PSY 231: Laboratory For Statistics

  • CANVAS - Maricopa ID and password

  • EBOOK - Password and username: mcc

The Department of Psychological Science at MCC requires that all students who take PSY 230 must also be enrolled in one credit of PSY 231 with the same instructor, concurrently. The laboratory for statistics will focus largely on reinforcing statistical concepts through computer applications and project-based work. On this page you will find resources to support you in your lab and lecture experiences.

The PSY 231 lab is designed as a hands-on supplement to PSY 230, which primarily consists of a more traditional lecture format. Within the lab, you will gain experience with two important spreadsheet applications: Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) and Microsoft Excel. Within these applications, you will learn how to organize, manage and analyze large pools of data. Other types of lab activities in which you will participate to a lesser extent might include debates, conducting surveys, viewing videos, reviewing for exams, etc.

  • Instructional Manual: Almost every time that we meet for lab, we will be using the instructional manual, in some form. We will also use the manual as a supplement for lecture and other activities. Failure to bring your manual to lab may result in a lab attendance penalty. If you misplace your manual, you can access it on this page, in the Downloads section.
  • eBook: Okay. Here is where it gets a little interesting. In my infinite wisdom/stupidity, I decided that I would create an online book for the class. That way, you always have access and you don’t have to pay $160+ for a stats book.
  • Scientific Calculator: Please bring (or invest in, if you do not currently have one) a hand calculator for doing your lab assignments. You do not need to have an overly fancy calculator (i.e., TI-86); a simple scientific one (about $15 at the bookstore) will work fine. You are required to bring your calculator to lab each day. While you may use a mobile device to perform calculations in class and lab, you will NOT be allowed to use a mobile device for the exams.
  • Data Storage Solution: Since you will be doing extensive statistics work in the computer lab, you will probably need to obtain USB flash drive on which to store your data files. You may also save your files to the “cloud.” I'm partial to DropBox and Google Drive. You will not be able to save files on lab computers. You are required to bring your storage device to lab each day. You are required to have a storage solution by the third lab. Failure to meet this requirement will result in a lab attendance penalty.

Points for lecture and lab are combined into a single class grade that will become your grade for both PSY230 and PSY231. In other words, you will receive the same grade for lecture and lab. Here is how it will work.

Each lab (PSY231) will be worth a total of 4 points. We have about 30 labs during the semester. This means that you will have a total of about 120 points possible for lab.

There are 360 points possible for lecture (PSY230).

This means that there will be about 480 points possible for both lab and lecture. As you can see, lab points will make up about ¼ of the total and lecture points will make up about ¾ of the total. These proportions correspond with the credit hours assigned to lab (1 credit) and lecture (3 credits), such that the weighting of the points is appropriate.

Grades will be based on percentage of total points earned during the semester and assigned as per the following: A (90-100%), B (80-89%), C (70-79%), D (60-69%), F (0-59%)

Academic Integrity

Academic misconduct and dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarism, excessive absences, use of abusive or profane language, and disruptive and/or threatening behavior.  All instances of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Chair of the Department of Psychological Science and other appropriate authorities.  Students displaying acts of academic dishonesty are subject to grade adjustment, course failure, probation, suspension, or expulsion.  See the student handbook for more information regarding cases of academic misconduct.

The following constitute the only acceptable excuses for missing lecture/lab and missing lab/homework with no penalty.

  1. Medical/illness
  2. Death in family
  3. Official MCC Activity
  4. Military or civic (e.g., jury duty) commitment
  5. Religious observances

No other excuse is acceptable for missed/late attendance/lab/homework. No exceptions. I understand that other important, significant events can keep you from on-time, schoolwork submission. I encourage you to earn extra points to make up for points missed due to unexcused submission failures. See later section in this syllabus.

Lab activities focus on learning basic user skills in the Statistics Package for The Social Sciences (SPSS), team-based activities, tutoring, and the application of concepts covered during the lecture portion (PSY 230) of the introductory statistics experience. Full details are listed in the Instructional Manual.

Academic Support

  • PIRC Lab Tutoring Center (MCC @ Southern & Dobson)
    The Psychological Science Department maintains it's own tutoring center within the Psychology Instructional Resource Center (PIRC). Tutoring focuses primarily on Introduction to Statistics, Research Methods, and Introductory Psychology. The PIRC is located in Building AD 42. Check with the PIRC to get the most current tutoring schecule.
    P: 480-461-7888
  • Learning Enhancement Center (MCC @ Red Mountain)
    Many students find that college coursework provides new academic challenges. Students who wish to deepen their understanding of course concepts, extend their skills, and improve their performance in their course(s) are encouraged to use the free tutoring and other support services in the Learning Enhancement Center. The LEC is located on the 1st floor of the Desert Willow Building.
    P: 480-654-7735
  • Writing Center (MCC @ Southern & Dobson) 
    The Writing Center provides one-on-one appointments to help students during any phase of the writing process: brainstorming, prewriting, researching, drafting, and revising. The Writing Center is located on the 1st floor of the Elsner Library.
    P: 480-461-7513

Disability Services

If you have a documented disability, including a learning disability, and would like to discuss possible accommodations, please contact the MCC Disabilities Resources and Services Office at 480-461-7447 or email

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Students with disabilities must have an equally effective and equivalent educational opportunity as those students without disabilities.  Students experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability are expected to contact the course instructor so that a solution can be found that provides all students equal access to course materials and technology.

Information for Pregnant or Parenting Students: If you are a pregnant or parenting student you are protected under Title IX regarding classroom accommodations.  Please request your accommodations through the MCC Disabilities Resources and Services Office at 480-461-7447 or email

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Mesa Community College is committed to the success of all our students.  MCC has adopted an Early Alert Referral System (EARS) to aid students in their educational pursuits.  Faculty and Staff participate by referring students to campus services for added support.  Students may receive a follow up call from various campus services as a result of being referred to EARS.  Students are encouraged to participate, but these services are optional.


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