MTH 240 Syllabus


Division: Arts and Sciences Date: February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:


Course Number and Title: MTH 240, Statistics


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



I.              Catalog Description: Presents an overview of statistics, including descriptive statistics, elementary probability, probability distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. Prerequisites: a placement recommendation for MTH 240 and MTH 163 or MTH 166 or equivalent. (Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 240 and MTH 241.) Lecture 3 hours per week.


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

This is a college level transfer course in statistics. It meets math elective requirements in transfer degree programs and also counts as a liberal art elective. This course is particularly valuable for students pursuing social and health science degrees.


III.           Required background:

MTH 163 or MTE 1 MTE9 or equivalent.


IV.          Course Content:

1.    Statistics as a subject

2.    Frequency distributions and graphs

3.    Measures of Central Tendency

4.    Measures of Dispersion and Skewness

5.    Basic Probability Concepts

6.    Discrete Probability Distributions

7.    Normal Probability Distribution

8.    Sampling Methods and Sampling Distributions

9.    Tests of Hypotheses Large Samples and Small Samples

10. Linear Regression and Correlation


V. Learner Outcomes


The student will:

VI. Evaluation

A.   Learn how to classify data by type, organize data into tables, and summarize data graphically.

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

C.   Understand basic probability theory and compute probabilities.

D.   Recognize different types of distributions, such as probability, binomial, normal and sampling distributions, and find probabilities associated with each of them.

E.   Learn to construct confidence intervals for estimating the mean and proportion of the population.

F.    Learn the process of hypothesis testing for means and proportions and interpret the results of a hypothesis test.

G.   Correlation and regression.

Students will be evaluated by some combination of tests, quizzes, homework or examinations as determined by faculty. . Students will use calculators only after demonstrating mastery of essential deductive skills without them.


VII.           This course supports the following objectives:

DCC Educational Objectives:
Critical Thinking
Quantitative Reasoning