Math 1530 - 70 & 4E
Elements of Statistics
Spring II 2019 - 3 Credit Hours
The Austin Peay Building
Room 202

Ellen Smyth

Austin Peay Building at Fort Campbell

Assignment Due Dates

Assignments must be completed by the deadlines listed below for credit to be given. Students are responsible for working out technical difficulties before deadlines by contacting the Pearson Tech Support, the Austin Peay help desk (931-221-HELP), and by emailing me before the due date passes if both helpdesks are unable to resolve these issues. Students may need to make temporary alternative arrangements like using computers at the main campus library.

Day Date Assignment Due
Thursday Mar 14 Chapter 1 HW & Quiz
Friday Mar 15 Pre-Project Report Due
Sunday Mar 17 Chapter 2 Pre-Class Activities Questions (D2L Content)
Monday 8:29 AM Mar 18 Chapter 1 (and Orientation) HW Video Credit and Chapter 2 HW Video Credit
Tuesday Mar 19 Chapter 2 HW & Quiz
Wednesday 8:29 AM Mar 20 Chapter 3 HW Video Credit
Friday Mar 22 Chapter 3 HW & Quiz
Monday 8:29 AM Mar 25 Chapter 4 HW Video Credit
Monday Mar 25 Chapter 4 HW & Quiz
Tuesday Mar 26 Chapter 5 Pre-Class Activities Questions (D2L Content)
Wednesday 8:29 AM Mar 27 Chapter 5.1 and 5.2 HW Video Credit (we skip 5.3 and 5.4)
Friday Mar 29 Chapter 5 HW & Quiz, Project 1 & Peer Reviews Due (Individual Parts Due 48 Hours Earlier)
Wednesday 8:29 AM Apr 3 Midterm Exam - Chapter 6.1 HW Video Credit
Monday 8:29 AM Apr 8 Chapter 6.2 HW Video Credit (we skip 6.3)
Tuesday Apr 9 Chapter 6 HW & Quiz
Wednesday 8:29 AM Apr 10 Ch 7 HW Video Credit
Friday Apr 12 Ch 7 HW & Quiz
Monday 8:29 AM Apr 15 Ch 8 HW Video Credit
Tuesday Apr 16 Project 2 & Peer Reviews Due (Individual Parts Due 48 Hours Earlier)
Friday Apr 19 Chapter 8 HW & Quiz
Monday 8:29 AM Apr 22 Chapter 9 HW Video Credit (we skip 9.4 through 9.6)
Tuesday Apr 23 Chapter 9 HW & Quiz
Friday Apr 26 Project 3 & Peer Reviews Due (Individual Parts Due 48 Hours Earlier)
Wednesday 8:30 AM May 1

Final Exam

*"HW & Quiz" refer to the online Pearson homework and quiz.  Before taking this online quiz, students must first obtain 90% or more on the online homework. 

Due dates, except for the exams which start at 8:30 AM and HW Video Credit which are due before 8:30 AM, will be 11:59 PM on the date listed.

Course Information

What Can this Course Do for Students?

This course will give students:

  1. An incredible boost to resumes or job-seeking portfolios – a comprehensive statistical research project demonstrating to employers strong work ethic and top quality work,
  2. Opportunities for developing leadership and interpersonal skills in a team environment, winning the heart of almost any employer,
  3. Practical experience with computer-based technologies, increasingly essential to compete in today’s marketplace,
  4. Problem-solving and critical thinking abilities that employers consider among the most important skills needed to succeed in the workplace, and
  5. An understanding of statistics and research that will allow students to critically assess and understand the world of data around them.

Source for what employers want:  Are They Really Ready to Work? Employers’ Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce (September 2006), pg. 9 and 42-43, The Conference Board, Inc., the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Corporate Voices for Working Families, and the Society for Human Resource Management.

Course Description:

In this class, students will learn all about data:  how to design data studies, how to collect data, and what to do with the data.  Students will learn how to represent a set of possibly thousands of data values as one single number (e.g., mean, median, mode, range, standard deviation) so that others can have an instant idea about the data.  Students will learn to create tables, charts and graphs to give instant visual impressions of data.  Students will learn how to make estimates and guesses for data not fully known, where they will survey only a few and yet make conclusions about many.  Students will also learn to analyze two different sets of data (e.g., age and height of children) to prove whether or not these sets are associated. 

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Calculate and apply descriptive statistics to real world data.
  2. Understand and recognize misleading statistics.
  3. Calculate and analyze confidence intervals.
  4. Apply probability distribution methods.
  5. Evaluate studies using hypothesis testing methods.
  6. Calculate and apply regression models and correlation analysis.
  7. Effectively use appropriate technology in modeling and problem-solving.

Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry or the equivalent

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbook:

Statistics:  The Art and Science of Learning from Data by Alan Agresti & Christine Franklin. Pearson/Addison Wesley. The textbook is available directly from Pearson for $105 (see below for Course ID), which does not include a hard copy of the book but does include an electronic (online) copy of the book and Pearson access.  This also does not include the Minitab Statistical Software; however, students can use the lab computers for the Minitab projects or download Minitab. 

Note: Any copies of the text purchased other than directly from Pearson will not come with the customized edition of Pearson that students must have in order to complete the homework and quizzes for this course. Feel free to purchase a textbook from Amazon, but be aware that you will also be paying the $100 access to Pearson on top of the Amazon price.  If the code is purchased from the bookstore, the student may need to call and speak with Pearson directly to have the code (which is for a future version of this same text) applied to this particular book.

Required Supplementary Materials:

  • Minitab Statistical Software (Use on lab computers or download in D2L's Content, under Project 2)  Note:  Minitab 18 isn't compatible with Macs, only PCs.  There is an option for remoting into an Austin Peay server, but this option is more cumbersome to use and you'll need to email me for access, around the time of the midterm.
  • MyMathLab in Pearson (Course ID = smyth91056)
  • TI-83 or TI-84 calculator, which students can borrow for free from APSU at FC!!!!

Hardware and Software Requirements:

For this course, students are required to have extensive access to a computer with the following:

  1. High speed internet connection and
  2. The ability to install additional software or plug-ins, which our APSU at FC Building lab already has.

E-Section Lab Materials:

Students with uncompleted mathematical deficiencies as noted on the OneStop advising page need to be in the algebra lab portion of the course. James Sanders and his SLA leaders will provide additional materials and arrangements during the first meeting for the algebra lab, which immediately follows the statistics course.  The e-section of algebra is a separate course as a bonus for a tiny additional fee.  Students should treat the SLA lab as a separate course in terms of the hours required and studying.

Students registered for an e-section are required to attend the SLA Lab. The time and place for this lab appear in your APSU One-Stop schedule. These labs are part of the Tennessee Board of Regents approved learning support program. You will be given a list of lab requirements on the first day that you meet your lab. Failure to attend the lab or to meet the lab requirements may result in a grade of FA for the course.

Students enrolled in an e-section of a mathematics course have the opportunity to accomplish two goals: (1) complete the general education core requirement in mathematics; and (2) satisfy the TBR requirement to address mathematics deficiencies. The requirements for the removal of the mathematics deficiency will be stated in the SLA syllabus given to you on the first day that you meet your lab.


Instructor Information

Ellen Smyth
Mathematics Department
Austin Peay State University at Ft Campbell
P.O. Box 4626
Clarksville, TN  37044
APSU at FC Building 203, Room 217
Phone:  (931) 221-1443
Office Hours:

Mondays & Wednesdays 11 AM - Noon
Tuesdays & Thursdays & Fridays By appointment

Assessment and Grading

A student's final letter grade for the course will be determined by both the HW video credits earned over the term and by the overall final percentage score. To earn an A, a student must have both at least all but one HW video credits and at least 90% for the overall score. To earn a B, a student must have both at least all but two HW video credits and at least 80%.

Final Course Letter Grade HW Video Credit Score (in Pearson's Gradebook) Overall Final Percentage Score
A At least 90% (At least all but 1 HW video credits earned*) At least 90%
B At least 80% (At least all but 2*) At least 80%
C At least 70%( At least all but 3*) At least 70%
D At least 60% (At least all but 4*) At least 60%
F -- --

*To receive each day's HW video credit, a student must do all of the following:

  • Print the lecture notes for the chapter to be covered,
  • Watch 100% of the assigned videos for that day including calculator videos and the orientation videos, if Chapter 1, 
  • Take notes on top of the printed lecture notes, writing everything (every single thing!) down on top of these notes that is written on the screen during the video,
  • Take very detailed notes on any videos not represented in the lecture notes so that one can answer any questions asked about the content of these videos, and
  • Present the printed lecture notes with notes added on top and additional notes to the instructor before 8:30 AM on the day of class:  in-person is expected but notes sent to me digitally before 8:30 AM will be accepted once or twice. Lecture notes will be checked before each and every class until Chapter 9's due date has passed.

Each student's overall percentage grade will be based on the activities outlined below.  Please consult the schedule below for specific deadline dates.  



Class Activities


Pearson Homework


Pearson Quizzes


Data & Statistics Group Projects (3)


Midterm Exam


Final Exam




A midterm grade shall be awarded for all students in this course. The grade awarded will not be based on 50% of the course requirements and may or may not differ from the final grade. Your midterm grade will be posted on AP Self Service.  


