MAT 1230 Syllabus

Math 1230 Introductory Statistics I

Text: Stats: Data and Models, 3rd Edition
          By: DeVeaux, Velleman, and Block

Course Coordinator: Jesse Frey, SAC 375
                              Office Phone: (610) 519- 7350


Here is a listing of chapters to cover and approximate times to spend on each chapter.  For more detailed suggestions or help with any aspect of the course, please contact the course coordinator.

Chapters 12 to 13 (2 weeks): Gathering Data. These chapters don't come first in the textbook, but they seem like a natural starting point for this course.  You may also choose to cover these chapters later.

Chapters 4 to 5 (1.5 weeks): Graphical Displays and Summary Statistics. The discussion here should be Minitab-driven, and not all topics need to be covered. Essential topics include the sample standard deviation, box plots, and histograms.  Other topics can be included or excluded as time allows.

Chapter 6 (1 week): The Normal Distribution.

Chapters 7 to 8 (1 week): Descriptive Statistics for Two Variables. The discussion here should be Minitab-driven. This material is important, but statistical inference for regression isn't covered in Math 1230. Thus, if you feel that you are behind schedule, you might either drop this material or leave it for later in the course.

Chapter 16 (0.5 weeks): Random Variables.  Introduce the idea so that it can be used later on. 

Chapter 17 (1 week): The Binomial Distribution.  The other distributions need not be covered.

Chapter 18 (1 week): The Central Limit Theorem.

Chapters 19 to 24 (4 weeks): Statistical Inference for One Proportion, One Mean, Two Proportions, and Two Means.  These chapters constitute the core material for the course.  Please omit earlier topics as needed to ensure that you can cover these chapters.

This is the core material for the course.


Contact Information

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
SAC Room 305
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4850
Fax: 610.519.6928

Dr. Douglas Norton

Marie O'Brien, 610.519.4809