MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
U1LL 2009 LR
Eberhart, Douglas L.
Senior Instructor / Adjunct Faculty
May 25th - July 18th
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Textbook: Elementary Statistics , 11th edition, with the multimedia study guide plus the college student access kit.
Arthur: Mario F. Triola
Publisher: Addison- Wesley
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Educational Philosophy: This class will basically be conducted by lecturing with the use of examples and modeling of required problem solving strategies. The students are encouraged to take some personal notes from the lectures.
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.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: There will be two test during the term. A midterm test and a final test both of equal weight. The test will consist mostly of objective questions of either a true or false, and multiple choice and a few short answer questions. Both test are open book and open notes.
Grading: The midterm and final test are both worth 100% and each will be 50% of the student's final grade.
Late Submission of Course Materials: If you have to miss one of the test you will need to make it up if possible sometime during the week following the scheduled test.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: All students are expected to conduct themselves in a way that shows respect and consideration for their fellow students and the instructor. All students should cooperate so that the atmosphere of the classroom is conducive to learning for all students.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: This course provides an introduction to the world of statistical analysis. Each week we'll forcus on different aspects of the general topic.
In Unit I 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 graphically.
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 posesses will also be covered.
In Unit 4 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 5 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 6 the discussion changes from discrete distributions to continuous random variable distributions. We begin looking at the Normal distribution and then quickly moving on to the Standard Normal distribution. We conclude the unit by learning how the Central Limit Theorem can be applied to sample data sets.
In Unit 7 we move into inferential statistics. We learn how to use a sample to estimate the population mean,and how we can confidently report its value within a specific interval.
In Unit 8 we will examine the basics of hypothesis testing by using 0ne-sample procedures for the hypothesis test of the population mean. In addition we will conclude our examination of topics in statistics by discussing the purpose of regression and correlation analysis. First,we'll examine some introductory terms,then focus on simple linear regression analysis and simple linear correlation analysis. During this final week of the course you will also complete the proctored Final Exam and the Course Evaluation.
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