MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
F2J 2008 PV
Senior Adjunct Faculty
MA MathematicsBA Mathematics
30 minutes before and after class
10/25 - 12/13/2008
8:00 A.M. to 12:20 P.M.
Triola, Mario F. Elementary Statistics, Tenth Edition, ISBN 0-321-33183-4. Pearson Addison-Wesley, 2006.
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Educational Philosophy: The instructor's educational philosophy is one of relaxed interactiveness based on lectures, dialogues, and formal examination.
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: 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 open-notes. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Meeting - 7, 12/6
In Unit 8 we will examine the basics of hypothesis testing by using one-sample 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.
Meeting - 8, 12/13
Final Comprehensive test/Core Assessment
4 1/2 hour Final Exam
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