STAT 200: Elementary Statistics

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course overview

Statistics is the art and science of using sample data to make generalizations about populations. Students who successfully complete this could should be able to:

  • critically consume statistically-based results reported in popular media, recognizing whether reported results reasonably follow from the study and analysis conducted.
  • recognize questions for which the investigative process in statistics would be useful and should be able to answer questions using the investigative process.
  • produce and interpret graphical displays and numerical summaries.
  • recognize and explain the central role of variability in the field of statistics.
  • recognize and explain the central role of randomness in designing studies and drawing conclusions.
  • use statistical models to address a research question.
  • conduct and interpret the results from hypothesis tests and confidence intervals.
  • use and interpret the results from StatKey and Minitab Express.

Here is a link to the Online Notes for STAT 200


Placement into MATH 021 or higher

To be successful in STAT 200 you should have knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponents, square roots, summations, and factorials. Review materials are available in Lesson 0 of the online notes.  

Required Materials

Lock, R. H., Frazer Lock, P., Lock Morgan, K., Lock, E. F., & Lock, D. F. (2017). Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data (2nd Ed.). John Wiley & Sons. 

In addition to the textbook, students must have a WileyPLUS account to complete homework assignments and access to the statistical software Minitab Express. There are two bundles available through World Campus' bookstore, MBS, which include access to WileyPLUS and Minitab Express. Through WileyPLUS students have access to an electronic copy of the textbook. Purchasing a looseleaf copy of the book is optional and also available through MBS. Either of the bundles below contain all of the required materials:

ISBN: 978-1-119-38380-2 includes a looseleaf copy of the textbook, access to the textbook online, WileyPLUS, and a Minitab Express access code

ISBN: 978-1-119-38701-5 includes access to the textbook online, WileyPLUS, and a Minitab Express access code

A handheld calculator is required for the proctored exams (cell phones, tablets, and online calculators are not allowed). The TI30-XS Multiview is recommended, though any calculator with square root and memory functions is sufficient. Contact your instructor if you have any questions concerning calculators.

assessment plan

Here is a typical assessment plan. It may vary depending on the instructor or semester.

  • Weekly Assignments
    • 12 WileyPLUS homework assignments
    • 12 Quizzes
    • 12 Lab assignments
  • Exams
    • 2 Midterm exams (fall/spring)
    • 1 Final exam

PLEASE NOTE: This course may require you to take exams using certain proctoring software that uses your computer’s webcam or other technology to monitor and/or record your activity during exams. The proctoring software may be listening to you, monitoring your computer screen, viewing you and your surroundings, recording and storing any and all activity (including visual and audio recordings) during the proctoring process. By enrolling in this course, you consent to the use of the proctoring software selected by your instructor, including but not limited to any audio and/or visual monitoring which may be recorded. Please contact your instructor with any questions. (Read more...)

academic integrity

Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception and is an educational objective of this institution. All University policies regarding academic integrity apply to this course.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to,

  • cheating,
  • plagiarizing,
  • fabricating of information or citations,
  • facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others,
  • having unauthorized possession of examinations,
  • submitting the work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or
  • tampering with or modifying the academic work of other students.

Examples: Any sharing of assignment solutions or answer keys via personal communication or websites other than those communications or web-based applications used as part of the course is not allowed.  Copying from other students, copying from answer keys or solution sets or having tutors complete assignments for students is unacceptable.  All of these are examples of academic dishonesty.  Instructors regularly monitor the web for inappropriate posting of instructional materials.

It is expected that any work submitted is your own.  Students in this class are expected to write up their problem sets or assignments individually.  Students are expected to work on quizzes and exams on their own, and to write their lab assignments in their own words using proper citations.  All quiz and exam answers must be your own, and you must not provide any assistance to other students, nor accept assistance from others during quizzes and exams. 

For any material or ideas obtained from other sources, such as the text or other information you find on the web, in the library, etc., a source reference must be given. Direct quotes from any source must be identified as such.

Working together: Class members may work on WileyPLUS homework assignments and lab assignments in groups, but then each student must write up and submit their answers separately. Students may study together for assessments, but then each student must complete assessments by themselves, using their own words.  Students are not to copy assignment or exam answers from another person's paper and present them as their own; students may not plagiarize text from papers or websites written by others. If you become aware of students sharing answers, answer keys or solutions, please report these instances to your instructor.

Consequences: Students who present other people's work as their own, post their own work for others to copy, or post answer keys will receive, at minimum, a 0 on the assignment. They may also receive an F or XF in the course and be recommended for academic or disciplinary sanctions.

Any instances of academic dishonesty will be pursued under the University and Eberly College of Science regulations concerning academic integrity. For more information on academic integrity, see Penn State's statement on plagiarism and academic dishonesty 


Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. Every Penn State campus has an office for students with disabilities. The Student Disability Resources Web site provides contact information for every Penn State campus: For further information, please visit the Student Disability Resources Web site

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office at the campus where you are officially enrolled, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation: If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, your campus’s disability services office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructors and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations.

course author

Dr. Whitney Zimmerman is the author of these course materials and has taught this course for many semesters online.