I have a question about this prerequisite for a BSN program. What sort of specific skills or knowledge are required to complete the "Introduction to Probability and Statistics?"
I've looked up some sites on google, but I found too many sites that are varied in content about this subject and they just further confused me. There was stuff that ranged from easy probability to things that looked like some crazy calculus. :uhoh21: Than I read somewhere here that this class is nothing like algebra. I have always been weak in Algebra since middle school, so I am worried about the higher level maths, especially since I haven't been going to school for about 2 years. Does anyone have a link that has some examples of what I would face in this class?
And yes I'm a new member here, even though I've been lurking around for a year or two. I've always been interested in nursing, except two things kept putting me off from actually trying anything, which are the maths(because I'm very weak in this area) and the competition of getting into a nursing school. However, if I want something badly than I have a way of getting it(most of the time hehe), so right now I'm just trying to turn around and face my fear of math. :imbar
Any help will be greatly appreciated, thank you very much!
Dec 31, '05
The class I took in this some years ago was basic math. They taught us the common statistical methods that are used to develop statistics. I remember doing summations of numbers and figuring out ratios and percentages. They showed us all this in the class. I don't think algebra was even involved, but it's been awhile so I may not remember it well enough. I do remember thinking that the math part of it was pretty easy. What this class teaches is how to take the numerical data you obtain with some research you are doing and then tweak it in order to present your research statistically. What does the class description say about this course in your college catalog? What math pre-req is required to take it? If you have the necessary math pre-req you should be OK.
Had to jump in to edit this. . .I was just thinking that a big part of this class was learning the various statistical methods used, not necessarily doing the actual math. You see, in research, you have to come up with some way to reduce your findings to a graph or a table, find the median or mean age of participants, using the bell curve--that kind of thing. I kind of recall learning about straightforward empirical evidence (like 20 people out of the total of 30 tested ended up dying) as compared to these surverys where you answer questions on a 1 to 5 scale. We were taught how to convert that numerical information into statistics. I remember thinking that there is really nothing else I took before to prepare you for this class. This course is it's own animal.
Last edit by Daytonite on Dec 31, '05