Elementary Statistics


Mission: To provide affordable, accessible, and exceptional education that fosters student success


Term:     Spring 2020
Course:    Math 2123
   Elementary Statistics
Delivery Format:  Traditional/Web-Enhanced

Instructor Information:

Name:  Rob Wylie
Email:  rwylie@carlalbert.edu
Office Location:  RC 205
Preferred Contact Method:   Email
Office Phone:  918-647-1412
Office Hours:  As posted
Alternate Phone:  None

Textbook 1 Information: Required                                       
Introductory Statistics -   Neil A. Weiss 10 ed. -  My Lab Included in the Pearson
 MyLab  https://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/

Textbook 2 Information: N/A
     

Textbook 3 Information: N/A
     

Course Description:
           
This course will cover methods of collecting, analyzing, and presenting data for business
purposes. Topics will include: frequency distributions, measures of central tendency,
probability, dispersion, sampling, and correlations.

Credit Hours:  3.00
Prerequisites:  Click here to enter Prerequisites
Co-requisites: 

General Education Outcomes:

Demonstrate knowledge-

·        Demonstration of knowledge results from the appraisal of knowledge and practice of core concepts through analytical, practical, or creative means.  Students shall assemble evidence; identify, categorize, and distinguish among ideas, concepts, and theories; and relate and analyze the significant uses of the gathered knowledge.

Think Critically-

·        Critical thinking encompasses the abilities to identify, categorize, synthesize, and distinguish ideas, concepts, theories, and approaches.  The presentation, explanation, and analysis of skills acquired in academic settings allows examination of competing hypotheses and non-academic events in light of acquired knowledge, and relates the implications of cultural and social perspectives.

Communicate Effectively-

·        Effective communication results from the presentation and expression of concepts encountered in an academic setting in a clear, error-free manner both verbally and in written explanation.  Critical aspects are the clear expression of competing hypotheses, and perspectives in response to material read, analyzed, or presented in both academic and non-academic settings.

Practice Global and Civil Awareness-

·        Practicing global and civil awareness creates the ability to understand both the student’s own civic and cultural background, as well as that of others.  This results from the evaluation of historical and contemporary positions on values, practices, assumptions, and predispositions.  Encouraging active community participation and cognizance provides insight and expands students’ perspectives and awareness.

 

Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s):

SLO 1.Upon completion of the course students will be able to, using the language of statistics, describe how statistics applies to business.
-Students can differentiate between population and sample data.
-Students can differentiate between descriptive and inferential statistics.
-Students can identify the different types of data and data-collection methods.
-Students can assess how critical thinking through statistics can help improve quantitative literacy.

SLO 2. Upon completion of the course students will be able to choose among methods for describing sets of data.
-Students can describe qualitative and quantitative data using graphs.
-Students can describe quantitative data using numerical measures.
-Students can detect descriptive methods that distort the truth.

SLO 3. Upon completion of the course students will be able to develop probability as a measure of uncertainty.
-Students can justify an alternative using probability as a measure of reliability for an inference.
-Students can formulate probabilities using the concepts of experimental outcomes, sample space, union, intersections, complementary events, mutually exclusive events, independent events, conditional probability, and random sampling.

SLO 4. Upon completion of the course students will be able to model random processes described by either discrete or continuous variables.
-Students can formulate the notion of a random variable.
-Students can explain that numerical data are observed values of either discrete or continuous random variables.
-Students can explain binomial and normal distribution.
-Students can calculate and interpret sampling distributions.

SLO 5. Upon completion of the course students will be able to calculate and interpret confidence intervals for both large and small samples dealing with population means and proportions.
-Students can estimate a population parameter (means, proportion, or variance) based on a sample selected from the population.
-Students can form a confidence interval from the population parameter.
-Students can select the proper sample size for estimating a population parameter.

SLO 6. Upon completion of the course students will be able to form and test well-defined hypotheses about a population’s mean or proportion.
-Students can weigh the reliability of hypotheses using a measure of reliability called the significance level of the test.
-Students can evaluate a specific value of a population parameter (mean, proportion or variance) using a test of hypothesis.
-Students can determine how to estimate the reliability of a test.

SLO 7. Upon completion of the course students will be able to identify the target parameter for comparing two populations.
-Students can compare two population means using confidence intervals and tests of hypotheses.
-Students can apply these inferential methods to problems to compare two population proportions or two population variances.
-Students can determine the sizes of the samples necessary to estimate the differences between two population parameters with a specified margin of error.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evaluation/Assessment Practices

 

Assignments and Course Format:

We will be utilizing the publisher’s (Pearson) lab for the course  assignments and tests. 

