Science Prerequisites for Health Professionals

MATH 1030: Intro to Statistics

Credits - 3


This course introduces the students to both descriptive and inferential statistics.  Emphasis is placed on the practical use of statistics in the collecting, organizing, analyzing and interpreting of data. Students will learn standard topics such as sampling, bias, organization of data, measures of central tendency and dispersion, correlation and regression, probability, normal and standard normal distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.



Good news: your textbook for this class is available for free online! If you prefer, you can also get a print version at a very low cost. 

Illowsky, B., Dean, S. (2020). Introductory Statistics. OpenStax.

Digital ISBN 1947172050

Print ISBN 1938168208

This textbook is available in web view and PDF. You can also choose to purchase on iBooks or get a print version via the campus bookstore or from OpenStax on

You can use whichever format you want. Web view is recommended — the responsive design works seamlessly on any device. If you buy on Amazon, make sure you use the link on your book page on so you get the official OpenStax print version. (Simple printouts sold by third parties on Amazon are not verifiable and not as high-quality.)

Publish Date:  Sep 19, 2013


Microsoft Office: Word and Excel (Free to UNE students)

Scientific or graphing calculator (TI-83+ or TI-84)


UNE-compliant webcam and whiteboard – To be used during proctored exams

Learning Objectives and Outcomes

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize common terms used in statistics
  • Organize data using tables and graphical representation
  • Compute measures of central tendency and variation
  • Apply basic rules of probability 
  • Analyze scatterplots and regression models
  • Utilize properties of The Normal Distribution
  • Determine confidence intervals
  • Formulate a hypothesis and test a hypothesis


On the course start date, students will have access to orientation. This must be completed to be able to gain access to the first module in the course. Students must complete the first module to gain access to the next one. We recommend that students spend about 15 hours per week to complete a course in 16 weeks. When trying to complete the course in less than 16 weeks, we typically see students do this successfully within 12-14 weeks. Instructors will be timely in grading and feedback, but it will not be instant.


Practice Proctored Exam

There is a highly recommended Practice Proctored Exam available to all students. The first attempt is free. This exam does not cover course material and is not included in your overall course grade. It prepares test takers for what the testing environment will be like, what forms of identification are needed, and provides a chance to test your external webcam with a live proctor. This is a great way to become familiar with and prepare for your exam!


Weeks 1 – 15 each have a 30-point homework assignment.  You will have one attempt.


There are 4 discussions (weeks 3, 7, 10, and 14), and each discussion is worth 30 points. 

Midpoint Assessment- Proctored

There is a midpoint assessment in Week 9, worth 160 points.  This exam is proctored and timed;  you will have 2.5 hours to complete the assessment. This exam must be taken through ProctorU. See UNE’s Online ProctorU Site for information about signing up and scheduling your exam. The UNE-compliant webcam is required (see the Course Materials section, above, for more information).

Statistics Project

There is a course project that is broken up into 3 parts. Each part is worth 80 points, for a total of 240 points (Part 1 is due in Week 6, Part 2 is due in Week 12 and Part 3 is due in Week 16).

Reflection Essay

There is a course reflection essay that is worth 30 points, due in Week 16.

Grading Policy

Your grade in this course will be determined by the following criteria:

Grade Breakdown

Assignment CategoryPointsPercent
Midpoint Assessment Exam16016%
Statistics Project Part 1808%
Statistics Project Part 2808%
Statistics Project Part 3808%
Course Reflection Essay303%
Total1000 points100%

Grade Scale

Grade Points Grade Point Average (GPA)
A 94 – 100% 4.00
A- 90 – 93% 3.75
B+ 87 – 89% 3.50
B 84 – 86% 3.00
B- 80 – 83% 2.75
C+ 77 – 79% 2.50
C 74 – 76% 2.00
C- 70 – 73% 1.75
D 64 – 69% 1.00
F 00 – 63% 0.00








Introduction to Statistics 

Textbook: Chapter 1—Introduction, 1.1, 1.2

Homework (30 pts)


Levels of Measurement 

Textbook: Chapter 1— 1.3, 1.4, Review 

Homework (30 pts)


Organizing Data 

Textbook: Chapter 2—Introduction, 2.1, 2.2

Discussion (30 pts)

Homework (30 pts)


Organizing Data 

Textbook: Chapter 2—2.3, 2.4

Homework (30 pts)


Measures of Center

Textbook: Chapter 2—2.5, 2.6

Homework (30 pts)


Measures of Variation 

Textbook: Chapter 2—2.7, Review

Homework (30 pts)

Project Part 1 (80 pts)



Textbook: Chapter 12—Introduction, 12.1, 12.2

Discussion (30 pts)

Homework (30 pts)



Textbook: Chapter 12—12.3, 12.5, 12.6, Review

Homework (30 pts)



Textbook: Chapter 3—Introduction, 3.1, 3.2, Review

Irma Shifting Forecasts: It’s All a Matter of Probability


Homework (30 pts)

Midpoint Assessment (160 pts)


Normal Distribution

Textbook: Chapter 6— Introduction, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, Review

Normal Table

Discussion (30 pts)

Homework (30 pts)


Central Limit Theorem 

Textbook: Chapter 7— Introduction, 7.1., 7.3, Review

Normal Table 

Homework (30 pts)


Confidence Intervals

Textbook: Chapter 8—Introduction, 8.1

Homework (30 pts)

Project Part 2 (80 pts)


Confidence Intervals

Textbook: Chapter 8—8.2, 8.3, Review

Student t table

Homework (30 pts)


Hypothesis Testing 

Textbook: Chapter 9—Introduction, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3

Discussion (30 pts)

Homework (30 pts)


Hypothesis Testing 

Textbook: Chapter 9—9.4, 9.5, Review

Homework (30 pts)


Course Wrap Up


Project Part 3 (80 pts)

Reflection Essay (30 pts)

Student Resources

Online Student Support

Your Student Support Specialist is a resource for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact them for assistance, including, but not limited to course planning, current problems or issues in a course, technology concerns, or personal emergencies.

