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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


16 / 35 - Early Summer Session
May - June 2017

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Course Syllabus
16 / 35 - Early Summer Session
May - June 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: MATH 250 A
Course Title: Statistics I
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Thu 
5:30pm- 9:30pm
Additional Notes:

This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content.


Catalog Description

Introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include collection of data, numerical and graphical descriptive methods, linear correlation and regression, probability concepts and distributions, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing for means and proportions. G.E. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in MATH 104  or higher level MATH course, or a score of 20 or higher on the math portion of the ACT, or a score of 480 or higher on the math portion of the SAT, or a passing score on the Columbia College math placement exam. 


 Grade of C or higher in MATH 104  or higher level MATH course, or a score of 20 or higher on the math portion of the ACT, or a score of 480 or higher on the math portion of the SAT, or a passing score on the Columbia College math placement exam. 


Fundamentals of Statistics 4th edition
Author: Sullivan (Prentice Hall)
ISBN: 9780321838704
Fundamentals of Statistics - Solution Manual
Author: Sullivan (PEARSON)
ISBN: 9780321839084
Category/Comments - Recommended

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Construct and interpret appropriate graphical displays of qualitative and quantitative data.
  2. Describe distributions of quantitative data in terms of shape, center, and spread.
  3. Use appropriate methods to explore and describe the relationship between two qualitative or two quantitative variables.
  4. Compute and interpret probabilities and conditional probabilities and use probabilities to determine if events are independent.
  5. Solve applied problems involving discrete and continuous random variables, including the binomial and normal random variables.
  6. Compute and interpret point estimates and interval estimates for a mean or proportion.
  7. Test hypotheses for a single mean or proportion using P-values and interpret the results.

Instructional Methods

Outside Assignments
1.   Any additional outside assignments will be turned in on time regardless of whether the student is present in class or not. 
2.   If you must be absent, email photos of the homework from your phone to me “postmarked” no later than class time on the day of class.  It will not be accepted beyond class time on the due date.

Make-Up Examinations        
1.   Tests are to be taken in class on the date and time scheduled. 
2.   If you miss an exam, contact me immediately via e-mail that day. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence for that exam.
3.   For a medically verifiable absence, make arrangements with the instructor for a make-up exam given on Saturdays. You must bring a photo ID and arrive on time for entrance to the make-up session. This exam must be taken on the next available make-up date. 
4.   For an unexcused absence, no make-up exam will be given.
5.   For a planned absence (wedding, graduation, etc.), make arrangements with me prior to that exam for a possible make-up.
6.   If a student fails to take a make-up exam for any reason, there will not be a second opportunity.

Course Grades: Letter grades assigned using the tentative grading scale listed below. The overall points for the course will not be weighted in any particular proportion. All points are accumulated based on performance on exams, homework, outside assignments, and performance in class. See the course grading scale below.

Cell Phones, computers, etc.   
1.  There will be no classroom recording, either audio or video, by cell phones or any other recording device. Laptop computers are also not permitted in class. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from class.
2.  There will be no use of cell phones, either incoming or outgoing calls, in class. Turn off your cell phone when you arrive for class. Distractions of any kind are a serious concern for some students and also interrupts classroom discussion.  If there are extenuating circumstances, please discuss it with the instructor prior to class.

Graded Activities

Exams300 Points61.2% of grade
Description -

1.   There are 3 exams, each worth 100 points. (See tentative schedule for dates).
2.   Students are allowed to use calculators for all exams, but not allowed to share calculators.

Homework90 Points18.4% of grade
Description -

There are seven homework checks each valued at 15 points. The lowest will be dropped at the end of the course.  The specific assignments will be distributed in the syllabus on the first night of class.

1.   There are homework checks each day.
2.   Keep an organized notebook containing your homework assignments from which you will be asked to reproduce (copy from your notebook with no textbook or calculator) several problems from the assignment (15 pts. for each assignment)
3.   There will be NO make-up on any of these homework checks but the lowest score will be dropped at the end of the course. 
4.   Homework is graded at the beginning of each class. If you arrive after the homework is graded, your score will be a zero. If absent, your homework should be e-mailed to me ‘postmarked’ no later than class time. No late homework is accepted. Everything must be sent, not just the answers. Take phone shots, scan or type your homework and attach it to the e-mail.

