**Teacher in Charge: ** Dr D. Muck

Every person in today's society needs to have a basic understanding of data analysis and statistical concepts, in order to be able to think critically about the quantitative information we encounter every day, from opinion polls to headline news reports based on scientific studies.

This course aims to provide a path of mathematical study appropriate for students interested in quantitative aspects of the biological and social sciences, medicine, commerce and administration. In general the study of Statistics is useful in any field where the collection, analysis and interpretation of quantitative data is important.

Last year’s assessment report states that candidates who performed well across the standards were able to demonstrate understanding of statistical and probability concepts, integrating these understandings with contextual knowledge when required. Successful candidates demonstrated both calculation-based and analytical-based approaches.

When using contextual knowledge as part of a response, candidates needed to link this knowledge to an aspect of statistical knowledge. Contextual knowledge or speculation alone was not sufficient.

**Course Requirements**

In order to be able to take the course a **MS200** student must have passed

**AS91267** Apply Probability Methods in Solving Problems with Merit

**AS91258** Apply Sequences and Series in Solving Problems with Achieved

**AS91269** Apply Systems of Equations in Solving Problems with Achieved

In order to be able to take the course a **MA200/MA102** student must have passed

**AS91267** Apply Probability Methods in Solving Problems with Merit

**AS91261** Apply Algebraic Methods in Solving Problems with Achieved

Exemptions can be granted by the HoD Dr Muck.

For each lesson, every student is expected to bring to class their exercise book, pencil, blue or black biro, red biro, a calculator; preferably, but not necessarily a graphics calculator, a ruler and a pencil. No borrowing of equipment is allowed during assessments. All work must be done in blue or black biro, except graphs and diagrams which can be done in pencil as these are the NZQA regulations. Red biro can be used for marking.

Students are required to pay $35 to purchase a write-on homework book.

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