Math 131-07 (41175)                                     Fall  2013                                                     CSUDH

Elementary Statistics and Probability                   WH A139 TTh 1:00PM-2.15PM                        Dr. Sally Moite


Catalog Description (From Math Department sample syllabus) A practical course in probability and statistics including such topics as the binomial and normal distributions, confidence intervals, t, F, and chi-square tests, linear regression and correlation, and conditional probability. Three hours of lecture per week.

Prerequisites Fulfillment of ELM requirement


Objectives (From Math Department sample syllabus) After completing MAT 131 the student should be able to

Expected outcomes (From Math Department sample syllabus)

The student should be able to demonstrate through written assignments, tests, and/or oral presentations, that he or she has achieved the objectives of MAT 131.


Policies Students are expected to attend all sessions of the course, read the text, do and check all assigned problems, and complete all work for which points are assigned. Schedule dates are approximate. Quizzes cover sections most recently done in class. There are no makeup quizzes. Homework is due the session after a section is discussed in class. Homework to be turned in will be accepted if it is late, but it is to the student’s advantage to keep up with class work and turn them in promptly. Solutions that have errors or are incomplete will be returned with instructions for correction. Homework will receive credit when it is completely corrected. Projects that are late will have reduced credit. Tests will be given on the dates scheduled, and will cover the sections that have been discussed in class or assigned. There are no makeup tests. Students may miss one test in an emergency. There may be a bonus given to students who have completed all tests. All students must take the final.

Study Time It is expected that you will spend at least 6 hours a week (twice the in class hours) studying for this class outside of class. Make sure you have planned enough study time in your weekly schedule for this and your other classes.

To Estimate Your Grade So Far: (Average test grade) x .80 + (Quizzes done)/(quizzes given) x 5 +

                  (Homeworks with (+))/(homeworks due) x 5 + (Average Project Grade for projects graded) x .10

                  + (5 if you will do the extra credit SPSS work with the class data) = Projected class average

Use the grade scale on the schedule page to see your projected grade.

(Note: You will have an opportunity to raise your average test grade by doing better on the final.)


Academic Integrity (Part from Math Department sample syllabus) The student is expected to complete the work for this course independently. Cooperation on homework is encouraged, with the understanding that each student must individually master the material of the class. The mathematics department does not tolerate cheating. Students who have questions or concerns about academic integrity should ask their professors or the counselors in the Student Development Office, or refer to the University Catalog for more information. (Look in the index under “academic integrity”.) In accordance with these policies the instructor acknowledges that the material and examples for this course are taken or adapted from the course text or other similar books.

Disabled Student Services Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary and permanent disabilities. If you have a disability that may adversely affect your work in this class, I encourage you to register with Disabled Student Services (DSS in WH D180) and to talk with me about how I can best help you. All disclosures of disabilities will be kept strictly confidential.

Computer/Information Literacy (From the University Policy) Students in this class are expected to: 1) use the university email system (Toromail), 2) use Blackboard, 3) use a word processing program for writing assignments (e.g., Microsoft Word), 4) be able to find and access websites through the internet, 5) use the Library databases to find peer-reviewed journal literature (Project 4), and 6) be able to paraphrase concepts without plagiarizing.


A Few Other Sources of Information About Statistics

Kahn Academy Start with Descriptive Statistics

Online Text EBook and Videos , videos only

Free Text Resources Quizzes, Applets (Also on CD with book), also can purchase just the Ebook

Video About Statistics

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward Tufte

The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics by Grady Klein and Alan Dabney

Debunking the Normal Distribution The Black Swan, the Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Taleb

Three Books About (Misusing) Statistics: How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff; Statspotting, A Field Guide to Identifying Dubious Statistics by Joel Best; Proofiness, The Dark Arts of Mathematical Deception by Charles Seife