Math 1530 - 71, 79, 4E & 5E
Spring II 2023 - 3 Credit Hours
AP202 in the Austin Peay Building

Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30-11 AM
Ellen Smyth

***OFFICE HOURS***: 7:30-8:30 AM on Tuesdays & Thursdays
Available via Remind or Text or Phone Always

Austin Peay Building at Fort Campbell

Assignment Due Dates

Assignments should be completed by the deadlines listed below in order to earn credit. Students will take responsibility for working out technical difficulties before deadlines by contacting the Knewton Tech Support (open up the teal-colored chat window in the lower right corner of Knewton) or the Austin Peay help desk (931-221-HELP), and by emailing me before the due date if both helpdesks are unable to resolve these issues. Students may make temporary alternative arrangements such as using computers in Lab AP102 of the Austin Peay Building at Fort Campbell or at the main campus library.

Day Date Assignment Due
Sunday Mar 19 Chapter 1 HW & Quiz
Wednesday Mar 22 Chapter 2 HW - Part 1 
Sunday Mar 26 Chapter 2 HW - Part 2 & Quiz
Wednesday Mar 29 Chapter 3 HW - Part 1
Sunday Apr 2 Chapter 3 HW - Part 2 & Quiz
Wednesday Apr 5 Chapter 4 HW & Quiz 
Sunday Apr 9 Chapter 6 HW & Quiz 
Tuesday Apr 11 Midterm Exam
Wednesday Apr 12 Chapter 7 HW & Quiz 
Sunday Apr 16 Chapter 8 HW - Part 1
Wednesday Apr 19 Chapter 8 HW - Part 2 & Quiz
Sunday Apr 23 Chapter 9 HW - Part 1
Monday Apr 24 Both 1st Drafts: Minitab, .mpx (see "Minitab ONLY Folder" under D2L's Tasks and Assignments for instructions & starting file) & Individual Minitab Assignment, .docx
Wednesday Apr 26 Chapter 9 HW - Part 2 & Quiz, 
Sunday Apr 30 Chapter 12 HW & Quiz
Monday May 1 Both Final Drafts: Individual Minitab Assignment, .docx, and Minitab only file, .mpx
Thursday May Final Exam

*To successfully pass this course, obtain 100% honest homework mastery by the due date

Class Activities, the Midterm Exam, and the Final Exam will take place in class during scheduled class times. All other due times will be 11:59 PM on the dates listed.

Course Information

What Can This Course Do for Students?

This course will give students:

  1. Opportunities for developing leadership and interpersonal skills in a team environment, winning the heart of almost any employer,
  2. Practical experience with computer-based technologies, increasingly essential to compete in today’s marketplace,
  3. Problem-solving and critical thinking abilities that employers consider among the most important skills needed to succeed in the workplace, and
  4. 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: knerd.me/f5m5gy.  

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, https://openstax.org/details/books/introductory-statistics.  

Other Required Supplementary Materials:

  • Minitab Statistical Software (Use on lab computers or download in D2L's Content, under the Minitab Module) 
  • TI-83 or TI-84 calculator (We have loans for these on a first-come basis!)

Hardware and Software Requirements:

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

  1. A personal computer with either Microsoft or the Apple Mac operating systems (something more than a tablet, in other words),
  2. Highspeed internet connection, and
  3. The ability to install additional software or plug-ins, all of which our APSU at FC Building lab already has. Nine quizzes and one Minitab project will require access to these kinds of PCs.

If you do not have these available currently, APSU may be able to provide loans.  If requesting a laptop, please request Minitab and the Honorlock plugin be installed.

E-Section Lab Materials:

Students with uncompleted mathematical deficiencies as noted on the OneStop advising page should 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: usually 15 minutes after this class ends in AP102, the computer lab downstairs. 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
Website:  ellensmyth.com
Office Hours:

Tuesdays & Thursdays   7:30-8:30 AM in AP217 & AP202
Always Message me in Remind or via text message with any questions at any time (phone always muted), even nights and weekends, though I respond faster through the day and through the week.  If we need to talk over the phone or Zoom web conferencing, we can.  Just tell me some good times to reach you.

