Statistics 1
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleSOW-PSB1RS10E
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryPB (Propaedeutic)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Social Sciences; Psychology;
dr. J.L. Ellis
Other course modules lecturer
dr. J.L. Ellis
Other course modules lecturer
Contactperson for the course
dr. J.L. Ellis
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R.A. Wagenvoorde
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2017
PER2-PER4  (13/11/2017 to 13/07/2018)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksPlease use Osiris to register for the course and exam.
After that you can use Blackboard to register for a work group
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Give systematic data reports of basic research projects, including formulation of the conclusions
  2. Use the results of these reports to give individual scores according to various modules (standardisation, linear prediction)
  3. Draw correct statistical conclusions concerning histograms, scatter charts, bar charts and related figures, for both raw and transformed scores
  4. Apply the correct statistical method, compare this with (limitations of) intuitive human thought and substantiate this with descriptions of existing research
  5. Reproduce the principles of sampling theory in testing and estimating statistics, and apply them in elementary situations
  6. Communicate with others on how to analyse and interpret these situations, and identify imperfections or mistakes in your own analyses and interpretations, or those of others.
Psychology is based on human behaviour. It is therefore vital to use our own eyes to observe how people behave. The problem that we then encounter is that humans display great diversity and variety of behaviour, more than the average person can comprehend. As a result, researchers need statistics in order to make meaningful statements about human behaviour.
This is true of all four of the basic forms of psychological research: testing, passive observation, experimentation and theory. This is also true of every phase of the research cycle: collecting and coding data; arranging and summarising data, as well as interpreting it; and communicating with fellow researchers.
In this course you will develop a considerable amount of ready knowledge and skill, concerning the need for statistics in various forms and phases of research. The following key statistical concepts and skills will be explored:
  • Testing: scoring and setting standards
  • Passive observation: correlation and connection
  • Experimentation: size effect and t-test
  • Theory: simulation and testing.
Assessments and weight
  • Four partial examinations, each consisting primarily of open questions and four corresponding assignments (optional).
  • A passing mark must be achieved for each section; when this condition is met, each partial examination comprises 25% of the mark.
  • Assignments must be handed in on Blackboard no later than 72 hours before the corresponding examination.
  • The assignments are valid only if all requirements are met as stated in the course manual (including sufficient attendance at work groups) and in the assignment itself.
Course enrolment
  • Enrolment for this course via Osiris is compulsory. Enrolment closes several weeks before the start date of the course, which is around 1 December. Students must keep informed of this time schedule.
  • The method of enrolment and the exact registration period will be announced in the Student Portal, on around 1 November. Anyone who enrols too late will not be admitted to the course.
  • Please note: The first lecture for this course will be in late December 2017.
Work group enrolment
  • You can enrol for work groups via Blackboard after enrolling for the course. Read the instructions carefully first! These can be found on Blackboard under Course Documents. Observe these instructions strictly.
  • Enrolment for work groups will close one day after the closing of enrolment for the course.
  • Anyone who registers late for a work group can no longer be placed.
  • Anyone who fails to follow instructions will be placed in another work group after enrolment closes. No appeal is possible.
  • When enrolling you must take into account the roster for RP1, AS, the Brain and Cognition Practical, and any other required courses. It is not possible to change your work group because of a roster conflict once the course is in progress.
  • Emails that do not meet the prescribed format cannot be processed.
  • Communication concerning enrolment must always be directed to the lecturer of the course, never to mentors or other lecturers.
Required materials
Ellis, J. L. (2016). Applying Statistics in Behavioural Research. Amsterdam: Boom.
ISBN:978 90 8953 989 2
You may use a calculator with statistical and regression functions and a user guide; a graphic calculator is not permitted.
To be announced
Three additional chapters will be distributed electronically.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Discussion board on BB
Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Whoever applies for the course agrees to respect arrangements made concerning attendance, notification of absences and so on. These are described in the course prospectus, which can be found on the course site on Blackboard.

Practice programme, progress & self test
Attendance MandatoryYes

All homework must be completed prior to attending the tutorial. The answer “I don’t know” is a sign that homework has not been done. Keep working until you do understand; for example, ask questions via the Blackboard forum.

Question-and-answer seminars
Attendance MandatoryYes

Attendance MandatoryYes

Participation in work groups is not compulsory, but is strongly recommended. Experience has shown that the chance of a passing mark is proportional to the number of tutorials attended.

4 partial exams: open-ended questions
Test weight1
OpportunitiesBlock PER3, Block PER4