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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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Introduction to Statistics

Course Description
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.

Assessments & Grading
This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 18 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 6 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • 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.

Sophia's Many Ways™
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.

by Andrew S. on April 4, 2019
I feel like this class was constructed by Satan.
by Lisa S. on March 22, 2020
I want to personal thank Sophia Learning for giving me an opportunity to complete my Bachelors Degree. This course was difficult for me because my strength is not in Math equations. The entire staff at Sophia Learning are excellent and they really do care about the students. Thank you for being so compassionate and always putting the students first. I only have my Capstone to complete and then I will be graduating from Thomas Edison State University with my Bachelors Degree. Thanks to Sophia for ordering courses the fraction of the tuition and it has really saved me a lot of money. Its great that I was able to transfer all the 7 classes I took with Sophia to TESU. How can I ever thank you...I will definitely let my colleagues, family and friends know about Sophia Training. Thank you!
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 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 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 Rian B. on April 16, 2020
TAKE NOTES. TAKE NOTES. TAKE NOTES. If there is only one thing to be said about this class is you need to take notes. I promise you it will be soooo helpful.
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.


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