Week 4, RES/710


This week the extra provide resources to students are so important. Watch the videos and read all the reserve readings! They will help in a huge way with understanding the output and data.

Uniview Worldwide. (n. d.), showed demonstrations of the significance of probability theory using magic and conversational examples. The video covered the importance of using the correct test to analyze our research data (Uniview Worldwide, n. d.). The video discusses accepting alternative hypothesis when encountering a type 1 error. The type 1 error occurs when the differences between the samples are due to chance. Type 1 errors can occur when the levels of significance are too low or there could have been a design flaw.

Uniview Worldwide. (n. d.), reminded researchers that we have an exceptional ability to calculate probability within our own lives. Uniview Worldwide. (n. d.), showed everyday conversations, where probability had a significant role in the conversation and its direction. We have learned that we use probability in elections, academics, research, and in typical conversation. We plan our actions based on probability. This got me thinking, as I prepared to sit down and write my applied statement for this week’s reflection.

This week my learning has been soaked in probabilities and population distributions. I think it is improbable that I will feel 100% confident in statistical evaluation, the formulas are intimidating, and I am struggling to feel like I comprehend everything. I am, however, confident in the statistical probability that I will find comfort in statistical evaluation in the coming weeks.

I have given my all to this class and my ability to set committed time aside each week to accomplish my assignments and required coursework. It is overwhelming at times, when I am reading through the texts late at night, or trying to figure out how to accomplish an equation in the SPSS program. However, every day that passes reminds me that I can do this! I have dreamed about my doctorate program since I was a little girl. It is a fond memory I have of my mom. She used to plan my college schedule with me. Personally, I am rapidly approaching the 1-year anniversary of her passing and the holiday season… my stress levels in real life are high. It helps me to remember how proud she was of me, how she was so glad she got to see me enter the program. In closing, I am proud of myself. I feel confident in my ability to learn the SPSS program.

My applied statement: I plan to understand inferential statistics to the extent that I can teach it. My mom used to say that if I wanted to know if I understood something, find someone you can explain it too. “If you can teach it,” she would say, “it’s because you understand it.”

I miss her.



Tokunaga, H. (2016).  Fundamental statistics for the social and behavioral of sciences.  NY:  Sage Publication, Ltd.

Uniview Worldwide. (n. d.). Films on demand: Inferential statistics (Video-35.45). University of Phoenix.

My Doctoral Journey

RES/710 Week 3


Hello World! It is a bright and beautiful day on the Oregon coast, which is worth recording somewhere, because we are used to “grey days”. My applied statement this week is I believe in my ability to overcome every challenge that stands between me and my goals. This week I have been a superhero, impressing even myself! I really wanted to figure out the SPSS program, and I am not a pro after 3 weeks of study, but I am becoming more comfortable with the program. I spent my weekend this week studying the SPSS software. All the videos I watched last week really helped me to conquer the system.

This week I have been busy. I had to develop three new artist web pages and I am developing a business and marketing plan for a mutual fund company. Interestingly enough, my course readings make the review of the mutual fund company’s financial reporting and planning easier to understand. Additionally, I have found that SPSS is a great resource for a multitude of graphs and visual data. I am proud. I am exhausted. I am feeling prepared for week four and gear to get started.

My advice to students approaching this course, is to not consider it a ‘normal’ course. This is the most challenging course to date… and I do not say this to discourage you. Rather I hope it encourages you to touch up on your statistics and really spend time with Khan Academy prior to entering the course.


Are you already in the course and it is too late to pre-study, no worries, hit up the library. There are excellent resources and tutorials for IBMs SPSS program and how to accomplish the functions. Week 3 presents a real hurdle for some, but I believe in you and you can do this!

The focus this week will be the development of your survey, dispersion, and clean data.

In my learning I have been discussion the measures of dispersion a great deal this week.  The measures of dispersion are the range, variance, and standard deviation when discussing descriptive statistics. Hanneman, Kposowa, and Riddle (2013) had discussed how dispersion conceptually relates to the linguistic understanding of diversity, variability, and difference. The range, variance, and standard deviation are ways to help the researcher identify the spread of scores among a bunch of scores.

As an example, if we were describing the length of house cats in a small town, the researcher may want to identify how much variance exists in the length of cats. Maybe most cats are 15 inches and the second largest majority are around 21 inches.

Very similarly to central tendency, the range variance and standard deviation allow the researcher to summarize a bunch of numbers or just a few numbers, and possibly a singular number in a spread of scores. Hanneman, Kposowa, and Riddle (2013) reminds the researcher that all cases do not share similar scores and variance in scores can be expected. The dispersion data is used to create a better understanding for a selection of scores. This provides the researcher the ability to look further into the data provided them.



Hanneman, R. A., Kposowa, A. J., & Riddle, M. D. (2012). Basic statistics for social research (Vol. 38). John Wiley & Sons.


My Doctoral Journey

RES/710 Week 2


My applied statement this week is that as a scholar leader and practitioner is: there is value and professionalism in taking a step back to reflect and then return with a fresh set of eyes.

Wow, week 2 has been phenomenal. I have been relearning statistics and their importance in research study. I had saved the video for last this week, then after watching it, I wish I would have put it at the forefront of my assignments. This week’s assignment was a real challenge for me. In the end I just needed to take a step back, take a breath, get some coffee and return with a fresh set of eyes. I laughed so hard this morning when I realized that the text explained how to achieve the charts.  However, I wish SPSS specific instruction was provided. YouTube was not very helpful, there seems to be no online how-to videos, and both UoP tech support and IBM tech support could not provide the information in a way I was able to understand.

I strongly encourage students to familiarize themselves with SPSS prior to taking the course. The readings are exceptionally important. Do not forget that the library is your best friend. Many of my course peers decided to hire a tutor for this course.

There were several things I had to do to get the system to work. I had to change my visual settings on my computer to be able to see the images provided within the text to navigate the SPSS system. I had to dedicate hours of time into familiarizing myself with the SPSS system. The one thing that I think was most valuable was the time I committed to get to know the system. I worked the provided problems in the text and went to Khan Academy for formula study. The combination was excellent, because Khan will ask and grade the questions in real time. That was how I knew I was finally on the right track.

Once I figured out that the error was my own and a simple fix. I took the time to read the last half of chapter two again, this time it made so much more sense. As another applied statement: I will be taking the time to complete the objectives within the text, to better familiarize myself with the SPSS system. I am still getting into a schedule in which I feel like I have a work, study, family life balance. Personally, time management remains a hurdle for me to overcome.


I am an entrepreneur. A lot of times as an entrepreneur I brag about my ability to create my own schedule, however it becomes an untrue statement as I get further into my doctorates program. As an entrepreneur my phone can go off at any time for business. This becomes a little bit of a headache, when you’re 22 minutes into a required video and you must walk away. This week I started setting aside time throughout the week where I put my phone on silent. I don’t feel like in any way this is a hindrance to my company, it is okay for people to leave messages. I just am getting used to dedicating actual hours of time each day to read and comprehend my texts.

Finally, I will not be discouraged. I entered this program knowing that I had the dedication and perseverance to see this program through to the end. When I get discouraged, I go back to my first few journal entries and I find the motivation in myself to push forward! Keep it up class, we are headed into week 3!



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