 

Grade Scale:

A:  90 -100%
B:  80 – 89%                        D:  60 – 69%
C:  70 – 79%                        F: Below 60%

 

Grading Policies:

 

Exams and assignments will test understanding of the course objectives.
Four 75 minute objective examinations will be given during the semester. Problems are assigned from each section taught. The test average will comprise of 80% of the semester grade and the assigned problems will comprise the remaining 20% . Homework over chapter test is due the day of testing according to instructor. If five tests are given the lowest test excluding the final will be dropped and not counted in the final average. Three of the lowest homework scores will also be discarded and no late homework will be accepted. If a test is missed it will be in the instructor’s discretion whether that test will be made up or the test allowed to drop.




            Expectations:

            The student is expected to take all examinations at the specified time and date. If a student has circumstances arise which make it impractical to take a test at its regularly assigned time it is his or her responsibility to contact the instructor prior to the examination if possible. The student will be given a make- up examination if, in the instructor’s opinion, the student had a legitimate reason to miss the regularly scheduled test. Make-up tests are strongly discouraged.
The instructor reserves the right to deduct points from both assignments and tests for late completion. 
 

            Attendance:

            Attendance is highly important and stressed to each student. Attendance is not counted as part of   a grade; however, poor attendance usually reflects poor performance. Students who begin to establish irregular habits are reminded of their need to attend regularly

Additional Course Information:

Before class sessions begin, completely turn off power on all cell phones and other electronic devices and put them out of sight. Some allowances may be made for phones if it is truly important for students to have quick communication (a sick child, for example), but in such cases, students must inform the instructor before class begins, and the phone must be switched to a manner/silent mode.  Otherwise, do not take calls, make calls, check text messages, send text messages, listen to music, or use any other applications during class sessions.  Some exceptions may be made as long as devices are used in direct connection to the class, taking notes or researching a class topic, for example.  Reading e-mail, sending e-mail, checking/using social networking sites, or any other uses not directly related to a class are not permitted.  Depending on the exact nature of the offense, students who violate this policy regarding cell phones, laptop PCs, or any other electronic devices should expect a penalty, which may range from  being dismissed to being dropped from the class.  No cell phones or any electronic devices other than handheld calculators are allowed on tests.
Students are encouraged to use all of the tools available through the lab for successful completion of this course. 

SERVICES, POLICY, and PROCEDURES:

 

Student Email:

IMPORTANT- All course information, billing, financial aid notices, housing information, scholarship awards, degree check results, and other mail will be sent to you via student email. Please remember to check your student email often for important information.

ADA statement:
 Carl Albert State College complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations should make their request in the following way: 

*      Call or e-mail your instructor about your disability or special needs related to work in web courses.

               

*      Complete the Request for Special Accommodations Form with the Student Disability Services Coordinator. You may find information on our website under Student Affairs/Student Disability Services.

 

Services:

  • LRC: The Learning Resource Center is located in the George Ollie Center for Academic Excellence on the third floor in room 1301; Crissy Keeton, the LRC Director, may be reached at 918-647-1319. The LRC offers tutoring in a variety of subjects including math and English. Specific tutoring schedules are available.  The LRC also offers notes and textbooks for many classes as well as a computer lab and study area. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Health Services: CASC Student Affairs/Student Life is designated as the first stop for students/employees in assisting them with primary care health services and holistic health prevention measures through a partnership with Stigler Health & Wellness Center, Inc. Dental Mobile Unit Services will also be provided each semester on the Poteau and Sallisaw campuses. Please contact the Office of Student Affairs for a “Healthcare Eligibility Form.”

Poteau Health & Wellness Center and Sallisaw Health & Wellness Center will provide treatment of minor illness and injuries and behavioral health services. Understand that the student/employee is responsible for providing Medicaid/private insurance and/or paying the minimum office visit fees; CASC has no obligation for payment of the minimum office visit fees.

  • Student Counseling Services: Carl Albert State College is committed to assisting students in all areas of their lives. Student success and well-being are of the utmost importance, and it is our goal to improve the quality of life so that personal and academic growth can take place. CASC suggests students utilize the preventative counseling services that are provided through the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

In addition the following local agency, Cavanal Counseling, will provide free counseling services for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Choctaw Nation Project SAFE has provided a grant to cover these costs for all CASC students.

