At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1. Apply statistics-related pre-algebra skills necessary for success in Elementary Statistics.
2. Apply statistics-related algebra skills necessary for success in Elementary Statistics.
3. Apply descriptive statistics to communicate findings in the context of the data.
4. Apply knowledge of linear functions to construct, use, and interpret mathematical models to
represent and communicate relationships in quantitative data.
5. Apply proportional reasoning, percents, and fractions to probability problems found in an
Elementary Statistics course.
6. Recognize the distinction between sample statistics and population parameters and interpret
the results of statistical inference contextually.
7. Use technology to solve problems found in an Elementary Statistics course, such as
calculating probabilities, data exploration, regression, and statistical inference.
8. Apply effective learning strategies for success in college.
I. Topics from Pre-Algebra: Review of Pre-Algebra Topics, as Needed, in the Context of
Statistics That May Include:
A. Arithmetic of signed numbers
B. Conversion of verbal descriptions of inequalities to interval form, graphical and algebraic
C. Operations with fractions, as needed, proportions, ratios and percent
D. Exponents, square roots, scientific notation
E. Simplification of algebraic expressions; order of operations
F. Graphing fractions, decimals, and signed numbers on a number line
G. Graphing ordered pairs in the Cartesian coordinate system
II. Topics from Beginning and Intermediate Algebra: Review of Algebra Topics, as Needed, in
the Context of Statistics That May Include:
A. Evaluation of expressions and formulas
B. Mathematical models
C. Linear functions, constant rate of change, graphing, interpreting slope and y-intercept in
D. Scatterplots and regression lines
E. Area under the graph of a function
III. Topics from Elementary Statistics: Concurrent Support for Statistical Topics That May
A. Summarizing and communicating essential features of data sets
B. Interpreting results of statistical inference in context
C. Calculating probabilities and using the rules of probability in applied situations
IV. Technology (Calculator or Computer Software)
A. Evaluate Formulas
B. Calculate probabilities
C. Analyze data
D. Perform statistical inference
V. Topics Related To Developing Effective Learning Skills
A. Study skills: organization and time management, test preparation and test-taking skills
B. Self-assessment: using performance criteria to judge and improve one's own work,
analyzing and correcting errors on one's test
C. Use of resources: strategies identifying, utilizing, and evaluating the effectiveness of
resources in improving one's own learning, e.g., peer study groups, computer
resources, lab resources, tutoring resources
Elementary Statistics. 13th ed. Triola, Mario. Pearson. 2018
Mathematics in Action: An Introduction to Algebraic, Graphical, and Numerical Problem Solving. 5th ed. The Consortium for Foundation Mathematics. Pearson. 2016
Intermediate Algebra: Functions & Authentic Applications. 5th ed. Pearson. 2015
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