Jun 15-Jul 24, 2015
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $627.00
Instructor(s): Terrill Paterson

Restricted to students in Masters of Science in Science Education

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide graduate students in science education with a background in basic descriptive and inferential statistics. By the end of the course, students will be able to choose the most appropriate method to both describe their data and display that data in a clear and concise manner. Students will be able to perform hypothesis tests using a variety of parametric and non-parametric methods with an understanding of the assumptions and limitations of each method as applied to the analysis of capstone data. Students will be able to perform one-way analysis of variance tests in addition to chi-square tests for categorical data. Through the examination of the appropriate use of each of these statistical tools, students will be able to better design their capstone projects so as to maximize the likelihood of addressing their research topics.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 12 - 15 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 2 credit graduate course.


Terrill Paterson. Math Dept; Intercollege Programs for Science Education, Montana State University


Students should be enrolled in the Master of Science in Science Education degree program at MSU, or be a science educator with at least 2 years of successful teaching experience. Participants must hold a bachelors degree in science, science education, or related field.

Target Audience

The course is designed for graduate students in MSU's Master of Science in Science Education program.

Time Commitment:

12-15 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $87.00
 Computer Fee$7.00
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Author: Christmann
    Title: Beyond the Numbers: Making Sense of Statistics
    Publisher: National Science Teachers Association
    ISBN: 9781935155256
  • Other course materials will be provided by the instructor.

You can order the text through the Montana State University Bookstore at 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • the course number (MSSE 591)
  • the title of the text
  • that the course is offered online through Extended University

  • The text may also be available from other sources.

    Computer Requirements:

    • Internet access
    • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

    This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

    For More Information

    contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

    How to Register

    Register Online