The Descriptive Statistics course introduces many essential topics of statistics. The students learn how to produce data through surveys, experiments, and observational studies. They then analyze the data through graphical and numerical summaries. The students next learn to model data, using basic probability and sampling distributions. And, with time permitting, the students discover how to draw conclusions from data using confidence intervals and significance tests.
The students learn when and how to use technology to aid in solving statistical problems. Furthermore, they produce convincing oral and written statistical arguments, using appropriate terminology. Most importantly, they become critical consumers of published statistical results by heightening their awareness of ways in which statistics can be improperly used to mislead, confuse, and distort the truth.
Assessments will include group and individual projects, daily homework assignments, quizzes, and tests. Resources used throughout the course include textbooks, graphing calculators, Fathom, and addtional websites, including statistical applets and Gallup.