BU-203 : Principles of Statistics

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BU-203 Principles of Statistics

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 4 class hours

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): MA-114 or MA-119 or MA-321 (Students who have taken MA-240, which is no longer offered, have satisfied the mathematics prerequisite for BU-203)

Course Description in college catalog:

An introduction to statistical methods and statistical reasoning; nature and scope of statistical inquiries; collection and presentation of data; descriptive methods with particular reference to frequency distri­butions, correlation, index numbers and time series analysis; elements of probability, sampling methods, sampling error and principles of estimation.

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Accounting

A.A.S. Computer Information Systems

A.A.S. Management

A.S. Business Administration

A.S. QCC/John Jay Dual/Joint Accounting for Forensic Accounting

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

Principles of Statistics (BU 203) will provide students in Management, Marketing, Computer Information Systems, Accounting, Finance, and other fields of business with an introduction to the fundamental quantitative methods needed for the collection, organization, presentation, analysis, and interpretation of numerical data. Emphasis will also be placed on the practical application of these methods. Students will also develop a critical understanding of data by use of graphical and numerical summaries as well as standard statistical procedures so that conclusions about the data may be drawn from such analyses.

Students will achieve the following course objectives:

  1. Students will be able to organize and analyze data in frequency distribution tables.

  2. Students will be able to analyze data from graphs and tables.

  3. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding and computation of measures of central tendencies i.e. mean, median, mode of data sets.

  4. Students will be able to demonstrate understanding and computation of measures of dispersion i.e. range and standard deviation of data sets.

  5. Students will be able to calculate probabilities under the Normal curve.

  6. Students will be able to compute Confidence Intervals.

  7. Students will demonstrate understanding of Hypothesis Testing.

Program-specific outcomes

Use foundational business principles to evaluate and solve problems for statistics

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

  1. Participation              

  2. Case Studies

  3. Exams

  4. Homework

  5. Project

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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