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Statistical InferenceStatistical AnalysisStatistical Hypothesis Testing

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1 hour to complete

Course Orientation

In the course orientation, you will become familiar with the course, your classmates, and our learning environment. The orientation will also help you obtain the technical skills required for the course.

2 videos (Total 7 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
2 videos
Excel Data Analysis Toolpak1m
6 readings
About the Discussion Forums4m
Using Excel for this Course10m
Updating Your Profile10m
Social Media4m
1 practice exercise
Orientation Quiz10m
4 hours to complete

Module 1: Hypothesis Testing

Watch any infomercial and you hear many outrageous promises. Use this cream and your skin will look 80% firmer! Use this supplement and you will lose 10 pounds in the first 10 days! Are they telling you the truth? Are they all lying? The only way to know the answer to any of these questions is to scientifically test the claim being made – that is what we call hypothesis testing and what we will learn in this module.

11 videos (Total 80 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
11 videos
1-2.1. Analyzing the Result8m
1-3.1. Two-Tail Test for Mean10m
1-3.2. Two-Tail Test for Mean in Excel4m
1-4.1. One-Tail Test for Mean5m
1-4.2. Left-Tail Test for Mean in Excel3m
1-4.3. Right-Tail Test for Mean in Excel6m
1-5.1. Testing the Proportion12m
1-5.2. Left-Tail Test for Proportion in Excel5m
1-5.3. Right-Tail Test for Proportion in Excel3m
1-5.4. Two-Tail Test for Proportion in Excel5m
2 readings
Module 1 Overview3m
Module 1 Readings1h
6 practice exercises
Lesson 1-1 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 1-2 Practice Quiz6m
Lesson 1-3 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 1-4 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 1-5 Practice Quiz15m
Module 1 Quiz30m
6 hours to complete

Module 2: Statistical Inference Based on Two Samples

Does the medicine a person is taking to treat his condition really work better than a sugar pill? Is the new chip-enabled credit card more secure than the magnetic card? How do you know whether the claims being made about anything being “better than” or “faster than” a competitor are true? In this module we will learn to make this comparison.

11 videos (Total 93 min), 2 readings, 7 quizzes
11 videos
2-1.2. Testing for No Difference in Means in Excel9m
2-1.3. Two-Tail Mean Test for Two Samples and Calculating the Confidence Interval in Excel6m
2-2.1. One-Tail Test of the Means9m
2-2.2. One-Tail Test of the Means in Excel5m
2-3.1. Testing for a Specific Value in Means6m
2-4.1. Paired Tests9m
2-4.2. Paired Test in Excel7m
2-5.1. Test of Proportions11m
2-5.2. One-Tail Test of Proportions for Two Samples in Excel6m
2-5.3. Two-Tail Test of Proportions for Two Samples in Excel3m
2 readings
Module 2 Overview3m
Module 2 Readings1h
6 practice exercises
Lesson 2-1 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 2-2 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 2-3 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 2-4 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 2-5 Practice Quiz15m
Module 2 Quiz30m
4 hours to complete

Module 3: Simple Linear Regression

Does your job involve a lot of sitting? If so, you are at higher risk of coronary heart disease. How do I know this? We got to know the relationship between coronary heart disease and sitting when researchers studied a cohort of London bus drivers and bus conductors from 1947 to 1972. If you want to know more, then read on!

9 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 6 quizzes
9 videos
3-2.1. Least Square Methods7m
3-2.2. Least Square Method in Excel3m
3-3.1. Assessing the Regression Model10m
3-3.2. Testing the Significance in Excel4m
3-4.1. Using the Model10m
3-4.2. Simple Linear Regression: Excel Output Analysis7m
3-5.1. Model Assumptions and Limitations8m
3-5.2. Residual Analysis in Excel4m
2 readings
Module 3 Overview3m
Module 3 Readings1h
6 practice exercises
Lesson 3-1 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 3-2 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 3-3 Practice Quiz4m
Lesson 3-4 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 3-5 Practice Quiz15m
Module 3 Quiz30m
3 hours to complete

Module 4: Multiple Linear Regression

You are trying to predict next month’s sales numbers. You know that dozens, maybe even hundreds, of things like the weather, competitor’s promotions, rumors, etc. can impact the number. You talk to five people and each one has an idea about what makes the biggest impact, and the only thing they offer is “trust me.” Do you wish there was a better way of doing this rather than relying on blind faith? Well, there is. We can use Multiple Regression to sort through this mess and bring the focus to factors that really do matter.

7 videos (Total 56 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
4-1.2. Developing Multiple Regression Model in Excel6m
4-1.3. Multiple Regression: Excel Output Analysis5m
4-2.1. Qualitative Data – Two Categories12m
4-2.2. Dummy Variable in Excel – Two Categories6m
4-3.1. Qualitative Data – Many Categories6m
4-3.2. Dummy Variable in Excel – Many Categories5m
2 readings
Module 4 Overview3m
Module 4 Readings1h
4 practice exercises
Lesson 4-1 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 4-2 Practice Quiz15m
Lesson 4-3 Practice Quiz15m
Module 4 Quiz30m
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By SGMay 20th 2017

Very good introductory Statistics course. The topic selection is very pertinent to meet the need of a manager to analyze data and to make decision. Quality of teaching is GREAT.

By MCOct 6th 2016

Really great course! With a little bit of data you can explain anything! The course is really easy to understand with great and interesting examples! Thanks a lot!



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Clinical Professor of Business Administration
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign College of Business Department of Business Administration

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