Effective: Late Fall 8-Week, 2018/2019

MATH 250: Statistics I

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  Course Description

This course is an 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. 

Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in MATH 104, 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 SAT, or a passing grade on the Columbia College math placement exam.

Proctored Exams: Midterm and Final



  Textbooks

As part of TruitionSM, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below.

Textbook

  •  Gould, R.. Essential Statistics. 2nd, Pearson, 2017.  eText

Bookstore Information

Visit https://www.ccis.edu/bookstore.aspx for details.

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 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.

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

  Course Overview

This introductory course teaches statistical thinking via an investigative process of problem-solving and decision making. Using real data with context and purpose, we focus on conceptual understanding rather than calculation. Technology rather than tables and formulas will be used to explore concepts and analyze data. 

  Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.

Additional requirements specific to this course:

  • Adobe Flash Player
  • The most updated version of Java
  • Access to MyLabsPlus to complete weekly homework
  • Access to a graphing calculator (TI-83 or TI-84 series is highly 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.

  Grading

Grading Scale

Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%

Grade Weights

Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussion 50 5%
Homework 200 20%
Quizzes 150 15%
Midterm Exam 300 30%
Final Exam 300 30%
Total 1000 100%

  Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 6 Friday/Sunday
Discussion: Introduction 2 Sunday
Discussion: Equation Editor -
MLP Homework -
Quiz 1 25

Week 2

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 2 6 Friday/Sunday
MLP Homework - Sunday
Quiz 2 25
Proctor Information N/A

Week 3

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 6 Friday/Sunday
MLP Homework - Sunday
Quiz 3 25

Week 4

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 4 6 Friday/Sunday
Practice Midterm Exam 5-bonus-points Sunday
Midterm Exam 300

Week 5

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 6 Friday/Sunday
MLP Homework - Sunday
Quiz 4 25

Week 6

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 6 6 Friday/Sunday
MLP Homework - Sunday
Quiz 5 25

Week 7

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 6 Friday/Sunday
MLP Homework - Sunday
Quiz 6 25

Week 8

Assignment Points Due
Discussion 8: Math Post/Reply 6 Friday/Saturday
MLP Homework 200 Saturday
Practice Final Exam 5-bonus-points
Final Exam 300
Total Points: 1000

  Assignment Overview

Discussions

The discussion board is our classroom. While reading actively and doing the homework is part of our course, much of the learning happens through our discussion of the concepts and the ideas behind the calculations.

You are expected to actively participate in the discussions for each week. In addition to responding to a question for your initial post, you are required to respond to at least one of your classmates’ posts. These response posts should go beyond “I got that answer, too” or other simple posts. Response posts should be substantive (i.e., offer tips or helpful information about how to solve a problem). In addition to your response post, you are expected to answer questions from your classmates or your instructor about your original post.

Initial posts are due by 11:59 pm CT Friday and responses to classmates should be posted by 11:59 pm CT Sunday each week, except in Week 8 where replies will be due at 11:59 pm CT Saturday.

Each discussion is worth 6 points, except the Equation Editor discussion in Week 1, which is ungraded. A grading rubric will be provided in D2L for your review.

Homework

You will complete My Labs Plus (MLP) Homework each week covering one assignment per section of reading covered, except in Weeks 4 and 8, which will be a review of previous weeks. You can rework the MLP Homework problems before submitting the homework; however, homework completed or redone after the due date will incur a 10% late penalty. After the due date, you can rework problems in the homework for extra practice.

MLP offers adaptive learning tools to assist students with the homework. If you use Show Me an Example, you will then return to your original problem and complete it. If you select Help Me Solve It, you will then complete a new, similar problem. If you miss the problem 3 times, you will then click on Similar Problem to generate a new version to complete for credit.

Homework grades will not be transferred until the end of the session. The final score at the end of the session is the one that will be reported in the gradebook and is recorded as the percentage earned in MLP (after 0s are assigned for missing homework) times the 200 points possible for homework assignments.

MLP Assignments will be due by 11:59 pm CT Sunday of the week they are assigned except in Week 8, where they are due Saturday.

Quizzes

You will complete a Quiz each week in Weeks 1-3, and 5-7. Quizzes have a 60 minute time limit, are multiple-choice, and automatically graded. You can take the Quizzes up to 5 times during the open period and your best attempt will be recorded to the grade book. Quizzes will remain open throughout all weeks in order to give you more practice. Quizzes are worth 25 points each.

