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Heartland Community College Math / Science Course Syllabus for Students Summer 2010 Course Prefix and Number: Course Title: Math 141- 02 Introduction to Statistics Credit Hours: 4 Lecture Hours Days and times the course meets: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs. June 1 – July 27, 2010 2 – 3:50 P.M. Room 1103 Introduction: Statistics is used in every walk of life, enabling life-long learners to make informed decisions. Exposure to basic statistical ideas and experience in gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data opens the door for a variety of future applications. Catalog Description: Prerequisite: MATH 096 or MATH 099 with grade of "C" or higher, or assessment and MATH 098 (or at least one year of high school geometry with a "C" or higher). A course in statistics that introduces various topics in probability and statistics, and demonstrates a variety of real life applications. Some of the topics covered are sampling techniques and simulation, data organization, distributions, measure of central tendency and variability, probability, estimation, and hypothesis testing. A graphing calculator is required for this course (instruction will be based on a T1 83+). Textbook: Elementary Statistics (using the TI-83/84 Plus Calculators), 2nd Ed., Triola REQUIRED: TI-83 or 84 Calculator REQUIRED: MyMathLab Supplies: Graph paper, straight edge Websites: GSS MyMathLab: Instructor Information Instructor name: e-mail address: office: Phone number: Office hours: Gillespie Summer 2010 http://sda.berkeley.edu/GSS www.coursecompass.com gillespie06447 Kathryn Gillespie [email protected] ICB 2400 310-4639 After class and by appointment (I teach in room 2707 from 12 -1:50) -1- Relationship to Academic Development Programs and Transfer: The course is intended for students who want an introduction to statistics, including experience in gathering and analyzing data. This course is also intended for students fulfilling 4 credit hours in Mathematics as partial fulfillment for completion of the A.A. Degree or the A.S. Degree. This course is NOT intended for students requiring a precalculus statistics course for a business major or for students majoring in mathematics. MATH 141 should transfer as part of the General Education Core Curriculum described in the Illinois Articulation Initiative to other Illinois colleges and universities participating in the IAI. However, students should consult an academic advisor for transfer information regarding particular institutions. Refer to the IAI web page for information as well at www.itransfer.org Course Objectives (Learning Outcomes): After completing this course the student should be able to achieve the following outcomes. The level of these outcomes is based on problem solving abilities (PS2). 1. Organize and present data using statistical charts and graphs (e.g., histograms, stem and leaf plots, scatter plots, estimation of best fit line, etc.). 2. Summarize and analyze a set of data (e.g., compute the mean, median, mode, variance, standard deviation, correlation coefficients, etc.). 3. Construct frequency distributions for a given set of data and determine the mean, standard deviation, variance, and expected value for these probability distributions. 4. Know and apply probability theory (e.g., counting techniques, probability laws, conditional probability, independent events, etc.) to determine probabilities based on sample data. 5. Know and apply probability and statistics principles and theorems (e.g., Central Limit Theorem, Chebyshev’s Theorem, Empirical Rule, etc.). 6. Know and apply sampling techniques used to generate sampling distributions. 7. Determine probabilities (with respect to random variables) associated with sampling distributions. 8. For various probability distributions, address questions about a population parameter (based on sample data) by using the decision-making process of hypothesis testing. 9. Estimate the value of a population parameter by generating confidence intervals based on sample data. 10 Know and apply concepts and techniques for conditions not previously addressed (e.g., establish and test hypotheses comparing population means or variances, analyze the relationship between two variables to determine if there is a correlation between them, analyze data which does not satisfy parametric assumption, etc.). Gillespie Summer 2010 -2- Course/lab outline: 1. 2. 3. 4. Introduction Descriptive Statistics Probability Inference Chapter 1 Chapters 2-3 Chapters 4-6 Chapters 7-11 Methods of Instruction and Evaluation: The course will be taught using a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities with strong use of graphing calculators and student inquiry. All activities have the purpose of guiding the student to understand statistics and apply that understanding to real-life situations. MyMathLab will be used and students will be expected to work with data from a variety of internet sources. Lecture/Discussion Daily participation in the class dialog is expected. Homework Problems are chosen to give adequate practice with important concepts. Homework is to be completed and submitted online using MyMathLab. Group projects are completed in class and cannot be made up due to absences. They are designed to give students experience with problem solving and communication in a group setting. Individual grades are given. Written Reaction 3-paragraph written response to current articles that use statistics in some meaningful way Tests 4 tests will assess the problem solving aptitude that applies to course content. Student will earn points for successful completion of: a) 11 homework assignments (online) @20 b) 7 Group project (in class) @ 20 b) 1 Written Reaction @ 40 c) 4 Tests @ 100 d) 1 Final Exam @ 200 = = = = = 220 140 40 400 200 The total number of points will be approximately 1000. The grading scale is: A = 89.5 + 895 – 1000 points B = 79.5 – 89.4 795 – 894 points C = 69.5 – 79.4 695 – 794 points D = 59.5 – 69.4 595 – 694 points F = 0 – 59.4 0 – 594 points Tests and Quizzes All tests will be administered on the date prescribed in this syllabus. The tests will cover specific material from lecture, problem sets, group work, computer work, and text reading. In the event that you must be absent from a test, advance notice to the instructor is MANDATORY. If you do not notify the instructor IN ADVANCE when you will be absent from a test or quiz, make-up privilege will NOT be extended and your grade will be ZERO!!! Gillespie Summer 2010 -3- Final Exam The final exam is comprehensive. It is NOT customary for students to take the final exam in this class earlier than the college schedule. If you must re-schedule your final exam, ADVANCE approval is MANDATORY. ***IF YOU EXPECT THE INSTRUCTOR TO MAKE ANY EXCEPTIONS TO THESE GRADING POLICIES, PLEASE BE PREPARED TO PROVIDE LEGAL DOCUMENTATION WITH YOUR REQUEST. Written Reactions Written Reaction is due on July 6. Late papers will receive half credit. Please include a copy of a current article that interests you and uses statistics. Paragraph 1: Summarize the main idea and purpose of the article, including the target audience. Paragraph 2: Explain how statistics is used by the author to communicate or persuade. Paragraph 3: Your personal reaction: Defend your opinion, explain what you learned from the article, state your lingering questions, suggest flaws or improvements, etc. Suggested on-line periodicals: USA Today www.usatoday.com Online surveys Chicago Tribune www.chicagotribune.com Gallup Poll http://www.gallup.com/ LA Times Roper Center www.ropercenter.uconn.edu www.latimes.com Scientific American www.sciam.com Harris Interactive www.harrisinteractive.com/ Psychology Today www.psychologytoday.com Participation (or Attendance) Students are expected to attend all classes and participate meaningfully in the activities each class day. Incompletes Please consult the HCC Student Handbook for Incomplete procedures. Required Writing and Reading: Required writings will be part of most assignments and tests as students explain how they found the solution, describe Gillespie Summer 2010 -4- their solution graphically, and interpret their answer in context of the problem. Students are expected to read the material in the textbook for each section studied. Student Conduct Students are expected to conduct themselves in a courteous and responsible manner at all times. Please do not bring food/drink into the classroom. Turn off cell phones during class. Do not talk to others while the instructor is talking to the class. Consult the Student Handbook for clarification. Academic Integrity Academic integrity is a fundamental principle of collegial life at Heartland Community College and is essential to the credibility of the College=s educational programs. Moreover, because grading may be competitive, students who misrepresent their academic work violate the right of their fellow students. The College, therefore, views any act of academic dishonest as a serious offense requiring disciplinary measures, including course failure, suspension, and even expulsion from the College. In addition, an act of academic dishonesty may have unforeseen effects far beyond any officially imposed penalties. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to cheating, aiding or suborning cheating or other acts of academic dishonesty, plagiarism, misrepresentation of data, falsification of academic records or documents and unauthorized access to computerized academic or administrative records or systems. Definitions of these violations may be found in the college catalog. Plagiarism Plagiarism is the presenting of others’ ideas as if they were your own. When you write a paper, create a project, do a presentation or create anything original, it is assumed that all the work, except for that which is attributed to another author or creator, is your own. Plagiarism is considered a serious academic offense and may take the following forms: 39902. Copying word-for-word from another source and not giving that source credit. 