Welcome to K12MATH014: Advanced Statistics. General information on this course and its requirements can be found below.

Course Designer: Jill Schmidlkofer

Course Description: This course covers the topics of statistical calculations and graphical representations of data; probability; random variables and binomial distribution; the bell curve; statistical experimentation; data analysis; and linear regression and chi-square analysis.


Evaluation and Minimum Passing Scores

You will only receive an official grade on your final exam. However, in order to adequately prepare for this exam, we recommend that you work through the materials in each unit. Throughout the course you may find practice quizzes or other assignments that will help you master material and gauge your learning. Scores on these assignments are informational only and do not contribute to your overall course grade. In order to pass this course, you will need to earn a 70% or higher on the final exam. Your score on the exam will be tabulated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam, you may take it again following a 7-day waiting period.


Technical Requirements

This course is delivered fully online. You will be required to have access to a computer or web-capable mobile device and have consistent access to the internet to either view or download the necessary course resources and to attempt any auto-graded course assessments and the final exam.

To access the full course including assessments and the final exam, you will need to be logged into your Saylor Academy account and enrolled in the course. If you do not already have an account, you may create one, free of charge, here. Although you can access some course resources without being logged into your account, it’s advised that you log in to maximize your course experience. For example, some of the accessibility and progress tracking features are only available when you are logged in.

For additional technical guidance check out Saylor’s tech-FAQ and the Moodle LMS tutorial.


Fees

There is no cost to access and enroll in this course. All required course resources linked throughout the course, including textbooks, videos, webpages, activities, etc are accessible for no charge. This course also contains a free final exam and course completion certificate.

AP exams cost 91 dollars. Saylor Academy does not proctor AP exams. Students who wish to take the exam must coordinate with their school. AP exams take place in May.


The College Board's Advanced Placement Statistics Exam

This course was designed with the AP Statistics Exam in mind*. It is generally aligned to the objectives of an AP course in statistics, but this course is not an official product of the College Board. The AP Statistics Exam* consists of multiple-choice questions and five free-response questions, which may take 10 - 15 minutes each and will require you to show all work. For information about the exam, go to AP Statistics Course Home Page. You can find registration information, sample exams from previous years, and other useful information.

AP exams cost 91 dollars. Saylor Academy does not proctor AP exams. Students who wish to take the exam must coordinate with their school. AP exams take place in May.

To obtain your own copy of the AP formula sheet for use with this course, please click on the AP Statistics Course Home Page Statistics Course Home Page and select "AP Statistics Course Description.” The downloadable and printable PDF file contains the entire formula sheet and necessary statistical tables on pages 12 - 18.


*"AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.”


Time Commitment

While learning styles can vary considerably and any particular student will take more or less time to learn or read, we estimate that the "average" student will take 97 hours to complete this course. Each overall unit within the course is similarly tagged with an estimated time advisory. We recommend that you work through the course at a pace that is comfortable for you and allows you to make regular (daily, or at least weekly) progress. It's a good idea to also schedule your study time in advance and try as best as you can to stick to that schedule.

It may be useful to take a look at these time advisories and to determine how much time you have over the next few weeks to complete each unit, and then to set goals for yourself. Perhaps you can sit down with your calendar and decide to complete subunit 1.1 (a total of 50 minutes) on Monday and Tuesday nights, subunit 1.2 (a total of 30 minutes) on Wednesday, subunit 1.3 (90 minutes) on Thursday and Friday, etc.


Tips/Suggestions

Learning new material can be challenging, so below we've compiled a few suggested study strategies to help you succeed. 

Take notes on the various terms, practices, and theories as you read. This can help you differentiate and contextualize concepts and later provide you with a refresher as you study.

As you progress through the materials, take time to test yourself on what you have retained and how well you understand the concepts. The process of reflection is important for creating a memory of the materials you learn; it will increase the probability that you ultimately retain the information.

Although you may work through this course completely independently, you may find it helpful to connect with other Saylor students through the discussion forums or study groups. You may access the discussion forums at https://discourse.saylor.org.

A statistics course can get overwhelming at times. There are so many formulas! The good news is that you will be provided a formula sheet, and you will always be allowed to use the formula sheet and your calculator for assessments in this course. If you plan to take the AP exam, make sure that you become very familiar with both the AP formula sheet and with the graphing calculator and its capabilities.

To obtain your own copy of the AP formula sheet for use with this course, please click on the AP Statistics Course Home Page Statistics Course Home Page and select "AP Statistics Course Description.” The downloadable and printable PDF file contains the entire formula sheet and necessary statistical tables on pages 12 - 18.

You will be using an online textbook that has been created just for this course; its coverage satisfies Common Core State Standards, and it reflects most topics tested on the Advanced Placement Statistics exam. You will also make extensive use of Khan Academy and SOPHIA videos to supplement your learning.

Nearly all subunits include at least one video lecture or an interactive exercise that will enhance your learning. At the end of each subunit, a problem set is assigned which includes some AP-style questions. Each set is a short homework assignment, and answer keys and detailed solutions are provided..

Pay special attention to Unit 1, as it lays the groundwork for understanding the more advanced material presented in the latter units.


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • create and interpret graphs and charts as a means of summarizing and communicating data meaningfully;
  • summarize and interpret the relationship between two quantitative or two qualitative variables;
  • use and assess the appropriateness of the measures of center and measures of spread in comparing distributions;
  • construct sample spaces and calculate probabilities for simple and compound events;
  • formulate a statistically valid experimental or study design for a given research hypothesis;
  • identify and name four sampling methodologies;
  • use the appropriate rules for independent or mutually exclusive events, and calculate accurate probabilities and interpret them, in a variety of settings: normal distribution, binomial distribution, t-distribution, or chi-square distribution;
  • calculate and interpret a confidence interval and know how it is used in the physical and social sciences;
  • select and perform an appropriate hypothesis test for a given set of data and interpret the significance of the results from the study or experiment; and
  • discuss the ethical and practical uses of statistical data and statistical analysis in our world today.

Throughout this course, you'll also see related learning outcomes identified in each unit. You can use the learning outcomes to help organize your learning and gauge your progress.


Suggested Prerequisites

In order to take this course, you should:

  • have read the Saylor Student Handbook;
  • have successfully completed a second-year high school algebra course or equivalent course;
  • have access to a graphing calculator, such as the TI-83 or TI-84, in which you can enter data into lists, graph the data, and perform statistical tests and calculate confidence intervals. You will be provided detailed instructions on the use of the calculator as you progress through the course.

OR

  • have access to a spreadsheet type of software, such as Microsoft Excel (with Data Analysis add-on), Minitab, or SPSS, which can provide for display and analysis of data sets.

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