Statistics
Course definition
Statistics is the science of data. As a branch of mathematics, it deals with the collection, organization, analysis,
and interpretation of data.
Course description
The purpose for this course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing
conclusions from data. Students are exposed to the underlying concepts of descriptive statistics, data collection, probability,
and inference.
The units studied center around four broad conceptual themes:
∑ Exploring Data: Observing patterns and departures from patterns.
∑ Planning a Study: Deciding what and how to measure.
∑ Anticipating Patterns: Producing models using probability and simulation.
∑ Statistical Inference: Confirming models.
Course Objectives:
∑ To explore and analyze data by observing patterns and departures from patterns
∑ To interpret information from graphical and numerical displays and summaries
∑ To develop plans to collect, organize, and analyze data.
∑ To gain an understanding of probability theory and it’s use in statistical analysis
∑ To apply appropriate statistical models and tests to analyze and infer information from data
∑ To apply appropriate technology to solve statistical problems
Calculator policy:
A graphing calculator with statistical capabilities is a requirement for this course. The computational capabilities
should include standards statistical univariate and bivariate summaries, through linear regression. The graphical capabilities
should include common univariate and bivariate displays such as histograms, boxplots, and scatterplots.
Powerbooks and portable computers, pocket organizers, and devices with typewriterstyle keyboards, electronic writing
pads, or pen input devices are not allowed, but most graphing calculators currently on the market are acceptable. Non graphing
scientific calculators are permitted only if they have the computational capabilities described above. The TI83, TI83 plus,
or TI84 Silver is recommended.
Who should take Statistics?
This course is designed to the cater for high school students who wish to complete studies equivalent to a onesemester,
introductory, noncalculusbased college course in statistics as well as to meet the needs of a “Terminal”
mathematics student. To complete this course satisfactory a student needs to possess sufficient mathematical maturity and
quantitative reasoning ability beyond symbol manipulation. The prerequisite is at least a B grade in secondyear algebra.
A C grade in algebra II requires teacher recommendation.
(Attached Syllabus)
Prepared by Mrs Osonye Risper
Date 09/2000
Revised 09/2005
