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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

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.


100 Student Reviews
by Julia W. on October 19, 2016
I want to express my highest level of appreciation to all the staff, tutors (Bethany and Stephanie) and technical support, who without their help, support and their great attitudes and reaching out to me to hang in there and stick with me 100%-I would not have been able to finish or have been successful in completing this course. Thank-You all so very much!! Having the 30 day and 15 day extentions was my saving grace as well.
by Ethelen N. on October 15, 2016
The course was intense! The tutorials were well done. The online chat was excellent. The phone tutors were knowledgable. Word of warning to those who take this course. The last Module has double the number of tutorials (almost 40)! If you are trying to complete without an extension, plan your time accordingly. Also, if you want to schedule a tutor for a 2 hr session, you must schedule 48 hrs in advance. I cannot say that I love statistics, but this method was the least painless, most affordable, and convenient. I am extremely pleased.
by Sharon S. on October 13, 2016
Don't have questions on tests that are not on all tutorials. I shouldn't have to watch all tutorials to answer the questions. Don't have the math with so many numbers. Give a mean of 5 numbers, not 11.
Sophia replied on October 13, 2016

Thanks for your feedback Sharon. The tutorials in this course teach the concepts needed, and algebriac/math questions on the assessments are testing the student's ability to apply the concepts to a new problem. Congratulations on your successful course completion!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Sara L. on October 9, 2016
The only thing that sort of threw me off was the inserted "how to" modules in the 6th unit, showing how to calculate different things, by a different tutor than the one I was following. It would have been nice to stick with the same tutor. Otherwise it was great! Ryan Backman has a great teaching style; easy to follow and very helpful.
by Lauren B. on October 6, 2016
Great course! Very challenging
by scott a. on October 5, 2016
I found the class to be very informative. The structure of the learning format is geared to work at your own pace. The way each subject area is broken down with different lectures provides options for how you want to learn the material. At first, I was unsure about the online format, but it couldn't have been a better experience. Very professional, smart and insightful instructors.
by Amy F. on September 27, 2016
I completed this class in just over 2 weeks. I learned more than I thought I would. Some of the material was difficult, but Ryan's videos were awesome the only teachings I would use. I would definitely recommend this course to people who just need to take a class and get it done. The estimated 30 hours for a 3 credit course was very accurate for me.
by Bonnie H. on September 27, 2016
The course is difficult, but the content is very well written. The tutorials are helpful and give the sense of a classroom environment. Thanks!


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