St. Petersburg College
Course
Syllabus
STA 2023 Elementary Statistics, Class Number
1280 Spring, 2010
Phone: 7273414739
Email: gautam.vibhor@spcollege.edu
Office
hours: 3:15 4:15pm Monday
3:155:15pm
Wednesday
11:0012:00 pm & 1:002:00pm Tuesday & Thursday
Department: Mathematics (SA 215) Campus:
St. Pete/Gibbs
Department Dean : Sharon Griggs
Department Chair: Tyrone Clinton
Class Meeting Time:
9:3010:45 AM TTh Class
Location: SA 203
STA 2023 (Elementary Statistics) is a very practical course that teaches students to think critically in addition to learning about statistics. STA 2023 fulfills the math requirement for graduation.
Calculator
with statistical functions is required for this course( TI83 is highly
recommended)
Syllabus Addendum: Information contained at :
http://www.spcollege.edu/webcentral/policies.htm
supersedes anything published in this syllabus.
Prerequisite: MAT
1033 or appropriate score on the SPC mathematics placement test.
Attendance: Students are required to attend class regularly and on time. Attendance will be recorded at the start of each period. Students who arrive late are responsible for signing in at the end of the class to avoid being counted absent. Except in an emergency, a student who needs to leave early should notify the instructor at the beginning of the period. When absent, it is the studentÕs responsibility to learn what was missed (assignments, handouts, due dates, etc). Students missing class are strongly encouraged to contact the instructor promptly to avoid an unexcused absence. Documentation will be required in order to excuse an absence. Students will be awarded points for attendance, with a reduction for arriving late or leaving early. These points will combine with the homework score to make up the Homework/Participation score (see below). A student who has not attended for at least the two full weeks prior to October 29, 2009 will be considered to be no longer actively participating in the course.
SPC Withdrawal Policy: Beginning January 2008, instructors can no longer withdraw students from classes. If a student wishes to withdraw from a course, it is the responsibility of the student to withdraw either online through MySPC or with the help of an advisor in the registration office. If the withdrawal is completed by March 24 ,2010, a grade of ÒWÓ will be recorded which does not impact the studentÕs GPA. If the withdrawal occurs after March 24 ,2010, the student will receive a grade of WF (withdrawfailing). The WF grade is punitive; it has the same impact on the GPA as an F. Students in the third attempt of a course who withdraw will receive a WF regardless of the date of withdrawal. Students who do not attend during the first two weeks of classes will automatically be withdrawn from the course by the college and will still be responsible for the tuition and fees. Also, students who do not show sufficient active participation (i.e. completion of tests and quizzes and regular attendance) in the course by March 24, 2010, will be administratively withdrawn by the college and receive a WF. Students who withdraw from all classes may be required to repay some or all of the financial aid received for the term. Should you consider totally withdrawing from all classes before October 29, 2009 (for the fall session) it is important that you consult the Scholarships & Student Financial Assistance office on your home campus to understand your options and the consequences of total withdrawal.
IMPOPRTANT !!!!!!!!
Every other
Thursday there will be a short quiz towards the end of the class covering previous materials. Only five best
quizzes will be counted towards
the final grade.
Absolutely No
MAKE UP QUIZZES!!!!!!! will be given.
Grading: The class grade will be determined by a weighted average of test scores, homework, class attendance and participation, and the final exam.
Participation points will be awarded for each class that a
student attends. If a student attends and participates constructively in the
class, 2 points will be awarded for that day. If a student comes to class
tardy, leaves early, or disrupts class, only one point will be awarded for that
day. Absences will be awarded no points, but may be excused at the discretion
of the instructor.
Homework will be collected on each test day. The entire assignment will be checked
for completion, and one or two preselected problems may be checked for
accuracy. Homework that is not
legible or does not show relevant work will be rejected. At the end of the
semester all the homework scores will be put together with quiz scores and the
class attendance and participation score and will count as 30% towards final
grade. This homework/participation score will be derived by adding up the
number of points earned by the student and dividing by the total number of
possible points to get a percentage. Homework will not be accepted late for any
reason.
Quizzes may be given at any time, either announced or
unannounced. They will usually count as part of the class attendance and
participation score.
The final exam will be combined with the tests and homework to
give the class grade. All tests will be graded on a percentage basis. Makeup
tests will not be given for any reason. The lowest test grade will be dropped. A student who has exemplary test scores
and regular attendance may, at the discretion of the instructor, exempt the
final exam.
The final grade will be a weighted average, and will be
computed as follows:
Test 1 – Test 6 (highest
5) 
13% each 
Homework/quiz/attendance 
30% 
Final Exam

