MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
F2T 2008 DLA
DeWispelare, Aaron R.
Ph.D. Systems Engineering, University of Virginia,M.S. Systems and Electrical Engineering, Air Force Institute of TechnologyMBA Xavier University; B.S., Mechanical Engineering; B.S. Electrical
8:00 - 5:00 M-F
F2T 2008: October 20, 2008 to December 14, 2008
Required: MML/eCollege Stand Alone Student Access Kit
Text: Elementary Statistics, 10th Ed. w/Multimedia Study Guide + MML/eCollege Student Access Kit
Authors: Mario F. Triola
Order text at: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm
An e-book is included with MyMathLab/eCollege website access. If you prefer to use it instead of the hardcopy, order the MML/eCollege Stand Alone Student Access Kit (ISBN: 032-157806-6) from the Park online bookstore. The MML/eCollege Student Access Kit cannot be purchased at any other source.
NOTE: The MML/eCollege Student Access Kit is REQUIRED for this course.
You will need to have access to a scientific calculator. You will not be allowed to use a programmable, or graphing calculator on your final exam, nor will you be able to use a computer, so you will need to take a hand-held scientific calculator with you for the final exam. I suggest you use the same calculator throughout the course. Then you will be familiar with it and will avoid having to learn how to use a new calculator at final exam time.
I do not have a brand requirement, but the cost of most brands run about $10 - $15 and can be found in office supply stores or department stores.
Links will be found in the course for downloading required FREE software for the multimedia presentations of the course.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
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Educational Philosophy: Each week we will focus on the various aspects of statistics from the basic terms of the discipline, through descriptive and initial inferential techniques. The course will be conducted through a combination of reading assignments, with associated topical weekly discussion questions which are posted on the appropriate public discussion threads, weekly homework, and weekly graded quizzes, and a proctored comprehensive final exam. This course will build on each week’s concepts so it is important to keep up. Ask your fellow students in the Study Group postings for input if you get stuck on concepts, or ask me in an e-mail. I will try to comment on the Discussion threads and Work Group postings from time to time, but leave most of the interaction up to you, the students to interchange ideas and tutor each other (that is the most effective way for all of us to learn together).
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Description of MA 120 Core Assessment
One problem with multiple parts for each numbered item, except for item #3, which contains four separate problems.
1. Compute the mean, median, mode, and standard deviation for a sample of 8 to 12 data.
2. Compute the mean and standard deviation of a grouped frequency distribution with 4 classes.
3. Compute the probability of four problems from among these kinds or combinations there of:
a. the probability of an event based upon a two-dimensional table;
b. the probability of an event that involves using the addition rule;
c. the probability of an event that involves conditional probability;
d. the probability of an event that involves the use of independence of events;
e. the probability of an event based upon permutations and/or combinations;
f. the probability of an event using the multiplication rule; or
g. the probability of an event found by finding the probability of the complementary event.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
THE COURSE LEARNING ACTIVITIES
Introductions - By the end of the first week of the course submit a short paragraph to introduce yourself, and respond to someone else's introduction
Each week you will have these regular learning activities:
Reading – Read the assigned chapter sections in your textbook
Lecture – Read the Content Lecture Files contained within the course
Media - View videos, flash files, and PowerPoint presentationsWebliography - Enhance the learning experience with varying presentations and examples of the weekly topics beyond the course lectures, textbook, and MyMathLab
Discussions - Answer one question for each week, and post a response to someone else's answer (graded activity)
Homework - Complete the MyMathLab weekly homework assignment (graded activity)
Quiz - Complete the MyMathLab weekly quiz (graded activity)
Final Exam - Complete the 25 multiple choice question final exam in week 8 (graded activity)
10 pts each
20 pts each
Number of Points
524 - 585
89.5 - 100%
466 - 523
79.5 - 89.4%
407 - 465
69.5 - 79.4%
349 - 406
59.5 - 69.4%
000 - 348
00 - 59.4%
Late Submission of Course Materials:
It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submit assignments after the scheduled due date. Therefore, all assignments are expected to be completed by set deadlines. An exception to the rule is a 24 hour extension provided only for thread postings; but using it will mean you will be assessed with a 50% penalty on earned points for the assignment. The only other considerations for allowable late assignments are limited to the following valid list of emergency reasons. Please note even these reasons are only acceptable at the discretion of your instructor.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Computer literacy is expected: You are expected to have sufficient access to a personal computer with a modem and web browser, access to the Internet, and to use your PIRATEMAIL e-mail account. Please do not request special allowances if you do not have a way to access the course or your PIRATEMAIL.
