St. Petersburg College

Course Syllabus

STA 2023 Elementary Statistics, Class Number 1280 Spring, 2010

Instructor: VIBHOR GAUTAM                    

Office: SA 231

 Phone: 727-3414739

E-mail: gautam.vibhor@spcollege.edu                  

 

Office hours:  3:15- 4:15pm Monday

                         3:15-5:15pm Wednesday

                         11:00-12:00 pm & 1:00-2:00pm Tuesday & Thursday

                                                                                                                                                                                               

Department: Mathematics (SA 215)                         Campus: St. Pete/Gibbs

 

Department Dean : Sharon Griggs

 

Department Chair: Tyrone Clinton                                   

 

Class Meeting Time: 9:30-10:45 AM T-Th              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( TI-83 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 student’s 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 “W” will be recorded which does not impact the student’s GPA.   If the withdrawal occurs after March 24 ,2010, the student will receive a grade of WF (withdraw-failing). 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 pre-selected 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. Make-up 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 6Hx23-4.461. 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 791-2628.  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 341-4758, 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 college’s 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 (flip-chart) 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 791-2560.  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+SBM-SYP/

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 Chi-square distribution, estimation using confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation.

Materials: The text for this course is Intro Stats, 3rd Edition, by De Veaux, et al. (Pearson Education, 2009). A graphing calculator is also required. The Texas Instruments TI-83+ or TI-84+ 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 727-341-3512 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 #1-17 odd

3

p. 40 #1-17 odd

4

p. 78 #1-53 eoo

5

p. 109 #1-41 eoo

6

p. 147 #1-53 eoo

2/11

7

p. 186 #3-43 eoo

8

p. 219 #1-37 eoo,52

9

p. 247 #19-23 all

2/25

11

p. 299 #9,31,33,35

12

p. 324 #5-15 odd,23-35 odd

13

p. 350 #1-37 eoo,39-40

3/23

14

p. 379 #1-41 eoo

15

p. 404 #1-37 eoo,39

16

p. 427 #1-21 odd

17

p. 447 #1,7-15 odd,19-23 odd

4/13

18

p. 479 #1-9 odd,17,19,37,39

19

p. 503 #1-33 eoo,41

20

p. 527 #1-9 odd,21-31 odd

21

p. 552 #1-19 odd

22

p. 574 #1-33 eoo

4/29

23

p. 609 #1-41 eoo

24

p. 640 #3-35 eoo

25

p. 666 #5,19

26

p. 712 #1-11 odd

27

p. 745 #1-17 eoo