Its
about "Seeing what your data seem to say"


Psych 30 at a Glance
What is the purpose of this course?
 The Psychology
Department requires all majors to take statistics
because statistics is fundamental to understanding
the field of Psychology, both as a scientific and
as a clinical enterprise.
 Scientific
Psychology: If you are interested in
using the scientific method for understanding
human behavior and cognition, you will need to
know how to design studies or experiments and
how to evaluate the results. In nearly all cases,
statistical analysis will be needed to evaluate
the results.
 Clinical
Psychology: If you are interested in
becoming a Clinical Psychologist, you may never
design studies or experiments, but you will still
need to know how to critically evaluate other
studies or experiments in order to understand
their import for your actions as a therapist.
That's not what I'll do, so why should I take it?
Even
if you don't plan to continue in Psychology after
you graduate, you will certainly be a consumer of
statistics. This course will help you:
 know
how to evaluate statistical reports in the news,
made by politicians, etc.
 learn
how to understand polls.
 evaluate
policy reports.
 learn
how to draw your own conclusions from such reports.
Who is this course for?

 This course,
Psych 30, is offered to B.A. Majors in Psychology.
Who is the Professor?


 Prof.
Forrest W. Young. He has taught this course for
more than 30 years. He is an international authority
on the design of software for learning statistics.
He has spent a decade developing ViSta,
the Visual Statistics System, the statistical
software used in the course. This software is based
on Prof. Young's cognitive theory for learning statistics.
What is unique about this course?


 The emphasis
on "seeing what the data seem
to say" (in Prof. John Tukey's words) a visual
approach to an intuitive understanding of data. Prof.
Young shows how such an intuitive understanding complements
the classical inferential approach (also taught in
the course). ViSta brings these two approaches together.
Do I have to know about computers?


 Just the
basics ... you'll learn a lot more. What you learn
about computers will be very useful to you, both while
you are at UNC, and after you finish. You will:
 use
the web, which foreshadows the nature of computing
in the twentyfirst century.
 get
experience using today's major computing environment.
 learn
skills that will improve your employment qualifications.

How is the web used?

 This is
a totally webbased course. All of lectures, labs,
demonstrations, and homework, as well as the project,
involve using the web.
What is required of me?


 There
are homework assignments, midterms, an optional final
and a term research project which is written up as
a paper. More details are available by looking at
the web site.



