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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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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.


130 Student Reviews
by Beth K. on February 19, 2017
Bethany in the tutor center is the ONLY reason I passed this course at all. She deserves a raise! only criticism I have is that sometimes when I had to pause the video to take notes the pause/play symbol was right in the middle of the screen and made it hard to see what was written.
by Teresa T. on February 15, 2017
Thank you all for going the extra mile (or two) for me! I really do appreciate it.
by Candice L. on February 13, 2017
Hard to learn math from videos alone. Would be helpful if they showed how to work problems in the test to get correct answer.
by Dena W. on February 13, 2017
More problems with answers would be beneficial to solidify the concepts
by Todd S. on February 5, 2017
This was the most difficult class I have ever taken Especially Unit 5 and 6. Had I know it would be that difficult I would have never taken it. I like a challenge but that was a rough course. This type of class would be better taken in person in a real classroom.
Sophia replied on February 6, 2017

Hi Todd - Congratulations on your successful course completion! Yes, this is a rigorous course. For some students, a classroom-based course may be a better fit. Others do find that our course, going at your own pace, makes more sense. Either way, Statistics is a challenging academic subject, so you should be proud of your accomplishment. Thank you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Krystle T. on February 5, 2017
I love SOPHIA! They are so understanding, patient and care for their students. They give you all the tools and support to help you understand each concept. I have dreaded to take Statistics all year and I am so thankful to have found Sophia.org, it was fun to learn! Thanks Sophia!
by Margaret P. on February 2, 2017
I learned a lot in this course, and am glad I took it, but Unit 6 was a big jump in difficulty compared with prior units, which was kind of imbalanced. It would have been helpful to have more conceptual teaching in unit six before getting into the problems. I loved the tutors! They taught so well!
by LaTeasha P. on January 25, 2017
I enjoyed the course overall, but I think it would have been more conducive to my learning if the challenge questions went in some type of sequence with the tutorials or if you arrange the program so the tutorials relating to the topic had to be completed first before the challenge questions. Particularly for some of the more difficult material it seems to be presented all over the place and it made it difficult to make connections that resulted in a more cohesive comprehension. Also I could not complete many calculations due to lack of calculator function knowledge and not having the correct calculator for some of the problems as well. So a tutorial about calculators, a supply list for the course to indicate what type is required, or also providing a hand taught method of completing the calculations would make a huge difference. Thanks!


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