Exams

Midterm Exam

The Midterm Exam is proctored, with a 2-hour time limit. The Midterm tests your knowledge of material covered in Weeks 1-3 and is comprised of multiple-choice questions. You will have one attempt at the Midterm Exam. It will be open from 12:01 a.m. CT Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. CT Sunday of Week 4. The Midterm Exam is worth 300 points.

  1. You may use your TI calculator and/or a scientific calculator on the exam
  2. You may use a 3 by 5 notecard with material on the front and back for the exam
  3. You may use scratch paper provided by the proctor for the exam

Final Exam

The Final Exam is proctored, with a 2-hour time limit. The Final tests your knowledge of material covered in Weeks 1-3 and 5-7 and is comprised of multiple-choice questions. You will have one attempt at the Final Exam. The Final will be open from 12:01 a.m. CT Tuesday through 11:59 p.m. CT Saturday of Week 8. The Final Exam is worth 300 points.

  1. You may use your TI calculator and/or a scientific calculator on the exam
  2. You may use a 3 by 5 notecard with material on the front and back for the exam
  3. You may use scratch paper provided by the proctor for the exam

Practice Exams

There will also be Practice Midterm and Final Exams, which will be ungraded practice (worth up to 5 bonus points) for you. Practice Exams have a 2 hour time limit, are multiple-choice, and automatically graded. Like the quizzes, you can take the practice exams up to 5 times, and your best attempt will be recorded to the grade book. The practice exams are available throughout the duration of the session.

  Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Readings

Essential Statistics: Chapters 1 and 2

Discussion 1

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 1 page. You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 1. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example, if you select problem 13, your subject line will be D13.

Discussion: Introduction

Please introduce yourself to the class. Include information such as your experiences with statistics and math courses, what you would like to get out of the course, and a trait you possess that you feel is unique or different from other people. Share any personal or professional details you’d like to share or your location and how long you’ve lived there. Only share what you feel comfortable. Please post your introduction by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday.

Welcome to Statistics 1!

Discussion: Equation Editor

Use the instructions and screen shots included in the Equation Editor Page (in the course Content area) and post the equations. This feature is required for all postings with fractions, exponents, radicals, subscripts, and other statistics symbols. You should complete this discussion by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday.

MLP Homework

Chapters 1 & 2

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of  the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 1

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 1. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 1 is worth 25 points.

Readings

Essential Statistics: Chapter 3

Discussion 2

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 2 page. You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 2. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example, if you select problem 13, your subject line will be D13.

MLP Homework

Chapters 3

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of  the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 2

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 2. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 2 is worth 25 points.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Readings

Essential Statistics: Chapters 4 and 5

Discussion 3

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 3 page. You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 3. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example, if you select problem 13, your subject line will be D13.

MLP Homework

Chapters 4 and 5

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of  the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 3

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 3. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 3 is worth 25 points.

Readings

Review Chapters 1-5; videos in MLP from Weeks 1-3

Discussion 4

This week I want our discussion to help prepare you for the midterm exam, so do one of the following: 

  1. Post a problem you have conquered and want to celebrate with us. Be sure to show us how to solve it!
  2. Ask a question…What are you struggling with? What problem do you need help with? What are you most worried about for the midterm exam? Which problem on the practice midterm can you just not figure out?
  3. Share a tip or trick you figured out along the way that you think will help your classmates.
  4. I am not too particular. I really just want everyone to discuss the material and help each other prepare for the midterm. All I ask is that if you ask a question that you stick around for the answer, so we know if we helped you or not.

Post your initial post by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, though to prepare for the Midterm you should post as early in the week as possible. You will still respond to at least one other student post this week offering another problem or comment on the problem solved in the original posting. Your response post is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sunday.

I look forward to a great discussion.

Practice Midterm Exam

This practice midterm exam helps you review materials from weeks 1-3 in preparation for the midterm. It is available all session and is worth up to 5 bonus points.

Midterm Exam

This exam covers materials from weeks 1-3 and is given in a proctored environment. It will be available beginning Tuesday morning and must be completed by 11:59 pm Sunday.

Readings

Essential Statistics: Chapters 6, 7.1, and 7.2

Discussion 5

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 5 page. You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 5. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example, if you select problem 13, your subject line will be D13.

