Statistics for the Health Sciences

Course Details

Course Number
RADS 4123
Section Number
RADS 4123
Fall 2010
Bridwell Hall
Classroom Number
BH 305
Days & Times

M 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Dr. James Johnston (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Practical statistics for nursing and health care

Course Objectives


Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Utilize the measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion.
  • Use concepts of estimates and sampling error.
  • Utilize tests that analyze frequencies, correlations, and differences.
  • Understand the basic concepts of measurement and sampling.
  • Grasp the general principles of processing and presenting data.
  • Correlate the concepts of probability and the normal distribution curve.
  • Understand the factors that form the basis for statistical testing.

Course Expectations


Fowler, J., Jarvis, P., & Chevannes, M. (2002). Practical statistics for nursing and health care. Wiley Publisher, ISBN#0471497169.

Methodology / Teaching Strategies:

Online delivery with asynchronous interactions between students and  students and teacher, interactive discussion, and application research activity





Characteristic Data

Submit characteristics to instructor


Unit One


        Written assignment “identifying sample” submitted as a Word document to Instructor

        Practice with Excel

        Introduce yourself on discussion board

       Take quiz

(ALL) 9-13-10


Unit Two

        download assigned data set

create chart or graph with justification of choice as a Word Document to Instructor

        post Internet article

        take quiz

(ALL) 9-27-10

Unit Three

        using data set calculate MCTs and Measures of Dispersion and submit as Word document to Instructor

        take quiz

        (ALL) 10-11-10

Unit Four

        Using data set create a distribution with written interpretation of graph. Submit to Instructor as a Word document

        Take quiz

(ALL) 10-25-10

Unit Five

        practice with Excel

        Respond to discussion question

       Take quiz

(ALL) 11-1-10

Unit Six

        Select a data set from list on course homepage and conduct a Pearson correlation to your data set. Submit as Word Document to instructor for grading.

        Take quiz

(ALL) 11-15-10

Unit Seven

        Using your data and selected data from the course homepage, conduct a t-test for unmatched pairs.
Submit as Word Document to instructor for grading.

Take quiz

(ALL) 11-29-10

Final Exam (first available) 12-1-10 7:00 a.m. CST

12-7-10 11:00 p.m. CST

Final Exam

12/06/2010 8:00 a.m.

Submission Format Policy

All assignments are to be submitted to the instructor via email as Word document attachments.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Assignments must be received prior to the deadline.  Late assignments are automatically dropped one letter grade per week past the due date and will NOT be accepted 3 weeks beyond the deadline.  A zero will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline. 

.  Quizzes must be completed prior to the expiration date below.  Quiz grades and answers will be released after the deadline of each quiz.  Specific questions regarding the quizzes may be addressed to the instructor.  Quizzes may NOT be made up if missed and a zero will be recorded.  No extra credit activities are available.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements



This is an online course and as such there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in checking email and logging onto WebCT.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to (see table below). I will be available to meet face-to-face with anyone who is interested. This meeting is NOT mandatory and please call in advance if you wish to meet.

Other Policies


Discussion Board Participation:

The discussion board is a mandatory component.  Assignments are made specifically for this board.  Students are expected to write formally (no shorthand or text messaging abbreviations) and use APA format and referencing where appropriate.  Thoughtful responses, constructive critique of fellow students, and meaningful participation are expected.  Keep in mind the discussion board is a formal assignment and part of your grade.

Grading / Evaluation:

Completion of this course is based on satisfactory performance on the following:

 Discussion board                      = 5%
            Quizzes                                    = 10%
             Unit One assignment                = 5%
             Unit Two assignment                = 10%
             Unit Three assignment              = 10 %
             Unit Four assignment               = 5%
             Unit Six assignment                  = 15%
             Unit Seven assignment             = 15%
            Comprehensive Final Exam       = 25%  

A letter grade will then be assigned according to the following scale:

    90% and above        = A
    80% - 89%              = B
    70% - 79%              = C
    60% - 69%              = D
    59% and below        = F

Conduct / Honesty / Honor System:

Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers.  This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive to life-long learning.

RADS 4123 adheres to the MSU code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student's participation in this course comes with the expectation that his/her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.

Creed: “As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else to do so."

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission. Quizzes and exams are not to be copied in any form or shared in any form.  Students caught engaging in such activity will receive and F for the course and be referred to University administration for dismissal.
Specific components of RADS 4123 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the written assignments submitted for a grade.  Submitting someone else’s work as your own or improperly sited work constitutes plagiarism.  Please see the Midwestern State University Catalog for further discussion of plagiarism.  Plagiarism will constitute in an “F” for the course and the student will be referred to administration for further action. When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule. 

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct recognition, the published or unpublished works of another person. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. 

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

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