MA 120 Basic Concepts of Statistics
F1T 2007 DLF
Green, Kathleen R.
PhD - Adult Education MBA - Business Administration BA - Chemistry
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20 August - 14 October 2007
Required Text: Elementary Statistics –A Brief Version, 4th Ed.
Author: Allan B. Bluman
Order Text at: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm
You will also need a calculator. Check with your instructor for specific requirements on type and features. Links in the course Student Instruction Guide are provided for downloading required FREE software for the multimedia presentations of the course.
Required Text: Elementary Statistics –A Brief Version, 4th Ed.
Author: Allan B. Bluman
Order Text at: http://direct.mbsbooks.com/park.htm
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
PLEASE NOTE: It is expected that you will have access to a scientific calculator. You will not be allowed to use a programmable, graphing, or statistical 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.
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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.
4. Compute probabilities associated with a binomial random variable associated with a practical situation.
5. Compute probabilities associated with either a non-standard normal probability distribution.
6. Compute and interpret a confidence interval for a mean and/ or for a proportion.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
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.
A = 90 - 100% (or at least 456.5 points)
B = 80 - 89% (or at least 405.5 points)
C = 70 - 79% (or at least 354.5 points)
D = 60 - 69% (or at least 303.5 points)
F = < 60% (less than 303.5 points)
Points for this course can be earned in the following manner:
Introduction posting = possible 5 points
Posting of a thoughtful response to at least one classmate's Introduction = possible 5 points
Posting of a weekly Class Discussion answer = possible 10 points each (8 x 10 = 80 points)
Posting of a weekly concept focused response to a classmate's Discussion question answer = possible 5 points each week (8 x 5 = 40 points)
Practice Quiz = 15 possible points (8 x 15 = 120 points)
Timed Quiz = 20 possible points (8 x 20 = 160 points)
Final Exam = possible 100 points
5 + 5 + 80 + 40 + 120 + 160 + 100 = 510 possible points!
Your Introduction post will be assessed on whether you completed the assignment, submitted it on time, and if you completed it as explained in the thread instructions.
Your response posting to a classmate's introduction will be assessed on whether you completed the assignment, submitted it on time, and if your response addresses some aspect of the your classmate's introduction.
The Class Discussion and Study Group threads are our virtual classroom areas. This is where we will do most of our course interacting. It is advisable for you to check out this area several times per week. Good online discussion with your instructor and classmates and answers to your questions will not be possible if you wait until the last day of the week to arrive.
Your Class Discussion answers will be assessed on whether you completed the assignment, answered an eligible question correctly and completely, submitted your answer before the stated deadline, and if you completed it using the required format as explained in the thread instructions.
Your response posting to a classmate's Class Discussion question will be assessed on whether you completed the assignment, submitted it on time, and if your response is focused on the statistical concept of the answer posting you are responding to.
Your responses should have at least two complete sentences that are concept focused. I encourage and expect you to respond freely to each other with affirmations, inquiries, suggestions, and additional thoughts. "I agree" or "good answer" is not expressive enough to earn points as one of your required sentences. In addition, if you merely write that the answer was good because it helped you to understand the concept, I will consider it too general for point consideration. Say why you agree, or why it is a good answer.
Before you praise and agree with another's answer, you need to verify that it is correct. If the answer is incorrect and you are agreeing, your response points will decrease.
Please respond tactfully to incorrect or incomplete answers as well as the correct ones. Points will be earned by the thoughtfulness of your postings. Focus your comment on the concept covered in the question/answer posting. Many times just the rewording of a thought, or giving an example, will enable someone to gain a better understanding of a concept, and is acceptable. A great deal of your learning can take place in this academic atmosphere. You can post as many response postings as you want, BUT please understand you can only earn a maximum of five points per week for replying to discussion questions, NOT five points per reply.
Your Practice and Timed quizzes will be assessed on whether you completed the quizzes, and submitted the answers before the deadline stated in the instructions.
I will publish an Answer Key for the Practice Quiz after the assignment deadline. You will find it in the Course Menu as the last item of the unit in which it assigned. Upon completion of your Timed quiz you will be allowed to see the correct answers. Use these as re-learning tools of any concepts you may need more help on. They will also come in handy as you review for your 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-programmable, non-graphing, non-statistical calculator. It must be taken in person (requiring a photo identification) no later than Thursday of the 8th week of instruction 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.)
Fifteen (15) 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.
The Study Group thread is a good place to go when you get "stuck." Look through the postings for information to help you get "unstuck." If you do not find help to get you "over the hump," post your question. Please do not ask for an answer to a particular quiz problem. Rather ask specific questions on how to find information that will lead you to be able to complete the assigned problem. You might want to ask for clarification of the reading assignment, or if someone could give you an example of a concept. This is also an area where you can post technical questions. You may post as many questions as you like here.
When replying to Study Group postings, please do not give answers to particular quiz problems. Take on the role of tutor and help your classmate gain an understanding of the material. It is well known that we learn by doing and by teaching, so please take advantage of this opportunity. I feel confident that you will be able to help each other in your reply postings, but please know I will be monitoring this thread and will occasionally expand, clarify, or correct replies to posted questions if I deem it necessary. I will also answer questions posted here that do not elicit an answer from classmates.
Two cautions: Please refrain from negative comments in the Study Group thread. Its purpose is to ask for help and to help others, not to vent! Under no circumstances are you to post answers to the quiz questions in the Discussion Question or the Study Group threads. Doing so will earn you a 25 point penalty!
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments are expected to be completed by set deadlines. A 24 hour extension is provided for thread postings, but will be assessed with a 50% penalty on earned points. Practice and Timed quizzes will only be accessible during the current week. NO EXTENSIONS WILL BE MADE. You have all week to complete the quizzes; waiting until Sunday is NOT a good plan. Since the Practice quiz is repeatable, you could complete the questions as you are reading the sections and working practice exercises in the textbook. Many students enter and submit one answer at a time on the Practice Quiz to insure accuracy. If you submit all answers at one time, you will only receive a report stating the number of correct answers, but not specifically which ones are correct! You can send me a request to review your quiz and let you know which ones are incorrect. That is never a problem for me to do, but if you do not want to wait for me to reply, you should consider entering your answers separately. This is ONLY for the Practice Quiz! You must submit all answers at one time on the Timed Quiz since you can only enter it one time
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 12:00 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. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.
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, PDF, JPEG, or TIFF file formats. WORDPERFECT and some scanner files (like .max) are not acceptable for this course.
Policy #2: Ground Rules for Online Communication & Participation.
Journal: You should use this communication tool for private messages to me. Make sure you choose the option to allow me to view your entry. Should you need to send me an attachment of your work, you will need to send it via an email.
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 am required to 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86***********************************************************
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85***********************************************************
ALL GRADED WORK FOR THIS COURSE MUST BE YOUR OWN. EVERY QUIZ INSTRUCTION PAGE STATES THAT 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. WARNING: When I repeatedly see identical incorrect answers on quizzes I will be suspicious and will investigate.
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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88
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:7/24/2007 12:01:39 PM