Mathematics (MATH) 215
Introduction to Statistics (Revision 9)
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Mathematics Diagnostic Assessment. This online test contains 70 questions that will help you assess your mathematical skills. Based on your score we will recommend which Athabasca University mathematics course you are likely ready to take successfully.
Area of Study: Science
Prerequisite: None. However, fundamental mathematical skills are required, particularly the ability to do algebra. Textbooks on basic mathematics are available at the Athabasca University Library. MATH 100 (a non-credit course) is suitable preparation for taking MATH 215, for those students concerned about their mathematical background.
Faculty: Faculty of Science & TechnologyChallenge for Credit option.
MATH 215 gives students a working knowledge and understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics and how statistics is applied in the sciences, social sciences, and business.
After completing this course, you should be able to
- organize, summarize, and display data in a meaningful way;
- compute various measures of centre, variability and position of data sets.
- apply basic rules of probability to calculate likelihoods of random events.
- use appropriate probability distributions to estimate and test hypotheses about parameters of single and multiple populations.
- perform goodness-of-fit tests and analyse cross-tabulated data.
- use linear correlation and regression methods to analyse relationships in bivariate data.
- Unit 1: Descriptive Statistics
- Unit 2: Probability
- Unit 3: Probability Distributions
- Unit 4: Estimation and Tests of Hypotheses for One Population
- Unit 5: Estimation and Tests of Hypotheses for Two or More Populations
- Unit 6: Bivariate Analysis
To receive credit for MATH 215, you must achieve a mark of at least 50 per cent on each of the following: the midterm examination, the final examination and achieve a composite course grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|6 Assignments (3 1/3% each)||20%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Mann, Prem S. Introductory Statistics, 8th ed., NJ: Wiley, 2013.
Sawyer, Julia K. Student Solution Manual: Introductory Statistics, Prem S. Mann, 8th ed., NJ: Wiley, 2013.
A print version of the eTexts can be purchased from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided in the course website; you can also acquire the textbooks on your own if you wish.
The online course materials also include a Student Manual, Study Guide, Assignment Manual, and Summary.
Note:The eTextbook(s) may be downloaded on your device with an option to print its content. If you desire a hard-copy of the text, you may order one at a discounted price from the Direct-to-Student (DTS) site for Athabasca students.
Special Course Features
Students must have a scientific calculator, that is, one that can at least perform square roots and exponential operations. Be aware that no programmable calculators nor graphing calculators with installed statistical applications may be taken into the exam rooms.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
To receive credit for the MATH 215 challenge registration, you must complete the two parts of the challenge exam and achieve a minimum grade of at least D (50 percent) on Part II and a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The two parts of the exam must be written either on the same day, or on two consecutive days.
|Part 1: Exam||50%|
|Part 2: Exam||50%|
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Fall 2019 Grouped Study Course Schedule
|AU Calgary||Sept 5 - Dec 19||Thursday 6:30 - 9:30pm|
|AU Edmonton||Sept 3 - Dec 17||Tuesday 6:30 - 9:30pm|
Winter 2020 Grouped Study Course Schedule
|AU Calgary||Jan - Apr||TBA|
|AU Edmonton||Jan - Apr||TBA|
For more information on grouped study courses, please visit our classroom-based study information page.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 9, September 16, 2013.
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Updated June 10 2019 by Student & Academic Services