  1. Online Pearson Homework - Homework assignments covering each chapter will be completed through MyMathLab in Pearson.  Students must achieve at least 90% on each homework assignment to access that chapter's quiz.
  2. Online Pearson Quizzes - One Pearson quiz for each chapter will be given.  The Pearson quiz questions will most closely resemble questions in the exam. Though they cover the same objectives as the online homework, these questions are not often phrased similarly to the homework. Quizzes are open book and open class notes but not open neighbor. Quizzes are expected to be the sole work of the student taking the quiz.
  3. Class Activities - The class activities grades are such that students must be present during 100% of class in order to get credit for that day's grade. For students who've been present for 100% of class, the class activity grades are determined using 5% from accuracy, 5% from the percentage of Poll Everywhere questions answered, and 5% from participation during class as determined by the following criteria:
    • Being early enough to be logged into WiFi and Poll Everywhere, being paired together, and being ready to work before 8:30 AM, 
    • Speaking always and only at the right times, which are when paired and when you are in the teacher role – whenever I emphasize to the class that we are working individually, that is a really good sign that someone is earning less than full credit here,
    • Working hard during the entire class, always focused only on that day's topic and not leaving the classroom to take phone calls or bathroom trips except during the official 10 minute break.  Students who finish questions early should review lecture notes during all extra time to receive full credit for this portion.
  4. Data & Statistics Group Projects - Students will be acting in a group as real-life junior statisticians by experiencing the process of a real world statistical project from start to finish.  The overarching project is divided among three smaller projects:  one on data gathering and two on data reporting and analyses using Minitab.  (Similar to Excel, Minitab is a statistical software.) Each group member is not only responsible for his or her assigned portion of the project but for the entire project itself. Each group member should, at least one day before the project due date, make sure that the submitted project file(s) in the project dropbox(es) are complete and accurate according to the rubric for that project. Group projects not submitted to appropriate dropboxes by the due date will result in group grades of zero.
  5. Midterm and Final Exams - Midterm exams will be covering Chapters 1 through 5, and the comprehensive final exam will be covering Chapters 1 through 9.
  6. HW Video Credit - Though HW video credit will not be used to determine a student's percentage grade, this credit will be used to determine a student's final letter grade. To receive credit each chapter, a student must complete all criteria listed in the previous section. Lecture notes will be checked before each and every class until Chapter 9 has been completed.

Course Ground Rules

Students are fully responsible for learning the technical aspects of this course, including how to navigate Desire2Learn, Pearson, Minitab, and other technical aspects of online courses - asking questions and seeking help as needed.  Students are expected to address technical problems immediately. 
Due dates for all assignments can be found in this syllabus and in Pearson. Students are expected to complete and submit all graded items by the due date to receive credit. Students are expected to read and respond to D2L group discussions frequently, especially as due dates approach.

Since this course is much more difficult than typical courses, student dedication to the course is absolutely crucial and will tremendously influence grades. Students are expected to dedicate 15 hours a week to this course outside of class in order to have a decent chance at passing the course.  The majority of students who do not dedicate close to 15 hours outside class each week do not pass the course.  On the other hand, the vast majority of students who do spend 15 hours each week while completing all assignments sincerely, honestly, on time, and while paying close attention to every detail of the instructions will earn Bs and Cs.  If a student earns an A in this course, he or she is all sorts of awesome!

All work must be completed by the student who submitted the work for credit. If any work is submitted by a student that was completed by someone other than that student, that student risks failing the course and being removed from the university, according to university policies.  Students may ask other students, tutors, and the instructor questions about Pearson homework, group projects, and paired activities.  Questions on all other assignments may only be asked of the instructor.

Expected Course Conduct

Students are expected to:

  1. Be respectful,
  2. Attend class and be early enough to setup and login before class,
  3. Make a conscious effort to avoid disrupting classmates during class,
  4. Allow the entire class to answer phone calls together on speakerphone should a cell phone ring (not vibrate),  
  5. Place cell phones and class notes of any kind in any form in designated areas during exams in order to avoid failing the course,
  6. Not bring minors under the age of 18 to class unless said minors are enrolled in the class, by university policy, and
  7. Read and follow the "Code of Student Conduct" in the Student Handbook.

Students with Disabilities

Austin Peay State University abides by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which stipulates that no student shall be denied the benefits of an education "solely by reason of a handicap." Disabilities covered by law include, but are not limited to, learning disabilities and hearing, sight, or mobility impairments. If I have a documented disability that may have some impact on my work in this class and for which I may require reasonable accommodations, I should immediately communicate with the instructor and with Disabilities Services in Clement 140, 221-6230 or 221-6278 (V/TTY), so that such reasonable accommodations may be arranged.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes in class, in D2L, or by email.