20%

Students should bring their own
paper and a writing utensil to class each time, especially on test days. Do not
use red ink for homework or tests.
Final grades will be based on the
following scale: (final grades will be rounded to the nearest integer)
90 
– 
100% 
= 
A, 
80 
– 
89% 
= 
B, 
70 
– 
79% 
= 
C, 
60 
– 
69% 
= 
D, 
0 
– 
59% 
= 
F 
Academic Honesty:
St. Petersburg College has an
Academic Honesty policy. It is your responsibility to be familiar with the
policies, rules, and the consequences of violations. There is no tolerance for cheating and academic
dishonesty. Discipline can range from a zero on a specific assignment to
expulsion from the class with a grade of F. Note that copy/pasting
published information, whether it's from your textbook or the Internet, without
citing your source is plagiarism and violates this policy. Even if you
change the words slightly, the ideas are someone else's so you still have to
cite your sources. Cheating, plagiarism, bribery, misrepresentation,
conspiracy, and fabrication are defined in Board Rule 6Hx234.461. Student
Affairs: Academic Honesty
Guidelines, Classroom Behavior. http://www.spcollege.edu/webcentral/catalog/current/stu_affairs_honesty.htm
Special
Accommodations: If
you wish to request accommodations as a student with a documented disability, please make
an appointment with the Learning Specialist on campus. If you have a documented hearing loss,
please contact the Program for the Deaf/Hard of Hearing at 7912628. If you will need assistance during an
emergency classroom evacuation, please contact your campus learning specialist
immediately about arrangements for your safety. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities can be
reached at 3414758, or on the web at http://www.spcollege.edu/webcentral/catalog/Current/ossd.htm.
Emergency
Preparedness: In the event that a
hurricane or other natural disaster causes significant damage to St. Petersburg
College facilities, you may be provided the opportunity to complete your course
work online. Following the event, please visit the college Web site for
an announcement of the collegeÕs plan to resume operations.
You should
familiarize yourself with the emergency procedures and evacuation routes
located in the buildings you use frequently. Located in each classroom is
an Emergency Response Guide (flipchart) that contains information for proper
actions in response to emergencies. You should be prepared to assess
situations quickly and use good judgment in determining a course of
action. You should evacuate to assembly areas in an orderly manner when
an alarm sounds or when directed to do so by college faculty or staff or
emergency services personnel. You may access additional emergency
information by going to www.spcollege.edu/security.
In face to face courses your instructor will review the specific campus plans
for emergency events.
Campus Safety and
Security: For
information on campus safety and security policies please contact 7912560. If there are questions or concerns
regarding personal safety, please contact the Provost, Associate Provost,
Campus Security Officer, or Site Administrator on your campus. http://www.spcollege.edu/tsc/security.htm
Course Goals:
1. The student will understand the methods for organizing and describing sets of data.
2. The student will understand how probability is used to make statistical inferences.
3. The student will be familiar with the fundamental concepts of random variables as they apply to statistical inferences.
4. The student will understand how sampling distributions are used in making statistical inferences.
5. The student will be familiar with the fundamental concepts of statistical inference as they apply to problems found in other disciplines.
6. The student will understand the basic principles of simple linear regression and correlation and their applications to practical problems in today's society.
The full list of learning outcomes is available at http://www.spcollege.edu/central/curriculum/?path=CURRICULUM+SBMSYP/
under item number 37 (STA 2023).
Course Description: This
course includes concepts taken from topics which include descriptive
statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability,
probability distributions, relative frequency distributions, sampling
distributions, binomial distribution, normal distribution, the student's t
distribution, the Chisquare distribution, estimation using confidence
intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation.
Materials: The text
for this course is Intro Stats, 3^{rd} Edition, by De
Veaux, et al. (Pearson Education, 2009). A graphing calculator is also
required. The Texas Instruments TI83+ or TI84+ is recommended. Students
should bring their own paper and a writing utensil to class each time,
especially on test days. Do not use red ink for homework, quizzes, or tests.
Help: I
hope that you will come see me if you need any help with this class. Also, St. Petersburg College provides
free tutoring in the Academic Resource Commons, located in TE 200. The Academic
Resource Commons is available Monday through Saturday. More information about
the Academic Resource Commons is available at 7273413512 or online at http://www.spcollege.edu/spg/arc/
.
Tentative
Schedule
Date 
Chapter 
Topic 
1/12 
1 
Stats Starts Here 
2 
Data 

