STATISTICS 119 by m4wjcchL


									STAT 119                             ELEMENTARY BUSINESS STATISTICS                                          SPRING 2010
23060                                          SYLLABUS                                                      DUNCAN

                              Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. Mark Twain
        Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write H.G.Wells

MEETING TIMES: Section 11 MWF 1:00-1:50 in PS 130

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Kristin Duncan
            GMCS 569
            (619) 594-6705 (no voicemail)

OFFICE HOURS: M 12-12:50, WF 11-11:50. Other times by appointment (send an email to arrange an

TUTOR ROOM: Free drop-by tutoring in PS 100. Hours to be posted on Blackboard

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is an introduction to statistics. Topics covered will include measures of central
tendency and variability, frequency distributions, probability, Bayes’ theorem, probability distributions (including
binomial and normal), sampling distributions, confidence intervals, significance testing, regression and correlation.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS: After completing the course, students should be able to:
       Recognize whether an experiment or survey is well designed.
       Understand how to produce a sample that represents the population of interest.
       Summarize data using both graphical and numerical methods.
       Produce and interpret statistics and graphs, using regression techniques, to describe the relationship between two
        numerical variables.
       Use basic probability principles in a variety of practical applications.
       Identify, and calculate probabilities for, binomial and normal probability distributions.
       Understand the concept of sampling distributions.
       Use statistical methods to construct, and interpret, interval estimates for population means and proportions.
       Formulate, test and interpret various hypotheses for population means and proportions.

TEXTBOOK: DeVeaux, R., Velleman, P., Bock, D. (2009). Intro Stats (Second Custom Edition), Pearson
  Education, Inc.

   Outlines of class notes are available on Blackboard ( under course
     documents. You need to print these notes and bring them to class to fill in. It is important to have these
     notes with you for each class so that you can get the most out of each lecture.
   Online homework with MathXL. If you purchased a new book, the code to access this program is
     included with your textbook ( Otherwise an access code can be purchased online for
     $40. Access is granted for 12 months, so students who purchased Math XL access last semester do not
     need to purchase a new access code. Our course ID which you will need when you register for MathXL
     is XL0G-2134-301Y-1EO2.
   Calculator: Each student will need a statistical calculator preferably with bivariate data capability. A
     TI-84 Plus would be useful, but is not required. If you do not already have a calculator, the TI-30X IIS
     and TI-30X IIB are inexpensive options. Business students will need the HP-17Bll for IDS classes later
     on, but I cannot instruct you in the use of this calculator. You will not be permitted to use your cell
     phone as a calculator.

   There are 9 required homework assignments. The lowest homework score will be dropped. Due
    dates will be announced in class. No late homework will be accepted – your first miss will be used as
    your dropped score. Homework will be done using the computer program MathXL (
    – see information under Additional Materials.
   There are 10 optional recitation assignments. Recitation assignments will be posted on Blackboard
    and must be printed, completed, and turned in at the beginning of class on the due date. To get credit for
    a recitation assignment, you must go over it with a STAT 119 TA and get his or her signature. Anna,
    the TA assigned to our class will conduct a recitation section at a time and location to be announced
    where you can work the problems as a group. Alternatively, you can go to PS 100 during any TA’s
    scheduled hours to complete/go over the assignment with them. The recitation assignments are intended
    to be an opportunity for you to get more individualized instruction, can boost your grade by replacing a
    portion of the exam grades in the grading scheme, and are highly recommended for students who have
    struggled with math or statistics in the past.
   There will be several required participation assignments throughout the semester. These may include
    unannounced in-class assignments, short Blackboard assessment quizzes, contributions to the
    Blackboard Discussion Board, or other small tasks/assignments.
   3 required computer assignments will be given during the semester. No late assignments will be
    accepted and none of these scores will be dropped. You will need Microsoft Excel or the MINITAB
    software package which is available on computers in the Student Computing Center (behind Love
    Library) to complete these assignments. It is possible to download a free 30-day trial version of
    MINITAB for PCs at the following website: . These
    will be fairly short assignments for which you will submit your work within a Blackboard assessment.
   There will be 4 midterm exams given. The midterm exams are scheduled for our regular class periods
    in our regular classroom (PS 130). You will need your calculator, a pen or pencil, and your RedID or
    other photo ID to verify your identity. Your lowest exam score will be dropped.
        o Note that our class will not be participating in the Wednesday evening block exams for STAT
            119. We will be taking the same final at the same time as the other sections.
        o No make-up exams will be offered. Your first missed exam will be used as your dropped exam
            score. For students who miss more than one exam, accommodation may be allowed if there are
              legitimate excuses for both misses that can be documented (such as an illness for which you have a
              doctor’s note). Missing class for work-related reasons does not constitute a legitimate excuse. Students
              seeking accommodation must notify me via phone or email at the earliest possible time (before the exam
              if at all possible). I will not grant you an accommodation if you simply come to the next class period
              without contacting me about the miss and your excuse.
           o Disturbances - If your phone rings audibly during an exam, you will receive a 5% deduction. If
              you answer your phone during an exam or conduct any type of electronic messaging, you will
              receive a 0.
           o Test items and belongings – In order to minimize disturbances to test-takers, on exam days you
              will be required to leave all bags, including purses, on the perimeter of the room. The only items
              allowed at your seat are a calculator, pen, pencil, and ID. The exams are closed book and you
              may not bring notes, though necessary formulas will be printed and distributed along with the
       Exam dates (in class):        Friday February 12th - Chapters 1-6
                                     Friday March 5th - Chapters 7-9, 11-13
                                     Friday April 9th - Chapters 14, 15, 17
                                     Friday April 30th – Chapters 18-21
      The final exam will be comprehensive. The final exam may be in a different location than our regular
       classroom. The location will be announced in class and on Blackboard. You MUST bring a No. 2 pencil
       and ParScore form F-289 to the final exam - none will be provided.
       *********Final Exam date:              Saturday, May 15th , 8:00-10:00 a.m.***********
GRADING:     Recitation Scheme                                 No Recitation Scheme
             Recitation          10%
             MathXL Homework 10%                               MathXL Homework 10%
             Computer problems 4.5%                            Computer problems 4.5%
             Participation       1.5%                          Participation       1.5%
             Midterms (16% each) 48%                           Midterms (18% each) 54%
             Final               26%                           Final               30%

