MA120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
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Course  MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics 
Semester  F2J 2008 PV 
Faculty  Marsh, Kimball 
Title  Senior Adjunct Faculty 
Degrees/Certificates  MA Mathematics BA Mathematics 
Office Location  Classroom 
Office Hours  30 minutes before and after class 
EMail  kimball.marsh@park.edu 
Semester Dates  10/25  12/13/2008 
Class Days  S 
Class Time  8:00 A.M. to 12:20 P.M. 
Credit Hours  3 
Textbook:
Triola, Mario F. Elementary Statistics, Tenth Edition, ISBN 0321331834. Pearson AddisonWesley, 2006.
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Course Description: A development of certain basic concepts in probability and statistics that are pertinent to most disciplines. Topics include: probability models, parameters, statistics and sampling procedures, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression. 3:0:3Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of relaxed interactiveness based on lectures, dialogues, and formal examination.
Learning Outcomes:
Core Learning Outcomes
 Compute descriptive statistics for raw data as well as grouped data.
 Determine appropriate features of a frequency distribution.
 Apply Chebyshev's Theorem.
 Distinguish between and provide relevant descriptions of a sample and a population.
 Apply the rules of combinatorics.
 Differentiate between classical and frequency approaches to probability.
 Apply settheoretic ideas to events.
 Apply basic rules of probability.
 Apply the concepts of specific discrete random variables and probability distributions.
 Compute probabilities of a normal distribution.
 Compute confidence intervals of means and percentages.
 Perform hypothesis tests involving one population.
 Compute regression and correlation of Bivariate data.
Core Assessment: 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 twodimensional 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.
4. Compute probabilities associated with a binomial random variable associated with a practical situation.
5. Compute probabilities associated with either a standard normal probability distribution or with a nonstandard normal probability distribution.
6. Compute and interpret a confidence interval for a mean and/ or for a proportion.
Link to Class Rubric
Class Assessment:
Students should try to read (if time permits) the topics to be covered in class and be prepared to work examples and ask questions in class. Your grade is based on 3 tests (the 3rd test is the core assessment which is a final departmental exam)
Grading:
The final grade will be determined by the following: Test 1(120 points) and Test 2 (120 points) and the Test 3 Core Assessment (60 points) = 300 points total. Test 1 will be over all material covered in the first 3 sessions. Test 2 and 3 are comprehensive and will be given during the 8th week. The three tests will be opennotes. A basic calculator must be acquired for use during the tests and the class. A "scientific calculator" is recommended (in the price range of $9 to $20).
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation and questions are encouraged. Students are expected to come to all classes and to be on time. Since 8 weeks is a VERY short time to complete a Statistics course, we will cover material at what many students consider a very rapid rate.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class Activities

Recommended
Assignments
(Review Exercises)  NOT for a grade

Tests

Meeting  1, 10/25

In Unit 1 we'll learn what the topic of statistics entails. We'll discuss some ways to collect the needed data for a statistical study. By the end the unit we will have a view of how the two distinct divisions of statistics, descriptive and inferential, are related.
In Unit 2 we'll discover how to convert pure data into corrupted data, also referred to as ungrouped data into grouped data. Then we will examine some of the many ways data can be visually displayed graphically.

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Meeting  2, 11/1

In Unit 3 we will examine ways to describe data by looking at its central tendency, its variation from its center, and how to determine the location of an element within a data set. A method of finding the proportions of variation a data set possesses will also be covered.



Meeting  3, 11/8

In Unit 4 we'll explore the basic concepts of probabilities, the branch of mathematics that allows us to take a sample and make predictions about the population from which it was derived. We'll strive to gain a fundamental understanding of probability through its addition, multiplication and counting rules.

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Meeting  4, 11/15

Test first two hours. In Unit 5 we combine the probability concepts and the statistical concepts we previously learned to construct discrete probability distributions. Then we'll learn how to find statistics of the distribution. The unit ends with a discussion on a specific discrete probability distributions called the binomial distribution and the Poisson distribution.


2 Hour Test followed by lecture.

Meeting  5, 11/22

In Unit 6 the discussion changes from discrete distributions to continuous random variable distributions. We begin looking at the Normal distribution and then quickly moving on the the Standard Normal distribution. We conclude the unit by learing how the Central Limit Theorem can be applied to sample data sets.