39903. Paraphrasing the work of another and not giving that source credit. 39904. Adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own 39905. Using an image or a copy of an image without crediting its source 39906. Paraphrasing someone else=s line of thinking in the development of a topic as if it were your own. 39907. Receiving excessive help from a friend or elsewhere, or using another project as if it were your own. Note that word-for-word copying is not the only form of plagiarism. The penalties for plagiarism may be severe, ranging from failure on the particular piece of work, failure in the course or expulsion from school in extreme cases. [Adapted from the Modern Language Association’s MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. New York: MLA, 1995: 26] Notice of Canceled Class Sessions: Cancelled class sessions, for all HCC classes, will be listed under Cancelled Class Meetings in the A-Z Index and under Academic Information in the Current Students page on the HCC Web site. Go to http://www.heartland.edu/classCancellations/ to learn what classes have been cancelled for that day and the upcoming week. Be sure to check the last column, which might contain a message from the instructor. Syllabi disclaimer Information in this document is believed to be valid at the time of duplication. Changes will be distributed IN WRITTEN FORM during regularly scheduled class. Gillespie Summer 2010 -5- Math 141-02 Summer 2010 **Test/Quiz Dates are not subject to change** WEEK MONDAY 1 2 June 7 Chapter 2 GROUP—Graphs HW 1 DUE TUESDAY June 1 Chapter 1 Intro and Survey June 8 Chapter 3 WEDNESDAY THURSDAY June 2 Chapter 1 3 Chapter 2 June 9 Chapter 3 GROUP – Center and Spread HW 2 DUE June 16 Chapter 4 June 10 Chapter 3 June 14 Test: Chapters 1-3 HW 3 DUE June 15 Chapter 4 June 22 Chapter 5 4 June 21 Chapter 5 HW 4 DUE June 23 Chapter 6 HW 5 DUE June 29 Chapter 7 June 30 Chapter 7 5 June 28 Test: Chapters 4-6 HW 6 DUE 6 July 5 HOLIDAY—Class does not meet July 6 Chapter 8 Written Reaction DUE July 7 Chapter 9 HW 8 DUE July 8 Chapter 9 GROUP—Matched Pairs July 12 Test: Chapters 6-9 HW 9 DUE July 13 Chapter 10 July 14 Chapter 10 July 19 Chapter 11 July 20 Test: Chapters 10-11 HW 11 DUE July 21 Practice Analysis July 15 Chapter 11 GROUP—Linear Regression HW 10 DUE July 22 Content Review 3 7 8 9 June 17 Chapter 4 – GROUP -Simulation June 24 Chapter 6 GROUP – Sampling Distributions July 1 GROUP— Confidence Intervals Chapter 8 HW 7 DUE July 26 FINAL EXAM Gillespie Summer 2010 -6- STUDENT INFORMATION Math 141, Summer 2010 Supply only the information you want the instructor to know! The instructor does not share any identifying information with others. Name ___________________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________________ Phone ____________________ Email ___________________________________________________ ________________________ How many credit hours are you attempting this semester? ________ Place of employment ________________________________________ Hours/week employed __________ Math Courses Taken (When? Where?) What calculator will you be using this semester? _________________ Anything else you want the instructor to know? Gillespie Summer 2010 -7- Class Data Collection – It is not necessary to put your name on this paper! If you wish to decline to answer, please write NA. Estimate average values based on your typical day/week. 1.Gender (M/F) 2.Height in inches 3.Eye color 4.What is the total amount of all coins in your possession at this moment? 5.How many keys do you have in your possession? 6.Do you smoke cigarettes? (Yes/No) 7.What is the distance (in miles) between your current residence and this class? 8.How many minutes a day do you spend browsing the Internet? 9.Record your pulse rate (number of heart beats per minute.) 10.How many minutes a day do you spend watching TV? 11.How many hours a week do you participate in sports or have other physical exercise? 12.How many times a week do you read a daily newspaper? 13.How many minutes does it take to travel from your home to the HCC campus? 14.Can you tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke? 15.Do you consider yourself a vegetarian? (Yes/No) 16.Are you Left-handed? (Yes/No) 17.How many credit hours do you intend to earn this year (2010)? 18.How many times each month do you shop in a grocery store? 19.How many students were in your high school graduating class? 20.How many credit/debit cards do you use? Gillespie Summer 2010 -8-