Spring 2021 - PSYC 210 D100

Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology (4)

Class Number: 1976

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 5:30 PM – 7:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201W and BC high school Math 12 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or BC high school Math 11 with a minimum grade of B- (2.67) or any level MATH or STAT course with a C- (1.67) or FAN X99 taken at SFU with a minimum grade of C (2.00).



Covers basic descriptive and inferential techniques most appropriately applied to the various forms of data from psychological research. Quantitative.


This is an introductory course focusing on descriptive statistics (numerical and graphical summaries of research data) and inferential statistics (the drawing of reasonable conclusions from such data). The principal goal of the course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of statistical reasoning and to the role of statistical methods in psychological research.

This course (LECTURE AND TUTORIALS) will be taught remotely due to COVID-19 primarily using SYNCHRONOUS teaching strategies during scheduled class time; Lectures/group discussions and group office hours will be recorded and available on Canvas. Some lectures may involve ASYNCHRONOUS components with selected podcast episodes and/or PPT lectures.


Students are expected to become familiar with the use of a range of statistical techniques commonly used in psychological research. You should be able to select an appropriate statistical test, given a particular dataset, accurately compute the relevant statistical tests, and clearly and correctly interpret the results. While some calculation will be required, emphasis will be placed on theoretical understanding and graphical methods.


Descriptive statistics & data visualization; inferential statistics and hypothesis testing


  • Tentative Grading: This course will use a combination of assignments, topic tests and final exam to yield the course grade:
  • Assignments: 30%
  • Topic Quizzes/Tests: 45%
  • Final Exam: 25%



Hand or on-line calculator

REQUIRED TECHNOLOGY: To participate in this class you MUST have reliable internet and a computing device with audio-capacity (to speak/to listen) with the ability to access Canvas BB Collaborate and Zoom. Having ability to have audio on during class discussions is required; having video on is optional. We will be using a combination of Canvas tools, BB Collaborate and Zoom, and google tools (e.g., docs/slides/forms) as necessary.


Privitera, G. (2018). Essential Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Print ISBN: 9781506386300
eText ISBN: 9781506386287

ISBN: 9781506386287

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).