This course intends to teach the essentials of statistics without, or with very little computation – by relying on the power of words and pictures, and by emphasising ideas. It will help the participants to gain an insight into statistics, understand its key concepts implementing them for thinking statistically about whatever real-world problems they find relevant to, especially if they are ‘consumer’ of statistics (interpreting other people’s research reports, for instance) or struggle to get a (better) understanding of the subject during their studies.
The course is designed to take 25 hours, includes case studies, quizzes and will be concluded by an evaluation test. The language of instruction is English.
The course includes a large amount of instruction (presentation slides) and discussions. It focuses on real-life examples drown from different industries/datasets, requiring the participants to recognize examples of the concepts in discussion, to distinguish between examples and non-examples of a given concept, to relate one concept to another, to apply the concepts to practical problems, to predict likely outcomes and to interpret results. As the main title of the course shows, it will save the participants from the weeping (and/or wailing, and/or gnashing of teeth) that is often to be heard amongst the students drawn willy-nilly into the study of statistics. Finally, this course intends to show that statistics can be fun!
At the end of the course, participants will be able to understand the basics of statistics i.e. think statistically.
This will be useful to participants from all the disciplines, especially if they struggle to understand statistical concepts so they can apply them in their studies and/or research, and or work, as well as for participants who want to raise their own awareness as everyday ‘consumers’ of statistics, developing an understanding into the subject matter of it without needing to memorize complex formulas and performing intricate calculations.
Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 18:30-21:30
Duration: 10 sessions, 30 hours
Fee: 38,000 AMD
About the Instructor: Elen Hokhikyan is an experienced manager with a demonstrated history both in public and private sectors. The last five years she has been managing one of the leading fashion brands in Armenia, where amongst other things she provided long-range strategy for the consistent development of the company and was responsible for the development of an operational plan incorporating organizational goals and objectives to achieve market diversification. Prior to that she has been employed in public sector serving as an Adviser to Minister in the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, where she supervised PR and information activities, also conducting project monitoring and research-based policy analysis for specific state programs. Elen holds an MSc degree in Public Policy awarded by the University College London (UCL) and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®).
Enrollment: To enroll in AUA Extension courses, please go through the following steps (see below for the Armenian version):
- Visit im.aua.am.
- Create an account by clicking New User Registration.
- If you are not a new user and already have an AUA account (having previously taken the AUA e-Math Test or applied to AUA), you should log into the account that you had created at that time.
- If you just registered as a new user, you will get an email asking to activate your account.
- Now, for registering to take a course, go to the Open Education tab, choose Extension, then Extension Applications, and apply for the course(s) you choose.
- After you register online, your application will be reviewed and you will receive an email acknowledging your application.
- Closer to the course start date, you will receive another email confirming your enrollment, requesting that you make payment before the course start date. The fee can be paid online via credit card or through the EasyPay terminal (located at the entrance to AUA). Alternatively, you may pay the fee via bank transfer to the American University of Armenia Fund, account 001-006402-001, HSBC Bank Armenia, indicating your full name (as in the registration) and the course you are paying for.
- The completed application together with the record of payment completes your enrollment.