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MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
Owens, Richard E,, III


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

F1T 2006 DLJ

Faculty

Owens, Richard E,, III

Title

Adjunct Instructor - Mathematics

Degrees/Certificates

BA: Computer Information Systems
MS: Management Information Systems
PhD [ABD] - OML - emphasis, Communication

Office Location

online

Office Hours

Almost anytime - My goal is daily availablility

Daytime Phone

913-534-2475

Other Phone

816-539-0021

E-Mail

richard.owens@park.edu

richard.e.owens@embarq.com

rasputin@centurytel.net

Semester Dates

8/21/2006 - 10/15/2006

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Required Text: Elementary Statistics - 3rd Ed. Author: Allan B. Bluman ISBN: 0-07-310765-4


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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.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

In the brief time we have together, my goal is to help you learn the tools of statistics -

  • what those tools are
  • when they apply
  • where to find them
  • when you need them
  • how to use them

Rather than rote formulae and dry facts To achieve this goal, the class is structured around homework and in class interaction with the instructor and other students.

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


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply and understand the Empirical Rule
  2. Apply the rules of combinations
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 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 Rubric

Class Assessment:
Progress is assessed by a combination of homework, in class interaction, a midterm and a final proctored exam. In keeping with the instructors philosophy that the goal of education is exposure to tools, these tests are open book, open note and the students may use onsite computers or their own calculators

Grading:

How do you score points?

  • 5 homework assignments - 20%
  • 6 weeks of in class interaction     - 30%
  • Midterm exam - 20%
  • Proctored final exam - 30% of     grade
  • Extra credit may be available     depending on need

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late work is penalized one letter grade per day late [a day is defined as beginning at 12:00:01 AM Parkville time. Work will not be accepted more than 4 days late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Treat your peers as you would like them to treat you - with courtesy and respect. As professionals, you will at all times maintain a collegial environment.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Welcome to Basic Concepts of Statistics – being an introduction into the WONDERFUL and EXCITING world of statistical analysis! Unit 1 begins with an overview of statistics - what it is, what it isn't, how it works and abuses, as well as how understanding how data is collected for a statistical study. In addition, we will understand the relation of descriptive and inferential statistics. Unit 2 examines how to convert raw data into sorted data and some of the ways the sorted data can be displayed. We finish with a consideration of a method matching and graphing two sets of data to analyze the possibility of a relationship. Unit 3 covers measures of central tendency, the variation of an element of a population from the center point of that population and how to determine the location of an element within a data set. We will also cover how to find the amount of variation of an element within a data set. Unit 4 consists of a high level overview of probability – the branch of mathematics that allows us to use a sample to predictions about the population it came from. We'll review the fundamental areas of probability by examining its rules of addition, multiplication and counting. In Unit 5 by combining previously covered probability and statistical concepts we will create probability distributions as well as how to find statistics of the distribution and finalize with the binomial distribution. Unit 6 extends our discussion to continuous random variable distributions as we begin an examination of the normal distribution and on the standard normal distribution or Bell Curve. This week concludes with application of the central limit theorem applied to sample data. Unit 7 is the study of inferential statistics. We will cover how to use a sample mean to estimate the population mean and report its value within a specific interval and degree of confidence. Unit 8 we conclude our study by examining the basics of hypothesis testing using one-sample procedures for the hypothesis test of the population mean as well as a brief discussion of the purpose of regression and correlation analysis. Finally, during this final week of the course you will take final exam and complete the course evaluation.

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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. 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:
If you feel you need an Incomplete for the course due to events or employment, the chief criterium are that you have been actively participating in class work and that you are more than 50% complete with classwork.



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
    

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