Math 1530 - W1 & W1E
Elements of Statistics
Spring I 2020

3 Credit Hours Online

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 Knewton Tech Support (open up teal chat window in lower right corner of Knewton), 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 18 1.) Introductory Discussions 1st post (morning) and replies and 2.) email me who has agreed to group with you
Sunday Jan 19 Chapter 1 HW* (90-100%; see below)
Monday Jan 20 Chapter 1 Deep Dive Discussion (DDD) 1st Post
Tuesday Jan 21 Chapter 1 DDD Replies & Quiz
Wednesday Jan 22 Chapter 2 HW* - Both Parts & Pre-Project Report Due
Thursday Jan 23 Chapter 2 DDD 1st Post
Friday Jan 24 Chapter 2 DDD Replies & Quiz
Saturday Jan 25 Chapter 3 HW* Part 1
Wednesday Jan 29 Chapter 3 HW* Part 2
Thursday Jan 30 Chapter 3 DDD 1st Post
Friday Jan 31 Chapter 3 DDD Replies & Quiz
Saturday Feb 1 Chapter 4 HW*
Sunday Feb 2 Chapter 4 DDD 1st Post
Tuesday Feb 4 Chapter 4 DDD Replies & Quiz
Wednesday Feb 5 Chapter 6 HW*
Thursday Feb 6 Chapter 6 DDD 1st Post
Friday Feb 7 Chapter 6 DDD Replies & Quiz & Project 1 & Peer Reviews Due (Individual Parts Due 48 Hours Earlier)
Tuesday Feb 11 Chapter 7 HW*
Wednesday Feb 12 Chapter 7 DDD 1st Post
Thursday Feb 13 Midterm Exam
Friday Feb 14 Chapter 7 DDD Replies & Quiz
Saturday Feb 15 Chapter 8 HW* Part 1
Wednesday Feb 19 Chapter 8 HW* Part 2 
Thursday Feb 20 Chapter 8 DDD 1st Post
Friday Feb 21 Chapter 8 DDD Replies & Quiz
Saturday Feb 22 Chapter 9 HW* Part 1
Tuesday Feb 25 Project 2 & Peer Reviews Due (Individual Parts Due 48 Hours Earlier)
Wednesday Feb 26 Chapter 9 HW* Part 2
Thursday Feb 27 Chapter 9 DDD 1st Post
Friday Feb 28 Chapter 9 DDD Replies & Quiz 
Saturday Feb 29 Chapter 12 HW*
Sunday Mar 1 Chapter 12 DDD 1st Post
Tuesday Mar 3 Chapter 12 DDD Replies & Quiz & Project 3 & Peer Reviews Due (Individual Parts Due 48 Hours Earlier)
Tuesday Mar 10

Final Exam

*Students must obtain 90% mastery or more on homework by the due date in order for to pass the course.  All students with less than 90% homework mastery by the due dates will receive an F for the course.

Due dates are 11:59 PM except for exams (see below) and the two discussion assignments due in the morning, as bolded above, which are due by 11:59 AM.

**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 appointments at least one week before the exam date and schedule to have exams proctored on or before the exam date above through any official college, university, military testing facility, or Examity.  

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 & Courseware:

The course software (courseware) containing all of the online homework and quiz assignments is located in KNEWTON alta, and you can either purchase directly ($10 per month!!!) or indirectly (using bookstore code) here:  
Note: I recommend purchasing directly from Knewton (link above) if possible because the bookstore has a hefty overhead!

Introductory Statistics by Barbara Illowsky and Susan Dean via OpenStax is our free online textbook is available here,  

Other Required Supplementary Materials:

  • Minitab Statistical Software (Use on lab computers or download in D2L's Content, under the Minitab Module)  Note:  Don't download Minitab until after Project 1 is due to use the 30-day free trial.
  • TI-83 or TI-84 calculator, which students can borrow for free from APSU at FC for those students who act quickly!

Hardware and Software Requirements:

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 online enhanced algebra lab portion of the course, WE. 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
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

Tuesdays & Thursdays       11 - Noon
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays    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.



D2L Discussion Participation (10)


Knewton Homework


Knewton Quizzes


Data & Statistics Group Projects (3)


Proctored Midterm Exam*


Proctored Final Exam*




Overall + Homework Percentages 

Letter Grade 

If Overall > 90% and HW > 90%


If Overall > 80% and HW > 90%


If Overall > 70% and HW > 90%


If Overall > 60% and HW > 90%


If HW < 90%


Notice that the homework mastery average before due dates must be at least 90% in order to pass the course.

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.


  1. Online Knewton Homework - Homework assignments covering each chapter can be completed through Knewton.  Students must achieve at least 90% on each homework assignment to qualify to pass the course.
  2. Online Knewton Quizzes - One Knewton quiz for each chapter will be given.  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. 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 4 and 6, and the comprehensive final exam will be covering Chapters 1 through 4, 6 through 9, and 12.

Course Ground Rules

Students are fully responsible for learning the technical aspects of this course, including how to navigate Desire2Learn, Knewton, Minitab, and other technical aspects of online courses - asking questions and seeking help as needed by contacting Knewton Tech Support (212-563-9866), by contacting the Austin Peay help desk (931-221-HELP), and by contacting the instructor.  Students are expected to address technical problems immediately. 
Due dates for all assignments can be found in this syllabus. 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 (at least 25 hours for those e-students enrolled in this course plus the algebra lab).  The majority of students who do not dedicate at least close to 20 hours (25 for e) each week do not pass the course.  On the other hand, the vast majority of students who do spend 20 hours (25 for e) 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.  Students may ask other students, tutors, and the instructor questions about Knewton homework and the group projects.  All other questions regarding classwork yet to be submitted may only be asked of the instructor.

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.