  • Library: Research for your class should be conducted at the CASC Libraries.  College-level research requires college-level sources. CASC Libraries offer a number of appropriate sources in both print and electronic formats.  Visit the library in person for research assistance or at
    https://carlalbert.edu/student-services/library/

Phone: 918-647-1311 (Poteau)  918-775-6977 (Sallisaw)
Facebook:  Library Friends @ Carl Albert State College
Twitter:  @CASCLibrary

             Instagram: casclibrary 

 

HEA-Required information:

The National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) issued Information Required to Be Disclosed Under the Higher Education Act of 1965: Suggestions for Dissemination (NPEC 2010-831). This publication is available at http://nces.ed.gov.

 

Additional Information including Student Handbook, FERPA, Financial Aid, Clery Report, and student consumer information are located at https://carlalbert.edu/discover-us/student-consumer-reports/

Notification of class cancellation:

In the event class must be cancelled by the instructor the student will be notified through various methods including, but not limited, to the following:  text message, email, or written notification.  Students should check their Carl Albert email accounts regularly for such notifications.  When possible, instructors will provide notification in advance.

In instances of school closure the notification process occurs in the following ways: the alert system is used to send messages including phone calls, text messages, and emails to all names in the alert system as soon as a decision has been made regarding the status of CASC; an email is sent to all Carl Albert email addresses; closure information is posted to the CASC website as quickly as possible; the phone message for incoming calls at the CASC switchboard will indicate closed status; local radio stations and television stations are notified; however television may or may not post our information so please be sure to check other sources of information as listed above.

Assessment Statement

Assessment is the process that evaluates the learning experience with the purpose of continual improvement and has the objective of assuring the accomplishment of the mission of Carl Albert State College.

Academic Integrity/ Misconduct Policy

The following will apply in connection with academic dishonesty:

 

A. The instructor and his/her Division Chairperson have final authority over the grades given to students   or the lowering of grades because of cheating or plagiarism.

 

B. The term “cheating” includes, but is not limited to:

 

1.       The use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations.

 

2.       Dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or carrying out other assignments.

 

3.   Acquisition, without permission, of tests or other academic material belonging to a member of the college faculty or staff.  The term “plagiarism” includes, but is not limited to, the use, by paraphrase or direct quotation, of the published or unpublished   work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling of term papers or other academic materials.

 

If it is established that cheating or plagiarism has more than likely occurred:

 

A. The instructor may take appropriate disciplinary action, which may include the awarding of an “F” on the particular assignment or in the course.

 

B. The instructor will make a report of the incident and of action taken to the Vice President for Academic  Affairs.

 

C. The student will receive a copy of the report if s/he desires and may appeal the decision of the instructor to the Academic Affairs Committee.

 

D. The student and instructor may meet individually with the Academic Affairs Committee to present documentation pertinent to the appeal. Once the Academic Affairs Committee renders its decision, the appeal process is concluded.

 

Carl Albert State College considers all forms of academic misconduct and dishonesty serious matters which warrant serious attention. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cases of cheating and plagiarism, and is, at the very least, subject to disciplinary action by the instructor of record. More serious infractions will warrant disciplinary actions by the college. 

 

Plagiarism is considered unacceptable and incompatible with the educational mission of Carl Albert State College. Since plagiarism always carries consequences, all students are expected to be familiar with the rules for avoiding plagiarism. 

 

Intentional plagiarism is a deliberate act of academic dishonesty in which an individual knowingly represents the work or knowledge of another person as one’s own, knowingly incorporates into one’s work the words or ideas of another person without clear attribution, fails to acknowledge clearly the partial or full authorship of someone else when submitting a work, and/or consistently fails to cite or quote textual resources properly.

 

Cheating is considered to be a serious infraction of academic integrity and as such is not tolerated at CASC. Specifically, cheating includes, but is not limited to, instances where work is turned in that is not one’s own, copying others’ answers in exams and/or papers, infiltration of grading systems, use of deception in acquisition of answers, and/or instances of forgery. 

