Math & Computer Science Building

Math 1530 - W1 & WE
Elements of Statistics
Spring I 2018
3 Credit Hours
Online

Ellen Smyth

 

Assignment Due Dates

All 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 CourseCompass 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
Saturday Jan 13 At least the 1st Post of Introductory Discussions (Following instructions and finding a group before the end of the day!) and
At least the 1st Post of Chapter 1 Deep Dive Discussion (watch all Getting Started and Chapter 1 videos and then 1st post following instructions)
Wednesday Jan 17 Orientation HW, Chapter 1*, Pre-Project Report Due
Thursday Jan 18 At least the 1st Post of Chapter 2 Deep Dive
Sunday Jan 21 Chapter 2*
Monday Jan 22 At least the 1st Post of Chapter 3 Deep Dive
Wednesday Jan 24 Chapter 3*
Thursday Jan 25 At least the 1st Post of Chapter 4 Deep Dive
Sunday Jan 28 Chapter 4*
Monday Jan 29 At least the 1st Post of Chapter 5 Deep Dive (we skip 5.3 and 5.4)
Wednesday Jan 31 Chapter 5*, Project 1 & Peer Reviews Due (Individual Parts Due 48 Hours Earlier)
Tuesday  Feb 6 Midterm Exam, Paper Homework Chapters 1 - 5
Wednesday Feb 7 At least the 1st Post of Chapter 6 Deep Dive (we skip 6.3)
Sunday Feb 11 Chapter 6*
Monday Feb 12 At least the 1st Post of Chapter 7 Deep Dive
Wednesday Feb 14 Chapter 7*
Thursday Feb 15 At least the 1st Post of Chapter 8 Deep Dive (we skip 8.5)
Sunday Feb 18 Project 2 & Peer Reviews Due (Individual Parts Due 48 Hours Earlier)
Wednesday Feb 21 Chapter 8*
Thursday Feb 22 At least the 1st Post of Chapter 9 Deep Dive (we skip 9.4, 9.5, and 9.6)
Sunday Feb 25 Chapter 9*
Wednesday Feb 28 Project 3 & Peer Reviews Due (Individual Parts Due 48 Hours Earlier)
Tuesday Mar 6

Final Exam, Paper Homework Chapters 6 - 9

*For each chapter due date, the CourseCompass homework and quiz are due and the discussion assignment closes, although the D2L discussion assignment is actually a continual assignment where students post daily or every other day to earn full credit.  Before taking the online quiz in CourseCompass, students must first obtain 90% or more on the online homework and obtain the quiz password from D2L by watching all required videos for that chapter, although the videos should definitely be watched before posting in chapter discussions or starting the homework.  The paper homework for each chapter should also be completed before each quiz, though this homework will not be collected until the day of each exam.

**Exams must be proctored.  One morning (8:30 AM at FC) and one night time (6:00 PM on main campus) proctoring session will be offered for each exam.  If main campus and FC are inconvenient, students may make arrangements at least one week before the exam date and schedule to have exams proctored through any official college, university, or military testing facility, either on or before the exam date above.  If deployed to an area without reasonably convenient testing facilities, please email me as soon as possible to make special arrangements. Students who have their exams proctored remotely should scan and email me their paper homework before 7 PM CDT on the exam due dates listed above.
 

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, 3rd edition (bookstore may say 2nd), by Alan Agresti & Christine Franklin. Pearson/Addison Wesley. The textbook is available either:

  1. Directly from CourseCompass/MyMathLab for $100 (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 CourseCompass access.  This also does not include the Minitab Statistical Software; however, students can use the lab computers for the Minitab projects or download Minitab.

  2. From the Austin Peay Bookstore for $137.50, which includes the hard copy of all of the pages of the book that we'll be using and CourseCompass access (all of Option 1 stuff) for $37.50 more.

Note: Any copies of the text purchased other than these two places - directly from CourseCompass or directly from the Austin Peay bookstore - will not come with the customized edition of CourseCompass that students must have in order to complete the homework and quizzes for this course. So feel free to purchase a textbook from Amazon, but be aware that you will also be paying the $94 access to CourseCompass on top of the Amazon price.

