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OFFICE NUMBER:        C-144 (Classroom Building)
OFFICE PHONE:         424-3520 Extension: 262
OFFICE HOURS:         As Posted on Office Door
ACADEMIC YEAR:        Spring 2010

TEXT: Douglas A. Lind and Robert D. Mason, Basic Statistics for Business and
Economics, Irwin, 2008, 6th Edition. ISBN 0-07-352142-6 or 978-0-07-352142-8
or for an e-book, go to (type in the name, author and ISBN
without the hyphens

                              COURSE SYLLABUS
                                   BUS 231

       A study of statistical methodology and techniques used in describing, interpreting
       and evaluating statistical data for computer information in business. Attention is
       given to computer usage and calculating the principal measures of central
       tendency and dispersion, probability relationships and distribution, sampling
       procedures, tests for significance of sampling inferences, and correlation and
       regression analysis. (Prerequisite: Two years high school algebra and
       acceptable placement score or DSPM 085) 3 cr. hrs.

       Upon completion of this course, a student should be able to:
       A.   explain the importance of statistics in decision-making.
       B.   identify sources of data and use graphic techniques to describe data.
       C.   organize raw data into a frequency distribution.
       D.   compute the measures of central tendency and dispersion on a set of data
            and analyze the results.
       E.   use an electronic calculator and Microsoft Excel in computing descriptive
            and inferential statistics.
       F.   calculate probability and evaluate how the results can be used in making
            inferences about a population based on a sample.
       G.   calculate binomial, poisson, and hypergeormetric probability and evaluate
            how the results can be used in making better business decisions.
       H.   understand the purpose of sampling and the uses of the Central Theorem.
       I.   test for significant difference between individual pairs of sampling means
            in hypothesis testing and assess the results.
       J.   compute and analyze the relationship between two variables using
            correlation and regression analysis.
       K.   evaluate the practical application of descriptive statistics and statistical
       In order to achieve the general course objectives, the student should
       be prepared to:
       A.      attend classes and exams with the promptness and attitude of a
               professional business employee.
       B.      study assignments prior to class and participate in class discussions.
               (This means you must have a textbook or an e-book.)
       C.      complete required assignments (individual, calculator, or computer).
       D.      complete all unit exams and unit chapter tests.
       E.     instructor may add points to the base with additional in-class assignments.
       A.      Attendance Policy
               1.      Students are expected to attend every class meeting even though
                       no specific penalty will result from a missed class.
               2.      If a class is missed, the student will be held responsible for the
                       lecture and assignment given during class.
       B.      Make-Up Policy
               1.      If exam is missed, the student will drop that exam. If a student
                       misses two exam, the comprehensive final will be doubled. Tests
                       (quizzes) missed will be a 0.
               2.      Assignments will not be accepted late.
       C. Grading Policy
               1.      The student's entire grade for the semester will be based upon the
                       student's performance on five unit exams, ten chapter quizzes,
                       assignments (individual, calculator, and computer), and a
                       comprehensive final exam.
               2.      The final course grade will be determined as follows:
                       Five (5) unit exams......................400 points (drop one exam of 5)
                       Ten (10) chapter tests..................200 points (count only ten tests)
                       Final Exam (comprehensive)...... 100 points
                                               Total......... 700 points
               3.      Grading Scale: A = 658 -- 700 points (94 to 100%)
                                        B = 595 -- 657 points (85 to 93%)
                                        C = 490 -- 594 points (70 to 84%)
                                        D = 420 -- 489 points (60 to 69%)
                                        F = 0 -- 419 points (0 to 59%)
      D. ADA Policy
            JSCC abides by the American Disabilities Act (ADA). If anyone has
            questions with regard to ADA, please contact Linda Nickell , Dean of
            Students 424-3520 ext. 354.
      E. Other Policies
            Cell phones and beepers must be turned off during class. Text messaging
           is not permitted in class.
            Children and visitors are not permitted in class as policy prohibits a non-
            paying individual to be in the classroom.
      F. Last Date to Drop a class or withdraw from college: March 25, 2010.

          Final Exams Dates will be posted in e-learn.
  V. Exam Schedule
                                      Exam Date
Exam 1   Chpts. 3-4      100 points   _________________
Exam 2   Chpt. 5         100 points   _________________
Exam 3   Chpts. 6-7      100 points   _________________
Exam 4   Chpts. 8-10     100 points   _________________
Exam 5   Chpts. 11, 13   100 points   _________________
Final    All             100 points   _________________

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