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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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Category: Math and Science

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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.


506 Student Reviews
by Becky R. on October 27, 2018
Although I enjoyed the content, I am disappointed that the content was only available in an online version and only via video. This presented many unnecessary obstacles in completing the course. For an online course to be truly supportive of a student who is only able to get their education through an online platform, the course material needed to be made available in a 'word/pdf' format that could have been downloaded and read anytime, anywhere. I am very surprised that with all of today's online platforms offered, that the school is not servicing their clients with more options to be able to complete courses with regards to the 'true' non-traditional student. It would have been useful to state the limited availability of the course in the course description which would have made me think twice before selecting.
by Christopher S. on November 4, 2015
The last chapter was an enormous leap in difficulty level. Was not expecting such a leap.
by HEATHER H. on September 1, 2018
You will need outside help to complete this course. Examples in the course are not enough to grasp the knowledge, you will need to improvise...Good Luck!
by Jodie W. on November 5, 2015
Excellent. Very thorough. Felt like I was in the classroom even though I was not. Would recommend this type of learning. I was very afraid to take statistics and you made it less intimidating to pass. Thank you Sophia.
by Andrew S. on April 4, 2019
I feel like this class was constructed by Satan.
by Iris B. on November 6, 2015
The course work and assistance during the coursework were excellent. I will recommend this website to everyone!!
by Grace H. on September 27, 2018
I put 2 stars because I do not like using the word hate. It is not that I hated the class. Math is my poor subject. Always has been. It was challenging but the staff with Sophia have been more than amazing and I am so happy they provide this service for students! If you're not good in math, just be prepared. Use the resources you are given like tutoring, online help, etc.
by Kristin J. on November 18, 2015
I really enjoyed it, just wish there was a way to review my incorrect answers on the milestone tests
Sophia replied on November 18, 2015

Thanks Kristin! To ensure the academic integrity of the course, we do not expose the Milestone detailed results. We do provide feedback on the specific concepts you missed on the assessment. Sophia Learning Coaches are also available to review/discuss any specific questions. Congratulations on your successful course completion!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach


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