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SOCI332 - Statistics for Social Science

Course Details

Course Code: SOCI332 Course ID: 4201 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is designed to provide a basic survey of the application, empirical use and interpretation of a variety of statistics methods used in the social sciences. A key objective of the course is the instruction in best statistical practice through the use, exploration and analysis of empirical data. Emphasis will be placed on understanding and interpreting the meaning of statistics. The practical aspects of statistics are emphasized and students are instructed in the use of the standard statistical package for the social sciences (SPSS) which is widely used in the social sciences and in the labor force. NOTE: Students must have access to required software: SPSS (Statistics Package for the Social Sciences); see Course Materials for current version requirement. APUS does not supply this software.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
02/24/20 - 07/31/20 08/03/20 - 09/27/20 Summer 2020 Session I 8 Week session
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

CO1- Describe and apply the concepts and logic of elementary statistics.
CO2- Conduct statistical analysis in SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences).
CO3- Compare and contrast different types of data and the statistics that can be used to analyze them
CO4- Examine the differences between descriptive and inferential statistics and their use in the social sciences.
CO5- Form critical interpretations of quantitative research literature in sociology and other social sciences.
CO6- Complete and interpret descriptive and inferential statistical data analysis
CO7- Develop a research project from conceptualizing a research problem and develop a number of complementary design, measurement, and data collection approaches to bring evidence to bear on the problem.
CO8- Critically evaluate the quality of research design and evidence in published social research.


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Forums is required in some weeks. Forums are found in the Forums tab in the classroom. Initial posts must demonstrate comprehension of the course materials, the ability to apply that knowledge in the real world. Learners will engage with the instructor and peers throughout the learning week. Initial Forum posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. To motivate engaged discussion, posts are expected to be on time with regular interaction throughout the week. All posts should demonstrate college level writing skills. To promote vibrant discussion as we would in a face to face classroom, formatted citations and references are not required. Quotes should not be used at all, or used sparingly. If you quote a source quotation marks should be used and an APA formatted citation and reference provided. Specific instructions and the grading rubric are located on each Forum.

This course includes Assignments. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Assignments tab in our classroom.

Extra Credit:

Extra credit is not offered in this course.

NameGrade %
Forum 40.00 %
Forum Week 1 10.00 %
Forum Week 2 10.00 %
Forum Week 4 10.00 %
Forum Week 6 10.00 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Assignment 1 15.00 %
Assignment 2 15.00 %
Portfolio 20.00 %
Assignment 3: Final Portfolio Project 20.00 %
Week 8 Forum (Project Presentation) 10.00 %
Forum Week 8 10.00 %

All course materials (except SPSS) are free and provided in our Library. Link to our eReserve page in the Library and select this course to access your materials.


General Social Survey Dataset
SPSS Software


  • SPSS (more details under Welcome Announcements in the Sakai classroom)
  • Microsoft Office Applications- Word, Power Point (these can be downloaded free of charge from your student email account)
  • Screencast-o-matic or similar program
Book Title:Basic Statistics for Social Research - e-book available in the APUS Online Library. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Unit Cost:$90.00
Book Title:SOCI332 - required software for this course is not covered by the APUS Book Grant. Purchase information is available here - Cost may vary by subscription length.
ISBN:SOCI332 Software
Electronic Unit Cost:$34.95

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.