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General Course Information for MTH210: Probability and Statistics

Course: MTH210 - Probability and Statistics
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Course Prerequisite(s):
  • MTH12A
  • MTH12B
Course Description: An introduction to statistics and probability theory. Covers simple probability distributions, conditional probability (Bayes Rule), independence, expected value, binomial distributions, the Central Limit Theorem, hypothesis testing, sampling and analysis of variance. Assignments may utilize the MiniTab software, or text-accompanying course-ware STATDISK for DOS PCs. Computers are available at the Universityand#xbf;s computer lab. Calculator with statistical functions is required.
Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Use statistical vocabulary.
  • Construct various frequency distributions of grouped and ungrouped data.
  • Calculate and interpret descriptive statistics of samples and populations. (Measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion.)
  • Calculate simple probabilities.
  • Find the mean and variance of a probability distribution including the binomial distribution.
  • Understand and calculate expected values.
  • Calculate the probabilities or scores of normal distributions and the normal approximation of the binomial distribution.
  • Use the Central Limit Theorem to calculate the probabilities of the mean for any distribution.
  • Formulate, calculate and interpret hypotheses test for one parameter and to compare two parameters, for both large and Small samples, Z and T for one two samples.
Specified Program Learning Outcomes:
    • Employ a variety of reasoning skills and effective strategies for solving problems both within the discipline of mathematics and in applied settings that include non-routine situations
    • Model real world problems with a variety of algebraic and transcendental functions
    • Use advanced statistics and probability concepts and methods
    • Use current technology tools, such as computers, calculators, graphing utilities, video, and interactive programs that are appropriate for the research and study in mathematics
    • Use educational technology to meet the needs of all learners including those with special needs linguistically and culturally diverse students
    • Use language and mathematical symbols to communicate mathematical ideas in the connections and interplay among various mathematical topics and their applications that cover range of phenomena across appropriate disciplines
    • Advocate academic success for all preK-16 students by employing appropriate standardized and non-standardized group and individual educational and psychological assessment data and data driven educational decisions/interventions.
    • Appraise and address relevant social and diversity concerns and crises of individuals and groups of students.
    • Develop and evaluate comprehensive guidance programs based on relevant data.
    • Distinguish among major developmental theories (personality, social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development) and chronological stages of life-long human development and their impact on school behavior and learning.
    • Interpret findings of social science research, developed and implement by the student, to professional practice.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

The following website provides information on APA, MLA, and other writing and citation styles that may be required for term papers and the like:

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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures