I. General Information
1. Course Title:
Pathway to Statistics
2. Course Prefix & Number:
MATH 0860
3. Course Credits and Contact Hours:
Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
4. Course Description:
This course is a corequisite for students taking Introduction to Statistics (
MATH 1460) who do not meet the placement requirements for that course. Course topics will focus on required skills and will be parallel to the topics covered in
MATH 1460, including evaluation of numerical and algebraic expressions, calculator and/or computer usage for statistical analysis, reinforcement of definitions and concepts, and the development and interpretation of a variety of graphs and tables.
5. Placement Tests Required:
Accuplacer (specify test): 
Math PreCollege Level or Math Introductory College Level or Algebra College Level or PreCalculus College Level or Calculus College Level 
Score: 

6. Prerequisite Courses:
MATH 0860  Pathway to Statistics
There are no prerequisites for this course.
7. Other Prerequisites
or Fundamentals of Math (MATH 0800)
8. Prerequisite (Entry) Skills:
College level reading skills or simultaneous enrollment in READ 1505 Critical Literacy
9. Corequisite Courses:
MATH 0860  Pathway to Statistics
There are no corequisites for this course.
II. Transfer and Articulation
1. Course Equivalency  similar course from other regional institutions:
MATH 0495 Foundation of Statistics, St. Cloud Technical and Community College
MATH 0740 Foundation for Statistics, St. Paul College
III. Course Purpose
3. Other  If this course does NOT meet criteria for #1 or #2 above, it may be used for the purpose(s) selected below:
Developmental Course
IV. Learning Outcomes
1. CollegeWide Outcomes
CollegeWide Outcomes/Competencies 
Students will be able to: 
Analyze and follow a sequence of operations 
Apply appropriate formulas to solve problems. 
Apply abstract ideas to concrete situations 
Represent quantitative information, quantitative relationships, and mathematical concepts using appropriate mathematical notation. 
Utilize appropriate technology 
Create graphical representations of quantitative information and relationships using calculators or computer applications. 
2. Course Specific Outcomes  Students will be able to achieve the following measurable goals upon completion of
the course:
 Demonstrate an understanding of statistical terminology and concepts;
 Use the appropriate order of operations to simplify numerical expressions;
 Evaluate algebraic expressions;
 Construct a variety of graphs to display data;
 Interpret the information displayed in graphs and tables;
 Use a calculator or computer application to compute measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, and measures of position;
 Use a calculator or computer application to compute confidence intervals;
 Use a calculator or computer application to compute required values for hypothesis tests; and
 Use a calculator or computer application to determine regression lines.
V. Topical Outline
Listed below are major areas of content typically covered in this course.
1. Lecture Sessions
Presentation of these topics will parallel the progress of Introduction to Statistics, reinforcing the same skills and knowledge.
 Introduction
 defintions
 data sampling
 methods
 Examples of bias
 statistical research
 reporting
 Graphs
 Estimation
 Order of operations
 simplifying numerical expressions
 Using formulas to compute statistical values
 Technology use
 Inequalities
 how to express “at least” and “at most” in terms of “greater than” or “less than”
 Fractions
 Algebraic expressions
 understanding
 simplifying
 Zscores
 area under the distribution as a probability
 Scatter plot
 hand construction
 using technology
 interpretation
 Interpreting contingency tables