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MAT-215-20, Basic Statistics (SP14)

INSTRUCTOR: Edward Ennels, Email:  eennels1@ndm.edu

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Semester/Saturday/08:30 AM - 11:15AM, 2/01/2014 - 5/17/2014   


A course to familiarize the student with basic ideas of statistics. The topics included in the course are central tendency, variability, probability distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, analysis of variance, and contingency tables. Concepts and statistical methods are explained in examples. This practical orientation will help the student to relate statistics to real-life problems and, hopefully, to develop a pattern of thought that will persist after the student leaves the academic environment.


MyMathLab:  An online interactive course featuring exercises, videos, and multimedia resources. The textbook for the course is available online as an e-book (E-text:  Intro Stats; 4th Edition; DeVeaux, Velleman, and Bock; Pearson, 2012). To register for MyMathLab Basic Statistics (MAT-215-20):

1. Go to pearsonmylabandmastering.com.

2. Under Register, click Student.

3. Enter your instructor’s course ID: ennels21097, and click Continue.

4. Sign in with an existing Pearson account or create an account:

· If you have used a Pearson website (for example, MyITLab, Mastering, MyMathLab, or MyPsychLab), enter your Pearson username and password.

Click Sign in.

· If you do not have a Pearson account, click Create. Write down your new Pearson username and password to help you remember them.

5. Select an option to access your instructor’s online course:

· Use the access code that came with your textbook or that you purchased separately from the bookstore.

· Buy access using a credit card or PayPal.

· If you are unable to pay, get 14 days of temporary access. (Look for a link near the bottom of the page.)

6. Click Go To Your Course on the Confirmation page. Under MyLab & Mastering New Design on the left, click Basic Statistics (MAT-215-20) to start your work.

StatCrunch:  A web-based data analysis tool designed for teaching statistics, allowing users to perform complex analyses, share data sets, and generate reports (available through MyMathLab).

Calculator:  Each student is expected to have at least a scientific calculator for the class. 

Note:  Phones and electronic devices cannot be used as calculators in class and during testing.

Student Learning Outcomes: Students in this course will:

1. understand the mathematical material rather than simply assimilate a collection of rote procedures which they will demonstrate on assignments and tests;

2. use statistical methods in decision-making;

3. relate statistics to real-life problems;

4. foster conceptual understanding and retention of the material;

5. increase their ability of logical thinking and problem solving;

6. use a computer software program for statistical problems.

Homework:  Failure to do your homework will greatly increase the difficulty of this course. 

Attendance:  Regular attendance and punctuality in arriving for class are required.

Grading and Evaluation:                 

The following grading scale will apply to MAT 215: A: 90-100%; B+:87-89%; B:80% - 86%; C+: 77% - 79%; C: 70%-76%; D: 60% - 69%; F: Below 60%


Group Activities /Homework:15%; Average of 6 Tests: 60%; Final Exam (Comprehensive): 25%

Homework: Homework will be administered through MyMathLab and be due during the week chapter tests are due. All assigned homework must be completed before completing the tests. For on-line homework, you may stop, log-out and resume the assignment and it will pick up where you leave off. Never submit anything until you finish the complete assignment. Textbook problems will be completed in class and will serve as models for online homework problems. You may use notes, class problems, and MyMathLab resources to complete homework problems.

Cooperative Group Activities: Cooperative group activities will be encouraged. Students will be part of a two or three person group. From time to time group members will change. At the beginning of each unit, cooperative group activities will be assigned. These activities will be completed in class.

Tests:  There will be six tests throughout the semester.  You will be required to provide paper-pencil work in order to receive full credit. Work must be neat and organize with name, date, and proper heading. You are allowed to use your Formula/Table Card. Tests questions will reflect questions completed during class and for homework.  Test must be complete by due date. Only one retest will be allowed and must be done prior to the due date for the next chapter test. Students who do not complete a test by the due date will receive a zero and not be allowed a make-up test.

Final Exam: A cumulative, departmental Final Exam will be given on the last day of class. A practice final will be posted online to help students prepare for the final. THERE WILL BE NO RETAKES OF THE FINAL EXAM IF A STUDENT FAILS.

MAKE-UP WORK: If you miss a class assignment for any reason, you are expected to make it up. Given that all work is due the week of the chapter test, there will be no extensions on assignment unless students has met with me in advance to discuss why an extension is needed.

NO WORK WILL BE ACCEPTED LATE IF YOU ARE PRESENT FOR CLASS. Documents such as the Course syllabi, homework, some handouts, exercises, etc., will be posted on MyMathLab. There will also be announcements posted periodically. In case of inclement weather cancellations, instructor absences, emergencies, etc., there will be an announcement and instructions on MyMathLab, so please tune in!