K300 | 8676 | Livingston

This course will deal with statistical and mathematical techniques that are relevant to journalism. The topics in statistics will include probability, the normal distribution, hypothesis-testing, and polls, surveys and sampling methods. We will also cover descriptive statistics, with a focus on the graphical presentation of data. Mathematical topics will include rates of change and mathematical modeling, as well as a review of the more basic procedures commonly encountered in reporting. The course will include written assignments involving the interpretation and explanation of data and data analysis. Computer laboratory work will be included, providing experience with Excel to work with large sets of data. Prerequisite: M118 or consent of instructor.