Statistics is the art and science of using sample data to make generalizations about populations. Students who successfully complete this could should be able to:
- critically consume statistically-based results reported in popular media, recognizing whether reported results reasonably follow from the study and analysis conducted.
- recognize questions for which the investigative process in statistics would be useful and should be able to answer questions using the investigative process.
- produce and interpret graphical displays and numerical summaries.
- recognize and explain the central role of variability in the field of statistics.
- recognize and explain the central role of randomness in designing studies and drawing conclusions.
- use statistical models to address a research question.
- conduct and interpret the results from hypothesis tests and confidence intervals.
- use and interpret the results from StatKey and Minitab Express.
Dr. Whitney Zimmerman is the author of these course materials and has taught this course for many semesters online.
A handheld calculator is required for the proctored exams (cell phones, tablets, and online calculators are not allowed). The TI30-XS Multiview is recommended, though any calculator with square root and memory functions is sufficient. Contact your instructor if you have any questions concerning calculators. The statistical software Minitab Express is required.
This course uses Examity for proctored exams. For more information view O.3 What is a proctored exam? in the student orientation.
Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data (2nd ed.), with WileyPLUS access, and Minitab Express are the required materials for this course. At the start of class, links will be made available to the digital materials which can be purchased online. Purchase of used books is not recommended. See the course syllabus on the first day of class for full details about purchasing options. Advance purchase of materials is not necessary. Contact the instructor at the start of the course with any questions regarding the purchase of materials.
Please see Remarks section for additional information about materials.
Here is a typical assessment plan. It may vary depending on the instructor or semester.
Placement into MATH 021 or higher
To be successful in STAT 200 you should have knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponents, square roots, summations, and factorials. Review materials are available in Lesson 0 of the online notes.