Syllabus for MBP-008
PRINCIPLES OF STATISTICS
Principles of Statistics is designed to meet the needs of students in many disciplines and professions. The sciences, social sciences, and business are increasingly using quantitative methods. This course provides the tools and techniques needed to design studies that provide representative data for mathematical analysis and statistical interpretation. Topics include types of statistics, data representations (tables, graphs, and charts), measures of location and variation, probability concepts, continuous and discrete distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, and regression and correlation analysis.
The emphasis of the course is on the application of statistical methods to real-world problems. In solving these problems, you are required to use the appropriate notation and formulas. Problems may be viewed as statistical studies, and as such you should be able to interpret results and justify conclusions.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct, at http://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/tesc.htm.
Principles of Statistics consisting of six (6) modules. Modules include an overview, topics, learning objectives, study materials, and activities. Module titles are listed below.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete content exercises and problems, and take a final exam. See below for details.
Consult the course Calendar for due dates.
You are required to complete six discussion forums. These can be found within your course modules. Discussion Forums are for individual learning, peer-to-peer instruction, and interaction with the course facilitator. You are encouraged to participate in online discussion a minimum of every other day. Using an alternating day engagement schedule enables you to monitor the evolution of topic discussions, ask clarifying questions, and contribute to content exploration. In addition, this approach provides time to reflect on your learning progress; review course materials, work and rework assignments, and check and confirm your understanding of course content and application. Also, it establishes a pace for class interaction.
You are expected to actively participate in online discussion room. Your contributions enable and enhance individual and group learning. You are required to post a minimum of two (2) responses (posts) per week/per discussion question:
Types of Posts
Substantive Posts - Substantive posts is your response to the initial discussion question placed in the discussion room by the course facilitator at the beginning of each week. The substantive post evidences your understanding of the theories, models, and applications of course topics under discussion. Typically, substantive posts are information rich and data-driven citing and/or incorporating content from course learning materials, as well as external sources including work experiences, professional journals, or newspapers. The substantive post acts as a topic foundation on which to build content insight toward application mastery.
Contributory Posts - Contributory post are posts to one (1) or more peer learners. These posts extend or expand the responses of others. They define, clarify, and broaden everyone’s understanding of work. Contributory posts build, challenge, and explore other’s perspectives and applications of course materials. Like substantive posts, contributory posts are information rich and data driven. They are insightful responses contributing everyone’s understanding of and experience with the topics being discussed. However, these posts are not simple, non-reference supported response statements such as “Yes, I agree with you!” Instead, they are opportunities to explore topics through course materials and deepen your understanding and application of a topic in a supportive peer learning environment.
Topic Review Session
In addition to weekly course discussion, the course facilitator provides Topic Review Sessions at specific points in the course. These interactive sessions review content, assignments, exercises, problems, and solutions. In addition, discussion questions and content questions are addressed. These coaching sessions will use Skype and/or conference calls.
You are required to complete five content exercises and problems. These can be found within your course modules.
You are required to complete a five-page final paper. Information on the topic and other requirements can be found in the Final Paper section of the course site.
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
The course is a non-credit course.The course grade is Pass/Fail. A combined course room activities score of 60% or above is necessary to pass the course and advance to the next preparatory course and into the MBA degree program.
First Steps to Success
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
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Academic dishonesty will result in disciplinary action and possible dismissal from the College. Students who submit papers that are found to be plagiarized will receive an F on the plagiarized assignment, may receive a grade of F for the course, and may face dismissal from the College.
A student who is charged with academic dishonesty will be given oral or written notice of the charge. If a mentor or the College official believes the infraction is serious enough to warrant referral of the case to the academic dean, or if the mentor awards a final grade of F in the course because of the infraction, the student and the mentor will be afforded formal due process.
If a student is found cheating or using unauthorized materials on an examination, he or she will automatically receive a grade of F on that examination. Students who believe they have been falsely accused of academic dishonesty should seek redress through informal discussions with the mentor, through the office of the dean, or through an executive officer of Thomas Edison State College.
Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Although it may seem like simple dishonesty, plagiarism is against the law. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)
Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.
Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.
Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of the intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.
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