Math 1431 – Introduction to Statistics
Georgia Perimeter College – Clarkston Campus
Spring Semester 2014 Syllabus

Section 104 – CRN: 30649 (MW): 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.; Room: CC-1140
Credit Hours: 3
Instructor: Dr. John Weber
Office: CH-3266
email: (this is the fastest method to contact me – you MUST use a student gpc email account)
Office Phone: 678.891.3693
Mathematics Department Phone: 678.891.3710
First Day of Class: 13 January 2014
Midpoint of Semester: 6 March 2014
Last day of Classes: 1 May 2014
Advising and Tutoring Hours:

Please note that this syllabus provides a general outline for the semester; changes or adaptations may be required.

I encourage you to take advantage of office hours. Often there is not sufficient time in class to ensure that every student understands the material presented. Clearing up a small problem early will often avoid much confusion later on. Please do not hesitate to contact me for assistance. If office hours are not convenient for you, please email or call me. I am often able to answer questions over the phone and it is no inconvenience to me. I would like to help you pass this course, but I cannot help if you do not ask.

A significant time commitment on your part is necessary in order to be successful in this course. I encourage you to form 'study groups'. These groups can help you understand the homework assignments and to prepare for tests. Further assistance can be obtained from the Learning and Tutoring Center (see for hours of operation), located in CB-1200, which offers free tutoring.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of any college-level mathematics course.

Text: Sullivan III, M. (2014). Fundamentals of statistics: Informed decisions using data (4th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-321-83870-4 (Optional).

Other Materials: TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator (Required). MyMathLab Code (Required)

Course Description: This course is designed for students whose programs require a course in statistics as well as for those who wish to elect such a course. Topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, basic probability, discrete and continuous distributions, sample estimation of parameters, hypothesis testing, tests on means and proportions, chi-square tests, correlation, and linear regression.

Course Evaluation: Tests, exam, quizzes, assignments and the final grade of the course will be calculated as follows:

Type Number Points Total Points
Tests* 4 100 300
Projects 2 10 20
(submitted in MyMathLab in iCollege)
12 5 60
Quizzes 24 5 100
Cumulative Final Exam** 1 120 120
TOTAL     600


Grading Scales:

Grade Percentage Points
A 90% – 100% 537 – 600
B 80% – 89% 477 – 536
C 70% – 79% 417 – 476
D 60% – 69% 357 – 416
F below 60% below 357

*The lowest test score will be dropped only if it results in a higher final grade.
***The lowest four (4) quiz grades will be only if it results in a higher final grade.
***The Final Exam grade will be worth either 20% of overall grade (25 points) or 33% of overall grade whichever results in a higher final grade.

Tentative Test Dates (NOTE: You will need to bring a new, blank Blue/Green Book to class on Test Day):

Final Exam Date (NOTE: You will need to bring a new, blank Blue/Green Book to class on Final Exam Day):

You should read the appropriate section of your text prior to class. Assignments are DUE at the beginning of class on the due date. Late assignments will NOT be accepted.

Daily Schedule and Assignments

Make-up Work:
You are responsible for all work. If you are absent on any particular day, you will need to obtain any notes from a classmate.

Missed Test/Quiz Policy:
Make-up tests will NOT be given for ANY reason. The first missed test will be your drop test. Any other missed test will be given a grade of zero. No make-up quizzes will be given for ANY reason. Any missed quiz will be given a grade of zero. The unannounced quizzes will be given at the beginning of the class period. The door to the classroom will be closed at the start of the quiz and will NOT be opened until the quizzes are completed. This is to ensure there are no disruptions or distractions to the students, who arrived to class on time, taking the quiz.

Behavior Policy:
You are expected to demonstrate generally accepted classroom behavior. The Student Handbook gives a detailed description of acceptable behaviors. You are expected to know and follow these guidelines. In particular, you are expected to refrain from using any non-educational technology during class, including, but not limited to portable music players and cell phones. If you are using a laptop during class, you are expected to refrain from using non-educational websites including, but not limited to social networking websites.

Attendance Policy:
Student's academic success is the major priority of the College. Because regular participation enhances the learning process, students are expected to adhere to the attendance policy set forth by the College and individual faculty members. Differences in content and teaching styles exist among courses, which can impact students' learning. Therefore, students are strongly encouraged to attend all classes to better prepare them for assignments, tests, and other course-related activities. Students are accountable for assignments and material covered during an absence

Attendance will be taken at each class meeting. The instructor will NOT withdraw you from this class, regardless of the circumstance. To receive a W you must withdraw on or before the midterm date.

Students are expected to withdraw themselves if they feel they cannot complete the course. Withdrawal forms are available in the Registrar's Office. Withdrawals must be completed before the above stated midpoint date to receive a grade of "W" from the class.

