Math 120

Introduction to Statistics

Course #5844 (4 units)

Course Syllabus

Spring 2005

MyMathLab ID: toner57337

 

 


Instructor:  Stephen Toner

Web Page:  http://www.stevetoner.com 

email:  toners@vvc.edu

VVC voicemail:    245-4271 ext. 2770          

Class Hours: MW: 9:00–11:05 am

Room:  bldg. 30 (Liberal Arts), room 6        

Office:  bldg. 30, office U

Office Hours: T,W,Th: 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

                        Wed: 2:05 pm – 4:00 pm


 

 

Spring Calendar:        Feb 14                Classes Begin

                                 Feb 21                President’s Day Holiday

                                 Mar 25-Apr 3     Spring Break

                                 May 3                 Last day to drop and receive a “W” grade

                                 May 30               Memorial Day Holiday

                                 Jun 8                   Last Day of Class        

 

 

Required Textbook:  Introductory Statistics, 7/e, by Weiss. This textbook can be purchased new bundled with MyMathLab (an online tutorial) at no extra charge.  If you purchase a used textbook, MyMathLab can be purchased online at www.mymathlab.com for approximately $42.  MyMathLab is strongly recommended for supplemental use by my students.

 

Course Description:  This course covers basic statistical techniques, including design and analysis for both parametric and non-parametric data.  Descriptive statistics included are measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion.  Graphical techniques of illustrating data are covered.  Probability and its application to inferential statistical procedures is covered.  Inferential statistics included are estimation and hypothesis testing, chi-square, analysis of variance and regression.  Applications are drawn from a variety of fields.

 

 

You are required to attend class every day.  After 4 hours of absence, you may be dropped from this class.  It is your responsibility to keep your enrollment status current.  You risk an “F” if you stop attending without officially withdrawing.  Do not bring friends or children to class.  Please turn off any cell phones or pagers during class time (or switch them to silent mode). 

 

 

Homework Policy:  Practice is essential.  Each student is expected to spend at least 2 hours doing homework for each hour this class meets.  Homework will not be collected, however. 

 

 

Grading Policies:  Grades will be based on all chapter exams and the comprehensive final exam.  Any exam not taken will be regarded as a zero.  The lowest exam score will be deleted prior to computing the term grade.  Students are expected to complete all exams during class on the dates and times scheduled. 

No make-up or re-take exams will be given. 

 

Grading Scale:  A=90% or above;     B=80%-89.9%;       C=70%-79.9%;       D=65%-69.9%;        F=below 65%

 

 


Calculators:  A calculator will be required for all exams.  The TI-83, TI-84 or TI-89 are the most appropriate for this course.  You will be taught how to use the various features, demonstrated on the TI-83 and TI-89.

 

A one-page, front-side-only, hand-written, (not photocopied) “cheat sheet” may be used for each exam.  This cheat sheet will be submitted along with the exam, at the completion of the exam.

 

Tentative Class Schedule

An effort will be made to adhere as closely as possible to this schedule.  If we can ever “get ahead” of the pace, we will take the opportunity to do so, just in case we need extra time on other material, later in the course.  Test dates are fixed, however.  They will not change, regardless of our progress through the course.

 

 

 

Sections to be Covered In Class

 

 

 

Sections to be Covered In Class

M

2/14

Introduction, Chapter 1

 

M

4/18

Review, Test Chapters 6, 7 & 8

W

2/16

Sample Bias, 2.1-2.4

 

W

4/20

9.1-9.3

M

2/21

President’s Day Holiday

 

M

4/25

9.4-9.7

W

2/23

Review, 2.5-2.6

 

W

4/27

10.1-10.3

M

2/28

Test Chapters 1 & 2

 

M

5/2

10.4-10.5

W

3/2

3.1-3.3, calculator intro

 

W

5/4

12.1-12.3, review

M

3/7

3.4-3.5, calculator intro

 

M

5/9

review, Test Chapters 9, 10 & 12

W

3/9

4.1-4.6

 

W

5/11

13.1-13.4

M

3/14

4.8, 5.1-5.2

 

M

5/16

14.1-14.3

W

3/16

5.3-5.4

 

W

5/18

15.1-15.4

M

3/21

Review

 

M

5/23

16.1-16.3

W

3/23

Test Chapters 3, 4 & 5

 

W

5/25

Review for test

M

3/28

Spring Break – No class today

 

M

5/30

Memorial Day Holiday

W

3/30

Spring Break – No class today

 

W

6/1

Test Chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16

M

4/4

6.1-6.4

 

M

6/6

Review / flex day

W

4/6

7.1-7.3

 

W

6/8

Comprehensive Final Exam

M

4/11

8.1-8.2, 8.4

 

 

 

 

W

4/13

Review, 8.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attendance Policy:  Class attendance is not a measure of performance or proficiency.  Whether a student is just physically present in the class is not a valid basis for grading.  Reference Title 5 Section 55002 of the California Code of Regulations: (A) Grading Policy.  The course provides for measurement of student performance in terms of stated course objectives and culminates in a formal, permanently recorded grade based upon uniform standards in accordance with section 55758 of this Division. The grade is based on demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter and the ability to demonstrate that proficiency, at least in part, by means of written expression that may include essays, or, in courses where the curriculum committee deems them to be appropriate, by problem solving exercises or skills demonstrations by students.