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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.


136 Student Reviews
by Amber N. on March 23, 2017
Was a very challenging class in this format.
by Jenna V. on March 22, 2017
I am not (at all!) a math person, so I was pretty nervous about taking Statistics. It was definitely challenging and made me worry early on about potentially not passing, but I ended up learning a ton. I appreciated all of the real-world examples given throughout the tutorials, and left the course realizing that stats can actually be kind of fun. :) I was very pleased with the quality & timeliness of Sophia's Learning Coaches: they were extremely prompt in their replies to my questions, and always offered helpful suggestions. I would tell other students taking this course to not be afraid to ask for help (asking for clarification before your 3rd try in a Challenge, etc.) and to take your time: the Practice Milestones & tutorials have everything you need to succeed if you just put in the time. I was thrilled to finish this course in less than 3 weeks: SO much easier than traveling to/paying for a math course at a community college! Thank you, SOPHIA!
by Christie M. on March 17, 2017
The very last section seemed to squeeze in a lot of hard information and seemed rushed. It was overwhelming. Also some wording of questions on milestones were hard to understand, or were not very clear.
Sophia replied on March 17, 2017

Congratulations Christie on your recent course completion! Yes, the concepts covered in the final unit are challenging. We encourage our students to utilize our learning coach support and also the in-course "on demand" tutoring as needed during this unit, or the entirety of the course. Again, congratulations on your achievement!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by David H. on March 10, 2017
I found this course a little more difficult than it needed to be. The new format was actually more difficult to navigate when taking the milestones. Also unlike the other courses...the answers were not in the clues at the end of the videos. And also found that some answers were in different videos so you needed to watch all the videos to find the answers. And most disappointing was that some of the answers were in the next section. Overall I learned a lot but believe there is need for improvement.
Sophia replied on March 13, 2017

David - Congratulations on your most recent course completion. We appreciate your comments about your course experience. Our team is here to help if the need arises when you cannot find the necessary content in the course. We can point you in the right direction and guide you through the problem. Thank you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Lisa J. on February 26, 2017
This course is hard but the tutorials are very great. Do well in units 1-5 because 6 is the hardest. I asked for help by email and the response was fast (next morning) and insightful.
by Justin S. on February 23, 2017
Struggled alot towards the end of the course. Along with teaching concepts, you need a way to actually walk the student through the problems their doing.
Sophia replied on February 23, 2017

Justin - congratulations on your successful course completion! We agree that often students need more than just the teaching of concepts. That's why we supplement the instruction with our team of Learning Coaches. Students in Introduction to Statistics also have access to 24x7 "on demand" tutoring via the "Access a Tutor" button in the course. Both of these resources are designed to help ensure students understand the concepts and how to approach the questions/problems.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
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.


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