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Introduction to Statistics

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.


221 Student Reviews
by Denise M. on June 17, 2018
This is statistics, so yes it was tough! It is able to be completed earlier than allowed, I was able to complete some units in as little as 2-3 days. You must take notes and study, each unit progressively gets harder and harder. The convenience of using an open book for the challenges and milestones helps to keep your grade up. The proctored exam at the end is exactly like the rest of the challenges and was actually pretty easy. It is doable but you have to be disciplined and focused or you will easily fall behind schedule. I actually took a 3-week vacation during this class with no school work completed during that time. I fell behind schedule, but was able to catch up and finished 5 days early. Overall I am glad I have this out of the way now. Thank you, and good luck.
by Zachary N. on June 12, 2018
I really dislike math like most people so I am perhaps a bit biased. Instructors do a good job of making sure you know what you need.
by Shaun S. on May 15, 2018
This was definitely one of the harder courses I've taken here. Some of the instructions were muddy at times, more so when there was only once choice of instructor. When you have one instructor to teach the course it might be helpful to ensure that the quality it top notch and the explanation is through, there were times I felt like I was swimming out in the ocean alone and left to drift. Thank goodness for the help and support from learning coaches who aided me or I'd be more of a wreck!
by Courtney H. on May 14, 2018
Great course!
by Matthew L. on May 4, 2018
Good stuff
by Trudie V. on May 2, 2018
I took Introduction to Statistics as an undergraduate requirement before I could continue with my masters program. Sophia's concept for online learning seemed really great initially, however toward the end of the class my experience wasn't as positive. In the last unit, the tutoring videos were not consistently present. I had grown accustomed to a certain tutor's teaching style, but in the last unit, those particular videos weren't available. Also, there seemed to be a variation in terminology between the various tutors. Even more problematic was that the terminology used on the test varied from some of the tutors. I had maintained a good grade up until the last unit which I found very confusing. I did not do well on the final milestone, but thankfully I was able to utilize outside resources to learn the material better and then retested better on the final milestone. Would I repeat the Sophia experience? That's difficult to say. If it wasn't for that last unit, I probably would.
Sophia replied on May 3, 2018

Hi Trudie - Congratulations on your successful course completion! There is college-level rigor in this course, and many students find that the embedded support resources -- our Learning Coaches, plus the on-demand 24x7 online tutoring option, are helpful as they work to complete the course. You worked hard and earned the credit toward your degree. Congratulations from all of us at Sophia!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Justin L. on May 1, 2018
It was tough in the end.
by Kirstie D. on April 24, 2018
Good course, the only suggestion is to have rationales on the challenge and milestone questions. Some topics I didn't understand, and if there was a simple explanation for each question it would make learning the material much, much easier.


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