Assessment and Grading

Each student's overall percentage grade will be based only on the activities and percentages outlined below so that all course expectations for a final grade are utterly transparent. Opportunities for extra credit come through reviewing and studying for the exams to improve exam scores, which comprise most of the grade for the course. The final exam is final, the final grade for the course, as the name implies. 

Exam reviews can be found in Knewton attached to the actual exams. In addition to these reviews, students should spend 15 minutes or so reviewing their lecture notes with added notes on top nightly for a week leading up to each exam.

Please consult the schedule at the top of this syllabus for specific deadline dates.



Class Activities & Individual Minitab Assignment 


Knewton Homework


Knewton Quizzes


Midterm Exam (Review Quizzes plus Exam Review in Knewton)


Final Exam (Exam Review in D2L Content, scroll to bottom)




+To successfully pass this course, obtain 100% honest homework mastery by the due dates.

Weighted Overall Percentages

Letter Grade

At least 90.0%


At least 80.0%


At least 70.0%


At least 60.0%


Anything less than 60.0%


A midterm grade shall be awarded for all students in this course. The grade awarded may not be based on half of the course requirements and may not be the same as the final grade. Your midterm grade will be posted on AP Self Service (OneStop).  


  1. Online Knewton Homework - Homework assignments covering each chapter should be completed to 100% mastery through Knewton by the due date listed in the schedule at the top of this syllabus. Students should use the formula card, calculator, lecture notes and notes from the lecture, the Knewton instruction and videos, and the textbook. If still in need of help, please message me.
  2. Online Knewton Quizzes - One Knewton quiz for each chapter will be given.  Quizzes are open-book and open-notes but not open-neighbor. Quizzes are expected to be the sole work of the student taking the quiz. 
  3. Class Activities - During class, students will be graded equally on 1) the accuracy of select answers, 2) the percentage of questions answered before time expires, and 3) an all-or-nothing daily credit for being 100% present and engaged for the entirety of class time including being ready to go with formula card, calculator, pencils & printed lecture notes out and ready to start from the moment class begins to the moment class ends, with the exception of a 10-minute break.
  4. Individual Minitab Assignment - We have one Minitab individual assignment that is required across all Math 1530 sections at Austin Peay.  The instructions and beginning Minitab file (with data) are located in the D2L Dropbox (under Tasks and Assignments). Individual Minitab Assignments are expected to be the sole work of the student, though clarifying questions and help with resources may be provided by the instructor.
  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. Formula cards and scratch paper will be provided, and students will be allowed their TI-83 or -84 calculators. Exams are expected to be the sole work of the student taking the exam.

Course Ground Rules

Students are 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 1) by contacting Knewton Tech Support (212-563-9866), 2) by contacting the Austin Peay help desk (931-221-HELP), and 3) by contacting the instructor. Students are expected to address technical problems immediately, before due dates. 
Due dates for all assignments can be found in this syllabus above. Students will complete and submit all graded items by the due date to earn credit. 

Statistics often challenges students more than any course taken during their college careers.  Students can best improve their grades by dedicating time and attention to the course. If a student earns an A in this course, he or she is all sorts of awesome!
Knewton quizzes, the individual Minitab assignments, and exams must be completed only by the student submitting the work for credit. If any Minitab, quizzes, or exams are submitted by a student that are not the sole work of that student, the student risks failing the course and being removed from the university, according to university policies.  Students may ask the instructor and others a question or two about each Knewton homework and class activity.  Questions on all exams, quizzes, and the individual Minitab assignment may only be asked of the instructor.

Expected Course Conduct

Students are expected to:

  1. Be honest,
  2. Be respectful,
  3. Work hard,
  4. Leave laptops & iPads at home,
  5. Let ringing cell phones be answered by the entire class,
  6. 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.

ADA Syllabus

This Microsoft Word ADA compliant syllabus can be found in D2L under Getting Started immediately after this syllabus.