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MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
Wakelin, Michael L.


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.

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Course

MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics

Semester

S1F 2009 QU

Faculty

Wakelin, Michael L.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MBA
B.S. Management
ASQ: Certified Reliability Engineer

Daytime Phone

571-212-4163

Other Phone

FAX: 703-562-8404

E-Mail

Michael.Wakelin@park.edu

mlwakelin@msn.com

Semester Dates

January 5th, through March 8th, 2009

Class Days

----R--

Class Time

5:30 - 10:30 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

 
Required Text:
Elementary Statistics – Tenth Ed.
Author: Mario F. Triola
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 0-321-33183-4

Order Text at: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm

                        Essentials of Statistics 10th Edition                                              

It is highly reccomended that you purchase the Student Solutions Manual that accompanies this Text.

You will also need a calculator. The Casio fx-115ES or the TI-83 will be sufficient.
I have attached some calculator tutorials for your review.

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Course Description:
MA120 Basic Concepts of Statistics (GE): A development of certain basic concepts in probability and statistics that is pertinent to most disciplines. Topics include: probability models, parameters, statistics and sampling procedures, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. 3:0:3

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.
  11. Compute confidence intervals of means and percentages.
  12. Perform hypothesis tests involving one population.
  13. Compute regression and correlation of Bi-variate data.


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 standard normal probability distribution or with 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:

Assessment of learning will be determined by using the following:

Homework: That is detailed within this syllabus
Quizzes: Announced quizzes on material will be administered.
Class participation and Study Groups: Strongly encouraged.

The final is part of the core assessment. The final is a departmental exam and it will be provided to the instructor by the department of mathematics. The final is 2 hrs; books, notes, and a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator are allowed.

Grading:
Grading:

The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:

Homework:                    25%
Quizzes:                         40%
Core Assessment:       33%
Class Participation:        2%

Total:                             100%

The core assessment will cover all assigned reading to the end of Chapter 7. To achieve the maximum grade for class participation, the student should attend all classes, remain alert and attentive, answer questions when asked, avoid disruptive behavior, and actively participate in discussions and small groups as appropriate. The following will be used to assign course letter grades:

90 – 100 A

80 - <90 B

65 - <80 C

60 - <65 D

Below 60 F (or 3 unexcused or 4 total absences)

There will be no curve used in the grading nor will extra work be accepted for credit.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 

Prior arrangements for late assignments due to traveling must be made with the instructor at least one week in advance.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

Class Participation is expected and will form a part of the final grade. Students are expected to attend all classes and be on time. Roll will be checked each class meeting. Classes missed for legitimate reasons, such as illness, temporary duty, are excusable; however, the student must notify the instructor (prior to the class to be missed if possible) and make up the missed work as follows:

o  Read and be responsible for assigned readings/course content;

o  If a test is to be missed it must be taken before the scheduled test date.

o  If this is impossible, it must be taken before the class begins the week following the scheduled test date or a grade of zero (0) will be assigned for that exam.

o It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and arrange to take the test.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

This course provides an introduction to the world of statistical analysis. Each week we'll focus on different aspects of the general topic. PLEASE NOTE: This course is required for graduation and is quantitative in nature. This may mean that extra time may be required in order to meet this course’s requirements. Please consider this when scheduling other courses in conjunction with this quantitative course.

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'll 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. We will finish with a consideration of a method matching and graphing two sets of data to analyze the possibility of a relationship. We will return to this analysis graph again in Unit 8 when we discuss correlation and regression.

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.

In Unit 4 we will have a mid-term review.

In Unit 5 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.

In Unit 6 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 distribution called the binomial distribution.

In Unit 7 the discussion changes from discrete distributions to continuous random variable distributions. We begin looking at the Normal distribution and then quickly moving on the Standard Normal distribution. We conclude the unit by learning how the Central Limit Theorem can be applied to sample data sets.

In Unit 8 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.

In Unit 9 During this final week of the course you will also complete the proctored Final Exam and the Course Evaluation.
 
CLASS MEETING CHAPTERS ACTIVITIES ASSIGNMENTS DUE BY:
CLASS MEETING
1 1 & 2 Lecture: Chapter 1 & 2 Read Chapter 1 & 2
2 3 Lecture: Chapter 3 BEFORE CLASS!
Read Chapter 3
DO: Section 1-2 (Pg 10 & 11)
18 through 26, Even numbered
DO: Section 1-3 (Pg 18-20)
#16, 22, 24, & 28
DO: Section 1-4 (Pg 21-23)
#18, 26, 28, & 30
DO: Section 2-2 (Pg 48 & 51)
# 6, 8, 13, 14, & 16
DO: Section 2-3 (Pg 54 & 55)
# 9, 10, 13, & 14
DO: Section 2-4 (Pg 66-68)
# 7, 8, 20, 21 & 24
BEFORE CLASS!
3 4 Quiz 1& 2 READ: Chapter 4
Lecture: Chapter 4 DO: Section 3-2 (Pg 86-90)
# 9, 10, 19, 20, & 26
DO: Section 3-3 (Pg 104-109
# 9, 10, 19, 20, & 26
DO: Section 3-4 (Pg 116-118)
# 10, 14, 20, & 26
DO: Section 3-5 (Pg 127-129)
# 9, 10, & 14
BEFORE CLASS!
4 Chapters
1 through 4
Mid-Term Review READ: Chapter 5
Quiz 3 DO: Section 4-2 (Pg 146-150)
# 10, 20, & 31
DO: Section 4-3 (Pg 156-158)
# 10, 20, & 23
DO: Section 4-4 (Pg 156-158)
# 10, 16, & 19
DO: Section 4-5 (Pg 171-173)
# 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 16, & 21
DO: Section 4-7 (Pg 186-190)
# 6, 8, 10, & 27
5 5 Quiz 4  
BEFORE CLASS!
    Lecture: Chapter 5 READ: Chapter 5
 
BEFORE CLASS!
6 6 Lecture: Chapter 6 READ: Chapter 6
DO: Section 5-2 (Pg 209-213)
# 14, 15, 16, & 21
DO: Section 5-3 (Pg 220 -224)
# 13, 16, 21, & 22
DO: Section 5-4 (Pg 227-230)
# 7, 8, 10, & 21
DO: Section 5-5 (Pg 234-235)
# 6, 8, 10, 11, & 13
BEFORE CLASS!
7 7 Quiz 5 READ: Chapter 7
Lecture: Chapter 7 DO: Section 6-2 (Pg 257-259)
# 8, 10, 11, 12, 19, & 28
DO: Section 6-3 (Pg 266 -268)
# 5, 6, 11, 12, 20, & 21
DO: Section 6-5 (Pg 287-291)
# 6, 8, 9, 11, & 16
8 Review Quiz 6 BEFORE CLASS!
Review:
Core Assessment
DO: Section 7-2 (Pg 332-337)
# 9, 10, 15, 16, 21, & 35
DO: Section 7-3 (Pg 345 -349)
# 6, 13, 14, 15, 16, &25
DO: Section 7-4 (Pg 359 -363)
# 8, 11, 14, 19, & 22
DO: Section 7-5 (Pg 372 -375)
# 8, 11, 18, & 19
9 EXAM Quiz 7 BEFORE CLASS!
EXAM: Core Assessment Study and do Quiz 7

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 2008-2009 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 "F".
  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.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

Disability Guidelines:
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Attachments:
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The Coveted Calculator 102.pdf

Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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
10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4,5,7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
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
1,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
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
1,2,3,8,9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
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
7,8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
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. 
Components                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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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