     Grades will be computed according to both schemes and the higher of the two will be used. The letter-grade cut-
     offs will be determined at the end of the semester based on the distribution of final grades, but will roughly follow
     the table below. I will do my best to have the weighted percent in Blackboard reflect your percentage on the
     completed coursework to date, but glitches may occur and the weighting scheme as presented on this syllabus is
     how your final percent will be determined. If you are concerned about your standing in the course, I encourage
     you to come to my office hours so that we can discuss it.

             92.6%-100%               A                        72.6%-77.5%              C
             90%-92.5%                A-                       70%-72.5%                C-
             87.6%-89.9%              B+                       67.6%-69.9%              D+
             82.6%-87.5%              B                        62.6%-67.5%              D
             80%-82.5%                B-                       60%-62.5%                D-
             77.6%-79.9%              C+                       Less than 60%            F


                      DATES       CHAPTERS        MONDAY          WEDNESDAY            FRIDAY
                    Jan 18-22        1-3          MLK Day
                    Jan 25-29        4-5                                                 R1
                     Feb 1-5          6             HW 1            COMP 1               R2
                     Feb 8-12     7/Review          HW 2                               Exam 1
                    Feb 15-19        8-9                                                 R3
                    Feb 22-26       12-13           HW 3            COMP 2               R4
                     Mar 1-5      14/Review         HW 4                               Exam 2
                    Mar 8-12          14                                                 R5
                    Mar 15-19         15                                                 R6
                    Mar 22-26         17            HW 5                           Furlough Day/R7
                   Mar 29-Apr 2                                  SPRING BREAK
                      Apr 5-9     18/Review         HW 6                               Exam 3
                    Apr 12-16       18-19                                                R8
                    Apr 19-23       20-21           HW 7                                 R9
                    Apr 26-30     21/Review         HW 8                               Exam 4
                     May 3-7          23                                                R10
                    May 10-14      Review           HW 9         COMP 3
                      May 15                      FINAL EXAM SATURDAY 5/15 8:00-10:00 AM

     Assignment due dates are tentative and subject to change. Pay attention to announcements in class and
     on Blackboard. The university deadline to drop classes is February 2nd. Note that our section is
     operating under a different schedule than most other STAT 119 sections and that we will not have class
     on March 26th.

                               HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS COURSE:

      Attend EVERY lecture. Missing just one class can put you behind. Take an interest in your grade from
       DAY 1. Waiting until the end of the semester to improve your grade will not work.

      Take advantage of the recitation section. This is an opportunity for you to get additional practice on the
       course material under the guidance of a TA.

      Read the chapters thoroughly including the chapter summary and the formulas at the end. Due to the
       time frame, lectures will not cover every concept in detail, so it is your responsibility to read the chapter
       BEFORE class and before attempting the homework.

      Please come to my office hours prepared with specific questions. Be proactive: If you are in need of
       help, get it immediately. That is what my office hours are for. I am happy to make an appointment with
       you for another time if you are not available during my office hours. Other GTA’s will be offering
       tutoring in PS-100 starting the second week of class. I will post their hours on Blackboard. Use this
       great resource! This is a free service!

      Study effectively: treat practice exams as simulated exams to honestly evaluate your preparedness.
       Redo all problems from the lecture notes and practice exams. Do practice problems on MathXL and
       review homework there. Use flashcards to help you remember terminology. Reread your notes from
       class and the chapters from the text. Form study groups with others in the class. You usually better
       understand the material after discussing it with your peers.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Student Disability Services (594-6473) is the campus office responsible for determining and
   providing appropriate academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Students needing these
   services should visit the following site: If you have a disability that
   requires accommodation, please see me during office hours or make an appointment to discuss your needs

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: Academic misconduct will not be tolerated. The following steps are usually
  taken with a student caught cheating: The instructor will normally record a zero or an “F” for that exam,
  quiz, homework or project; although the instructor may decide to give an “F” grade for the course. All
  cases of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Center for Student Rights and Responsibilities. The
  office will investigate complaints in order to determine whether University disciplinary action is to be
  pursued. For more information on SDSU's policies and procedures regarding academic misconduct visit the
  following site:

  Turn your cell phones off (not on vibrate) before entering class and put them away for the entire class.
   You will not be able to use the phone as a calculator.
  Put away ipods, other musical devices, and newspapers before the start of class.
  Please do not use laptop computers during class.
  Please do not talk during lecture. It is both disrespectful and disruptive.
  I make every effort to start and end class on time. Please respect the 50 minutes of class time; do not pack
   up early-it disturbs those around you.
  Students who repeatedly disrupt class intentionally or unintentionally may have their final grade penalized
   up to 1% per occurrence.
  Save all of your graded work. Check your scores against the scores posted on blackboard. Due to
   mismatches in the MathXL and Blackboard rosters, transcription errors do occur.
                               How to Register and Enroll in Your Course
Welcome to MathXL! Your instructor has set up a MathXL course for you.

The course name is: STAT 119 Spring 2010 Section 11 Duncan

It is based on this textbook: De Veaux: Intro Stats, 3e

To join this course, you need to register for MathXL and then enroll in the course.

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