MATH 117 Online Statistics
Some Data Web
An appropriate thing to say regarding this course
might be Welcome to the wonderful world of data! Why?
Well, the focus of MATH 117 Introduction to Statistics - ONLINE will include
organizing, exploring, and presenting data using tabular and graphical
forms. Reading newspapers and magazines, exploring information
related to other disciplines on the Internet, and even watching the
evening news programs, you will find data and this data will be analyzed
and presented using statistical techniques, many of which you will learn
about in this course. Reading one of the many medication
advertisements in magazine, you will find that sampling techniques are
used to to create the groups on which these medications were tested and
statistics regarding the performance and side effects of these
medications are presented. If you play the lottery or you buy
raffle tickets, having knowledge of probability will help you to
determine what, if anything, you might expect to win. Having
knowledge of how to analyze, organize, and present data, some basic
knowledge of probability, familiarity with various distributions, an
understanding of sampling and the design of experiments as well as for
hypothesis testing and the use of confidence intervals, and correlation
and regression will be helpful to you in your studies in any discipline
that necessitates the use and analysis of data -- and might help you to
get a better-paying job in the future too.
the course web site.
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Syllabus: Please carefully read the
This document provides information about the course, the
required textbook the exams and quizzes, the grading policy,
course participation, and the make-up policy (simply put, there are no
make-ups) as well as guidance on how to do well in the course.
Readings and Practice Exercises: The
only way in which to learn the material is to do the
readings and practice
exercises. The readings and practice exercises document does not have any dates,
however, each section is listed in the order in which
the material will be covered throughout the course. The
Current Topics, Readings, and Exercises pages provide
information regarding the readings (sections of the text, PowerPoint
Class Notes, and handouts) to do, the practice exercises and
MyMathLab assignments on which to work, the discussion forums to
which to post, and the resources to access each week and the
quizzes and examinations that you must take throughout the course.
You should use the resources on
such as additional practice
exercises and practice quizzes via the Study Plan, practice tests
(two available for each chapter of the textbook), data files for the
practice exercises, videos, and STATLETs as you study. These
resources available via
MyMathLab will be useful to you as you study the course material
in preparation for completing the
MyMathLab assignments and taking examinations and quizzes.
Course Calendar: For your convenience,
the important dates from the
DGCE Academic Calendar, the dates
of the seven (7) quizzes, the three (3) examinations, and the cumulative final examination,
dates and times for Blackboard Collaborate sessions, and general information regarding textbook readings and MyMathLab
due dates have been
compiled in the course calendar.
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Reminders about quiz dates have been included on the
Current Topics, Readings, and Exercises
pages and Blackboard announcements have been set up to display while
quizzes are available. Keeping up to date on the
readings and practice
exercises will help you to be ready to take the quizzes.
Quizzes will be administered during the announced days/times
only: since there are no make-up quizzes, your grade will be
recorded as zero (0) if you do not take a quiz.
and directions for taking the seven (7) quizzes will be available on the
Assignment Turn-In page on Blackboard during the dates listed
Quiz #1 - Quiz #1 (covering topics in
Chapter 1 and Chapter 2) will be available on Blackboard from 12
AM on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 until 11:59 PM on
Thursday, February 7, 2013.
Quiz #2 - Quiz #2 (covering topics in
Chapter 3) will be available on Blackboard from 12 AM on
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 until 11:59 PM on
Thursday, February 14, 2013.
Quiz #3 - Quiz #3 (covering topics in
Chapter 5) will be available on Blackboard from 12 AM on
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 until 11:59 PM on
Thursday, March 7, 2013.
Quiz #4 - Quiz #4 (covering topics in
Chapter 6 and Chapter 7) will be available on Blackboard from 12
AM on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 until 11:59 PM on
Thursday, March 14, 2013.
Quiz #5 - Quiz #5 (covering topics in
Chapters 8 and 9) will be available on Blackboard from 12 AM
on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 until 6 PM on
Thursday, April 11, 2013. This quiz must be printed and returned by USPS
mail so that it is postmarked no later than Thursday, April 11,
NOTE: Postmarked is not the same as mailed, and having a
postmark is not the same as having a meter mark. Quizzes that have
no postmark (this includes envelopes having a meter mark) and those that have a postmark later than
Thursday, April 11, 2013 will earn zero (0) points.
