Business Statistics

I.     Course Prefix/Number: MAT 190

       Course Name: Business Statistics

       Credits: 4 (4 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

MAT 140 with minimum grade of C.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course introduces modern statistics and is designed for business students. Content includes descriptive statistics, probability, statistical inference, sampling techniques, correlation, regression, and analysis of variance. Course incorporates use of technology when appropriate.

IV.   Learning Objectives

1.     Compute measures of central tendency and dispersion.
2.     Construct, interpret, and graph frequency distributions.
3.     Calculate and interpret probabilities using sample spaces, independence, and counting formulas.
4.     Create, analyze and interpret probability distributions, including the binomial distribution.
5.     Use z-scores to compute probabilities from normal distributions. 
6.     Apply the Central Limit Theorem to solve problems involving sampling distributions of the sample mean.
7.     Use confidence intervals to estimate a population parameter, including means and proportions.
8.     Use hypothesis testing to determine if a hypothesis about a population parameter should be rejected.
9.     Draw statistical inferences about a single population’s mean, standard deviation, variance, and proportion.
10.   For two populations, draw statistical inferences about the difference of their means, standard deviations, variances, and proportions.
11.   Calculate and apply linear correlation coefficients and regression lines.
12.   Draw statistical inferences about multinomial experiments and contingency tables.
13.   Draw statistical inferences about three or more populations using analysis of variance.
14.   Use technology to solve applications drawn from the topics presented in class.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

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• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

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VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.    Descriptive  Methods

   1.    Frequency distributions and graphing
   2.    Measures of location - mean, median, quartiles, percentiles
   3.    Measures of variation - variance, standard deviation

B.    Basic Probability Theory

   1.    Sample spaces, counting, factorials
   2.    Combinations, permutations
   3.    Probability laws

C.    Probability Distributions

   1.    Normal distribution and normal curve
   2.    Binomial distribution and its relation to the normal distribution
   3.    Random samples and sampling techniques

D.    Statistical Inference

   1.    Estimation
   2.    The classical approach to hypothesis testing
   3.    The probability - value approach to hypothesis testing
   4.    Inferences involving one population with regard to means, standard deviation or variance, and proportions
   5.    Inferences involving two populations with regard to means, standard deviation or variance, and proportions
   6.    Coefficient of correlation and regression lines
   7.    Multinomial experiments and contingency tables
   8.    Analysis of variance

VII.  Methods of Instruction

(To be completed by instructor)

Methods of presentation can include lectures, discussion, demonstration, experimentation, audio-visual aids, group work, and regularly assigned homework.  A TI-83 or 84 graphics calculator will be used for instructional purposes.  Other technology will be used when appropriate.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

(To be completed by instructor)
Course practices can include attendance, assignments, special projects, classroom activities and assessments.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.  Within the Schedule of Classes, textbooks can be found by clicking on an individual course section and looking for the words "View Book Information".

Textbooks can also be found at our Mathematics Textbooks page.

Other Required Materials: A TI-83 or higher model graphics calculator.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

(To be completed by instructor)

Evaluation methods can include graded homework, quizzes, chapter or major tests, individual or small group projects, calculator/computer projects and a final examination.

XI.   Other Course Information

Individual instructors will establish and announce specific policies regarding attendance, due dates and make-up work, incomplete grades, etc.

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