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MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
Law, Kimberly


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

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Course

MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics

Semester

F2T 2008 DLK

Faculty

Law, Kimberly

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Office Location

Online

Office Hours

Online Daily

Daytime Phone

803-981-2869; Call only between 0900 and 1900 Eastern Time.

E-Mail

kimberly.law@park.edu

kimlaw24@hotmail.com

Semester Dates

10/20/2008 - 12/14/2008

Class Days

Online

Class Time

Online

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

 

 

Required: MML/eCollege Stand Alone Student Access Kit
ISBN: 032-157806-6

Text: Elementary Statistics, 10th Ed. w/Multimedia Study Guide + MML/eCollege Student Access Kit
Authors: Mario F. Triola
Publisher: Addison-Wesley
ISBN: 0-321-58494-5

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

Additional Resources:

PLEASE READ THIS CONCERNING YOUR TEXTBOOK PURCHASE:
MyMathLab is REQUIRED for this course - you will need it weekly to complete assignments.  You MUST purchase the MyMathLab/E-College Kit from the Park bookstore--if you purchase access from anywhere else IT WILL NOT WORK.  You must purchase the "Elementary Statistics with Multimedia Study Guide Package" from the MBS (Park) bookstore.  This package includes access to MyMathLab via E-College.  If you purchase a book elsewhere, you will have to purchase the "MyMathLab for E-College Student Access Kit" from the Park Bookstore as well.  


The required textbook has an incredible book that goes along with it that you can purchase if you like, but it's not required. It's called the Student Solutions manual, and here's why this is so great. As you know, the answers to the odd problems are in the back of the textbook. The Student Solutions Manual goes one step farther--it actually shows you how work out, step by step, each of the odd problems in the textbook.

You can't buy the solutions manual through Park's bookstore, but you can get it directly from the sites such as Amazon.com. I just checked and it's available for $30 new (you can get a used copy for as little as $10 from amazon.com). The ISBN of the Student Solutions Manual for our text is
0321470400. I know that's one more expense, and that's why it's not required. But for those of you who struggle with math, and think that seeing how to work out all of the odd problems might help, I wanted you to know that it was available. Many of my previous students have encouraged me to urge you to purchase this book—they’ve felt that it was simply invaluable to their studies.

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Course Description:
MA120 Basic Concepts of Statistics (GE): A development of certain basic concepts in probability and statistics that is pertinent to most disciplines. Topics include: probability models, parameters, statistics and sampling procedures, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. 3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Compute descriptive statistics for raw data as well as grouped data.
  2. Determine appropriate features of a frequency distribution.
  3. Apply Chebyshev's Theorem.
  4. Distinguish between and provide relevant descriptions of a sample and a population.
  5. Apply the rules of combinatorics.
  6. Differentiate between classical and frequency approaches to probability.
  7. Apply set-theoretic ideas to events.
  8. Apply basic rules of probability.
  9. Apply the concepts of specific discrete random variables and probability distributions.
  10. Compute probabilities of a normal distribution.
  11. Compute confidence intervals of means and percentages.
  12. Perform hypothesis tests involving one population.
  13. Compute regression and correlation of Bi-variate data.


Core Assessment:

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.


 


4.         Compute probabilities associated with a binomial random variable associated with a practical situation. 
  
5.         Compute probabilities associated with either a standard normal probability distribution or with a non-standard normal probability distribution.

6.         Compute and interpret a confidence interval for a mean and/ or for a proportion.

Link to Class Rubric

Class 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 presentations
Webliography - 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)

 
The final is part of the core assessment. The final is a departmental exam and it will be provided to the instructor by the department of mathematics. The final is 2 hrs; books, notes, and a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator are allowed.

Grading:
 

Assignment

Possible Points

Total Points

Total %

Introduction 5 pts

5

0.9

Introduction Response

5 pts

5

0.9

Discussion Answer  

10 pts each

80

13.7

Discussion Response 5 pts each

40

6.8

Homework 15 pts each

120

20.5

Quiz

20 pts each

160

27.4

Final Exam

175 pts

175

29.9

TOTAL

 

585

 


Letter Grade

Letter

Number of Points

Percentage

A

524 - 585

89.5 - 100%

B

466 - 523

79.5 - 89.4%

C

407 - 465

69.5 - 79.4%

D

349 - 406

59.5 - 69.4%

F

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.