Classroom activities100 Points20.4% of grade
Description -

There are ten classroom activities, each worth 10 points, based on the current material. These will be done in small groups during class.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Terminology, Data Organization, & Summarizing Data

1.  Course Introduction 
2.  Discussion on Chapter 1 - Terminology
3.  Discussion on Chapter 2 - Data Organization
4.  Classroom Activity 1 - Baseball Hits
5.  Discussion on Chapter 3, Sections 1 & 2 - Central Tendency
     and Dispersion

Week 2
Summarizing Data & Variable Relations

1.  Grade homework
2.  Discussion on Chapter 3, Sections 3 - 5 - Summarizing Data 
3.  Classroom Activity 2 - Golf Scores
4.  Discussion on Chapter 4 - Variable Relations
5.  Classroom Activity 3 - Cricket Predictors
6.  Review for Exam 1

Week 3

1.  Grade homework
2.  Exam 1 - Chapters 1 - 4
3.  Discussion on Chapter 5 - Section 1 - Probability Rules
4.  Classroom Activity 4 - Flipping Coins or Rolling Dice
5.  Discussion on Chapter 5, Sections 2 - 4 - Addition, Complements, 
     Independence, Conditional Probability

Week 4
Counting Techniques & Binomial Distribution

1.  Return exams
2.  Grade homework
3.  Discussion on Chapter 5, Sections 5 & 6 - Counting Techniques
4.  Discussion on Chapter 6 - Discrete & Binomial Distributions
5.  Classroom Activity 5 - Space Travel

Week 5
Normal Distributions & Sampling Distributions

1.  Grade homework
2.  Discussion on Chapter 7 - Normal Distributions & Normality
3.  Discussion on Chapter 8 - Sampling Distributions 
4.  Classroom Activity 6 - Flower Petals
5.  Review for exam 2

Week 6
Confidence Interval

1.  Grade homework
2.  Exam 2 on Chapter 5 - 8
3.  Discussion on Chapter 9 - Confidence Intervals
4.  Classroom Activity 7 - Little Neck Clams

Week 7
Hypothesis Testing & Chi-Square Test

1.  Return exams
2.  Grade homework
3.  Discussion on Chapter 10 - Hypothesis Testing
4.  Classroom Activity 8 - Free Lunch
5.  Discussion on Chapter 12 - Chi-Square Test
6.  Classroom Activity 9 - Drunk Arrests

Week 8

1.  Grade homework 
2.  Discussion on Chapter 13, Sections 1 & 2 - ANOVA
3.  Classroom Activity 10 - IQ Challenge
4.  Review for exam 3
5.  Exam 3 on Chapters 9, 10, 12, 13


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Instructor Policy - This class is relatively fast-paced due to the 8-week time limitation, thus it is essential that you make every effort to attend each scheduled class period. If you must miss class.

1 - Missed class

a.)  Send in your homework assignment via email (phone pictures, scanned or typed); no late homework is accepted.

b.)  Check your syllabus

c.)  Get caught up! (textbook, another student, Math Center)

d.)  Have your new homework ready for class.

2 - Unplanned Missed exam?

a.)  Contact the instructor immediately (that day) for a possible make-up.

b.)  A missed exam due to illness must be accompanied by a medical verification. Simply oversleeping, car trouble, baby sitter issues, not feeling well, etc. do not constitute an excused absence. See #5 below for the policy on excessive absences.

3 - Planned Missed Exam

If you know you must miss an exam, make arrangements with the instructor prior to the exam for a possible make-up.

4 - Outside assignments

a.)  Any outside assignments are due on the assigned date whether you are present or not.

b.)  No assignments are accepted beyond the due date.

5 - Excessive absences (more than 1)

a.)  After the second absence for any reason whatsoever (illness, weather, work, car trouble, late enrollment, babysitter, etc), your grade may be reduced by 5% for each absence beyond 1.

b.)  If a student misses four (4) or more days without communication, the student is subject to removal from the course with an F.

c.)  If the withdrawal date has passed and no contact has taken place by that time, the student may be dropped automatically from the class with a grade of F (not a W).

d.)  If you are going to withdraw from the course with a W, do so immediately after you make that decision to avoid being dropped with an F.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Instructor Policy - Tests are to be taken in class on the date and time scheduled. No make-up tests will be given unless the instructor feels that the absence was justified. If you know you must miss an exam or quiz for an excused absence, make arrangements with the instructor PRIOR TO THAT EXAM for a possible make-up. If you miss an exam, contact the instructor IMMEDIATELY via e-mail that day. ?Any make-up exam must be taken prior to the next class period.

For an excused absence (medically verifiable or otherwise justified), the student may arrange with the instructor to make up this exam. If the make-up exam is permitted, that exam must be completed prior to the next class period.? If a student fails to take a make-up exam, there will not be a second opportunity.

For an unexcused absence, the student will NOT be allowed to take a makeup exam.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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