Introduction to Statistics –Online Program

Offered by: StraighterLine

College credits: 3

Course length: Self-paced, 8 weeks



Introduction to Statistics looks at the properties behind the basic concepts of probability and statistics and focus on applications of statistical knowledge. Students will learn about how statistics and probability work together. The subject of statistics involves the study of methods for collecting, summarizing, and interpreting data. After finishing this course, students should be comfortable evaluating an author's use of data and be able to extract information from articles and display that information effectively. Students will also be able to understand the basics of how to draw statistical conclusions. This course will begin with descriptive statistics and the foundation of statistics, move onto probability and random distributions, the latter of which enables statisticians to work with several aspects of random events and their applications. Finally, students will examine a number of ways to investigate the relationships between various characteristics of data.

  • Define the meaning of descriptive statistics and statistical inference, describe the importance of statistics, and interpret examples of statistics in a professional context.
  • Distinguish between a population and a sample.
  • Explain the purpose of measures of location, variability, and skewness.
  • Apply simple principles of probability.
  • Compute probabilities related to both discrete and continuous random variables.
  • Identify and analyze sampling distributions for statistical inferences.
  • Identify and analyze confidence intervals for means and proportions.
  • Compare and analyze data sets using descriptive statistics, parameter estimation, hypothesis testing.
  • Explain how the central limit theorem applies in inference.
  • Calculate and interpret confidence intervals for one population average and one population proportion.
  • Differentiate between type I and type II errors.
  • Conduct and interpret hypothesis tests.
  • Identify and evaluate relationships between two variables using simple linear regression.
  • Use regression equations to make predictions.

Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is StraighterLine?
StraighterLine is an educational provider that offers online higher education courses that are equivalent to general courses required for bachelor’s degrees. Their courses have been evaluated by American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) and have been recommended for college credit. They have partnerships with a number of accredited colleges and universities.

What is the application process like?
Your advisor will be in contact throughout the process to help you complete the application, as well as answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, here is a general outline of what to expect:
  1. Apply to this offering.
  2. Complete the SmarterMeasure assessment related to your online learning style.
  3. In certain cases, you will need to submit your unofficial transcripts to Guild.

What does a self-paced course mean?
You can take a course 100% online at your own speed, in the comfort of your own home. You can take the course exam whenever you are ready. If you dedicate 17 to 20 hours per week to a course, this should allow you to finish a course within a single month. 

Tell me more about Guild Education.
Guild Education partners with employers to offer a variety of online classes, programs, and degrees from top-ranked universities that you can complete while working.

You will get support from a Guild advisor, who will help you find the right program, navigate the financial aid process, and provide you with personal college and career advising to help you navigate the college process from day one to graduation.

To give employees a variety of options, Guild partners with a consortium of universities and learning providers, including Brandman University, Western Governors University, Bellevue University, and StraighterLine, in addition to offering custom content. 

Benefits of partnering with Guild include:
  • A path to finish your degree or take graduate courses, at little to no cost
  • A personal college and career adviser to help you navigate programs and offerings
  • Online classes that allow you to work at your own pace
  • Relevant classes and programs designed to help you advance in your career
  • Credit recognition for past college credits and corporate credits towards your degrees

What are Guild's guiding principles?
  • Students first: We're here to help you, and you come first in our world. In exchange, we expect you give your all and to support your fellow classmates.
  • We learn best by doing: Experimentation, learning by doing, feedback and reflection lay at the core of every learning experience with Guild.
  • Feedback makes us better, in fact, it’s a gift: Practice only makes perfect when we get feedback on how to improve.
  • Reflection is a need-to-have, not a nice-to-have: Reflection allows us to digest the learnings and feedback we’ve received.
  • Community matters: We’re all in this together and we expect all Guild members to appreciate the role we play in each other’s learning experience.