful experience. Sophia is a great learning environment. Keep up the good work.
by Heidi S. on July 6, 2017
The course material was not thorough.
by John O. on July 1, 2017
Great course, definitely challenging and will require a lot of your time to comprehend. I would not have been able to get through this course without the help of Bethany, an incredible learning coach that helped me to truly understand how statistics works. Thanks Sophia, for another challenging yet rewarding course.
by Steven G. on June 29, 2017
I only wish there was more instruction, even a basic tutorial on how to use a graphing calculator.
by Brian E. on June 24, 2017
I really like the idea of having multiple different ways to learn the material and having the ability to do it in my own time. However, there were many distractions. Some of the answers were incorrect in quizzes, and practice milestones. There were also many problems with the editing of the material.
Sophia replied on June 25, 2017

Brian - Congratulations on your successful course completion, and earning the college credits. We do encourage students to contact our Learning Coach throughout the course with questions, concerns or suggestions. We appreciate and take action on student feedback. We hope to have you in a future Sophia course. Thank you!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Bernadette B. on June 24, 2017
The tutorials were extremely helpful and it was great to be able to choose different tutorial styles for each section.
by Ashley M. on June 20, 2017
Lesson 6 was so confusing, instructions were not easy to follow like the previous chapters.
Sophia replied on June 20, 2017

Hi Ashley— Congratulations on your successful course completion! While the tutorials in all the units are designed to teach you the concepts necessary to answer the assessment questions, we encourage you to reach out to our Learning Coach team if you feel you need further assistance with the questions in a particular unit. We are here to help. Congratulations again on earning these credits!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach


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