Math 130 Introductory Statistics
Section 1: MWF9-9:50MC 201
Section 2: MF1:10-2MC 304
R1-1:50MC 304 (note this time)
Section 3: MF2:10-3MC 304
R2-2:50 MC 304 (note this time)
Dr. Mark Saegrove
Office MC 525Ph. 796-3657Home Phone 1-608-735-4789
Catalog Course Description: An introductory course which deals with the organization and processing of various types of data, normal and binomial distributions, estimation theory, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, and some nonparametric tests. Prerequisite: acceptable placement score or grade ofC or higher in Math 001.
General Course Objectives: This “consumer-oriented” course is designed to cause students to learn basic concepts in descriptive and inferential statistics, and introductory probability. Students demonstrate knowledge of these concepts by solving numerous assigned homework problems, and by providing written solutions to exam problems in accepted statistical format.
Core Skill Objectives:
1. Thinking Skills:
A. Uses reasoned standards in solving problems and presenting arguments.
2. Communication Skills:
A. Reads with comprehension and the ability to analyze and evaluate.
B.Listens with an open mind and responds with respect.
3. Life Values:
A. Analyzes, evaluates and responds to ethical issues from an informed personalvalue system.
1. Thinking Skills:
A. Reasons deductively by learning general principles which are then applied tospecific problems.
B. Reasons inductively by studying examples, seeing the common characteristics, and broadening the solution to the generic case.
C. Learns to use the statistical process as one of the means of answering a question or supporting a position.
2. Communication Skills:
A. Reads text and reference materials outside of class.
B. Observes examples and discusses questions in class.
C. Communicates solutions to statistical problems in writing on in-class work, exams, and course project in appropriate statistical format.
3. Life Value Skills:
A. Learns of some classic examples of the misuse of statistics and its consequences.
B. Acquires an appreciation for the importance of honesty in the presentation of all(not just favorable) outcomes of statistical research.
Text: Elementary Statistics by Mario Triola, 8th edition, 2001.
References: Rossman and Chance. Workshop Statistics, Springer-Verlag, 1998.
Auslander, Louis et al. Mathematics Through Statistics, Williams andWilkens.
De Santo, Carmine et al. Statistics Through Problem Solving, Mathematics Alternatives Inc.
Kimble, G.A. How to Use and Misuse Statistics, Prentice-Hall.
Moore, David. Statistics - Concepts and Controversies, Freeman.
Moore and McCabe. Introduction to the Practice ofStatistics, Freeman.
Notter, Lucille. Essentials of Nursing Research, Springer.
Phillips, David. Basic Statistics for Health Science Students, Freeman.
Reichman, W.J. Use and Abuse of Statistics, Penguin.
Williams, Fredrick. Reasoning with Statistics, 2nd ed, HRW.
Content:Introduction: What is Statistics?
Ethics in Descriptive Statistics
Probability Distributions- Binomial
Linear Correlation and Regression
Multinomial Experiments and Contingency Tables
Analysis of Variance
Non-parametrics (if time permits)
Grading:10 exams500 points
in-class work50 points
course project50 points
cumulative final exam100 points
Note: Grades are based on points allocated above. No extra credit.
Note:Exams are “closed book”. Tables in the back of the book and 1 sheet (8.5”x 1l” both sides) of notes are allowed to be used for exams. Exams cover assigned readings, even if not discussed in class, and topics discussed in class, even if not in the text. Calculators and MINITAB are allowed for exams also.
Note: All tests taken in regular classroom at scheduled times. No exams taken in learning center unless diagnosed learning disability exists (verified by Mr. Wojeichowski in writing).
Attendance: Required.See Viterbo College catalog.All guidelines followed.
A valid verifiable excuse must be presented in order to make up missed exams or in-class work. Make-up exams for valid excused absences must be done in a timely manner.
Calculating Equipment: MINITAB is available on most computers on campus.It is also recommended that you have a hand-held calculator or portable computer for use when you do not have access to computers on campus.
Cheating: First offense - zero credit on pertinent work; second offense - failure in the course.
ADA Statement: If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations for this class, please see me and Wayne Wojciechowski, the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator (MC320, 796-3085) within ten days to discuss your accommodation needs.
Note: accommodation for special test-taking needs will be made only after these needs are confirmed in writing by Mr. Wojciechowski.