MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
F2T 2006 DLB
Beston, William C.
BS, Mechanical Engineering Clarkson UniversityMS, Engineering Science Clarkson University
Corpus Christi, Texas
October 23, 2006 - December 17, 2006
Required Text: Elementary Statistics - 3rd Ed.
Author: Allan B. BlumanISBN: 0-07-310765-4
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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.
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.
Participation Credit: You should have interacted in the Class Discussion area as least twice. Asking questions about specific questions in the Class Discussion area is allowed and encouraged. For instance, you may start your discussion in the following way:
Q1-P16: I do not know how to calculate the class width for this question. I thought it was 20.9 but that is not an answer. Can somebody help? By starting your question with the problem information first, other students will be able to quickly identify which problem the discussion is about and be able to help or see the suggestions.
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A final proctored examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th 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.
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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.
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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.
Course Grading Scale
A = 90- 100%B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = < 60%
Course Grading Scale
A = 90- 100%B = 80-89% C = 70-79% D = 60-69% F = < 60%
Late Submission of Course Materials: Submission of course materials are required each week. Late submission 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.)
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Course Schedule and Due Dates:
MAT 120 - Basic Concepts of Statistics
10/23/2006 to 12/17/2006
Homework and Quiz Schedule Due Dates
Chapter 1 The Nature of Probability and Statistics 1.1-1.8
Basic Statistical Definitions, Types of Sampling, and Studies
Chapter 2 Frequency Distributions and Graphs 2.1 - 2.5
Organizing Data, Graphs and Charts
Chapter 3 Data Description 3.1-3.6
Measures of Central Tendency, Variation, and Position, Data Analysis
Chapter 4 Probability and Counting Rules 4.1-4.7
Sample Space and Probability, Addition, Multiplication, and Conditional Rules, Rules of Probability, Counting Rules
Chapter 5 Discrete Probability Distributions 5.1-5.6
Probability Distributions, Mean, Variance and Expectation, and the Binomial Distribution
Chapter 6 The Normal Distribution 6.1-6.7
The Normal Distribution, Central Limit Theorem, Normal Approximation to the Binomial Distribution
Chapter 7 Confidence Intervals and Sample Size 7.1-7.6
Confidence Intervals for the Population Mean when sigma is Known and Unknown, Confidence Intervals and Sample Size for Proportions, Confidence Intervals for Variances and Standard Deviations
Chapter 8 Hypothesis Testing 8.1-8.4, Chapter 10 Correlation and Regression 10.1-10.3
Hypothesis Testing, z-scores, t-scores, Scatter Plots, Correlation
Final Exam (Chapters 1-7)
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