Math 170/171 Syllabus: Intro to Statistics / Concepts of Statistics

Instructor: James Jones
Summer Semester, 1997
Section 01: 10:00-11:50 am, MTWR, S137
Phone: 875-7211, ext 490
Office: C223


Elementary Statistics: A Step by Step Approach, 2nd ed. Allan G. Bluman. Copyright 1995, William C. Brown Communications, Inc.

Student Audience:

Students in business programs transferring to certain schools should take Math 170, Introduction to Statistics. Students not in business programs, or those in business programs transferring to certain schools should take Math 171, Concepts of Statistics. See the instructor or a counselor to know which class is appropriate for you.


The prerequisite for Math 170 is successful completion of Math 160, Finite Mathematics, with a "C" or better or the consent of the Dean of the Industrial Technology and Mathematics Division.

The prerequisite for Math 171 is successful completion of Math 116, College Algebra, with a "C" or better or the consent of the Dean of the Industrial Technology and Mathematics Division.

Course Description:

Mathematics 170, Introduction to Statistics, and Mathematics 171, Concepts of Statistics, include instruction in mathematics topics common to the standard college non-calculus based Elementary Statistics course. It is the beginning level course for students in the business, social, or behavioral sciences or for anyone who can use a working knowledge of statistics.

General objectives in the course are to increase the student's mastery of the deductive nature of reasoning, to understand the nature of critical thinking, to increase the student's ability in problem solving, and to increase the student's ability to work with others towards a common goal.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion, the student will demonstrate proficiency and understanding in the following topics:

Attendance Policy:

By its very nature, mathematics is a cumulative subject. For this reason it is imperative that you attend all class sessions.

If, for some reason, you are unable to attend a session, it is your responsibility to keep up with the lecture and assigned work. Arrange with another student to get notes, or use the lecture notes that are available on the Internet.

Make up exams may be arranged on a case-by-case basis by contacting the instructor before the date of the exam.

Grading Policy:

Grades will be assigned on the basis of performance, attendance, and attitude. Performance will be measured by exams, quizzes, homework, writings, and application projects. Any student who stops attending without dropping will either be dropped administratively or receive a grade of "F".

The grading scale is: A: 90% - 100%; B: 80% - 89%; C: 70% - 79%; D: 60% - 69%; F: 0 - 59%

Exams are worth 100 points. Miscellaneous assignments may be given. In general, homework will not be collected, but many of the questions on the exams will come from the problems in the book. A notebook should be kept which contains every problem worked in class as well as any comments that are appropriate. In general, it should contain everything written on the chalkboard. Be sure to bring your notebook if you come to the instructor or a tutor for help. Students will be able to use the notebook during part of the final exam, so it is strongly recommended that the notebook be complete and well organized.

Type of Instruction:

Lecture, discussion, problem solving, and group work will be used. Students should come to class with a prepared list of questions. The material will be covered very quickly because of the limited time. It is unlikely that if students don't have questions, the instructor will be able to take much time to review.

Topics to be covered:


The TI-82 graphing calculator will be incorporated into the class. Use of this calculator will help aid the student in concentrating on the concepts of the material instead of the mechanical steps. Use of the calculator will allow the student to solve more problems in less time, and more difficult problems which would be too time consuming by hand.

There are several programs which the instructor has written which will aid in the calculations. These programs will be given to the students during class. There are calculator usage notes available on the Internet at


Help is available from the instructor during office hours or by appointment. Walk-ins are welcome whenever I am in my office. Many of the class activities will be group, use the other members of your group as a resource. There is help available through the Study Assistance Center (S116). If you need help, please get it as soon as possible, rather than waiting until it is too late.

Last updated: Thursday, June 5, 1997 at 2:14 PM
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