Meeting  6, 11/29

In Unit 7 we move into inferential statistics. We learn how to use a sample mean to estimate the population mean, and how we can confidently report its value within a specific interval.

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Meeting  7, 12/6

In Unit 8 we will examine the basics of hypothesis testing by using onesample procedures for the hypothesis test of the population mean. In addition we will conclude our examination of topics in statistics by discussing the purpose of regression and correlation analysis. First, we'll examine some introductory terms, then focus on simple linear regression analysis and simple linear correlation analysis.

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Meeting  8, 12/13

Final Comprehensive test/Core Assessment

No assignment

4 1/2 hour Final Exam

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Rubric
Competency  Exceeds Expectation (3)  Meets Expectation (2)  Does Not Meet Expectation (1)  No Evidence (0) 
Evaluation Outcomes 10  Can perform and interpret a hypothesis test with 100% accuracy.  Can perform and interpret a hypothesis test with at least 80% accuracy.  Can perform and interpret a hypothesis test with less than 80% accuracy.  Makes no attempt to perform a test of hypothesis. 

Synthesis Outcomes 10  Can compute and interpret a confidence interval for a sample mean for small and large samples, and for a proportion with 100% accuracy.  Can compute and interpret a confidence interval for a sample mean for small and large samples, and for a proportion with at least 80% accuracy.  Can compute and interpret a confidence interval for a sample mean for small and large samples, and for a proportion with less than 80% accuracy.  Makes no attempt to compute or interpret a confidence interval. 

Analysis Outcomes 10  Can apply the normal distribution, Central limit theorem, and binomial distribution to practical problems with 100% accuracy.  Can apply the normal distribution, Central limit theorem, and binomial distribution to practical problems with at least 80% accuracy.  Can apply the normal distribution, Central limit theorem, and binomial distribution to practical problems with less than 80% accuracy.  Makes no attempt to apply the normal distribution, Central Limit Theorem, or binomial distribution. 

Terminology Outcomes 4,5,7  Can explain event, simple event, mutually exclusive events, independent events, discrete random variable, continuous random variable, sample, and population with 100% accuracy.  Can explain event, simple event, mutually exclusive events, independent events, discrete random variable, continuous random variable, sample, and population with at least 80% accuracy.  Can explain event, simple event, mutually exclusive events, independent events, discrete random variable, continuous random variable, sample, and population with less than 80% accuracy.  Makes no attempt to explain any of the terms listed. 

Concepts Outcomes 1,6  Can explain mean, median, mode, standard deviation, simple probability, and measures of location with 100% accuracy.  Can explain mean, median, mode, standard deviation, simple probability, and measures of location with at least 80% accuracy.  Can explain mean, median, mode, standard deviation, simple probability, and measures of location with less than 80% accuracy.  Makes no attempt to define any concept. 

Application Outcomes 1,2,3,8,9  Compute probabilities using addition multiplication, and complement rules and conditional probabilities. Compute statistical quantities for raw and grouped data. Compute probabilities using combinatorics, discrete random variables, and continuous random variables. All must be done with 100% accuracy.  Compute probabilities using addition multiplication, and complement rules and conditional probabilities. Compute statistical quantities for raw and grouped data. Compute probabilities using combinatorics, discrete random variables, and continuous random variables. All must be done with at least 80% accuracy.  Compute probabilities using addition multiplication, and complement rules and conditional probabilities. Compute statistical quantities for raw and grouped data. Compute probabilities using combinatorics, discrete random variables, and continuous random variables. All are done with less than 80% accuracy.  Makes no attempt to compute any of the probabilities or statistics listed. 

Whole Artifact Outcomes 7,8  Can apply the concepts of probability and statistics to realworld problems in other disciplines with 100 % accuracy.  Can apply the concepts of probability and statistics to realworld problems in other disciplines with at least 80 % accuracy.  Can apply the concepts of probability and statistics to realworld problems in other disciplines with less than 80% accuracy.  Makes no attempt to apply the concepts to realworld problems. 

Components Outcomes 1  Can use a calculator or other computing device to compute statistics with 100% accuracy.  Can use a calculator or other computing device to compute statistics with at least 80% accuracy.  Can use a calculator or other computing device to compute statistics with less 80% accuracy.  Makes no attempt to use any computing device to compute statistics. 
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