Policy #1: Submission of Work.
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 AM ET and Sunday at 11:59 PM ET. Eastern time (EDT) is the universal time standard for this course since I have students from all over the world and need a time standard. Note that ET is not shown on the clock at the course web site (that time is Mountain time (MT) since that is where the eCollege server is located). Please make sure you adjust your class work schedule to meet the ET deadlines.) The first week begins the first day of the term. I will set the remaining links for content and assignments to begin on the following Saturday. For students who can only complete coursework on weekends, this will allow you at least seven days for viewing and completing the coursework. You must remember the extra days are added onto the beginning of the week, not the end. Therefore, assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date. NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE MADE FOR MISSED DEADLINES, and lack of a book at the beginning of the term is not an excuse for late submissions.
Create a back up file of every piece of work you submit for grading. This will ensure that a computer glitch or a glitch in cyberspace won't erase your efforts.
When files are sent as attachments, they should be in either Microsoft Word, Microsoft Works, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats only.
Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation.
General email: You should use email for private messages to me and your classmates. When sending me an email, you must identify yourself fully by course number, section letters, and last name in the SUBJECT LINE of your email: MA120 DL, your last name. PLEASE DO THIS ON EVERY EMAIL THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE TERM.
Threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class.
Instructor Response Policy: I check my email frequently and respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours. Seldom a day goes by that I am not reading and responding to emails and thread postings.
Observation of "Netiquette": All your online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online course. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism. Here are a couple of Online references that discuss writing Online http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. PROOFREAD AND USE THE SPELLCHECK TOOL FOR ALL THREAD POSTINGS.
Policy #3: What to do if you experience technical problems or have questions about the online classroom.
If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your online course, click on the HELP button in your online classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance. (I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU JOT DOWN THE PHONE NUMBERS OF ECOLLEGE AND PARK HELPDESK FROM THE WEBSITES NOW. In case you cannot enter the course or Park websites later you will have the numbers to call.)
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87Instructors, You should either delete this message and leave blank, or enter additional comments or policies. I have entered mine as an example that you may copy part or all if you wish.
Academic dishonesty includes committing or the attempt to commit cheating, plagiarism, falsifying academic records, and other acts intentionally designed to provide unfair advantage to the students.
Cheating includes, but is not limited to, intentionally giving or receiving unauthorized aid or notes on examinations, papers, laboratory reports, exercises, projects, or class assignments which are intended to be individually completed. Cheating also includes the unauthorized copying of tests or any other deceit or fraud related to the student's academic conduct.
Falsifying academic records includes, but is not limited to, altering grades or other academic records.
Other acts that constitute academic dishonesty include:
Stealing, manipulating, or interfering with an academic work of another student or faculty member.
Collusion with other students on work to be completed by one student.
Lying to or deceiving a faculty member.
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87Instructors, You should either delete this message and leave blank, or enter additional comments or policies. I have entered mine as an example that you may copy part or all if you wish.
ALL GRADED WORK FOR THIS COURSE MUST BE YOUR OWN. YOU ARE NOT TO RECEIVE OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE FROM ANYONE OTHER THAN YOUR INSTRUCTOR. To further clarify; classmates, spouses, co-workers, tutors, clergy, librarians, friends, relatives, and pets are included as OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE. PLEASE DO NOT VIOLATE THIS RULE.
When discussion questions request you to answer in your own words, do not copy words from the textbook as your own. State YOUR understanding of the concept, not the understanding of some other person. If you are allowed to quote the textbook, or other sources, you must use proper quotation markings and declare the source including web URL address or book page number from which you copied the text. Not following these rules constitutes plagiarism, and will not be tolerated. (This means you will not earn points for the assignment, and if the plagiarism does not stop immediately you will FAIL the course. Additionally, a report of the incidence will be sent to your permanent academic file.)
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Last Updated:10/7/2008 9:36:19 AM