Required Supplementary Materials:

  • Minitab Statistical Software (may use lab licenses on lab computers or free trial)  Note:  Minitab 17 isn't compatible with Macs, only PCs.  There is a Minitab Express that works on Mac and PC, but it is slightly more cumbersome to use.
  • MyMathLab in CourseCompass (Course ID = smyth85746)
  • TI-83 or TI-84 calculator, which students can borrow for free from APSU at FC!!!!
  • Speakers

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Students are required to have extensive access to a computer with the following:

  1. High speed internet connection,
  2. TestGen Plug-in, which is found in CourseCompasss, the Course Home, under announcements, in the Browser Check link, and
  3. 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 online enhanced algebra lab portion of the course. There should be a separate algebra D2L enhanced algebra shell, which enhanced students should visit daily to fulfill the algebra requirements. These labs are part of the Tennessee Board of Regents approved learning support program. Students will be given a list of lab requirements within the D2L algebra shell. Failure to visit the D2L algebra shell several times per week or to meet the algebra lab requirements may result in a grade of FA for this 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 enhanced algebra syllabus provided in the D2L algebra shell.

Instructor Information

Ellen Smyth
Instructor
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
Fax:  (931) 221-6354
Email: 
smythe@apsu.edu
Website: ellensmyth.com
Office:

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

Assessment and Grading

Each student's grade will be based on the activities outlined below.  Please consult the schedule below for specific deadline dates.   Final letter grades follow the standard ten point distribution.

Activity

Percentage

Paper Homework

5

D2L Discussion Participation (10)

10

CourseCompass Homework

15

CourseCompass Quizzes

10

Data & Statistics Group Projects (3)

15

Proctored Midterm Exam*

15

Proctored Final Exam*

30

Total

100

A midterm grade shall be awarded for all students in this course. The grade awarded may not necessarily 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.

* Proctoring details can be found just after the calendar at the top of this syllabus.

Assignments

  1. Online CourseCompass Homework - Homework assignments covering each chapter plus an orientation assignment must be completed through MyMathLab in CourseCompass.  Students must achieve at least 90% on each homework assignment to be allowed to take that chapter's quiz.
  2. Online CourseCompass Quizzes - One CourseCompass quiz for each chapter will be given.  The CourseCompass quiz questions will most closely resemble questions in the exam. Though they cover the same objectives as the online and paper 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. D2L Discussion Assignments - For each chapter and as an introduction, students will complete discussion assignments in D2L following explicitly the rubric for posting and reading and addressing all aspects of the topic described in the discussion.  For chapter discussions, the very first time a student hits post is what will be graded, so students should be especially careful to address every aspect of the topic thoroughly, clearly, accurately, and with proper capitalization, spelling, and grammar.
  4. Paper Homework - For each chapter, students will complete pencil-and-paper assignments from their textbook. These pencil-and-paper homework assignments will be collected at the midterm exam (Chapters 1 to 5) and the final exam (Chapters 6 to 9) when you come in to take the exam. (For those proctoring remotely, paper homework assignments should be scanned and emailed.)
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

Course Ground Rules

Students are fully responsible for learning the technical aspects of this course, including how to navigate Desire2Learn, CourseCompass, 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 CourseCompass. 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 required and group discussions daily, 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 20 hours a week to this course in order to have a decent chance at passing the course.  The majority of students who do not dedicate at least close to 20 hours each week do not pass the course.  On the other hand, the vast majority of students who do spend 20 hours each week studying sincerely, honestly, and with undivided attention 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 responsible student. If any work is submitted in the name of 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.

Expected Course Conduct

Students are expected to:

  1. Be polite and respectful,
  2. Work hard,
  3. Daily participate in D2L discussions,
  4. Work especially hard on group projects and stay in constant communication via group discussions and cell phone numbers for project emergencies,
  5. Use standard English spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation,  
  6. Place cell phones and notes/books/bags in designated areas during exams, 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 me of such changes in class, in D2L, or by email.