ASHS Coursebook: 2MAS (Level 2 Mathematics with Statistics)

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What is this course about?

This is one of two NCEA mathematics courses offered at level 2 and focuses on statistics and probability and the development of the mathematics skills required for more advanced study statistics, probability and modelling.

It is recommended that students entering this course should have successfully completed 1MAS - Mathematics with Statistics courses.

What will I learn?

You will learn:

  • how to collect a representative sample so you can draw justified conclusions about a population
  • about elements of chance including how to simulate an activity using probabilities
  • about the standard normal distribution
  • how to analyse multivariate data and carry out experiments so you can make a meaningful conclusions
  • how to create meaningful questionnaires
  • how to write statistical reports

What sorts of things will I do?

You'll use your graphical calculator and software to model real world situations, explore statistical populations and carry out simulations and experiments.

You will follow the statistical inquiry cycle to investigate different types of data and situations.

What standards can I enter?

This table summarises the standard course provided

NCEA Level Standard Number Name of Standard Version Number Credits Assessment Approximate Assessment Date
2 91268 Investigate a situation involving elements of chance using a simulation 3 2 Internal (N, L) Term 1, Week 7
2 91263 Design a questionnaire 3 3 Internal (N, L) Term 2, Week 1
2 91264 Use statistical methods to make an inference 3 4 Internal (N, L) Term 2, Week 6 - 8
2 91265 Conduct an experiment to investigate a situation using statistical methods 3 3 Internal (N, L) Term 3, Week 8 - 10
2 91267 Apply probability methods in solving problems 3 4 External (N, L) NZQA
Total credits available 16

The coded letters under Assessment have the following meanings:

N - L1 and UE numeracy

L - L1 literacy

R - UE reading literacy

W - UE writing literacy

Please check the actual date of the assessment on the ASHS Assessment Calendar

Vocational Pathways provide a framework for students to show how their learning and achievement is valued in the workplace by aligning learning to the skills needed for industry.  Follow this link to see the profile for this course.

Frequently asked questions:

What learning pathways will this course prepare me for?

Students who successfully complete this course will be well prepared to enrol in the 3MAS - Mathematics with Statistics course. This course will not prepare students for enrolment in the 3MAC - Mathematics with Calculus course.

What calculator will I need?

Graphics calculators are required. The Casio FX9750GII is recommended.

This technology helps students investigate concepts and understand them better and once they have mastered their use speeds up their processing of information. Students using only a basic scientific calculator will be significantly disadvantaged since NZQA assumes that all students have access to graphics calculators.

Costs: Casio FX9750GII. These are normally available for about $95 at the beginning of the year.

Are there any reassessments for internal standards?

Reassessments are usually offered in term 3 and 4. There will possibly be a further opportunity offered for 91264 and 91268 - this will be considered at the end of the year. There will be no further opportunities for 91263 or 91265 due to the nature of the assessment.

What happens if I miss an internal assessment?

  • You must submit a "Missed Assessment" form and get it approved by the specialist subject leader.
  • Approval will only be given if the requirements of the missed assessment policy are met, it is practical for the assessment to be done at another time and that other time is before the final grades are returned to students.
  • If you do not sit an assessment you have been present for the teaching of you will automatically receive a "Not Achieved" grade as per NZQA rules.

Do I have to do all the standards in the course?

  • YES. You will be entered for all standards in the core course and are expected to give your best effort in all of them. The only exceptions will where an individual learning plan is approved by the specialist subject leader after consultation with your parents, tutor and student services.
  • This will only be approved where students have attempted the external topics and find them too difficult, in which case alternative internal standards may be included in their curriculum.
  • Students and parents must ensure that the individualised learning plan will still meet their academic goals for the year.