Quiz #6 - Quiz #6 (covering topics in
Chapter 10) will be available on Blackboard from 12 AM on
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 until 6 PM on Thursday,
April 18, 2013. This quiz must be printed and returned by USPS mail so
that it is postmarked no later than Thursday, April 18, 2013. NOTE:
Postmarked is not the same as mailed, and postmarked is not the same
as having a meter mark. Quizzes that have no postmark (this includes
envelopes having a meter mark) and those that
have a postmark later than Thursday, April 18, 2013 will earn zero (0)
Quiz #7 - Quiz #7 (covering topics in
Chapter 4 and Chapter 3 (for review)) will be available on
Blackboard from 12 AM on Thursday, May 2, 2013 until
11:59 PM on Friday, May 3, 2013.
As listed above, five (5) quizzes will be taken/submitted on
Blackboard and two (2) quizzes will be hand-written and submitted via USPS
For quizzes to be submitted by USPS mail, you
must address your quiz-envelope as directed and send the quiz by
USPS mail so that it is postmarked by the stated postmark deadline.
Quiz envelopes which do not have a postmark, those having an
illegible postmark, and those for which the postmark is after the
postmark deadline will earn zero (0) points. A meter mark produced
by postal meter is NOT the same as a postmark: meter marks are NOT
evidence of mailing and will not be accepted in place of postmarks
as evidence of submitting quizzes by the stated postmark deadlines.
If you cannot mail your quiz so that it is postmarked by the
postmark deadline then you should have someone deliver your quiz to
the Post Office so that it can be appropriately postmarked.
Quizzes to be taken on Blackboard may not be
opened, examined, closed and then reopened at a later time:
Blackboard quizzes must be taken/completed/submitted once they are
opened. Each Blackboard quiz has a time limit, and Blackboard will
consider the quiz to be completed/submitted once the quiz window has
been closed. Make sure that you have a stable, strong Internet
connection as well as an adequate power supply when you take an
online quiz: quizzes will not be reset for you if you lose your
Internet connection and/or if your laptop shuts down once you have
discharged your battery.
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There will be three (3) one-hour examinations and one (1) cumulative/comprehensive
examination; the three (3) one-hour examinations will be administered
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM in Hemenway Hall 301 and the three-hour final
examination will be administered 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM in Hemenway Hall 301.
These examinations will be administered on the Framingham State
University campus on the dates listed below.
- Exam I (one hour; Chapters 1 - 3): Wednesday,
February 20, 2013
- Exam II (one hour; Chapters 5 - 7): Wednesday,
March 27, 2013
- Exam III (one hour; Chapters 8 - 10): Wednesday,
April 24, 2013
- Final Exam (3 hours; Chapters 1 - 10): Wednesday,
May 8, 2013
These examinations will be closed-book. You
must bring a calculator for each examination; extra calculators will not
be available for you to borrow during the exam, and you will NOT be
permitted to use a computer, cell phone, smartphone, iPod, iPad, or
other electronic device during examinations; such devices should
NOT be brought to examinations. For all examinations
you must bring at least one (1) pencil with an eraser, your calculator,
and your valid (picture) license, Framingham State University ID or your
passport with up to date, recognizable picture. You are expected to
be on-time for the examinations; you will not be given extra time during
which to take/complete an examination if you are late.
Please remember that you are responsible for all readings in the textbook and online, in
the PowerPoint Class Notes
provided on this web site, and in the PowerPoint provided on
the video lectures, all practice exercises
listed in the readings and
practice exercises document and available on
MyMathLab, and all examples provided in the
and on MyMathLab as well as those discussed
provided in the PowerPoint Class Notes, on this
web site and on
MyMathLab, and provided in the online readings;
if you purchased a (used) textbook without an access code for
you must purchase access to
MyMathLab on on the site by left-clicking the Register button and
following the directions.
Please remember that
your questions are important to me, that I want to help you to do
well in the course, and that there is no such thing as a