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Foundation of Statistics

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Start Date: August 22, 2017 
End Date:   October 10, 2017

The Foundation of Statistics is one of four non-credit courses in the Certification in Practice of Data Analytics (CPDA) program. The course is taught by faculty from the department of Statistics at The Ohio State University. The course is delivered in 100% distance learning format and includes instructional material equivalent to approximately one semester credit hour. This is equates to around 40 hours of course work including 12-13 hours of instruction.  

This course can be taken individually, or as part of the four courses required to receive the CPDA certificate of completion. It is strongly recommended that participants who take the Foundations of Statistics first, followed by Data Mining. Machine Learning or Visualization Analytics and Sensemaking can follow in any order. 

Course Description

Introduction to statistics includes; a short discussion of where data comes from; data exploration; probability and random variables; the basics of statistical inference (e.g., sampling and inferring upon population parameters using statistics); testing statistical hypotheses and building confidence intervals; and an introduction to regression. Students will use the R software package in this course.

Please note: while this course is equal to approximately 40 hours of course work in seven weeks, students should allow a two-to-one study-to-class-time ratio. This means you should plan to study two hours for each one hour of class time. The course consists of approximately 5.7 hrs per week of class time, so an average person should expect to spend 11.4 hrs on completing the course work each week. Based on a person's own personal strengths and experience, you should increase or decrease the ratio. 

4 CEUs are granted upon successful completion of the course.

Recommended Prerequisites 

It is strongly recommended that participants have taken at least one course in college level algebra prior to taking this course. Students will be required to learn the R software package prior to starting the course (

Free training in R software that will prepare you for this course can be found online at:

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You will learn to:
  • Describe data graphically and numerically using statistical software
  • Explain basic concepts of probability and random variables
  • Recognize how data can be used to infer features of probability distributions
  • Test for consistency of data with particular values of parameters
  • Estimate parameter values and quantify uncertainty in the estimate
  • Interpret linear association 


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Cancellations and Refunds

A full refund minus a $50 administrative fee will be made if cancellation is received three weeks prior to the start of the course. No refunds within three weeks of the course start date. 

Course Offering Dates

Each course offering in this program operates with a specific start date and end date. Students must complete each course during the specific time frame. Access to the online course and materials is removed when the course ends.