Fall 2021

NURS 7316-001 Statistical Analysis for Nursing Science

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Students are expected to follow all policies related to COVID-19 found on the university webpage: https://wp.uthscsa.edu/coronavirus/.

NOTE: Our campus has enabled the CANVAS MOBILE LEARN application. CANVAS tools such as discussions, quizzes or videos May or May NOT function on all mobile devices. This is because mobile devices are available with rapidly changing and different configurations. Hence, students must not depend on only a mobile device to access course materials. Students must have access to a laptop or desktop device to access course materials and complete assignments.

This course is Web Enhanced with WebCT icon
Please be sure to check the Current Computer Requirements

For all class sessions, students should bring their laptop pre-loaded with either SPSS Graduate Pack 24.0, 25.0, 26.0, 27.0, or 28.0

NOTE: You DO NEED to rent/download the IBM SPSS Standard Graduate Pack Version 24, 25, 26, 27, or 28 (Don't get the IBM SPSS Base or Premium Graduate Pack)

SPSS is available to students as a two-week free trial download, a 6 month rental, or a 12 month rental for MAC or Windows. The cost for the 6 month rental usually ranges between $50-$70, and the cost for the 12 month rental usually ranges between $90-$110. I don't recommend the 24 month rental as there is often difficulty renewing the license at the 12 month period The current version of IBM SPSS is Version 28

Possible vendors for SPSS:
Hearne Software:
On the Hub: 
Student Discounts:

To download a two week trial version of SPSS 28.0 from IBM, follow the directions provided at:


GSBSCourse Expectations Regarding COVID-19 

The GSBS expectsall students to exhibit the highest standards of conduct, honesty, andprofessionalism both in and out of the classroom.

·     Allstudents and faculty are expected, as part of theirprofessional responsibility, to remain masked during classroom activities inaccordance with current CDC guidelinesIn-personinstruction is an integral aspect of your training, and we must maintain safetyin the learning environment. Masks have been demonstrated to be effective inmitigating the spread of the virus. If you forget your mask, your instructormay have extra and there will be a supply in the GSBS Dean's office.


·     Socialdistancing will also be used in accordance with current CDC guidelines.Students will be assigned seats in this class, so that, in the event of apositive COVID-19 diagnosis, contact tracing can be used.


·     Ifstudents elect not to attend lectures, the course director has the latitude toimplement the GSBS attendancepolicy and determine if these absences will be consideredexcused or unexcused.


·     Studentsand faculty who are symptomatic(sniffles, fever, cough etc.) should remain athome and contact Wellness 360 (210-567-2788) forpossible testing. Students should also contact their instructor(s) as soon aspossible. Following a positive test, please adhere to the updated protocolsoutlined here.


Insummary, the most important things you can do are to perform diligent symptommonitoring each morning before class and don’t come to class if you are ill!Also, if you have not yet been vaccinated for SARS-COV-2, UT Health canaccommodate you as a walk-up patient TODAY at ourMARC outpatient building on Floyd Curl Drive (First Floor Main Lobby).

Foradditional questions or further information, please contact Dr. Tim Raabe,Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, GSBS.


Andrea E. Berndt, PhD, Associate Professor/Statisticianexternal link
E-mail: berndt@uthscsa.edu
Phone: (210) 567-5839
Office Hours: By appointment.

Virtual Office Hours: Will be determined for day and time during the first class session.


This is an introductory course in statistics and computing. This course will allow the student to summarize numerical data, gain a working vocabulary of important statistical methods, develop some functional computing skills, and improve confidence in dealing with numbers. By the end of the course, you will be knowledgeable about:


Credit Hour Allocation: 3 Semester Credit Hours
Clock Hour Allocation: 3 Clock Hours Class (45 hours class)


Graduate Standing


Upon completion of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing Program students will:

  1. Advance the discipline of nursing through the generation of new knowledge and theory.
  2. Demonstrate excellence as a clinical researcher in the health sciences in a focal area of nursing.
  3. Synthesize theories from natural and/or behavioral sciences for application to a specified area of nursing.
  4. Advance evidence-based clinical practice.
  5. Assume nurse scientist roles within academic health centers and other health centers and other interdisciplinary health sciences and educational institutions.
  6. Evaluate the value and knowlege components of philosophical and ethical dimensions of issues confronting healthcare and nursing.


