Math 281 Introduction to Statistics

Course Description

(3-0) 3 credits. Prerequisite: MATH 102 or MATH 115. A study of descriptive statistics including graphs, measures of central tendency and variability and an introduction to probability theory, sampling and techniques of statistical inference with an emphasis on statistical applications. Individuals may apply at most 4 credits toward a degree from the following list of courses: MATH 281, IENG/MATH 381, MATH 441.


This course meets the BOR mandated GenEd Goal #5: Students will understand and apply fundamental mathematical processes and reasoning.

Student Learning Outcomes

As a result of taking courses meeting this goal, students will:

  1. Use mathematical symbols and mathematical structure to model and solve real world problems.
    • Assessment- Students will perform basic probability calculations in standard settings. This will be demonstrated on quizzes, labs, homework, and/or exams.
    • Assessment- Students will for population parameters students will, based on sample data, produce estimates and conduct hypothesis tests. This will be demonstrated on quizzes, labs, homework, and/or exams.
     
  2. Demonstrate appropriate communication skills related to mathematical terms
    • Assessment- Students will correctly use fundamental probability and statistics language and notation. This will be demonstrated on quizzes, labs, homework, and/or exams.
     
  3. Demonstrate the correct use of quantifiable measurements of real world situations
    • Assessment - Students will produce and interpret a variety of descriptive summaries of data. This will be demonstrated on quizzes, labs, homework, and/or exams.
    • Assessment - Students will perform exploratory data analyses using appropriate technology. This will be demonstrated on labs and/or homework.