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Psych 104 - Statistics for Behavior Science - Nadezhda (Nadia) Monosov

Course:Statistics for Behavior Science
Professor:Nadezhda (Nadia) Monosov
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


"The quiet statisticians have changed our world; not by discovering new facts or technical developments, but by changing the ways that we reason, experiment, and form opinions” – Ian Hacking"

We use statistics to make sense and interpret every day information. Psychologists also need to be able to utilize statistical methods to conduct research, analyze data, interpret results, and report their findings. This course is here to introduce students to necessary knowledge and skills to effectively navigate the world of psychological research through the lens of statistics. 

Course Description

This Statistics for Behavior Science course examines the methods used in social and behavioral science to analyze and interpret data generated by social and behavioral science research. Emphasis is placed on the gathering of data and the computation, interpretation, application, and presentation of statistics.

UC credit limitation: ECON-291, MATH-140, MATH-140H, PSYCH-104 and SOCI-137 combined, maximum credit one course. Transferable to CSU:UC

What to Expect in this Course

This course is delivered asynchronously via Canvas. There are no class meetings.  Course content will incorporate presentations, readings, videos, activities, and labs.

In past semesters, logging in on cell phones and tablets have resulted in faulty connections, resulting in work not being submitted properly. Should you decide to proceed to complete course requirements on such devices, it is your responsibility to check your assignments were properly submitted and registered by the system.

A textbook is required for this course (review the textbook information section for details below).  Students will also need access to SPSS (Statistics Package for Social Sciences) software to help with data analysis.  This is THE program that is used in Psychology, as well as many other fields including Sociology, Economics, Health Care, Education, Market Research, etc.  If you are a registered student in the class, you will be able to download this program for free to your machine.  Instructions and license key information will be provided to you on Canvas.

Lastly, students will need access to a calculator with a square root function. 

A warning about this class

It is important to recognize that this course will present challenges requiring significant time, effort, and focus, especially given its online format.  Students who elect to complete this course online must be self-disciplined, motivated, and have great time management skills.  If this describes you, then this course is designed for you. 

This is a 4-unit class, the only 4-unit class we offer in Psychology.  In our traditional face-to-face class, the class meets for 4 hours weekly (during a 16 week session).  Following these sessions, students are tasked with reading the chapter and completing the related assignments (the very same ones you will be completing in this class).  In other words, this class will require significant effort since the material is demanding, and expectations are high.  Despite these challenges, I believe in your ability to meet and exceed these expectations, learn the material, and pass this course.  You are not alone.  I am here to support you on this statistical journey.  

Types of Assessments

Student assessment in this course is based on: 

  • chapter quizzes
  • homework assignments/reviews
  • SPSS labs (completed using SPSS software.  As a registered student in the course, you will be able to download SPSS program for free on your computer). 
  • exams 

Your work for this class will be completed using Canvas, an online course management system. Since this is an online class, I will assume you are familiar with using internet browser software (such as Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.), with sending and receiving e-mail, and with attaching a file to an e-mail message.

Textbook Information

The textbook required for this course is "Essential Statistics for Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed." by Gregory Privitera
ISBN: 978150638300

Free textbook companion site:

A study guide is also available.  It is optional but super helpful (if you actually use it)

Other Relevant Course Information

Waitlisted students:

There is no way for me to determine whether additional spaces will be available in the course prior to the first day of class. However, I do my best to add as many students as possible. If you are on the waitlist and wish to be added to the course, please email me on the first day of class. If I don’t hear from you, I will assume you are no longer interested in the course.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 02/13/2024 Sub#: 1722