  1. Identify levels of measurement and describe their relationship to statistical analysis.
  2. Demonstrate skill in displaying data in a format that is clearly understood.
  3. Explain the importance of distinguishing samples and populations in hypothesis testing, and describe principles of inferential statistics.
  4. Summarize and demonstrate usual ways of using graphics to describe the central tendency and variability of samples.
  5. Describe and demonstrate proper use of contingency tables and the x2 test.
  6. Describe and demonstrate the proper use of various forms of the t-test.
  7. Describe and demonstrate proper use of various forms of the analysis of variance (ANOVA) through a 2-way model.
  8. Explain how correlation and regression operate.
  9. Demonstrate understanding of the building blocks of simple statistics: sum of squares
  10. Explain the various regression hypothesis tests that appear on a statistical printout.
  11. Describe the linkages among alpha, power, effect size, and sample size.




A = 4 points (90-100)
B = 3 points (80-89)
C = 2 points (75-79)
D = 1 point (66-74)
F = 0 points (65 or below)


Grade Percentages:
Letter grades are used for evaluation of student progress, and are based on:
70% - Data Assignments/Article Critiques (7 @ 10 pts each)
30% - Statistics Project/Presentation
100% - Total



Attendance in class is an expectation of each student.


  1. If written assignments are made in a course they are required.
  2. Students are expected to submit written work on the scheduled date and time.
  3. The student must notify the course coordinator prior to the scheduled due date and time if they are unable to submit the written work as scheduled. Failure to make this notification in advance will result in a "zero" for that written work.
  4. If the excuse is accepted as reasonable and necessary, arrangements will be made for an alternative due date and time.
  5. Each student is responsible for making sure that he or she has completed the written work prior to submission.
  6. Late work will be accepted with consequences as outlined per course syllabi.


The APA Publication Manual 7th edition is required for use in all nursing school programs. 


Students are expected to be above reproach in all scholastic activities. Students who engage in scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure in the course and dismissal from the university. "Scholastic dishonesty includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, and submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student or the attempt to commit such acts." Regents Rules and Regulations, Part One, Chapter VI, Section 3, Subsection 3.2, Subdivision 3.22.


Students who are nurses or are preparing to enter the profession of nursing are expected to treat others with respect and compassion. “The principle of respect for persons extends to all individuals with whom the nurse interacts. The nurse maintains compassionate and caring relationships with colleagues and others with a commitment to the fair treatment of individuals, to integrity-preserving compromise and to resolving conflict. This standard of conduct precludes any and all prejudicial actions, any form of harassment or threatening behavior, or disregard for the effects of one’s actions on others” (American Nurses Association Code for Nurses, Interpretive Statement 1.5).

The students, faculty, Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and the Dean of the School of Nursing of the University Texas Health Science Center San Antonio subscribe to the highest standards of conduct. Our aim is professional behavior beyond reproach. Failure to abide by the signed code of professional conduct may lead to suspension and/or permanent dismissal from the UTHSCSA SON. In particular, we subscribe to the provisions of the Code of Ethics for Nurses (http://bit.ly/1mtD5p2) and the following points of conduct.


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Any student seeking reasonable accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact either the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Services within the first week of the semester or schedule a meeting with the UTHSCSA ADA Compliance Office so that appropriate accommodations may be arranged. A request for accommodations (Form ADA-100: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/form100-Faculty-student-resident.pdf) must be completed and submitted to the Executive Director of the ADA Compliance Office before accommodations can be provided. Additional information can be provided in the Student Success Center, Room 1.118 or through the ADA Compliance Office website: http://uthscsa.edu/eeo/request.asp.


1) Fields, A. (2017)  Discovering statistics using SPSS (5th edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN-13: 978-1526436566.

2) Morgan, S.E., Reichert, T., & Harrison, T.R. (2016). From Numbers to Words. Routledge. ISBN-13: 978-1138638082.


Hancock, G.R., & Mueller, R. O. (2010). The reviewer's guide to quantitative methods in the social sciences, 1st edition. Routledge.
ISBN: 978-0415965088


  1. Introduction to this course, SPSS, measurement, and statistics
  2. Frequency displays in tables and in graphs
  3. Samples, populations, and hypothesis testing
  4. Describing one or more groups
  5. Comparing proportions
  6. One and two-group comparisons
  7. Matched group comparisons
  8. Using ANOVA to compare more than two groups at once
  9. More complicated ANOVA models
  10. Correlation and simple linear regression

CALENDAR - 1st Day Only

Please check the schedule for recent updates on Class Dates & Room.

Date: Thursday, August 26, 2021       Nursing School 1.206
Time: 1:00 – 3:50
All classes will also be available on CANVAS Conference Sessions and all class sessions will be recorded

Topic / Assignment Due:
        Course Orientation
        How to Be Successful in Statistics
        Diagnostic Evaluation
        Reviewing the Basics

        Review/skim the following chapters before our 1st class:
        Fields - Discovering statistics using SPSS, 5th ed, Chapters 1 and 3

For full calendar and details, please refer to supplemental materials provided at the first class session.

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