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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
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session
02/22/21 - 07/30/21 08/02/21 - 09/26/21 Summer 2021 Session I 8 Week session
03/29/21 - 09/03/21 09/06/21 - 10/31/21 Summer 2021 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- Complete and interpret descriptive and inferential statistical data analysis.
CO6- 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.
CO7- Form critical interpretations of quantitative research literature in sociology and other social sciences, critically evaluating the quality of research design and evidence in published social research.


Participation in classroom dialogue on threaded Discussions is required some weeks of class. Initial Discussion posts are due Thursdays, peer responses are due Sundays. Instructions and specific grading rubrics are found under the Discussions tab in our classroom.

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.

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.


  • SPSS (details listed in Week 1 Overview in Content)
  • Microsoft Office Applications- Word, Power Point (these can be downloaded free of charge from your student email account)
  • Screencast-o-matic or similar program


  • General Social Survey (GSS) Dataset (available via Week 1 Overview in Content)
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.