Instructor: 
Dr. Geetha Ramachandran  

Office: 
Room BRH127  Math/History Building (Brighton Hall)  
Office Hours: 
T Th 12:00 noon  12:45 p.m. T Th 2:45 p.m.  3:30 p.m. Also BY APPOINTMENT 

Title: 
Introduction to Statistics  
Catalog Description: 
Descriptive statistics, basic concepts of probability and sampling with the aim of introducing fundamental notions and techniques of statistical inference. 

Prerequisites: 
Math 9 or three years of high school mathematics which includes two years of algebra and one year of geometry; completion of the ELM requirement and a PASSING SCORE on the INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA DIAGNOSTIC TEST AT CSUS. 

Learning Objectives: 
Organize, Summarize, and Interpret data in tabular, graphical, and pictorial formats. Understand the basic rules of probability. Use of the binomial distribution as a model for discrete variables. Understand the Normal distribution as a model for continuous variables. Learn Statistical Inference techniques of parameter estimation such as Point Estimation, and Confidence Interval Estimation. Learn techniques of testing various statistical hypotheses concerning population parameters.  
Class Hours: 
T, Th 1:30 p.m.  2:45 p.m. in HMB109  
Text: 
Introductory Statistics 

Coverage: 
We will closely follow the text and cover chapters 1  14. There will be three midterm tests and a comprehensive final examination. 

Homework: 
Problems from the exercises section in the text will be suggested for practice.  
Writing Component: 
STAT 1 satisfies Area B4 of the GE requirements. Students are advised to practice interpreting the results of statistical analyses using technical and nontechnical language while solving assigned word problems dealing with real life situations. Class discussions will emphasize this writing component requirement of the course through the above criterion.  
Examinations: 


Grading: 
Letter grade will be assigned on the basis of a weighted average score according to the above weighting scheme and the guidelines in the latest catalog. 

Drops: 
You may drop this course without penalty until Friday, March 7, 2014. For procedural details refer to the DROP POLICY document of the CSUS Math & Statistics department. On or after March 10, 2014, you MUST be passing this course (with a grade of C or better) AND MUST have a written medical excuse from a licensed M.D. in order to drop this course without penalty. 

Attendance: 
Regular attendance is important and cannot be over emphasized. Experience shows that attendance is highly correlated with good performance in the course. NO MAKEUP TEST WILL BE GIVEN.  
Webpage: 
http://www.csus.edu/indiv/r/ramachandrang 