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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.


121 Student Reviews
by TANYA V. on January 8, 2017
This course is good for anyone who needs a stats course for a prerequisite. No homework but it does take time to get through each module.
by Kavita N. on January 8, 2017
This course was very difficult, especially for someone who has not taken math for five years. The concepts towards the end got extremely tough. However, if you take time to learn the concepts and use the tutoring services you should do fine. The last section needs some work to so students can understand the concepts better; and perhaps having more time to finish the course overall. I felt relieved after I passed this course, it was like a heavy load was lifted off my shoulders!
by rodrigo a. on January 6, 2017
the last unit was just horrible nightmare, need new clearer videos, great work on the first 4 units.
Sophia replied on January 9, 2017

Rodrigo, Thanks for your feedback, and congratulations on your recent course completion! Many students avail themselves of the in-course, on-demand tutoring services to help them with the more complex concepts taught in the final unit in the course. We hope to see you again in a future course with us. Thank you.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Adriana C. on January 5, 2017
Super easy but learned a lot! Sometimes lessons were out of order (I learned how to do z and p scores etc before i even learned what one vs two tailed t tests were) or certain instructors taught specific terms which others didn't but which then came up in exams. Overall I loved it!
by Jesse C. on January 5, 2017
Its statistics...Luckily the instruction was good to get me through it.
by Sarmin I. on January 1, 2017
This is the hardest course that I haven taken with Sophia. The learning coaches are awesome. They really work with you and guide you to pass the course. Thank you so much coaches.
by Stephanie K. on December 29, 2016
If you put the time and work into watching the tutorials you will succeed and do well. You need to do the work. The course is well presented.
by Rebecca B. on December 29, 2016
I loved the self-paced nature of this course...examples and teaching were easy to understand and intuitively designed. The only thing I didn't love was that the last unit seemed exponentially more difficult than the rest of the course....it went from very manageable to very difficult to self-teach. But other than that I had a great experience and would do another course.


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