Due to COVID 19, the Statistics for Public Service and Managers class is 100% remote this quarter. We will rely on asynchronous (online/videos/readings) and synchronous (live participation) options throughout the summer session. The faculty will offer alternative assignments if conditions or illness prevent students from accessing our synchronous meetings, which will allow students to earn comparable credit. Please refer to canvas and email for up to date information and refer to https://evergreen.edu/covid19 for additional information regarding The Evergreen State College.
Statistics can transform data into useful information for decision makers. In this class students will be shown why statistics are relevant and will become familiar with software that is commonly used in the public sector as well as the business world. In fun and interactive ways students will learn how: (1) to present and describe information, (2) draw conclusions about populations of interest using sample information, (3) make reliable forecasts, and (4) ultimately to gain knowledge about improving organizational processes in the public as well as private sectors by using statistics.
This class introduces the concepts and techniques of elementary statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous probability distributions, sampling distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, and linear regression. This class is designed to provide students with the essential tools used in statistical analysis, and meets the prerequisite requirements for the MES and MPA programs. The software Excel will be used throughout the class.