1/14 
3 
Displaying and Summarizing Categorical Data 
1/19 
4 
Displaying and Summarizing Quantitative Data 
1/21 
5 
Understanding and Comparing Distributions 
1/26 
6 
The Standard Deviation as a Ruler and the Normal Model 
1/28 

Test 1 
2/2 
7 
Scatter plots, Association, and Correlation 
2/4 
8 
Linear Regression 
2/9 
9 
Regression Wisdom 
2/11 

Test 2 
2/16 
11 
Understanding Randomness 
2/18 
12 
Sample Surveys 
2/23 
13 
Experiments and Observational Studies 
2/25 

Test 3 
3/2 
14 
From Randomness to Probability 
3/4 
15 
Probability Rules! 
3/8 thru 3/12 
No Classes 
Spring Break!!!!! 
3/16 
16 
Random Variables 
3/18 
17 
Probability Models 
3/23 

Test 4 
3/25 
18 
Sampling Distribution Models 
3/30 
19 
Confidence Intervals for Proportions 
4/1 
20 
Testing Hypotheses about Proportions 
4/6 
21 
More about Tests 
4/8 
22 
Comparing Two Proportions 
4/13 

Test 5 
4/15 
23 
Inferences about Means 
4/20 
24 
Comparing (Two) Means 
4/22 
25 
Paired Samples and Blocks 
4/27 
26,27 
Comparing Counts, Inferences for Regression 
4/29 

Test 6 
Date To be announced 

FINAL EXAM 
Homework Assignments
Date 
Chapter 
Topic 
1/28 
1 
Read chapter 1 
2 
p. 16 #117 odd 

3 
p. 40 #117 odd 

4 
p. 78 #153 eoo 

5 
p. 109 #141 eoo 

6 
p. 147 #153 eoo 

2/11 
7 
p. 186 #343 eoo 
8 
p. 219 #137 eoo,52 

9 
p. 247 #1923 all 

2/25 
11 
p. 299 #9,31,33,35 
12 
p. 324 #515 odd,2335 odd 

13 
p. 350 #137 eoo,3940 

3/23 
14 
p. 379 #141 eoo 
15 
p. 404 #137 eoo,39 

16 
p. 427 #121 odd 

17 
p. 447 #1,715 odd,1923 odd 

4/13 
18 
p. 479 #19
odd,17,19,37,39 
19 
p. 503 #133 eoo,41 

20 
p. 527 #19 odd,2131 odd 

21 
p. 552 #119 odd 

22 
p. 574 #133 eoo 

4/29 
23 
p. 609 #141 eoo 
24 
p. 640 #335 eoo 

25 
p. 666 #5,19 

26 
p. 712 #111 odd 

27 
p. 745 #117 eoo 