THE

FACULTY
SENATE

Senate
Document Number __ 2105S __

Date
of Senate Approval * *__03/03/05____ __

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Statement
of Faculty Senate Action:

**APC****
DOCUMENT 14: Addition of New Course STAT 220: Intro to
Applied Probability (1);**

** Modification
of Description STAT 225: Intro to
Calculus-Based Statistics**

**Effective Date: ** Fall 2005__ __

**Addition of new course, STAT 220**

**1. Add: On****
page 176, title and description for new course, Stat 220**

** 220 **Introduction to Applied Probability** (****1)**

An
introduction to basic concepts of discrete and continuous probability
distributions and their applications. This course is only open to students who have
credit for STAT 185 but whose major requires STAT 225. (Students may not receive credit for both
STAT 225 and STAT 220.) Prerequisites:
STAT 185 and MATH 192. Fall.

**IMPACT STATEMENT:**
No major impact on the program or its resources is foreseen.

**RATIONALE: **

The
department of Mathematics offers two introductory statistics courses:
Introductory Statistics, STAT 185, and Introduction to Calculus Based
Statistics, STAT 225. These courses
cover similar materials, but each has a different focus. STAT 185 has a
general approach to statistics and focuses on interpretation of statistical
output, while STAT 225 has a stronger probability component. Another difference
between the two courses is the type of student in each class. Several programs
in Atmospheric Science, Mathematics, Computer Science, Industrial Engineering,
and Mechatronics require students to take STAT
225. Thus STAT 185 is dominated by
Social Science and Biology/Environmental Science students, while STAT 225 has
more Mathematics / Engineering majors.
Though the two classes have different texts, different prerequisites and
different clientele they still have a 70% – 80% overlap in content area.

A common
scheduling problem results when a student who took STAT 185 finds out they are
now required to take Stat 225. This is a
common occurrence because the lower level introductory statistics course is
often taken early by many students who may not have yet decided on their major.
Some students even come to UNCA with STAT 185 credit, since it is available in
the AP-program or at community colleges. In these situations the student must
either take STAT 225 which is similar to the statistic course they have already
taken, or they must get their departments to exempt them from the requirement.

The
proposed class is designed to cover the key topics in STAT 225 that are not
covered in the freshman introductory statistics class. It will give students
who have taken the freshman class, but are required to take STAT 225, an
efficient alternative to this 4 hour class.

**2. Add: On page
176 include the following to the descriptions of STAT 225.**

Please
include the following after the last phrase ending in “…analysis of variance; and
linear correlation and regression.”

“(Students
may not receive credit for both STAT 185 and STAT 225.)”

**IMPACT STATEMENT:** No major impact on the program or
its resources is foreseen.

**RATIONALE:**

This
change should only be implemented if the proposed STAT 220 is approved. STAT 185 and STAT 225 have considerable
overlap, and should not both be taken.
Those students with STAT 185 credit, but whose
major requires STAT 225 should take the newly proposed course.

The
following suggestion was made by the registrar’s office (i.e. Ms Alicia Shope) after the signatures were collected.

**3. Add: On page 175
include the following to the descriptions of STAT 185.**

Please
include the following after the phrase ending in “…computer based assignments
will be used for selected areas.”

“(Students may not receive credit
for both STAT 185 and STAT 225.)”

**IMPACT STATEMENT:** None.