MLP Homework

Chapters 6 and 7

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of  the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 4

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 5. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 4 is worth 25 points.

Readings

Essential Statistics: Chapters 7.3, 7.4 and 8

Discussion 6

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 6 page. You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 6. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example, if you select problem 13, your subject line will be D13.

MLP Homework

Chapters 7.3, 7.4 and 8

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of  the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 5

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 6. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 5 is worth 25 points.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Readings

Essential Statistics: Chapter 9

Discussion 7

Choose one unique problem from the Discussion 7 page. You should answer a problem not already posted by a classmate in Discussion 7. Post your original response and your process for solving the problem that may be usable to your classmates by 11:59 pm CT Friday. You must respond to at least one of your classmate’s posts by 11:59 pm CT Sunday.

The subject line should be submitted as D#. For example, if you select problem 13, your subject line will be D13.

MLP Homework

Chapter 9

Your homework grade will be recorded at the end of the class, as a percentage of  the 200 points possible, based on the points earned in MLP.

Quiz 6

Covers assigned reading/topics for Week 7. Quizzes will unlock in their respective weeks but remain open throughout the session. You have 5 attempts at each Quiz and are encouraged to make your first attempt in the week that it opens. You highest score will be recorded in the grade book. Quiz 6 is worth 25 points.

Readings

Review the sections of Chapters 1-9 that were covered in Weeks 1-7, as well as videos and other MLP resources

Discussion 8: Math Post/Reply

This week I want our discussion to help prepare you for the final exam, so do one of the following:

  1. Post a problem you have conquered and want to celebrate with us. Be sure to show us how to solve it!
  2. Ask a question…What are you struggling with? What problem do you need help with? What are you most worried about for the midterm exam? Which problem on the practice midterm can you just not figure out? 
  3. Share a tip or trick you figured out along the way that you think will help your classmates. Did you change anything to study for the final exam?

I am not too particular. I really just want everyone to discuss the material and help each other prepare for the Final. All I ask is that if you ask a question that you stick around for the answer, so we know if we helped you or not.

Once you complete your initial post, you will still respond to at least one other student post this week offering another problem or comment on the problem solved in the original posting. Post your initial post by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, though to prepare for the Final you should post as early in the week as possible. You will still respond to at least one other student post this week offering another problem or comment on the problem solved in the original posting. Your response post is due by 11:59 p.m. CT on Saturday. I look forward to a great discussion.

MLP Homework

Review previous homework in preparation for the final exam.

Practice Final Exam

This practice final exam helps you review materials from weeks 1-3 and 5-7 in preparation for the final. It is available all session and is worth up to 5 bonus points.

Final Exam

This exam is comprehensive (covers the entire semester) and is given online in a proctored environment. The exam will be available beginning Tuesday morning and must be completed by 11:59 pm Saturday, the last day of the course. It is worth 300 points. 

  Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a cumulative process that begins with the first college learning opportunity. Students are responsible for knowing the Academic Integrity policy and procedures and may not use ignorance of either as an excuse for academic misconduct. Columbia College recognizes that the vast majority of students at Columbia College maintain high ethical academic standards; however, failure to abide by the prohibitions listed herein is considered academic misconduct and may result in disciplinary action, a failing grade on the assignment, and/or a grade of "F" for the course.

Additionally, all required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College is committed to creating a learning environment that meets the needs of its diverse student body. If you anticipate or experience any barriers to learning, communicate your concerns with the instructor. In addition to speaking with the instructor, the following resources are available to ensure an opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that values mutual respect.

  • For students with disabilities/conditions who are experiencing barriers to learning or assessment, contact the Student Accessibility Resources office at (573) 875-7626 or sar@ccis.edu to discuss a range of options to removing barriers in the course, including accommodations.
  • For students who are experiencing conflict which is impacting their educational environment, contact the Office of Student Conduct at studentconduct@ccis.edu or (573) 875-7877.
  • For students who have concerns related to discrimination or harassment based on sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy or parental status, please contact the Title IX Office at titleixcoordinator@ccis.edu. More information can be found at http://www.ccis.edu/policies/notice-of-non-discrimination-and-equal-opportunity.aspx

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

No late quiz submissions will be accepted.

A 10% late penalty is applied to all MyLabsPlus Homework problems completed after the weekly deadline.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.

  Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

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.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.