MAT 195 Selected Topics in Mathematics:Stats

This is a sample syllabus only. Ask your instructor for the official syllabus for your course.

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Course Description

MAT 195:Stats is an enhanced version of our course MAT 131 Elementary Statistics and Probability course. It includes all the material of MAT 131 plus an additional hour each week of algebra review that enables students to succeed whose algebra is rusty.

The statistics content of MAT 195 is described in the catalog description of MAT 131 "A practical course in probability and statistics including such topics as the binomial and normal distributions, confidence intervals, t, F, and chi-square tests, linear regression and correlation, and conditional probability."

The algebra content focuses on topics that are particularly important in elementary statics: basic mathematical notation, order of operations and use of parentheses, how to enter formulas into computers, basic algebra manipulations, reading and creating graphs and tables, interpreting word problems.

MAT 195:stats satisfies the General Education Quantitative Reasoning Requirement.

MAT 195:stats offers 4 units credit, 3 units for the MAT 131 content, plus an additional unit for the algebra review.


MAT 003 or equivalent, and recommendation by the math department.


Basic Practice of Statistics, by David Moore. W.H. Freeman & Co., 2013.

Course Requirements, Tentative Schedule of Class Meetings and Topics, Readings, Assignments and Due dates, Exams

The course may be based on the following chapters in the text. Other topics may be included as time permits.

  1. Picturing Distributions with Graphs
  2. Describing Distributions with Numbers
  3. The Normal Distributions
  4. Scatterplots and Correlation
  5. Regression
  6. Two-way tables
  7. Producing data: Sampling
  8. Producing data: Experiments
  9. Introducing Probability
  10. Sampling Distributions
  11. General Rules of Probability
  12. Binomial Distributions
  13. Confidence Intervals: the Basics
  14. Tests of Significance: the Basics
  15. Inference in Practice
  16. Inference about a Population Mean (t-test)

A schedule of class meetings, topics, assignments, due dates, exam dates, etc. will be provided by instructor. See your class syllabus.

The final exam is given at the date and time announced in the Schedule of Classes.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing MAT 195:stats the student will

Computers and Calculators, Computer Literacy

Most instructors encourage the use of machines, calculators computers, phones etc., for analyzing data. The use of machines may be restricted during examinations or at certain other times. Ask your instructor for the policy in your class.

Students are not expected to be programmers or to know any particular computer language before starting this class. Some instructors may expect students to be able to access information on the internet, or to use calculators, or to learn to use particular software with instruction. Basic skill in algebra and the use of mathematical symbols, order of operations etc., and the willingness to read and follow instruction manuals and help files will suffice.

Grading Policy, Grading Scale, Weighted Value of Assignments and Tests

Students' grades are based on homework, class participation, short tests, and scheduled examinations covering students' understanding of the topics covered in this course. The instructor determines the relative weights of these factors and the grading scale. See the syllabus for your particular class.

Location of Class Meetings

Classes meet on the dates and room announced in the official Schedule of Classes. This is a traditional, face-to-face class.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance policy is set by the instructor.

Policy on Due Dates, Make-Up Work, Missed Exams, and Extra-Credit Assignments

Due dates and policy regarding make-up work and missed exams are set by the instructor. Instructors may, or may not, choose to offer extra credit assignments. If extra credit assignments are offered they will be available to all students.

Academic Integrity

The mathematics department does not tolerate cheating. Students who have questions or concerns about academic integrity should ask their professors or the counselors in the Student Development Office, or refer to the University Catalog for more information. (Look in the index under "academic integrity".)

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

Cal State Dominguez Hills adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary and permanent disabilities. If you have a disability that may adversely affect your work in this class, I encourage you to register with Disabled Student Services (DSS) and to talk with me about how we best can help you. All disclosures of disabilities will be kept strictly confidential. Please note: you must register with DSS to arrange an no accommodation. For information call (310) 243-3660 or send an email message to or visit the DSS website or visit their office WH D-180

Behavioral Expectations

We all are adults so behavior rarely is an issue. Just follow the Golden Rule: "do unto others as you would have them do unto you" then everything will be fine.

The university must maintain a classroom environment that is suitable for learning, so anyone who insists on disrupting that environment will be expelled from the class.

Revision history:

Prepared by S. Book 1/19/00. Revised 1/2/01, 7/1/01, 7/25/06, 2/8/13, 1/6/16 (G. Jennings)