  • A medical emergency or a serious acute illness. All medical emergencies and illnesses must be verified by a note on letterhead by an M.D., D.O., P.A., or R.N. I will not normally accept a note from other health professionals (e.g., Ph.D., MSW, D.C., Physical Therapist) because their professional functions rarely involve medical emergencies or acute illnesses. I will accept late work for students who can provide evidence of a verified medical emergency (but not acute illness) involving a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent.
  • An Accident or Police Emergency. I will require an accident report or note on letterhead from an appropriate law enforcement officer to accept late work due to accidents or police emergencies (e.g., assault on student, student taken hostage, detained witness of a crime).
  • Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty. I will require a note on letterhead from a judge or attorney stating you had no advance notice of duty to accept late work due to jury or witness duty.
  • Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation. I will require a note on official letterhead from your commanding officer stating you had no advance notice of deployment or activation.
  • Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts/uncles, first cousins). I will require a copy of the obituary or a note from a minister or funeral director.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Proctored Final Exam
The Final Exam will test you on all the material covered in the first seven weeks of the course.  It will be a OPEN BOOK and OPEN NOTES exam, and you will be allowed to use a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator.  It must be taken in person (requiring a photo identification) no later than Thursday of the 8th week of instruction (December 11, 2008) at one of the Park University campuses around the country.  If one is not available in your area, I will approve a non-Park proctor if the Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor, found at the Park University Website, are followed.

It will be your responsibility to insure that your approved and accepted proctor form reaches me by the end of the sixth week.  Fifteen BONUS points will be earned by all who have an APPROVED AND ACCEPTED proctor form to me before the end of the 3rd week of the term.  (Please note:  All non-Park proctors must be approved by me before they are sent on to your proctor for acceptance.  These two procedures take time, so if you wish to earn these bonus points, you should begin immediately securing a qualified proctor.  Then you will have all of the necessary information ready when the online proctor form link is made operational.)  Please note that the proctor extra credit deadline is FIRMLY set at 9 November, NO EXCEPTIONS FOR ANY REASON.

Fifteen PENATLY points will be assessed on the Final Exam if your proctor form is not submitted to me before the end of the 6th week of the term.

You will receive a confirmation on the approved proctor form at the same time I receive my copy.  So, you do not need to send me a copy of the one you receive, and if you have not received a copy, I have not either!  Failure to take a proctored final exam will result in an automatic "F" grade for the course.

Policy #1:  Computer Literacy
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 MYMATHLAB, 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 #2:  Submission of Work
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MT and Sunday at 11:59 PM MT  (MT is Mountain Time at Denver, Colorado, where eCollege is located.  When Denver is in Daylight Saving Time, the course will be also.  Please make sure you adjust your classwork schedule to meet the MT deadlines.). The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date. When files are sent attached to an email, the files should be in either Microsoft Word, RTF, ASCII, txt, or PDF file formats. PLEASE NOTE THAT MICROSOFT OFFICE 2007 FILES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Be sure to save your files as MS Office 2003 or lower editions.

Policy #3: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation General email

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class. Online threaded discussions are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.
Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.
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.
Please check the Announcements area before you ask general course "housekeeping" questions (i.e. how do I submit assignment 3?).  If you don't see your question there, then please contact your instructor.  

Policy #4: Technical Problems 
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.   If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately. 

If you experience internet connectivity issues, CALL THE INSTRUCTOR AT ONCE.  Do NOT wait until your internet connection is restored.  For that reason, PRINT a copy of the syllabus out to ensure that you have all of the instructor's contact information should something happen to your computer and/or your internet connection.

Finally…In this class, we will live by the Golden Rule.  I will treat you in the same manner I would like to be treated.  Professionalism, maturity, and academic perseverance will be rewarded handsomely.  Finally, the only “dumb” question is the one that goes unanswered.  You are here to learn - if a subject remains uncertain in your mind, ask for help. 


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

This course provides an introduction to the world of statistical analysis. Each week we'll focus on different aspects of the general topic.

In Unit 1 we'll learn what the topic of statistics entails. We'll discuss some ways to collect the needed data for a statistical study. By the end the unit we'll have a view of how the two distinct divisions of statistics, descriptive and inferential, are related.

In Unit 2 we'll discover how to convert pure data into corrupted data, also referred to as ungrouped data into grouped data. Then we will examine some of the many ways data can be visually displayed graphically.

In Unit 3 we will examine ways to describe data by looking at its central tendency, its variation from its center, and how to determine the location of an element within a data set. A method of finding the proportions of variation a data set possesses will also be covered.

