COURSE TITLE:
Level 3 Mathematics with Statistics
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The focus of the course is on statistics and probability. This is a heavily academic subject which requires a high level of numeracy and literacy. The focus for students in this course should be a minimum of a merit subject endorsement. Statistics is useful in the study of just about every field at the tertiary level and also in general daily life but is of particular importance for geography, biology, psychology, sociology, commerce and statistics at university. In the past, students have been able to utilise the skills learnt in this course to help them with NCEA biology or geography where statistical methods are applied in practice. Where possible you will be applying these ideas in context and many aspects of the course will provide skills necessary for future studies at university.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
 The relationship between samples and population and how these relate to sample and population statistics
 The influence of sampling error and nonsampling error on the reliability of claims
 The relationship between trials and probabilities and how these relate to experimental, theoretical and true probabilities
 Skills to deal with situations involving chance; including a far more in depth look into probability distributions that ever before
WHAT SHOULD I HAVE DONE ALREADY?
Entry requirements for this course are 16 credits in a Level 2 Mathematics and Statistics course which MUST include a minimum of a merit grade in 2.9: Inference and also a minimum merit grade in 2.12: Probability. Special consideration will be given for students transferring from L2MWC but such candidates must have gained an excellence grade in 2.12: Probability.
All entries to the course are at the discretion of the head of learning area  if you do not meet the entry requirements you can state your case for entry.
ASSESSMENT OUTLINE:
Standard
Number 
Title 
Credit Value 
Internal / External 
UE Literacy R/W 
3.9 (91581) 
Investigate bivariate measurement data

4 
Internal 
 
3.10 (91582) 
Use statistical methods to make a formal inference  4 
Internal 
 
3.12 (91584) 
Evaluate statistically based reports 
4 
External  W 
3.13 (91585) 
Apply probability concepts in solving problems  4  External   
3.14 (91586) 
Apply probability distributions in solving problems  4  External   

TOTAL CREDITS AVAILABLE

20 


ASSESSMENT REGULATIONS:
You will be assessed by Level 3 Mathematics and Statistics achievement standards, with credits contributing towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). There are a maximum of 20 Level 3 credits available. This course is eligible for a subject endorsement. This is a university entrance subject (Statistics). Two of the achievement standards for the Year 13 Statistics course, 3.9 and 3.10, will be assessed internally during the year. The final three externals, 3.12, 3.13 and 3.14 will be assessed in November.
There will be NO reassessment opportunity for the internally assessed standards for students who do not achieve the standard in the first attempt. If you cannot attend an assessment because of illness, you must produce a medical certificate upon your return to school and you will be expected to complete the internal assessment on the day of your return to school.
Practice tests and examinations will be conducted during the year for all external standards. The results from these practice assessments will count towards any compassionate consideration. See the NCEA Student Handbook for more details.
MISSED INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS
Students who do not attend the internally assessed standards for reasons other than medical or bereavement will not be given a reassessment opportunity. If you have a genuine reason (which must be supported by a medical certificate) for not being able to complete the assessment on the day of the assessment, then you are able to apply for an extension. This should occur prior to the assessment date, not after. Approach your subject teacher and make your case. Read the NCEA Student Handbook for more detail.
AUTHENTICITY AND APPEALS
These issues are dealt with by the college's assessment procedures. Read your NCEA Student Handbook for details.
WHERE DOES THIS COURSE LEAD?
University level statistics papers and related fields.
INDICATIVE COSTS:
None though a graphics calculator is highly recommended for the distributions topic.