Faculty of Social Sciences Introduction to Statistics A 63-017-18/19 Dr. Ephraim Grossman School year: 2015-16 Type of course: Lecture + Tutorial Semester: A No. of hours: 2 hours per week+1 hour per week A. Goals of the course: Recognizing the importance of statistics as a valuable administrative tool and its fields of implementation. Using techniques from the field of descriptive and statistics for analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. Imparting quantitative tools and skills for implementation of statistical techniques in solving basic problems in all fields of the social sciences. B. Content of the course: Course structure: 2 hour lecture + 1 hour tutorial Detailed lesson plan: Introduction and definitions Scales of measurement Grouping data in statistical tables Graphic presentation of tables Measures of central tendency: mode, median, mean (including linear transformation) Measures of dispersion: range, interquartile range, variance and standard deviation (linear transformation) Measures of relative position – standard scores, percentiles Correlations between variables: Pearson's r, Spearman's rho. Linear regression Probability – definitions, basic concepts in probability The normal distribution C. Course Requirements: Prior requirements: none Obligations / requirements / tasks: Weekly exercises. Components of the final grade (numerical grade / passing score): 20% - Scores of two of the exercises (10% each). 80% – final exam score.