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MATH335 - Non Parametric Statistics

Course Details

Course Code: MATH335 Course ID: 4558 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a non-Calculus treatment of non-parametric tests, probability, confidence intervals, estimation; topics include one- and two-sample problems, one- and two- way analysis of variance, multiple comparisons, and correlation. Students will become familiar with statistical software packages. (Prerequisite: MATH320)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO-1. Solve problems using probability concepts

CO-2. Compare parametric and nonparametric approaches

CO-3. Apply nonparametric statistics to goodness of fit tests

CO-4. Demonstrate the procedures for one- and two-sample problems

CO-5. Analyze research problems to determine appropriate nonparametric procedures

CO-6. Defend analytical results using a statistical software package

Reading Assignments:
Please refer to the Course Outline section of this syllabus for the weekly reading assignments. While reading assignments are not graded, it is very important that you read the assigned material and work practice problems as necessary.

Forum Assignments:
The forums are designed for students to provide information and ask questions on course content for the week. Your forum posts must meet the minimum requirement for the number of posts and the content for that assignment. These forums should not be used to discuss specific exam questions, but can be used to ask questions relative to practice exercises, practice tests, and textbook problems.

Posts should be made as indicated in the forum instructions. Be sure to click on the link “Read Full Description” so that you will be familiar with each forum requirement and the grading rubric. (A significant post generally contains at least 100 words—single sentence responses such as “Now I understand” or “Thank you for your help” do not constitute significant posts.)

Grading for each forum will follow the point structure outlined in the description for each forum.

Introductory Forum: It is very important that you submit and participate in the Introduction Forum. Please introduce yourself to me and the class. Share where you work or plan to work after completing your program, your family, and any hobbies or special interests. Also tell us why you are taking this course and what you hope to gain from obtaining your degree. In addition, please take a look at the course objectives in the syllabus and discuss the relevance to your career goals.

Instructions for introductory forum post: Your initial post should be at least 250 words. Please respond to at least 1 other student. Responses should be a minimum of 100 words. This forum submission serves as your official entry into the course and this is why we have drawn special attention to this assignment. You will be reminded of this Forum again in the Week 1 Lesson Module, but please keep in mind that this Introduction Forum must be submitted by 11:55 p.m., ET, on Sunday of Week 1 to maintain your registration in the course.

Unit Tests:
Three numbered unit tests are found via the navigation link labeled "Tests & Quizzes.” Please complete each test by the due date noted in the syllabus and in the classroom. These are open- book and open-note tests, but are not collaborative efforts. These are single-access tests. Once you have accessed the test, it cannot be made up.

Course Project:
Sometimes the best way to learn about a topic is to teach it. For the course project you will choose one concept from the text and "teach" it to your peers. The project will require you to carefully plan and execute a presentation and present a formal write-up. The project presentation is worth 15% of the final course grade.

Specific details of the course project presentation:
Choose one topic from the course. For example, the Wilcoxon Signed Ranks test, the Mann- Whitney U test, or the Spearman Rank-Order Correlation Coefficient are all good topics. You will be required to "present" the lesson to your peers. You can use PowerPoint, LiveScribe, or any other program for the presentation. Sound is critical to the lesson, so you will need to be able to record your voice.

In your presentation, you will be required to show the following:

  • Include a contextual basis for the topic. Explain the topic that you are presenting and when it is used in statistics.

  • Discuss how the topic relates to parametric statistics.

  • Work through at least one example that utilizes the concept. Do not use an example from the text, rather, you will create a small data set and implement the statistical concept in the example. You can work through the example by hand or use a statistical program (such as SPSS or Excel) for the computations. In either case, be sure to show each step of the solution process.

The write-up:

In addition to presenting the lesson, you will submit a formal write-up. This will be submitted to the Assignments Folder in the classroom. The write-up should include all components of the presentation. It should also include any charts/tables that were presented. The write-up consists of 10% of the final course grade. Please find the scoring rubric in the Assignments area of the classroom.

The write-up should follow a standard narrative format, including a title page, introduction, body, conclusion, and references where appropriate. You will use APA formatting as you write. Keep in mind that in statistics we are often tasked with presenting complex analyses in a straightforward and simplified manner. In addition, we are often required to present our findings in written form. Here you will want to explain the findings in detail, focusing on the big picture of what the findings mean and why they are important.

NameGrade %
Discussion Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Course Project Presentation 15.00 %
Course Project Presentation 15.00 %
Course Project Write-up 10.00 %
Course Project Write-up 10.00 %
Assignments 0.00 %
APUS Honor Code and Pledge 0.00 %
Unit Tests 45.00 %
Unit test #1 15.00 %
Unit test #2 15.00 %
Unit test #3 15.00 %

Students will need a calculator (either a physical calculator or an online calculator) to successfully complete this course. The calculator should be capable of performing statistical functions, or a computer spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel may be used. Students may make use of the above for all graded assignments and exams during the course.

Additional Resources
Additional readings may be required during the class. All of these readings are available in electronic form and can be found in the eReserves in the classroom.

Web Sites
In addition to the required course texts, 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.

Site Name Web Site URL/Address
Khan Academy
Free Online Calculators
APUS Statistics Video Tutorials

Book Title:Nonparametric Statistics for Non-Statisticians: A Step-by-Step Approach, 1st ed. - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Publication Info:Wiley Lib
Author:Gregory W. Corder/ Dale I. Foreman
Unit Cost:$98.00
Book Title:To find the library e-book(s) req'd for your course, please visit to locate the eReserve by course #.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.