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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.


148 Student Reviews
by Tarra M. on May 23, 2017
Course was great! Unfortunately I am just not a statistics fan.
by Mousumi B. on May 19, 2017
It was a great learning experience, specially with the video instructions. Ryan, Kath, Jonathan thank you for being such wonderful tutors.
by Stephanie L. on May 19, 2017
Wish I had known that there was a Fundamentals course. I would have taken it before this one. Overall, course was okay. Instructors only help with Practice mile stone questions. Had questions about certain concepts in Challenge sections and was instructed to watch a tutorial. Well, if I had understood the tutorial...I wouldn't have asked to help.
Sophia replied on May 19, 2017

Hi Stephanie— Congratulations on your successful course completion! Our Learning Coach team is certainly available to help with Challenge questions; we apologize for any misunderstanding there. Congratulations again on completing the course and earning these credits!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Kristin C. on May 16, 2017
Overall the course was self explanatory! The tutorials were helpful. However, as Module 5 progressed, the coursework seemed like it wasn't matching the tutorials. Module 6 was just difficult. The tutorials were not very helpful, but the learning coaches were available to answer questions in a timely manner.
Sophia replied on May 17, 2017

Hi Kristin— Congratulations on your successful course completion! As this is a rigorous college-level math course, the material does get progressively more difficult. We're happy to hear you were able to utilize the help of the Learning Coach team. Congratulations again on earning these credits!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Sharon M. on May 14, 2017
I am going to need my official transcript by tomorrow the 15th as this is the deadline for Simmon's College!!!
Sophia replied on May 15, 2017

Hi Sharon— Congratulations on your successful course completion! Your transcript has been sent to Simmons both electronically and via mail. Congratulations again on completing this course!

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Fabio B. on May 11, 2017
Loved the course, loved the tutors, excellent class!
by Shonna H. on May 3, 2017
As an adult learner, online programs should be conducive to a working individual; therefore, assistance should be available on the weekend for IT issues or learning issues. The instructors, although I am quite sure knowledgeable in their field, do not transcribe the learned materials into applicable data for the actual challenges or milestone testing material.
Sophia replied on May 3, 2017

Hi Shonna— Congratulations on your successful course completion! While the Learning Coach team is available during the week, you also have access to two free hours of tutoring via SmarThinking, which is available 24/7. The instruction in the tutorials is designed to help you apply the knowledge to the assessment questions, so the problems you see on the tests will not be exactly the same as those in the examples. While we're sorry that you didn't enjoy this course, you should be proud of your accomplishment in earning these credits.

— Chloe S. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Dawn M. on May 1, 2017
Bethany, and Danielle were a HUGE help in the course, and helped get me through this class. I liked the flexibility of the course!!!!


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