MTH 157 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                                           Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Social Science and Humanities


Course Number and Title:           MTH 157, Elementary Statistics


Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture:    3       Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:         Presents elementary statistical methods and concepts including descriptive statistics, estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression, and categorical data analysis. (Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 157 and MTH 240 or MTH 157.) Prerequisites: Algebra 1, Algebra II and Geometry and a placement recommendation for MTH 157.   Lecture 3 hours per week.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 


This course develops the capacity to read and interpret basic statistical information, and thus supports the educational vision and mission to promote the development of critically reflective citizens.


III.           Required background: 


Non-developmental math and reading placement, or completion of MTE 5.


IV.          Course Content:


A.   Descriptive statistics including concepts of measures of central tendency and measures of variation

B.   Graphic representation of the above measures

C.   Basic probability including the addition rule, the multiplication rule, and binomial and standard normal distribution.

D.   Inferential statics including concepts of sampling distribution, central limit theorem, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI.  Evaluation

A.   Be able to calculate and interpret measures of central tendency and variation

B.   Be able to calculate and interpret solutions to basic problems in probability

C.   Be able to develop random samples and test hypotheses on means and proportions, including the hypothesis and interpreting findings and results of the test.

Students will demonstrate proficiency through some combination of tests, quizzes, projects, problem solutions, sets or other special assignments assigned by the faculty member.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:

Critical Thinking

Quantitative Reasoning