MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
S2T 2007 DLK
Ph.D. Business & Organization, emphasis Information Technology, Capella University, 3/07Master of Information Systems Management, Keller Graduate School, 2001Master of Telecommunications Management, Keller Graduate School, 2000.
Wednesdays 10:00am - 11:00am CT and 7:00pm - 8:00pm CT
March 19, 2007 to May 20,2007.
Required Text: Elementary Statistics – A Brief Version, 4th Ed.
Author: Allan B. BlumanISBN: 0-07-334718-3
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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.
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In addition, if you merely write that the answer was good because it helped you to understand the concept, I will consider it too general for point consideration. Say why you agree, or why it is a good answer. Before you praise and agree with another's answer, you need to verify that it is correct. If the answer is incorrect and you are agreeing, your response points will decrease. Please respond tactfully to incorrect or incomplete answers as well as the correct ones. Points will be earned by the thoughtfulness of your postings. Focus your comment on the concept covered in the question/answer posting. Many times just the rewording of a thought, or giving an example, will enable someone to gain a better understanding of a concept, and is acceptable. A great deal of your learning can take place in this academic atmosphere. 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Fifteen PENATLY points will be assessed on the Final Exam if your proctor form is not submitted to me before the end of the 6th week of the term. You will receive a confirmation on the approved proctor form at the same time I receive my copy. So, you do not need to send me a copy of the one you receive, and if you have not received a copy, I have not either! Failure to take a proctored final exam will result in an automatic "F" grade for the course. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The Study Group thread is a good place to go when you get "stuck." Look through the postings for information to help you get "unstuck." If you do not find help to get you "over the hump," post your question. Please do not ask for an answer to a particular quiz problem. Rather ask specific questions on how to find information that will lead you to be able to complete the assigned problem. 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Last Updated:3/23/2007 9:34:05 AM