**Course
Syllabus – Spring 2008**

**Course Title:** Probability and Statistics for Teachers

**Hours Credit:** 3 hours

**Prerequisites:** MATH 2703

**Instructor:** Varies (multiple sections)

**Instructor Office Hours:** Varies (at least 10hrs/week)

**Course Description:** (Non-credit for mathematics
major or minor.) Special emphasis for teachers of grades P-8. Broadens
understanding of the fundamental concepts of probability and statistics with
particular attention to specific methods and materials of instruction.

**Topics:** data; types of variables; describing and comparing
distributions; measures of center; measures of spread; correlation;
experiments, outcomes, and sample space; calculating simple probability,
conditional probability, marginal probability, joint probability, and odds;
complementary events; independent and dependent events; mutually exclusive
events; combinations and permutations; binomial probability distribution

**Text: ***Workshop Statistics: Discovery with Data and Fathom,* Key
College Publishing, 2001. Authors: Rossman, Chance, & Lock

**Learning Outcomes: **Students should be able to demonstrate:

- an understanding of standard vocabulary and symbols associated with probability and statistics;
- 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;
- a better understanding of appropriate strategies for teaching mathematics concepts at the P-8 level; and
- a better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives and other materials for the P-8 level.

**Grading Methods:** Tests, Quizzes, Final Exam, Homework; Percentages to
be determined by the instructor.

- A= 90-100%
- B= 80-90%
- C= 70-80%
- D= 60-70%
- F= below 60%