Questions? Visit the Student Support Science Prerequisites page

Instructor and Support Contact Information

Check Brightspace for specific instructor and support specialist contact information.

Further Assistance

Your student service advisor monitors course progression and provides assistance or guidance when needed. They can assist questions regarding ordering course materials, University policies, billing, navigating the course in Brightspace, and more.

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge Discussion Board is a designated support forum in which students may engage with each other and grapple with course content. Feel free to post questions, seek clarification, and support each other, but be mindful of UNE’s Academic Integrity Policy.

Your instructor will monitor this forum. However, if you are seeking specific and timely answers to questions about course content or your personal grades, please contact your instructor via course messages. For questions about course materials, program policy, and how to navigate and proceed through the course, please contact your Student Service Advisor through the Student Portal.


Proctored Examinations

The University of New England has contracted with ProctorU to provide students with the most convenient online exam proctoring system. This system provides a simple, no cost to the student, secure, online proctor for exams and allows the student to take all the exams at home and on their own schedule.

Upon enrollment into the course, each student will register with ProctorU and establish a login name and password. This will give the student access to all of ProctorU’s services. When ready, students will schedule each of their proctored exams with ProctorU. Exams must be scheduled at least 72 hours in advance to avoid fees. Prior to taking their exams, students must be sure that they have downloaded the ProctorU Chrome or Firefox extension and are using the most current version of Chrome or Firefox. They must also be sure their testing site’s connection meets the minimum requirements by using ProctorU’s “Test It Out” utility.

Upon the exam day and hour, students will log in to ProctorU and click on “exams.” After following the procedures outlined at ProctorU’s web site, the student will log in to Brightspace and locate their correct exam. The proctor will then allow student access to that exam.

Students must use ProctorU and must follow all proctoring requirements for their exams to be credited.

Proctored exams are not available for review at any time. You will not be able to see the questions, nor the answers you’ve given, after completing the exams. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback.

Course Discussions

Discussion board assignments cover interesting current events or materials related to this course that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Each assignment may require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, AND/OR view a short video prior to writing a response following the specific guidelines in the assignment.

To earn full credit: you will need to post a response to the discussion topic, respond to the original posts of at least two other students, and then contribute meaningfully to an ongoing discussion. You will need to post your initial response before you will see any posts from your classmates. Please keep in mind that only this initial response is included in your assignment grade, so make sure you have followed all of the guidelines and written a complete response prior to submitting the post. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.

Please see Brightspace for a full description, along with specific guidelines, for each assignment. Discussion board assignments should be completed, along with all other assignments in the course, in the order that they appear. Due to the course design, you may be unable to take a proctored exam if you do not complete all assignments that appear prior to that exam.

Please also refer to the Grading Policy/Grade Breakdown section of the syllabus to learn the percentage of your grade that each discussion board assignment is worth.

Technology Requirements

Please review the technical requirements for UNE Online Programs: Technical Requirements

Course Length

A schedule of lectures and assignments is included in this syllabus. This is, however, a self-paced course and you can complete the course in less time.

  1. Courses in the SPHP program are equivalent to one-semester courses designed to be completed in 16 weeks
  2. Enrollment in the course begins the day your section opens which is listed in the Academic Calendar found on the Student Success Portal.
  3. Course start and end dates are in respect to Eastern Time.

Withdrawal and Refund Policies

Please visit the enrollment page to review the withdrawal and refund policies.

Grade Policy

Students are expected to attempt and complete all graded assignments and proctored exams by the end date of the course. View the incomplete grade policy..


Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, only the student may request official transcripts. This may be done online by going to the University of New England Registrar website and following the directions on the page.

To view your unofficial UNE student transcript:

  1. Log into uonline at
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Academic Transcript

To request your official UNE student transcript:

Please review your Unofficial Transcript prior to requesting an Official Transcript.

  1. Log into uonline at
  2. Select Student Services
  3. Select Student Records
  4. Select Request Printed/Official Transcript
  5. Follow the prompts

After you click Submit Request, your official transcript will be put into the queue to be printed in the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Integrity

The University of New England values academic integrity in all aspects of the educational experience. Academic dishonesty in any form undermines this standard and devalues the original contributions of others. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to actively uphold the integrity of the academy; failure to act, for any reason, is not acceptable.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Cheating, copying, or the offering or receiving of unauthorized assistance or information.
  2. Fabrication or falsification of data, results, or sources for papers or reports.
  3. Action which destroys or alters the work of another student.
  4. Multiple submission of the same paper or report for assignments in more than one course without permission of each instructor.
  5. Plagiarism, the appropriation of records, research, materials, ideas, or the language of other persons or writers and the submission of them as one’s own.

Charges of academic dishonesty will be reviewed by the Program Director. Penalties for students found responsible for violations may depend upon the seriousness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation involved, and/or the student’s previous record of violations. Appeal of a decision may be made to the Dean whose decision will be final. Student appeals will take place through the grievance process outlined in the student handbook.