Expected Educational Results:
As a result of completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze statistical problems using critical thinking skills, such as deciding on appropriate statistics to measure and suitable tests to be performed;
  2. Support statistical analyses using the course-required calculator whenever possible;
  3. Use computer software to support statistical analyses;
  4. Define basic descriptive and inferential statistical terms;
  5. Define terms of Experimental Design;
  6. Select a random sample;
  7. Construct frequency and relative frequency tables, histograms and boxplots, and categorize the shape;
  8. Define the mean, median, mode, standard deviation, range, and quartiles and calculate their values for a set of data using the course required calculator or computer software;
  9. Identify outliers from a data set;
  10. Calculate, interpret and apply z-scores;
  11. Understand and apply basic concepts of probability;
  12. Compute regular, compound, and conditional probabilities of events from a contingency table;
  13. Compute binomial probabilities and their mean and standard deviation;
  14. Make appropriate checks for normality of distributions and apply the properties of normal and standard normal distributions to determine probabilities;
  15. Use the Central Limit Theorem to describe the sampling distribution of the sample mean and sample proportion;
  16. Determine confidence intervals for the mean and proportion of one population for large samples or normally distributed populations;
  17. Apply the basic model of hypothesis testing and select the appropriate distribution to make inferences about a population mean and proportion or the difference between two population means and proportions, including the use of z-, t-, statistics;
  18. Apply hypothesis tests using the chi-squared distribution;
  19. Write a regression line equation which best represents data relating two variables and interpret and/or make predictions from the line;
  20. Compute the linear correlation coefficient and coefficient of determination for a regression line using the course required calculator or computer software and interpret its significance;
  21. Apply techniques for Analysis of Variance (ANOVA);
  22. Demonstrate appropriate use of selected statistical techniques through a research project.

General Educational Outcomes:

  1. This course addresses the general education outcome relating to communication as follows:
    1. Students improve their listening skills by taking part in general class discussions and in small group activities.
    2. Students improve their reading comprehension by reading and discussing the text and other materials. Reading mathematics requires skills somewhat different from those used in reading materials for other courses and these are discussed in class.
    3. Unit tests, examinations, projects, and other assignments provide opportunities for students to practice and improve mathematical writing skills. Mathematics has a specialized vocabulary that students are expected to use correctly.
  2. This course addresses the general education outcome related to problem solving and critical thinking as follows:
  3. This course addresses the general education outcome related to using mathematical skills with quantitative data as follows:
  4. This course addresses the general education outcome related to using computer applications as follows:

Cheating Policy:
All student work must be that of the student submitting the work unless otherwise noted. Projects completed with partners or as small groups should be so noted with all names indicated on the papers. No phones, PDAs, notecards, notes, texts, or other outside assistance during tests or quiizes. According to college policy, you may NOT share calculators during a test or quiz. The giving or receiving of help from notes or another person during exams or tests may result in a grade of zero for this work and/or a grade of "F" in the course, and/or referral to the campus disciplinary committee for penalty, which may include suspension for the College. See the Mathematics Department Academic Honesty policy below.

Academic Honesty Policy
As a community committed to learning, Georgia Perimeter College recognizes and specifies that students, whether working as individuals or in a group, shall always present to the instructor their own work for an honest grade assessment. Academic Honesty Procedures have been established by Georgia Perimeter College to insure due process in cases of cheating. A copy of procedures is in the Student Handbook. Cheating of any kind may result in a penalty ranging from a grade of zero for the work in question to a grade of "F" in the course AND will be referred to the College Court for assignment of penalty that may include suspension from the College. Referral to the College Court is required whether the student admits or denies the violation. Unless specifically authorized by the instructor, the following are examples of cheating. This is not an exhaustive list.

  1. On a test or quiz:
    1. Looking at or copying from another student's work.
    2. Allowing another student to look at or copy your work.
    3. Having a copy of the test before actually taking the test.
    4. Sharing a calculator.
    5. Communicating with anyone except the student's instructor using any form of communication including all forms of electronic communication.
    6. Accessing unauthorized material whether it be student notes, printed material, or material accessed electronically.
  2. On homework or other out-of-class assignments:
    1. Copying work or answers from another student.
    2. Copying work or answers from a book.
    3. Having another person do work for you.
    4. Allowing another student to use your work as his or her own.
    5. Presenting the work of another as your own (plagiarism).
    1. Submitting the programs, documentation or program results of another person as one's own.
    2. Obtaining or attempting to obtain unauthorized access to information stored in electronic form.
    3. Submitting false results of a program's output for a class assignment or falsifying the results of program execution for the purpose of improving a grade.
  3. For late work or tests:

Americans with Disabilities Act Statement
If you are a student who is disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and requires assistance or support services, please seek assistance through the Center for Disability Services (CDS). A CDS Counselor will coordinate those activities.

Equal Opportunity Statement
No person shall, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or disability, be excluded from participation in, or be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of Georgia Perimeter College.

Affirmative Action Statement
Georgia Perimeter College adheres to affirmative action policies designed to promote diversity and equal opportunity for all faculty and students.

Veterans and Serving Military
GPC honors its military and veteran men and women returning to pursue their educational goals. A Military Outreach Center is provided for them on the ground floor of Building H on the Clarkston Campus. Veterans, serving military, their dependents, and the survivors of serving military who are attending college are encouraged to avail themselves of a full range of college services and activities through the MOC. MOC resource tables are also located on all campuses to provide them with valuable information. The Center maintains a Military Outreach website at and their telephone number is 678-891-3025.

Please read and familiarize yourself with the policies contained in the syllabus. If you have any questions or concerns, then please ask me. Please print and complete the form below. You will need to submit the form on or before Wednesday, 22 January 2014.

I have read and fully understand the syllabus, the Expected Educational Results of this course, the attendance policy and all other policies and acts attached to this syllabus. I understand that I am responsible for knowing about all announcements, changes in the syllabus, changes in course requirements, changes in test dates, etc. made in class.


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