MAT 152


Arts & Science Division

Statistical Methods I Syllabus

A-B Tech reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this schedule, including possible responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Any changes will be communicated by the instructor prior to the implementation of the change. Please make sure to check your email and Moodle on a regular basis.

Course Information

  • Course/Section: MAT 152 1st Block
  • Course Hours: Contract Hours 5; Credit Hours 4
  • Semester: Fall 2020
  • Meeting Times: 1st Block
  • Meeting Location: Room 318 and Online
  • Prerequisites: DMA 030 & DRE 098 or MAT 003 (Tier 1) & ENG 002 (Tier 1) or placement
  • Co-requisites: MAT 052 may be required
  • Course Description: This course provides a project-based approach to introductory statistics with an emphasis on using real-world data and statistical literacy. Topics include descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, basic probability, discrete and continuous probability distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Upon completion, students should be able to use appropriate technology to describe important characteristics of a data set, draw inferences about a population from sample data, and interpret and communicate results. This course has been approved for transfer under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement as a general education course in Mathematics (Quantitative).
  • Text(s): Triola, Elementary Statistics Using Excel, 6th Edition, ISBN:  0134763785 9780134763781 05/11/2017 AS
  • Supplies/Materials:A graphing calculator is recommended.Students may only use calculators that have been approved by their instructors for assessments.The TI-83/84 series are pre-approved for all courses.Calculators with a CAS system are not approved.Instructors may approve the use of Desmos Test Mode App for assessments.If this App is approved, students must demonstrate that it has been enabled before receiving any assessments.Upon completion of the assessment, instructors must witness the App being disabled in order to verify the time spent using the App.Any time discrepancies will result in a Zero on the assessment, and the privilege to use Desmos Test Mode App will be revoked for the remainder of the semester.


  • Access Code: *Online homework is required for all students*Students have the option of a textbook with the access code or a standalone access course for the course.Both options come with an e-book.
  • Course ID:

Instructor Information

  • Instructor Name:Tracy Kuykendall
  • Office Telephone Number:828-645-4221 ext. 318
  • Email Address:
  • Office Location: Room 318
  • Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 2-3pm

Course Learning Outcomes/Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: 

  • Organize, display, calculate, and interpret descriptive statistics
  • Apply basic rules of probability
  • Identify and apply appropriate probability distributions 
  • Perform regression analysis
  • Analyze sample data to draw inferences about a population parameter
  • Communicate results through a variety of media

*This course, and assignments therein, may be used to assess General Education Core Competencies or Program Student Learning Outcomes. 









A-B Tech General Education Outcomes

Expected competencies students will develop in this course:

  • Students will critically evaluate information
  • Students will solve problems
  • Students will effectively communicate

Additional information can be located on A-B Tech’s website at the following link: Course Syllabus Information.



Evaluation Criteria

Grade Break Down








Final Assessment





Final Assessment or Exam:  Each instructor will schedule a comprehensive final course assessment at some point during the last five days of the semester or the last two days of the class. The assessment may consist of one or multiple components or methods. The course schedule will indicate the date(s) and method(s) of evaluation. If the final evaluation is given prior to the last day of class, the schedule will reflect the class activities to take place after the final evaluation.  Students are required to take their final examinations at the time(s) and place(s) scheduled. Conflicts may be resolved by arrangement with the faculty member. Three assessments scheduled for the same day is considered a conflict.

Grading System

Grade Letter

Associated Percentages or Points


100 - 90


89 - 80


79- 70


69 - 60


Below 60




Participation Requirements

It is mandatory that the student attend each course at least once during the first 10% of the course, or in the case of online courses, a graded activity must be submitted during the first 10% of the course. For hybrid courses, the student must attend the classroom portion of the course or complete an online graded activity prior to the 10% point. Failure to attend or complete the activity prior to the 10% point will result in the student being dropped from the course. The student will not be allowed to continue in the course or receive a refund.

Regular and punctual class participation is required of all students and essential for success, which is dependent upon active involvement in all instructional activities. To receive a passing grade, students must participate in 80% of the contact hours of the course. Active participation, regardless of course format (seated, online, hybrid), includes submission of completed assignments by the posted due dates and timely completion (as specified by the instructor) of any other course requirements: tests and exercises, discussion board entries and other group work, lab participation, and any other activities assigned in the course syllabus, discussed in class, or described in online instructional materials as contributing to the final grade.  If a student does not meet the requirement of 80% active participation, the student may be assigned an F grade for the course.

