Approved by Faculty Senate.

University Studies Course Approval Proposal

Flagged Courses Writing

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics proposes the following course for inclusion in University Studies, Flagged Courses, Mathematics and Statistics at Winona State University. This was approved by the full department on Thursday, January 18, 2001.

Course: **Statistics (STAT 210)**, 3 s.h.

Catalog Description: First course in statistics for students with a strong mathematics background. Prerequisites: MATH 140 or MATH 160 or consent of instructor.

This is an existing course, previously approved by A2C2.

Department Contact Person for this course:

Carol Joyce Blumberg

Email: cblumberg@winona.edu

General Discussion of Flagged Courses – Writing in relation to STAT 210

Writing Flag

The purpose of the Writing Flag requirement is to reinforce the outcomes specified for the basic skills area of writing. These courses are intended to provide contexts, opportunities, and feedback for students writing with discipline-specific texts, tools, and strategies. These courses should emphasize writing as essential to academic learning and intellectual development.

Courses can merit the Writing Flag by demonstrating that section enrollment will allow for clear guidance, criteria, and feedback for the writing assignments; that the course will require a significant amount of writing to be distributed throughout the semester; that writing will comprise a significant portion of the students’ final course grade; and that students will have opportunities to incorporate readers’ critiques of their writing.

These courses must include requirements and learning activities that promote students' abilities to...

a. practice the processes and procedures for creating and completing successful writing in their fields

Depending on the instructor, anywhere from two to five written assignments are required in this course. In these written assignments, the students are expected to interpret output from statistical packages and write anywhere from one paragraph to several pages of interpretation of the output. These assignments count anywhere from 10% to 20% of the course grade. Writing is also required by all instructors when the students answer examination questions. Approximately 20% of the points on examinations is the written interpretation of statistical results.

b. understand the main features and uses of writing in their fields

The reports that students write in this course are expected to use correct English grammar and spelling. The reports must be technically correct, yet must be able to be read by someone (e.g., a boss) who is not a statistician. All instructors allow students to show them rough drafts of their reports before they are due. The instructors then make comments to help the students rewrite their reports.

c. adapt their writing to the general expectations of readers in their fields

The general expectation of employers of students who have completed this course is that the students are able to write reports interpreting statistical output in a manner that an employer can understand. As mentioned in part b., the reports completed as part of the requirements for STAT 210 must be technically correct and readable to a non-statistician.

d. make use of the technologies commonly used for research and writing in their fields

The students are required to use a word-processor of typewriter for completing their reports that are required in the Written Assignments.

e. learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.

As mentioned in parts a., b., and c. above, the students are expected to write reports that are technically correct and yet readable to non-statisticians. To help them do this, examples are handed-out in class of well-written reports done by the instructor or former students (without giving the students’ names and with the students’ permission) that the students enrolled in the class may follow in terms of format.

Statistics (STAT 210) 3 s.h.

Course Syllabus/Outline

**Course Title**: Statistics

**Course Description**: First course in statistics for students with a strong
mathematics background. Prerequisites: MATH 140 or MATH 160 or consent of
instructor. This is a University Studies course satisfying requirements for the
Writing Flag.

**Number of Credits**: 3

Writing Flag

The purpose of the Writing Flag requirement is to reinforce the outcomes specified for the basic skills area of writing. These courses are intended to provide contexts, opportunities, and feedback for students writing with discipline-specific texts, tools, and strategies.

These courses should emphasize writing as essential to academic learning and intellectual development.

Courses can merit the Writing Flag by demonstrating that section enrollment will allow for clear guidance, criteria, and feedback for the writing assignments; that the course will require a significant amount of writing to be distributed throughout the semester; that writing will comprise a significant portion of the students’ final course grade; and that students will have opportunities to incorporate readers’ critiques of their writing.

These courses must include requirements and learning activities that promote students' abilities to...

a. practice the processes and procedures for creating and completing successful writing in their fields;

b. understand the main features and uses of writing in their fields;

c. adapt their writing to the general expectations of readers in their fields;

d. make use of the technologies commonly used for research and writing in their fields; and

e. learn the conventions of evidence, format, usage, and documentation in their fields.

Possible Textbook: Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences (Fourth edition): Mendenhall, W. and Sincich, T. Prentice/Hall, 1995.

Topics Covered:

I. Descriptive statistics **(a),(b),(c),(d),(e)**

A. Stem-and-leaf displays

B. Frequency distributions and histograms

C. Measures of central tendency

D. Measures of variation

E. Measures of relative standing

F. Bivariate displays and correlation (cover lightly)

II. Some simple probability concepts

III. Discrete random variables

A. Distributions

B. Expected value

C. Binomial and Poisson distributions

IV. Continuous random variables

A. Distributions

B. Expected value

C. Normal distribution

V. Sampling distributions and Central Limit Theorem

VI. Estimation

A. Point estimation and desirable properties

B. Interval estimation

VII. Logic of hypothesis testing

VIII. Common hypothesis testing situations **(a),(b),(c),(d),(e)**

A. One mean

B. Two means--both independent and dependent samples

C. Probability values

D. Wilcoxon Rank Sum and Signed Rank tests

IX. Contingency table analysis(cover lightly)**(a),(b),(c),(d),(e)**

X. Additional topics as time permits

Method of Instruction: Methods may include lecture **(a),(b),(c),(e)** ,
group work, case studies, discussion of examples **(a),(b),(c),(d),(e)** and
discussion of computer output.

Evaluation Procedures: Possible methods include computer assignments **(a),(b),(c),(d),(e)**,
homework problems, examinations **(a),(b),(c),(e)**, quizzes, and/or a final
examination.

Notes: 1. The topics covered in Statistics 210 overlap substantially with Statistics 110. The main difference between the courses is that appropriate proofs and use of calculus are included in 210 but not in 110.

2. It is required that at least one assignment using an appropriate computer package be included in the course.

Approval/Disapproval Recommendations

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A2C2 Recommendation: Approved Disapproved Date

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Faculty Senate Recommendation: Approved Disapproved Date

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Academic VP's Recommendation: Approved Disapproved Date

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