Statistics Made Easy

Class Summary

If you’ve put off taking a statistics class because of horror stories you’ve heard or because you don’t need a full semester-long course, here’s an easy solution.  In this one-day introductory program, you’ll gain valuable skills and knowledge and have fun in the process.

MGT91 0.6 Combinable 0.53
One 8-hour session
Dick Bunning

Anyone interested in improving his/her ability to understand, develop, and interpret statistical data.

  • Improved analytical and decision-making ability.
  • Enhanced reports, recommendations, and presentations.
  • Increased confidence in your ability to understand, develop, and interpret statistical data.
  • Increased credibility and professionalism.

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand the benefits and limitations of statistics.
  • Describe data using statistical terminology.
  • Use statistical analysis in real-world decision-making.
  • Explain how samples can predict characteristics of a population.
  • Critically evaluate statistical data in terms of practical relevance.
  • Evaluate statistical reports for common errors and misrepresentations.
  • Statistics as a method of describing and analyzing raw data
    • Methods of collecting and recording data for professional use
    • Usage graphs and charts to communicate data meaningfully
    • The “average” and other common methods of describing data
    • The “range” and similar measures of describing how data are scattered
    • Practical applications in the workplace
  • The use of samples to describe the larger population
    • How samples are taken and why
    • Good samples and poor samples
    • Knowing how closely a sample can predict reality
    • Comparing samples to assess if differences are significant
    • Understanding how large the possibility of error in sampling is
  • How to lie (and spot lies) with statistics
    • Statistical significance versus practical significance
    • Opinion shaping through clever use of charts and graphs
    • Selective reporting
    • Statistics and ethics