SYLLABUS Course: ECO 261 Section 2, Principles of Statistics, Summer, 2008. Class Time: MTWTHF 11:20a.m.-12:50p.m.

Room #: BEH 241 Instructor: Dr. Jeff Waddoups. Office: BEH 509. Office Hours: 1:00p.m.-1:30 p.m. M - Th; or by appointment Phone #: 895-3497 E-mail: Jeffrey.Waddoups@unlv.edu

Web Site: http://faculty.unlv.edu/waddoups Course Description
Descriptive and inferential statistics for prediction and decision-making, with managerial and economic applications includes probability theory and distributions, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Prerequisite MAT 124, MAT 132 recommended. Required Textbooks Essentials of Statistics, Third Edition, Mario F. Triola, Addison Wesley, New York, 2008. Student Solutions Manual. Course Objectives 1) Learn to gather, analyze, and interpret economic data. 2) Learn to apply techniques of descriptive statistics. 3) Apply probability theory and distributions to business problems. 4) Learn to estimate population parameters from sample statistics. 5) Test hypotheses about population parameters. 6) Use Microsoft Excel to conduct statistical analysis. Examinations, Assignments and Grading EXCEL Assignments Midterm I Midterm II Midterm III Final Examination 10% Due dates to be announced 22.5% Held June 16, 2008 22.5% Held June 24, 2008 22.5% Held July 2, 2008 22.5% Held July 11, 2008

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Sampling. confidence interval estimation. Midterm 2. design of experiments. sampling distributions. Midterm 3. summarizing data with tables and charts. measures of central tendency and dispersion. large sample estimation.Midterm 1.” I have discretion to make changes that I deem necessary. . and position. and small sample estimation. uses and abuses of statistics. Final. Hypothesis testing. correlation and regression Disclaimer The syllabus is not a “contract. Fundamentals of probability and probability distributions (binomial and normal). The nature of data.

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