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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.


333 Student Reviews
by Janene P. on February 9, 2019
Great Class!
by Sidney L. on February 7, 2019
This was a great course and everyone was extremely helpful !
by Savannah P. on February 6, 2019
Great way to ease into statistics. I have taken several Sophia courses and I would recommend them to anyone. Thanks Sophia!
by Natalie G. on February 5, 2019
This course is very hard. It seemed like a true introduction to statistics class up until chapters 5 and 6. I had to get a personal tutor to help explain all the things and formulas being taught. Even the tutor thought this was way more advanced than and intro class. Lots of tricky questions in the challenges and milestones. I still gave it 3 stars because the course is very organized which I liked. The challenges give you three chances to get the answer right. The final was hard, but a little more straightforward than the milestones. It really helped to have to only pass the final with 50%, it took some of the pressure off. I ended up with an 89% overall, but I never want to take a stats class again. Very stressful. Very Hard.
by Harrison A. on February 5, 2019
It was very challenging. Very. But the videos did a pretty good job of explaining and walking me through. I just about freaked out at the 6th section but I went back and looked at the material again and I'm just so glad I passed.
by Stefan E. on February 4, 2019
Explanations an questions in this course a held very ambiguous. explanations on why an answer is the correct one even if the question points in a different direction is missing entirely. courses for other subjects do a way better job on this.
by Barbara T. on February 3, 2019
I learned a lot from this course. I appreciated the support I received especially from the technical team. I wished though that there were someone to talk to on weekends so I don' t have to stress so next time. Thanks for the extension, it made a big difference.
by Misty M. on January 31, 2019
The tutorials to the milestones were not helpful. They did not help in learning the needed information to succeed in this course. Just plain put it sucked all the way around


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