MAT 131 Elementary Statistics and Probability

This is a sample syllabus only. Ask your instructor for the official syllabus for your course.

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Course Description

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.

MAT 131 meets for three hours of lecture per week.


Fulfillment of ELM requirement.


After completing MAT 131 the student will be able to

Expected outcomes

Students should be able to demonstrate through written assignments, tests, and/or oral presentations, that they have achieved the objectives of MAT 131.

Method of Evaluating Outcomes

Evaluations are based on homework, class participation, short tests scheduled examinations covering students' understanding of the relationship between factual questions and numerical data, skill in mathematically analyzing numerical data, skill in drawing valid inferences from numerical data, and related topics that are covered in MAT 131. Most instructors give "closed-book" in-class examinations with no books, notes, "crib sheets", etc. allowed. However they encourage students to use the most advanced calculators available in both homework assignments and examinations. Statistical tables and a few of the more complex formulas are provided for use on exams at the instructors' discretion.


Basic Practice of Statistics, by David Moore. W.H. Freeman & Co., 2013.

Suggested Course Outline

A course may be based on the following chapters in the text. Other topics may be included as time permits.

Grading Policy

Students' grades are based on homework, class participation, short tests, and scheduled examinations covering students' understanding of the topics covered in MAT 131. The instructor determines the relative weights of these factors.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance policy is set by the instructor.

Policy on Due Dates and Make-Up Work

Due dates and policy regarding make-up work are set by the instructor.

Schedule of Examinations

The instructor sets all test dates except the date of the final exam. The final exam is given at the date and time announced in the Schedule of Classes.

Academic Integrity

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".)

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local 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) and to talk with me about how I can best help you. All disclosures of disabilities will be kept strictly confidential. Please note: no accommodation may be made until you register with the DSS in WH B250. For information call (310) 243-3660 or to use telecommunications Device for the Deaf, call (310) 243-2028.

Revision history:

Prepared by S. Book 1/19/00. Revised 1/2/01, 7/1/01, 7/25/06, 2/8/13 (G. Jennings)