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330.624.11 Applied Power Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences


Mental Health
Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Wed 06/19/2013 - Thu 06/20/2013
Class Times:
  • W Th,  8:30am - 4:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Brion Maher
Course Instructors:

A very basic understanding of statistics.


Introduces the concepts of power calculation and sample size estimation. Briefly discusses the theory behind analytic and simulation-based approaches to estimating the power or sample size needed for a proposed hypothesis test. Examines effect sizes and realistic models under which power should be calculated. Discusses effective presentation of power calculations for grant proposals, including graphs. Compares examples of popular software, including R, SAS and STATA.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Interpret commonly used effect sizes
  2. Perform power calculations or sample size estimations for a proposed study
  3. Perform simulation-based estimates of power
Methods of Assessment:

Assessment will be a project consisting of a multi-aim power calculation section for a proposal. Proposal can be from the student’s work, subject to instructor approval, or provided by the instructor.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Students are expected to bring a laptop computer, with the software of choice installed, to perform course exercises.