Mon, 07/06/2009 - 11:07 — szbaida

Knowledge of statistics is a valuable asset that will help students make sense of the vast amount of information we are presented with everyday. The goal of this course is to give the student a hands-on ability to apply the fundamentals of statistics to make informed decisions. This will be accomplished by examining the skills required to read data, interpret data and judge others' claims about data. In addition to manual calculations, we will look at the usefulness of technological tools such as the graphing calculator and Microsoft6 Excel in data analysis.

Significant Assignments:

Analyze the difference between various kinds of studies; apply knowledge of statistics to critique data presented and conclusions reached.

Determine factors which may affect the outcome of a survey; consider outcomes of various hypothetical situations on outcomes.

Significant Activities or Projects:

Calculate the measures of a central tendency with group frequency distributions

Calculate measures of dispersion (range, quartiles, interquartile range, standard deviation, variance) for both samples and populations

Sample PBATs:

Choose a subject of interest to you that is appropriate for a statistical analysis. Determine the function for the regression model, using appropriate technology, and use the regression function to interpolate and extrapolate from the data.