Math 231 Basic Statistics Spring 2005 Towson University
Instructor: Dr. Ge Han
Office: Stephens Hall 301C
Phone: 410-704-3896 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: MF 11:00 am - Noon TuTh 8:40 - 9:10 pm or by appointments
Textbook: Business Statistics for Contemporary Decision Making 4th ed., Ken Black,
with Minitab Lab Workbook 13th ed., H. S. Kaplon.
Frequency distributions and graphical methods, percentiles, measures of central
tendency and variability, probability emphasizing binomial and normal
distributions, sampling distributions, point and interval estimation, one and two
sample hypothesis tests, simple linear regression. MINITAB or an equivalent
computer package is introduced as a computational tool. Practical applications of
Prerequisite: MATH 111 or MATH 115 or equivalent
Topics to be covered:
Chapter 1 Introduction to Statistics
Chapter 2 Charts and Graphs
Chapter 3 Descriptive Statistics
Chapter 4 Probability (omit 4.8)
Chapter 5 Discrete Distributions (omit 5.4-5.5)
Chapter 6 Continuous Distributions (omit 6.1, 6.4)
Chapter 7 Sampling and Sampling Distributions
Chapter 8 Statistical Inference: Estimation for Single Populations
Chapter 9 Statistical Inference: Hypothesis Testing for Single Populations
Chapter 10 Statistical Inferences about Two Populations
Chapter 13 Simple Regression Analysis
Important Dates: Feb. 3(Thursday), last day of “change a schedule”
April 6(Wednesday), last day to withdraw with a grade of “W”
Mar. 20-27(Sunday-Sunday), spring break, no classes
May 12(Thursday), last day of classes
Homework: 20% Lab assignments: 20%
Tests: 30% Final Exam 30%
A+: 98-100 A: 93-97 A-: 90-92
B+: 88-89 B: 83-87 B-: 80-82
C+: 78-79 C: 73-77 C-: 70-72
D+: 68-69 D: 60-67
Homework and Lab Assignments:
Homework will be collected every Friday. Homework should be legible and
stapled as necessary.
Lab assignments will be collected by the due dates announced in class.
There will be 2 in-class tests.
Tentative Dates: Monday Mar. 7 and Monday April 11
Details such as material that will be covered will be given later.
The final exam is cumulative.
Date and time: Monday May 16, 9:00-11:00 am
1. It is the belief of the instructor that a students needs to attend all lectures and
labs. Though attendance will not have any other effect on your grade, the
student is warned that class absence will negatively affect your understanding
and performance in this course.
2. You are responsible for any announcements made during class.
3. Behaviors such as arriving late, leaving early, and sleeping in the class are not
only disruptive to the instructor but also are rude to other students in class.
Therefore any student who is disruptive to the class may be dismissed from
4. Homework problems are not answered before the due date, however you may
ask similar questions.
5. There will be no late assignments and make-up exams in general. Students
making such requests must provide documentation to the instructor. It is
entirely within the instructor’s discretion to grant the request.
Students must abide by the university policies. Everyone should do her/his own
work on the homework and exams, although students can and are encouraged to
discuss on assignments.
Outside Class Help:
Please come and speak to me if you have any questions or concerns. You are
encouraged to meet with me during the office hours or set up appointments
verbally or by email.
Academic Advising Center: Lecture Hall, 410-704-2472
Counseling Center: Glen Esk, 410-704-2512
Math Tutoring Room: ST 306
Students with Disabilities:
Please feel comfortable to discuss any needs or accommodations with the