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Mathematics 1008 Fall 2009

Course: Statistics
Professor: Ms. Cynthia Schultz
Phone: 815-224-0431
Email: cynthia_schultz@ivcc.edu 

Office hours (E304)
Monday 9:00 - 9:45, 2:00 -3:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 12:15, 2:00 - 3:00
Wednesday 2:00 - 3:00
Thursday 11:00 - 12:15, 2:00 -2:30
Friday 9:00 - 9:45


Required Purchase:  myMathLab (CourseCompass) Access Kit

Optional Purchase: Text book:  Statistics, Informed Decisions Using Data, Sullivan.  If you choose to not purchase a printed copy of your textbook, you can access an electronic copy (e-book) through myMathLab.

MyMathLab ID: schultz57304

Other materials needed:  Scientific Calculator (No graphing calculators are allowed on exams)

Description: This course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the role of statistics in society along with a workable knowledge of statistical methods. topics include graphical methods of organizing data, numerical descriptions of data, basic probability theory, probability distributions, statistical inference, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, and analysis of variance.

Prerequisite: 1) MTH 0907 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement score



 90 -100 %


5 Exams : 100 points each

Final exam: 100 points

MyMathLab online Homework Assignments : 20 points each minus lowest score

4 Technology Labs: point value varies









Expected learning outcomes and related competencies:

1. Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of statistics.
2. Knowledge of descriptive methods.
3. Knowledge of basic probability theory.
4. Knowledge of probability distributions.
5. Knowledge of statistical inference.
6. Knowledge of correlation and regression.
7. Knowledge of analysis of variance

Class room schedule:  For the most recent schedule, please check the following webpage: 
Math 1008 Schedule Fall 2009

Practice Problems:  You will be assigned practice problems for each section.  These problem are neither collected nor graded.  They are to prepare you for the exams.  Time will be allocated during each regular class session to answer questions regarding practice problems.

MyMathLab online homework: You will be assigned graded homework assignments through MyMathlab.  These assignments are required and are part of your grade.  There are no extensions on these assignments.  However, your lowest score will be dropped at the end of the semester.

Technology Labs: Most of you will be required to work in a group setting in your future profession.  As such, you may be required to work with at least one person for the projects in this course.  

A penalty will be incurred for late lab submissions. Each business day that a lab is late will result in a 10% penalty. For example, if a 30 point lab is due on a Friday, and you submit it the following Tuesday, this is 2 business days late. There would equal a 30*20% = 6 point penalty.

Miscellaneous  exercises.  Periodically you will be given exercises that do not have a point value.  These assignments are designed to help you better understand the material and be successful on exams.  To that end, you are advised to complete these exercises and review them as part of your preparation for exams.

Testing policy:   You are expected to take each exam at the scheduled times.  However, if you have an unavoidable absence you may request to take the test at an alternative time provided you contact your professor before the exam begins and explain your absence.  In addition, you must take the exam no later than two school days.  If you request a makeup via email or voice mail, it is your responsibility to check your messages for my response.  Failure to follow the policy will result in denial of your request.

Exceptions to the above policy will only be given for situation including, but not limited to, jury duty, military orders, serious medical problems (yourself or immediate family member) or a death of an immediate family member.  You MUST be able to provide documentation. (Acceptable documentation include such things as an accident report, doctor's note or hospital discharge papers.) Immediate family member is defined to be a spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, sibling, or your spouse's/partner's immediate family member. These requests will be considered on a individual basis.

If you do not take one exam, your missed exam score will be replaced with the average on your final exam.  Any other missed exam will receive zero points.

Lowest exam score:  If you take all exams, your lowest exam score will be replaced with your final exam score (assuming the final is higher).

Option to not take the final:  If you have taken every exam, completed all myMathLab assignments, completed all technology assignments, and have at least a 93% course average, you are excused from taking the final exam. Please submit this form to be excused from the final.

Attendance: Attendance is taken for the purpose of financial aid, state auditing, and athletic progress reports.  If you miss class, it is your responsibility to check the schedule and work on the practice problems for the section covered that day.  If you have questions regarding the missed material, you may make an appointment with me to ask specific questions regarding the material.

Cheating: A score of zero will be given on any assignment where cheating occurs. Cheating includes, but is not limited to copying answers off other studentsí tests, submitting another personís work as your own, and having crib sheets during a test.  Repeated acts of cheating may result in your withdrawal from the course.

Classroom etiquette:  Please be courteous of others' rights in the classroom.  Do not disrupt their right to learn by  inappropriate talking  (talking during lecture or while others are asking  or answering questions), whispering, or other immature acts.  Please turn cell phones to silent and do not text message or play games during class.  If you need your cell phone for emergency purposes (EMT, firefighters, sick family member, etc.) this is certainly allowed.  Each student is also held to "Student Code of Conduct" as specified in the student handbook. Violation of this student code may result in withdrawal from the course.

Withdrawals: Withdrawal from the class is not automatic. If you cease all activity in the course, you may receive an F. It is your responsibility to initiate a withdrawal if you feel you cannot complete the course.   If you cannot reach me to initiate a withdrawal, please contact the division dean, Marianne Dzik.  Please check your schedule for the last day to withdraw from this class.  

Cancelled class:  Every effort will be made to announce class cancellations in a timely manner.  Unexpected cancellations will be posted on the IVCC website.  (http://www.ivcc.edu/cancellations/)  You may wish to consider checking this webpage each morning before traveling to the college.In the event that class is cancelled on an exam day, the exam will be moved to the next class day.  You may also sign up to receive text messages or emails when the college is closed for weather or emergencies (https://www.ivcc.edu/forms/IVCCAlerts.aspx  )

Inclement weather:  In the event of bad weather, please listen to your local radio station for school closings.  If school has not been cancelled, use your own judgment as to the feasibility of traveling to school.

Grading process:  If you do not understand how I graded your work or you disagree with the number of points earned, you have the right and responsibility to initiate contact with me about the matter within 4 class days of the material being returned to you.  These matters will be discussed in my office by appointment.  

Graded materials:  You are to keep all graded materials for this course until after you receive your final grade.  If there is a clerical error, and you do not receive the grade you earned, these materials will be needed to resolve this issue.  In the absence of these materials, the professor's record will be assumed to be correct. If you are absent when an assignment is returned, you are responsible to visit my office during office hours to retrieve your assignment.

Financial Aid:  Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid.Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.

Special Needs Educational Support ServicesIf you are a student with a documented cognitive, physical or psychiatric disability you may be eligible for academic support services such as extended test time, texts on disc, notetaking services, etc...  If you are interested in learning if you can receive these academic support services, please contact either Tina Hardy (tina_hardy@ivcc.edu, or 224-0284) or Judy Mika (224-0350), or stop by the Disability Services Office in B-204. 

This course syllabus is subject to change to meet the needs of the professor and/or students.