MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
FA 2008 HOE
Birmingham, Thomas H.
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August 18, 2008 - December 12, 2008
2:25 - 3:40 PM
Textbook: Introduction to Statistics, 10th Edition. Mario F. Triola. Pearson Addison-Wesley.
Additional Resources: See online syllabus for additional detail.
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Educational Philosophy: My goal is to provide students with an understanding of concepts of probability, data collection and analysis as well as the skills and knowledge necessary to critically analyze statistical information.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Description of MA 120 Core Assessment
One problem with multiple parts for each numbered item, except for item #3, which contains four separate problems.
1. Compute the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation for a sample of 8 to 12 data.
2. Compute the mean and standard deviation of a grouped frequency distribution with 4 classes.
3. Compute the probability of four problems from among these kinds or combinations there of:
a. the probability of an event based upon a two-dimensional table;
b. the probability of an event that involves using the addition rule;
c. the probability of an event that involves conditional probability;
d. the probability of an event that involves the use of independence of events;
e. the probability of an event based upon permutations and/or combinations;
f. the probability of an event using the multiplication rule; or
g. the probability of an event found by finding the probability of the complementary event.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: The course will consist of lectures by the instructor, problem solving practice, and tests.
You will be allowed to re-take one test during the semester provided that you have received at least one hour of tutoring on the content of the test and the instructor agrees that you have made a serious effort to learn the material. You must make up the test within one week. You may not re-take the final exam.
You will complete the following tests:
Chapters 1-3, Chapters 4-5, Chapters 6-7, Chapter 8, Final (Comprehensive).
A= 90-100% B= 80-89% C= 70-79% D= 60-69% F= 0-59%
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Student Responsibilities:
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: See online syllabus for additional detail.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Additional Attendance Information per Tom Birmingham:
1. Attendance in classes is essential to successful completion of the course. Students who are absent for four consecutive class periods without legitimate reason will automatically be dropped from the course.
2. Students are expected to attend every class. If you know before you enroll you will not be able to make every class meeting, you should consider not enrolling in the class.
3. Students are responsible for learning the information missed due to an absence. Class time cannot be used for this purpose. I will be available during office hours to assist you with making up missed classes.
4. Tardiness not only deprives the student of valuable class time but also disrupts the learning process. Students are expected to be sitting in their chairs when class begins.
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Additional Information:This course is an introduction to those basic concepts in probability and statistics that are pertinent to most disciplines. This course is appropriate for a wide variety of career pursuits from social sciences to education to engineering and business.
Although this course does not require the mathematical rigor that one might encounter in other mathematics courses, a basic understanding of algebraic manipulation is helpful. Some computation is required but the emphasis will be on understanding of concepts.
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