Presentation of key concepts for understanding and judging reports of statistical analyses and for performing and reporting valid statistical analyses using a limited set of measures and tests.
Because of the varied interests and backgrounds of the students, the overall goal of this course will be to prepare the students for the critical reading of reports and articles that contain statistical material in their field of interest. In order to accomplish this goal the course will cover basic probability concepts, statistical calculations, data analysis, and statistical tests. The personal computer will be an integral part of the course and will be used both to develop the statistical concepts and show the students how to do statistical analysis on the computer.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Knowledge of algebra is required; knowledge of calculus is NOT required. A calculator that does basic statistical calculations is recommended. If the student does not have one at present, the Hewlett-Packard 10B calculator is recommended.
Class assignments and grading
The students will be expected to do hands on work on the PC. There will also be a variety of other learning activities, such as homework, group exercises, reports, and quizzes.