MATH 4713

Fall 2003
Course Name: Probability & Statistics for Teachers Office Number: 322 Boyd Bldg.
Instructor: Dr. Angela Barlow Office Hours: T R 8:00 - 10:00 or by appointment
E-mail:      Telephone: O: 770-836-4352 H: 770-836-5202
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Course Objectives: After completion of the course, the student will demonstrate:
  1. an understanding of standard vocabulary and symbols associated with probability and statistics;   (G3)
  2. a better understanding of fundamental concepts in probability and statistics, including the organization of data, numerical descriptive measures, discrete random variables and their probability distributions, and continuous random variables and the normal distribution;   (G3)
  3. a better understanding of appropriate strategies for teaching mathematics concepts at the P-8 level; and   (G3)
  4. a better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives, technology, and other materials  for the P-8 level.   (G3)
Text: Workshop Statistics: Discovery with Data and Fathom, Key College Publishing, 2001. Authors: Rossman, Chance, & Lock.

Quiz 1 25 points
Quiz 2 25 points
Midterm 100 points
Final 100 points
Project 125 points
Total Possible 375 points
Grading Policy: A (337 - 375 pts), B (300 - 336 pts), C (262 - 299 pts), D (225 - 261), F (0 - 224 pts)

Attendance Policy: Students are expected to attend all classes. This term a student may withdraw with a grade of W through October 9th, regardless of grades, absences, etc. This deadline has been established by the University. After this deadline, if a student has accumulated more than four absences throughout the semester, he/she will normally receive a grade of WF. (A grade of WF counts as an F.) The four absences should be saved for sickness and other emergencies. Late arrivals and early exits count one-half of an absence. If a student is absent for a test and has an excuse from someone in authority, then the student will be expected to complete a make-up exam within one week of the original test date. Students who maintain a perfect attendance record (i.e. no excused or unexcused absences) will have 5 points added to their Total Points at the end of the semester.

Suggested Problems:  For each section covered in class there will be a set of problems provided.  These are not homework problems in the sense that they will be taken up and graded.  Instead, these are problems that are recommended for you to work in order to be successful in the class.  If you have questions concerning the  suggested problems, you should address these questions to the instructor during office hours, before or after class, or during the review session prior to the test.

Conferences: Conferences can be beneficial and are encouraged. All conferences should occur during the instructor's office hours, whenever possible. If these hours conflict with a student's schedule, then appointments should be made. The conference time is not to be used for duplication of lectures that were missed; it is the student's responsibility to obtain and review lecture notes before consulting with the instructor. The instructor is very concerned about the student's achievement and well-being and encourages anyone having difficulties with the course to come by the office for extra help. Grades will be based on coursework, not on Hope Grant needs, GPA, or any other factors outside the realm of coursework.

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