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MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
Beston, William C.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics

Semester

S1T 2006 DLK

Faculty

Beston, William C.

Title

Mathematics/Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

Corpus Christi, TX

Office Hours

TBA

Daytime Phone

361-949-2561

E-Mail

William.Beston@pirate.park.edu

wbeston@stx.rr.com

Web Page

http://home.stx.rr/com/wbeston

Semester Dates

January 9, 2006 - March 5, 2006

Class Days

-------

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
WEISS ELEMENTARY STATISTICS-W/CD 6TH 05 A-W 0-201-77130-6

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased though the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
A Scientific Calculator


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.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I believe that each and every person is capable of learning.  I believe that my task is to create an environment that allows the learning process to occur.  By enabling students to learn, I try to create an atmosphere where each student (to the best of my ability) knows that I care about their learning and that I will help them with processes and procedures that will allow them to develop problem solving skills and talents they  may never thought they could understand or achieve. My goal is create Master Students that are life-long learners.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Compute descriptive statistics for raw data as well as grouped data
  2. Determine appropriate features of a frequency distribution
  3. Apply Chebyshev's Theorem
  4. Distinguish between and provide relevant descriptions of a sample and a population
  5. Apply the rules of combinatorics
  6. Differentiate between classical and frequency approaches to probability
  7. Apply set-theoretic ideas to events
  8. Apply basic rules of probability
  9. Apply the concepts of specific discrete random variables and probability distributions
  10. Compute probabilities of a normal distribution


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 thereof:


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.


4. Compute probabilities associated with a binomial random variable associated with a practical situation.


5. Compute probabilities associated with either a non-standard normal probability distribution.


6. Compute and interpret a confidence interval for a mean and/ or for a proportion.

Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
Student assessment will be based on Homework, Quizzes, Participation, and a protored Final Exam.

Grading:
Overall assessment of student final grades will be based on:  (Relative weights and due dates are included)
Assignment     % of Grade        Due Date
Homework #1         5%        Week 2
Homework #2         5%        Week 3
Homework #3         5%        Week 4
Homework #4         5%        Week 5
Homework #5         5%        Week 6
Homework #6         5%        Week 8
Quiz #1                 5%        Week 2
Quiz #2                 5%        Week 3
Quiz #3                 5%        Week 4
Quiz #4                 5%        Week 5
Quiz #5                 5%        Week 6
Quiz #6                 5%        Week 7
Class Participation     20%   Continually
Proctored Examination 20%        Week 8

A student that has achieved the following numerical average is assured the following minimum letter grade:
Numerical    Letter Grade
90 –100           A
80-89             B
70-79             C
60-69             D
0-59              F

You will be evaluated on the total number of points you earned as compared to the greatest amount of points that may be earned in each course activity. In determining the number of points assigned to an activity, the major factors will be the following questions:
Was the work completed?
Was the work completed correctly?
Was the work completed on time?

Each student is responsible for:
Completing weekly reading assignments.
Participating in weekly discussions.
Studying various online resources.
Completing six homework assignments.
Completing six online quizzes with a minimum score of 70%.
Completing a proctored examination during Week 8
Submission of Late Work:  Submission of course materials is required each week. Late submission (past due 7 days) of material will not be accepted unless prior permission has been requested and been approved by the instructor. Under extraordinary circumstances, alternate arrangements may be made and approved by the instructor. (Extraordinary circumstances include personal tragedy, family bereavement, emergency hospitalization, etc.)  
Proctored final examination - A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th (or 16th) week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website.  

Other Information on proctored exams:

It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor.  
Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor.  
A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval.  
Failure to take a final proctored exam (or submit your final project for some online graduate courses) will result in an automatic "F" grade.











Late Submission of Course Materials:
Submission of course materials is required each week. Late submission (past due 7 days) of material will not be accepted unless prior permission has been requested and been approved by the instructor. Under extraordinary circumstances, alternate arrangements may be made and approved by the instructor. (Extraordinary circumstances include personal tragedy, family bereavement, emergency hospitalization, etc.)  

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
For each Homework, Quiz or Exam submitted for grading, students acknowledge an "unfair advantage" clause. By acknowledging this clause students are stating that they did not cheat, used materials not permitted, used more time than allotted, or gained an unfair advantage over other students in the class by any means. The following is an example of an unfair advantage clause: "I am submitting this document for grading. By placing my name and the date on the line below, I am stating that I did not have an unfair advantage over other students taking this course."

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 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89
Weekly communication with the instructor and other students is required. This course includes Asynchronous Learning (ASL) and Self-Directed Learning (SDL) components, and an integration of alternative learning experiences. As a basic policy, the student's performance alone will determine grades. Participation in class is part of each student's responsibility for their own education, and the student is held responsible for any class work missed regardless of the reason for the absence.  It is the student's responsibility to notify the instructor if the student will be absent from class participation for any reason.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

Additional Information:


Attachments:
My Expectations

What is Statistics?

Rubric

Competency

Exceeds Expectation (3)

Meets Expectation (2)

Does Not Meet Expectation (1)

No Evidence (0)

Critical Thinking

Synthesis
Outcomes
 

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
 

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.

Evaluation
Outcomes
 

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.

Content

Terminology
Outcomes
 

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
 

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
 

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.

Technical Skills

Whole Artifact
Outcomes
 

Can apply the concepts of probability and statistics to real-world problems in other disciplines with 100 % accuracy.

Can apply the concepts of probability and statistics to real-world problems in other disciplines with at least 80 % accuracy.

Can apply the concepts of probability and statistics to real-world problems in other disciplines with less than 80% accuracy.

Makes no attempt to apply the concepts to real-world problems.

Component
Outcomes
 

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.

M/LL Courses
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