The Independent Samples T-Test: A Crash Course

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  • Lectures 22
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Need a speedy explanation of what an independent samples t-test is and how to calculate it by hand? This is the course for you! At the end of this course you'll be able to calculate the independent samples t test from raw data with ease. Master the independent samples t-test quickly and easily in this self-paced course.

Overview:

  • Learn how to solve an independent t test quickly and easily.
  • Improve your problem solving abilities.
  • Engage with peers who are also learning about an independent samples t test.

You'll have a half hour worth of lectures, six activities to help you learn, and five quizzes (with full explanations of answers) to help you assess your knowledge. Lectures build upon one another starting with basic terminology and then working through progressively harder problem sets. You'll be able to use discussion boards to swap flashcard resources with peers and download crash course resources to help you organize your hand calculations. This course is efficient and only focuses on the materials you need in order to hand calculate the independent samples t-test. A t-test helps you compare whether two groups have different average values; now let this course help you improve your test score averages! With 45 minutes of content in this self-paced course you'll be well prepared to tackle your next statistics test.

What are the requirements?

  • A knowledge of basic algebra
  • A calculator if you prefer not to do computations in your head. You don’t need anything fancy; the one on your computer will do. You simply need one that adds, subtracts, squares, and square roots.
  • Paper and writing utensils

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Goal: You will learn how to conduct an independent samples t test.
  • Student Learning Outcome #1: You’ll be able understand all the symbols in the independent samples t test formula.
  • Student Learning Outcome #2: You’ll be able to compute an independent samples t test.

What is the target audience?

  • Statistics and research methods students
  • People who want to understand the calculations behind an independent samples t test

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome!
02:13

This lecture will give you an overview of the material that will be covered in this course.

  • Symbols and formulas
  • Order of operations
  • Correctly compute an independent samples t test when given increasingly hard data sets.

Once you're finished with the lecture, please introduce yourself on the discussion board.

1 page

Please introduce yourself to the class. Use the discussion board to let people know who you are and why you are taking this class.

Section 2: Formula for the Independent Samples t Test
10:11

By the end of this lecture, you'll be able to understand what all the symbols in the formula for an independent samples t test are.

  • Formula
  • Explanation of each symbol and underlying calculations
  • The whole picture
  • Summary
1 page

Practice learning the symbols by making note cards and then sharing them with your classmates.

9 questions

Test your knowledge of the information that we have just covered.While you may round to any place value you wish in practice problems, in order for the quiz to register answers correctly, make sure to round all answers to the hundredths place (0.339 will be 0.34). Please also report leading 0's (ex: 0.11 NOT .11).

1 page

This file has the questions and answers to the quiz on the formula for the independent samples t test.

Section 3: Process of Solving an Independent Samples t Test
11:25

By the end of this lecture you should be able to understand the order of operations to completing an independent samples t test.

  • Problem solving basics will be presented
  • An example of devising a plan will be shown
1 page

Take time to study and condense your notes on the process of solving an independent samples t test. Doing so will improve your understanding of the material.

To summarize your notes I want you to create a tweet about the process of solving an independent samples t test.

Once you’ve created your tweet, post it into the discussion section to share with your peers.

5 questions

Test your knowledge of the information that we have just covered.While you may round to any place value you wish in practice problems, in order for the quiz to register answers correctly, make sure to round all answers to the hundredths place (0.339 will be 0.34). Please also report leading 0's (ex: 0.11 NOT .11).

1 page

The questions and answers to the quiz on the process of solving an Independent Samples t Test.

Section 4: Solving an Easier Difficulty Independent Samples t Test
05:46

By the end of this lecture you should be able to correctly compute an independent samples t test when given the mean and estimated standard error.

1 page

Practice solving an independent samples t test when you are given the mean and estimated standard error.

Answer to Practice Problem #1
2 pages
3 questions

Test your knowledge of the information that we have just covered.While you may round to any place value you wish in practice problems, in order for the quiz to register answers correctly, make sure to round all answers to the hundredths place (0.339 will be 0.34). Please also report leading 0's (ex: 0.11 NOT .11).

1 page

Here are the answers to the prior quiz.

Section 5: Solving a Medium Difficulty Independent Samples t Test
09:40

By the end of this lecture you should be able to correctly compute an independent samples t test when given the mean and pooled variance.

1 page

Practice solving a harder independent samples t test.

Answer to Practice Problem #2
1 page
3 questions

Test your knowledge of the information that we have just covered.While you may round to any place value you wish in practice problems, in order for the quiz to register answers correctly, make sure to round all answers to the hundredths place (0.339 will be 0.34). Please also report leading 0's (ex: 0.11 NOT .11).

Answers to Quiz 4: Solving a Medium Difficulty Independent Samples t Test
3 pages
Section 6: Solving an Independent Samples t Test from Data
13:38

By the end of this lecture you'll be able to correctly compute an independent samples t test from data.

1 page

Practice solving a more difficult independent samples t test.

Answer to Practice Problem #3
2 pages
3 questions

Test your knowledge of the information that we have just covered.While you may round to any place value you wish in practice problems, in order for the quiz to register answers correctly, make sure to round all answers to the hundredths place (0.339 will be 0.34). Please also report leading 0's (ex: 0.11 NOT .11).

Answers to Quiz 5: Solving an Independent Samples t Test from Data
3 pages
Section 7: Summary and Next Steps You Need to Take
10 pages

These lecture slides help you to review what you have learned.

1 page

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  • The best ways to cement your knowledge is to help someone else learn the same concept.
  • Review the discussion boards and help answer your peers' questions.

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Instructor Biography

Michelle Samuel, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Background:

-Assistant Professor of Psychology at a small liberal arts university in Los Angeles since 2009

-Voted Best Instructor of the Year (2013) by my students

-Teach: statistics, research methods, psychology and money course for a Psychology department

-Scholarship: the art and science of college level teaching

Philosophy:

I believe everyone can benefit from understanding how to solve complex problems and can do so without having to pay for a professional tutor. I was born into a family of teachers and I've tutored students since my high school days. I enjoy helping people learn concepts that are initially hard for them by breaking down big ideas into smaller easy to understand ideas. I understand that students today have many pressures on their time so I've designed my courses to quickly help you understand a concept.

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