 

Grade Protest

Students may challenge a final grade, provided a solution cannot be reached through proper academic channels. Students should first contact their instructor and then the Division Chair if resolution is not satisfactory. Appeals for the purpose of challenging a final grade must be made to the Academic Affairs Committee within 90 days after the grade in question appears on the permanent record.  Information concerning procedures to be followed is available from the Office of Admissions and Records. (CASC Catalog, p. 74)

 

Faculty Complaints

A student who feels he or she has serious grounds and evidence to demonstrate unfair treatment by a faculty member may file a formal written complaint with the division chair. First, however, the student is encouraged to visit with the faculty member on an informal basis to discuss the situation. If, after that visit, the student still wishes to file a formal complaint, the division chair will call a meeting between the student and the faculty member to discuss the complaint and any further action. If the issue still remains unresolved, the division chair, faculty member, and student will meet with the Associate Vice President of Instruction in the Academic Affairs Office.

 

Semester Regulations Concerning the Beginning and End of the Term

Students should keep in mind that the semester begins with the first day of class, and ends with the last day of the designated final exam period.  For that reason, and because final exams may be scheduled up to and through the last day of the final exam schedule, all students are encouraged to make their travel plans prior to the first date after the last day of the posted final exam period, unless approval is granted by the division chair AND the Academic Affairs Office. Students may request changes in individual final exam times in writing and through completion of the Change in Final Exam form. Forms are located in the office of the registrar. Requests for change for personal convenience are generally not approved. Approvals are normally limited for the following reasons:

    1. Conflict with working hours on a job that has been held during the term, and for which working schedules cannot be readily adjusted.
    2. Religious reasons.
    3. Four finals in one day. Where amicable agreement cannot be reached by the student and the instructors, the division chair and/or Academic Affairs Office can grant accommodations.
    4. Military obligations verified in writing.
    5. Other exceptional hardship cases including health reasons concerning immediate members of the household and/or death of an immediate family member or attendance of a funeral of an immediate family member.

Additionally, with take-home final exams, instructors have the option and may choose to make those due on the last day of finals.

Students are required to:

1.        complete the Change in Final Exam form;

2.        request the signature and approval of the designated instructor;

3.        submit the form to the appropriate division chair for approval;

4.        The form will be forwarded to the Academic Affairs Office or designee (Vice President for Sallisaw campus).

5.        The Academic Affairs office will then inform the student of the results of the request.

*Requests will be finalized within 72 hours of the formal request.

 

Withdrawal Policy:
Students withdrawing from courses should first consult instructors and refer to the current student handbook or website for withdrawal procedures.  Additionally, the student should contact the offices of Financial Aid, Admissions, Business, and Retention.  Students failing to attend initial class meetings will be dropped from the class without notification.  Beyond that, failure to attend class is not equivalent to dropping the class; students who fail to formally drop the class will receive a grade in the course.

 

Online Etiquette Statement:

Carl Albert State College expects online users to follow the same basic rules that apply in face-to-face communication.  The following guidelines provide direction for students using Internet-based communication.  Failure to follow appropriate communication rules may result in negative consequences.

 

1.       Think before you write.  What you say online is permanent.  Review and edit before you post and take the feeling of others into consideration.

2.       Be friendly and positive.  Even if you disagree with an idea there are ways you can approach your criticism without being hurtful.

3.       Use standard English.  Avoid slang and jargon with which others in the class may be unfamiliar.  Communication is only effective if the audience can relate to it.

4.       Be professional.  Avoid writing in all caps, using multiple exclamation or question marks, and emoticons. 

5.       Ask for help.  If you feel lost, or need clarification, ask.  If you don’t ask the questions your instructor and other students won’t be able to respond.  Besides, you’re probably not alone, but don’t wait for someone else to ask for you.

 

Statement of Instructor Modification Right

This syllabus is subject to alteration at the discretion of the instructor.  Notification of alteration will be provided to students via class announcement, e-mail, blackboard posting, or similar reasonable method.

 

Student Financial Responsibility Statement:

In addition to enrolling in classes, part of your enrollment responsibility is payment of your Business Office Account (tuition, fees, etc.)

If you have already paid your entire balance for the semester, and any past balances, thank you.

If you have not Carl Albert State College requires all students to either pay for their Business Office Account by the first day of class or enroll in the Nelnet Payment Plan located on the website by the first day of class.

Students who anticipate receiving financial aid must enroll in the Payment Plan as well.  If the financial aid pays for all costs then the payment plan will not go into effect.

If you have questions, please feel free to call the Business Office at 918-647-1325

 

Course Calendar.

Available through the lab.

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