Rights, Responsibilities, and Procedures

Information on Rights, Responsibilities, and Procedures pertaining to students can be located on A-B Tech’s website at the following link: Course Syllabus Information.


A-B Tech is committed to creating an environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body.  If a student has a disability, thinks they may have a disability, or are having issues with the accessibility of course materials, the student should contact Support Services to arrange appropriate accommodations to ensure access to their education. Complete information and forms can be located at the following link: Student Service Overview.

Course Evaluation by Students

Students will have the opportunity to provide constructive feedback on their courses each semester at approximately the 50% completion point through an online survey.  All responses are anonymous unless a student chooses to self-identify in submitted comments.  Results are used to determine whether changes should be made during the second half of the course to improve the learning experience for students.  Additional information can be located on A-B Tech’s website at the following link: Course Syllabus Information.

Course Requirements and Expectations


My preferred form of communication is email:  We will also communicate through Talking Point, Code:  24VRC3.  If communicating by email, I will only respond to Buncombe County Schools email addresses.  I will usually respond to emails within 24 hours during the workweek.


My goal is to grade work on a weekly basis. Check with me if you are worried that I have not graded your work. Please check your gradebook/Powerschool on a regular basis for accuracy.


Make-up Work:

Submitting work late can happen with instructor approval – communication for this adjustment must occur BEFORE the deadline and not at the last minute.

Important Dates:

First Day of Class: August 17th
Last date to withdraw (W): August 28th

Holidays/breaks: :  September 11th, October 20th, November 25st – 28rd
Last Day of Class:
December 158h
























Course Content:

  1. Module One
    1. Statistical and Critical Thinking
  2. Module Two
    1. Basics of Probability


  3. Module Three
    1. The Standard Normal Distribution
  4. Module Four
    1. Basics of Hypothesis Testing
  5. Module Five
  1. Types of Data
  1. Collecting Sample Data
  1. Introduction to Excel
  1. Frequency Distribution
  1. Histograms
  1. Statistical Graphs
  1. Scatter Plots and Correlation
  1. Measures of Center
  1. Measures of Variation
  1. Measures of Relative Standing and Boxplots
  1. Addition and Multiplication Rules
  1. Complements, Conditional Probability
  1. Counting
  1. Probabilities Through Simulations
  1. Binomial Probability Distributions
  1. Poisson Distribution
  1. Real Applications of the Normal Distribution
  1. Sampling Distributions and Estimators
  1. The Central Limit Theorem
  1. Assessing Normality
  1. Estimating a Population Proportion
  1. Estimating a Population Mean
  1. Estimating a Population Variance and Standard Deviation
  1. Testing a Claim About a Proportion
  1. Testing a Claim About a Mean
  1. Testing a Claim About a Variance or Standard Deviation
  1. Correlation
  1. Regression
  1. Contingency Tables
  1. Control Charts for Data, Mean and Variation
  1. Projects
  1. Ethics In Statistics


Mathematics Department Policies and Expectations


A-B Tech student email or Buncombe County School email is to be used for official school business.  Students are held responsible for any information emailed.  Emails should adhere to professional standards.  This is the best way to communicate with your instructor.  Expect a response no later than 48 hours from the time the email was sent.  Any email that is not written in a professional tone will not get a reply but returned to the student.  This will give the student the opportunity to rewrite the email and get a response.



Your final grade in this course will be determined by the grades posted and calculated in Moodle/Powerschool.   Instructors do not accept additional assignments or make-up work after the final assessment has been given in the course.



You will come to class prepared.  This means you need to read through sections and examples before class.  You need to have any assignments due ready at the beginning of class.  You are expected to arrive on time and check your A-B Tech student email regularly.  Be attentive during class by taking good notes, asking questions, and not being distracted by technology.


Any assessment submitted for grading must by created by the student for the current course.  Submitting any work from a previous course will result in an automatic grade of zero.


Course Schedule

Any changes to the syllabus will be posted in the College’s Learning Management System prior to implementation of change.

[Option 1: table format]

Date/Week of ...

Preparation required by student, Topic, etc.

Activity, Assignment, etc.

August 19

Course Orientation

Ch1 Programming in a Mobile, Web-based World

In-class discussion

Assignments in Moodle

[Option 2: bullet format]

  • Mon, Aug 20 Introductions, syllabus, development environment, Ideation 
  • Wed, Aug 22Discussion: HTML5 / Project Specifications Lab: HTML5