Math 1530 - W1 & WE
Fall I 2022 - 3 Credit Hours

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
Monday Aug 22 1) Introductory Discussions 1st post & 2) detailed responses
Tuesday Aug 23 1) Chapter 1 Deep Dive Discussion (DDD) 1st Post in both Assignments & Discussions& 2) Chapter 1 HW*
Wednesday Aug 24 1)  Chapter 1 DDD Replies & 2) Chapter 1 Quiz
Sunday Aug 28 1) Chapter 2 DDD 1st Post in both Assignments & Discussions& 2) Chapter 2 HW* - Part 1
Tuesday Aug 30 Message me exam preferences for both exams**
Wednesday Aug 31 1) Chapter 2 HW* - Part 2, 2) Chapter 2 DDD Replies, & 3) Quiz
Sunday Sept 4 1) Chapter 3 DDD 1st Post in both Assignments & Discussions& 2) Chapter 3 HW* - Part 1
Wednesday Sept 7 1) Chapter 3 HW* - Part 2, 2) Chapter 3 DDD Replies, & 3) Quiz
Saturday Sept 10 1) Chapter 4 DDD 1st Post in both Assignments & Discussions& 2) Chapter 4 HW* 
Sunday Sept 11 1) Chapter 4 DDD Replies & 2) Quiz
Tuesday Sept 13 1) Chapter 6 DDD 1st Post in both Assignments & Discussions& 2) Chapter 6 HW*
Wednesday Sept 14 1) Chapter 6 DDD Replies & 2) Quiz
Thursday  Sept 15 Proctored Midterm Exam**
Saturday Sept 17 1) Chapter 7 DDD 1st Post in both Assignments & Discussions& 2) Chapter 7 HW* 
Sunday Sept 18 1) Chapter 7 DDD Replies & 2) Quiz
Wednesday Sept 21 1) Chapter 8 DDD 1st Post in both Assignments & Discussions& 2) Chapter 8 HW* - Part 1
Sunday Sept 25 1) Chapter 8 HW* - Part 2, 2) Chapter 8 DDD Replies, & 3) Quiz
Wednesday Sept 28 1) Chapter 9 DDD 1st Post in both Assignments & Discussions& 2) Chapter 9 HW* - Part 1
Friday Sept 30 Minitab, .mpx, Due (see "Minitab ONLY Folder" under D2L's Tasks and Assignments for instructions & starting file)
Sunday Oct 2 1) Chapter 9 HW* - Part 2, 2) Chapter 9 DDD Replies, & 3) Quiz
Tuesday Oct 4 1) Chapter 12 DDD 1st Post in both Assignments & Discussions& 2) Chapter 12 HW*
Wednesday Oct 5 1) Chapter 12 DDD Replies, 2) Quiz & 3) 1st Draft Individual Minitab Assignment, .docx
Friday Oct 7 Final Draft: Individual Minitab Assignment, .docx
Tuesday Oct 11 Proctored Final Exam**

All assignments will be due at 11:59 PM CDT on the date listed.

In order to pass the course, 100% attendance is required and will be measured by completing 1st posts on or before the dates listed above. Missing the 1st post is missing class. If you do miss a required 1st post, please contact me immediately to discuss if we can work something out for you to still be able to pass the course even with missing a single class because I am rooting for you to succeed. Note that students will submit 1st posts to Assignments (in D2L under Tasks and Assignments) and then copy and paste that exact same information into the same chapter thread in Discussions (in D2L under Communication and Discussions), both by the due dates above.

*Students seeking to pass the course should obtain 100% honest homework mastery by the due date.  Don't go through all the effort of completing the homework unless mastering the homework honestly because exam scores, which comprise 70% of the entire course grade, will reflect both honesty and mastery. 

**Exams will be proctored.  One morning (8:30 AM in AP102 in the Austin Peay Building at Fort Campbell) and one evening (5:15 PM in MMCS129, Maynard, Main Campus) proctoring session will be offered for each exam. Please message me which (morning or evening) midterm exam and which final exam you'll be attending.  Be sure to include both exams.  Thanks!

**Remote Exams:  If FC exams or these dates are inconvenient, students may make other arrangements and email those arrangements to me by the date on the schedule above to have one or both exams proctored through any official college, university, or military testing facility, either on or before the exam date above. Include the details of the dates, times, location(s), and the name(s) and email address(es) for the contact at the remote exams you'll be taking. Please note that most testing centers will charge a small fee for each proctored exam but proctoring with me at Fort Campbell is free.

**If deployed, please message me as soon as possible to make exam arrangements.

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) 
  • 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,
  2. The Knewton Lockdown browser (not available on Chromebooks or other tablets or phones but is available in select Austin Peay labs),
  3. Highspeed internet connection, and
  4. The ability to install additional software or plug-ins, which our APSU at FC Building lab already has.

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. 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:

 Tuesdays & Thursdays  7:30-8:30 AM in AP217 or 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 on the activities outlined below.  Please consult the schedule below for specific deadline dates.  





Knewton Homework


Knewton Quizzes


Individual Minitab Assignment  


Midterm Exam


Final Exam




+This course requires 100% class attendance to pass where class attendance is measured by posting the 1st post on time in the ten required class discussions (class introductions and the nine chapter deep dive discussions; see the assignment schedule at the very top of this syllabus).  Missing a 1st post due date is missing class.  100% attendance is expected but one grace per term might be appropriately extended. Message me immediately before dropping the course or dropping off to see what we can work out if you've missed one post.

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.  


  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.
  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 only the first introduction discussion, students will complete this assignment in D2L following explicitly the rubric for posting and reading and addressing all aspects of the topic described in the discussion itself (found under Communication and Discussions).   For each chapter discussion, however, students will complete the 1st post in Microsoft Word following explicitly the rubric for posting and addressing all aspects of the topic described in the 1st post dropbox (under Tasks and Assignments). After submitting that Word file to the 1st post dropbox, students will copy and paste the content from the Word file into the body of the actual discussion found under Communication and Discussions (only after submitting the Word file, though). After posting to discussions, students should continue to complete their insightful response requirements as specified in the rubric.
  4. Minitab Individual 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).
  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 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!
All work should 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 Knewton homework, and paired activities.  Questions on all other assignments (especially exams, quizzes, first posts in chapter discussions, and the individual 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. Check Remind messages daily and check outside-of-D2L email, D2L news, and D2L discussions every 2 to 3 days,
  5. Post in every discussion before due dates is expected to pass the course,
  6. Use Standard English including proper spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation, 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 Morgan University Center Room 114, 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.

Syllabus Supplement

This Microsoft Word supplement section of the syllabus can be found in D2L under Getting Started immediately after this syllabus and includes verbatim what the University requires each instructor to add.