In Unit 4 we'll explore the basic concepts of probabilities, the branch of mathematics that allows us to take a sample and make predictions about the population from which it was derived. We'll strive to gain a fundamental understanding of probability through its addition, multiplication and counting rules.

In Unit 5 we combine the probability concepts and the statistical concepts we previously learned to construct discrete probability distributions. Then we'll learn how to find statistics of the distribution. The unit ends with a discussion on a specific discrete probability distribution called the binomial distribution.

In Unit 6 the discussion changes from discrete distributions to continuous random variable distributions. We begin looking at the Normal distribution and then quickly moving on the the Standard Normal distribution. We conclude the unit by learning how the Central Limit Theorem can be applied to sample data sets.

In Unit 7 we move into inferential statistics. We learn how to use a sample mean to estimate the population mean, and how we can confidently report its value within a specific interval.

In Unit 8 we will examine the basics of hypothesis testing by using one-sample procedures for the hypothesis test of the population mean. In addition we will conclude our examination of topics in statistics by discussing the purpose of regression and correlation analysis. First, we'll examine some introductory terms, then focus on simple linear regression analysis and simple linear correlation analysis. During this final week of the course you will also complete the proctored Final Exam and the Course Evaluation.

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 87
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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 87
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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.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Can perform and interpret a hypothesis test with 100% accuracy. Can perform and interpret a hypothesis test with at least 80% accuracy. Can perform and interpret a hypothesis test with less than 80% accuracy. Makes no attempt to perform a test of hypothesis. 
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Can compute and interpret a confidence interval for a sample mean for small and large samples, and for a proportion with 100% accuracy. Can compute and interpret a confidence interval for a sample mean for small and large samples, and for a proportion with at least 80% accuracy. Can compute and interpret a confidence interval for a sample mean for small and large samples, and for a proportion with less than 80%  accuracy. Makes no attempt to compute or interpret a confidence interval. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
10                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Can apply the normal distribution, Central limit theorem, and binomial distribution to practical problems with 100% accuracy. Can apply the normal distribution, Central limit theorem, and binomial distribution to practical problems with at least 80% accuracy. Can apply the normal distribution, Central limit theorem, and binomial distribution to practical problems with less than 80% accuracy. Makes no attempt to apply the normal distribution, Central Limit Theorem, or binomial distribution. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4,5,7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Can explain event, simple event, mutually exclusive events, independent events, discrete random variable, continuous random variable, sample,  and population with 100% accuracy. Can explain event, simple event, mutually exclusive events, independent events, discrete random variable, continuous random variable, sample,  and population with at least 80% accuracy. Can explain event, simple event, mutually exclusive events, independent events, discrete random variable, continuous random variable, sample,  and population with less than 80% accuracy. Makes no attempt to explain any of the terms listed. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
1,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Can explain mean, median, mode, standard deviation, simple probability, and measures of location with 100% accuracy. Can explain mean, median, mode, standard deviation, simple probability, and measures of location with at least 80% accuracy. Can explain mean, median, mode, standard deviation, simple probability, and measures of location with less than 80%  accuracy. Makes no attempt to define any concept. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1,2,3,8,9                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Compute probabilities using addition multiplication, and complement rules and conditional probabilities. Compute statistical quantities for raw and grouped data. Compute probabilities using combinatorics, discrete random variables, and continuous random variables. All must be done with 100% accuracy. Compute probabilities using addition multiplication, and complement rules and conditional probabilities. Compute statistical quantities for raw and grouped data. Compute probabilities using combinatorics, discrete random variables, and continuous random variables. All must be done with at least 80% accuracy. Compute probabilities using addition multiplication, and complement rules and conditional probabilities. Compute statistical quantities for raw and grouped data. Compute probabilities using combinatorics, discrete random variables, and continuous random variables. All are done with less than 80% accuracy. Makes no attempt to compute any of the probabilities or statistics listed. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
7,8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Can apply the concepts of probability and statistics to real-world problems in other disciplines with 100 % accuracy. Can apply the concepts of probability and statistics to real-world problems in other disciplines with at least 80 % accuracy. Can apply the concepts of probability and statistics to real-world problems in other disciplines with less than 80% accuracy. Makes no attempt to apply the concepts to real-world problems. 
Components                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Can use a calculator or other computing device to compute statistics with 100% accuracy. Can use a calculator or other computing device to compute statistics with at least 80% accuracy. Can use a calculator or other computing device to compute statistics with less 80% accuracy. Makes no attempt to use any computing device to compute statistics. 

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