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MATH120 - Introduction to Statistics

Course Details

Course Code: MATH120 Course ID: 4894 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This is an introductory statistics course designed to help students achieve a basic understanding of the statistical methods available to analyze and solve the wide variety of problems encountered in workplace environments. The course is designed for students who seek an understanding of how statistics can be applied in areas that require the use of descriptive and inferential statistical methods. The emphasis of the course will be on the proper use and interpretation of statistical techniques. MATH120 is the recommended mathematics general education course for students who will be required to take additional statistics courses such as MATH302 Statistics as part of their program of study.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing the course, the student should be able to:

CO-1. Explain the use and misuse of statistical concepts.

CO-2. Compute measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion to summarize data collected from real world scenarios.

CO-3. Solve basic probability problems.

CO-4. Apply probability distributions to real world problems.

CO-5. Employ inferential statistics to analyze sample statistics and relate them to the population.

CO-6. Explain the relationship between variables with simple linear regression techniques.

Honor Pledge: The honor pledge is an intricate part of the APUS Culture. This assignment is worth 1% of the final grade for this course. For this assignment, students are required to acknowledge the honor pledge below:

As a member of the American Public University System learning community, I will respect and abide by the APUS Honor Code. I understand and will abide by the University's policy of academic integrity, as described in the Student Handbook and the University Catalog. I accept responsibility for my actions, and I will not condone or assist other students in dishonesty or plagiarism. Finally, I will accept the consequences of any violations on the University's academic policies.

Forum Assignments: The University requires weekly contact from each student. This requirement can be met by participating in the weekly Forums. A total of 16% of the final grade will be based on participation in the weekly Forums. Forum postings are expected to be written in complete sentences using correct grammar and spelling. Any posting which requires research must be accompanied by a citation of the references used. Forums are due Thursday of each week. Comments to fellow students must be completed by Sunday of each week.

Homework: Homework problems are assigned for each section of the book that we study. The Homework can be found in the Lab by clicking on the left WebAssign Tab in the Classroom.

These homework problems count as 35% of your final grade and they are an important factor in your success at mastering the subject. Statistics is not a spectator sport - one learns statistics by using critical thinking and by putting the pencil to the paper!

Quizzes: There will be three graded quizzes during the course. Each will be a 10-16 question with multiple parts online, open-book, open-note exam. You may not consult with any other person while taking the exam. A total of 24% of the final course grade comes from these quizzes. The questions are selected to provide the student with hands on experience in applying the techniques and processes discussed. Students are encouraged to use excel to solve most of the problems.

Final Exam: The final exam will count as 22% of the final grade. It will also be a 14-18 question with multiple parts online, open-book, open-note exam. You may not consult with any other person while taking the exam. The examination will be based on all material covered during the semester. The questions will require computations and application of the material covered during the semester. Students are encouraged to use excel to solve most of the problems.

Please coordinate with the professor for any special arrangements. Unless the professor approves alternate arrangements, students should plan to take the final examination during the last week of the course. You will not need a proctor to take this exam.

NameGrade %
Forums 16.00 %
Introductory Forum 2.00 %
Week 2 Forum 2.00 %
Week 3 Forum 2.00 %
Week 4 Forum 2.00 %
Week 5 Forum 2.00 %
Week 6 Forum 2.00 %
Week 7 Forum 2.00 %
Week 8 Forum 2.00 %
Homework 35.00 %
Homework average 35.00 %
Assignments 27.00 %
Quiz 1 Week 2 Critique 9.00 %
Quiz 2 Week 4 Critique 9.00 %
Quiz 3 Week 6 Critique 9.00 %
Final Exam 22.00 %
Final Exam Critique 22.00 %
APUS Honor Code and Pledge 1.00 %
APUS Honor Code and Pledge 1.00 %

Required Course Textbooks


Book Title

Publication Info


Brase and Brase

Understanding Basic Statistics (8th edition)


ISBN-10: 9781337558075

WebAssign Instant Access Code (IAC) ISBN: 9781337683685

Elementary Statistics: Understanding Basic Statistic (8th ed) - The textbook is included with the WebAssign-an online resource provided by the publisher. Homework, quizzes, practice problems, and the final exam are available through WebAssign. The advantage of using WebAssign is the way it guides you through the problems.

Students will need access to Microsoft Excel to successfully complete this course. Instructions will be provided to student on the use of Microsoft Excel. Microsoft Excel is used because it is a common software that is found in the typical work environment and on most computers. Students may make use of the Microsoft Excel for all graded assignments during the course.

Supplementary Materials

The lessons contain links to online supplementary materials for this class. You may click on the links in the lessons directly to view them. In addition to these, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change. Additionally, the APUS Library has Statistics Tutorials.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

Khan Academy



Website: APUS Statistical Video

Website: APUS YouTube Videos

There are excel tips in the announcements and videos in the weekly lessons under lessons and then under lessons in each week that are important to use in the course.

Book Title:Understanding Basic Statistics, 8th ed - WebAssign provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:CLASS-CENGAGE
Unit Cost:$199.95
Electronic Unit Cost:$25.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.