STAT 201 and 301 redesigns

STAT 201 and 301 have been redesigned to fit into the Statistics Department’s Pathways to Understanding and Mastery of Statistics (PUMAS) framework.  This framework allows students of any background to take begin taking Statistics courses at a level appropriate to them, and continue on to any level they desire.

Many students will decide between entering with the statistics curriculum by starting with STAT 201 or with STAT 301a,b,c.  The STAT 201 and STAT301a,b,c curriculum share a core of material that comprises about 2/3rds of the STAT 301 curriculum The topics include:

  • The role of data and statistics in scientific research
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Elementary probability and the normal distribution
  • Sampling distributions and the Central Limit Theorem
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Hypothesis Testing
  • Correlation and simple linear regression

STAT201 covers these topics at a slower pace than STAT301a,b,c,… because it integrates substantial review of mathematical skills with the material and it is taught with weekly small recitation sections.

Our STAT 201 and 301 redesigns reflect the advice and principles laid out in the American Statistical Association’s 2016 Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics (GAISE) recommendations.

The GAISE report can be found here.