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Barnegat High School

Probability and Statistics - Syllabus

Course Information

Teacher Information

Probability and Statistics

Name(s): James Markey

Half Year


Class Location: Room C205


Teacher Website:

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the concepts of the descriptive and inferential statistics. Students are not expected to just do computations are asked to make decisions based on results. Topics included are permutations, combinations, conditional probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, measures of central tendency and spread, linear regression, and the normal probability distribution.

Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete Probability and Statistics will be competent in the following areas:

  • Students will use appropriate statistical terms to describe data.

  • Student will use appropriate statistical methods to collect, organize, display, and analyze relevant data.

  • Students will compute fluently and make reasonable estimations.

  • Students will apply basic concepts of probability.

  • Students will apply concepts of various probability distributions to find probabilities.

  • Students will apply concepts of the normal distribution to find probability.

  • Students will make estimations for a mean, variance, standard deviation and proportions.

Course Texts / Online Resources

Elementary Statistics, Picturing the World

Larson, Ron and Farber, Betsy 2006 3rd Edition

Required Materials

Sharpened pencil with eraser, notebook for math notes, folder for organizing worksheets, etc.

TI-83/84 Graphing Calculators will be used and made available during class if you cannot obtain one.

Attendance Policy

Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience.  The Barnegat Township School District expects students to be responsible and exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences.  Students accept full responsibility for ensuring that they complete any/all work missed due to absences.

Course Topic Outline

Please find a list of the units for this course:

Content Area: Mathematics

Course Title: Probability and Statistics

Grade Level: 12

Unit 1 - Producing Data

4 weeks

Unit 2 - Analyzing Data

7 weeks

Unit 3 - Probability, Random Variables and Distribution

5 weeks

Student Grades

The grading system for this course is based on the category weights listed in each department’s policy.  For this course, those weights are listed below. Each marking period, students will have a minimum of three (3) Major Assessments and five (5) Minor Assessments (explained below).  Homework is graded for completion, and Class Participation is assessed using the district rubric.

Major Assessments


50% of marking period grade

Minor Assessments


30% of marking period grade

Class Participation


10% of marking period grade



10% of marking period grade

Please note: the above areas are used as the basis for 80% of your grade for the course; the midterm and/or final exam will constitute the remaining 20% of your grade.

Class Participation Rubric

Meets or Exceeds


100 - 93

The student:

  • ensures that the class is a community of respect;  

  • consistently arrives prepared for class;

  • voluntarily participates on a consistent basis;

  • consistently remains focused and on task;

  • initiates and sustains discussion;

  • evaluates and responds to peer points;

  • consistently demonstrates leadership in collaborative activities.

Approaches Expectations

92 - 85

The student:

  • recognizes the class as a community of respect;

  • usually arrives prepared for class;

  • willingly participates on a regular basis;  

  • remains focused and on-task on a regular basis;  

  • contributes to discussion on a regular basis;

  • listens to and responds to peer points;

  • contributes to collaborative activities on a consistent basis.

Does Not Meet Expectations

84 - 70

The student:

  • fails to recognize the class as a community of respect;

  • frequently arrives unprepared for class;

  • rarely participates, even when called upon;

  • lacks focus and rarely remains on task;

  • rarely engages in discussion;

  • reacts to peer points rather than responds;

  • rarely engages in collaborative activities.

  • Examples of Major Assessments include items that are summative in nature, such as: tests, projects, or any other type of assessment used to capture evidence of learning at the culmination of a unit of study.   

  • Examples of Minor Assessments include items that are formative in nature, such as: quizzes, exit tickets, small-scale research activities,, in class worksheets, or any other type of assessment that is diagnostic in nature and used to guide instruction and provide ongoing feedback to students.  

  • Note: grades for individual assignments are entered into Genesis for the marking period in which the assignment is assigned and collected, and not a subsequent marking period.   

  • In this course, it is expected that students will submit only their best work, and teachers reserve the right not to accept work that is substantially below what a student is capable of producing.  

Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

The Barnegat Township School District places a strong emphasis on students’ integrity, and the district will not tolerate instances of academic dishonesty.  Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source. Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort.  Both are considered serious offenses and are subject to consequences described in the Student Handbook and Board Policy #5701.

Classroom Expectations

*All school rules and policies apply to this class.  

  1. Listen Up

  2. Respect for All

  3. Be Prepared

  4. Only What you Need

  5. On Topic

Extra Help and Support

Extra help will be offered a few days a week after school. Generally, Wednesdays and Fridays will be made available. Faculty meetings take precedent. If no student shows up by 2:15, it is at my discretion to leave, unless arrangements have been made before hand. Of course, room must be left for emergencies or last minutes issues. See the “After School Hours” board outside my classroom for information on the current week and next week.

I have read and understand the syllabus for Probability and Statistics.  

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