Text: Statistics, Informed Decisions Using Data, Sullivan, 4th ed.

Description: This course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of the role of statistics in society along with a working knowledge of statistical methods. Topics include: graphical methods, organizing data, basic probability theory, probability distributions, statistical inference, and other topics as time allows.
: MTH 0907 and MTH 0908 both with C or better, or the appropriate score on a math placement exam.
: Thomas Tunnell
: 224 - 0257
: E302
Office Hours:
  posted on  IVCC faculty webpage

(Note the following grading information is subject to change by the instructor)

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

Grade components:

MYMATHLAB details:



Class Goals

  1. Students will be able to critically evaluate statistics in the media of their major field of study.
  2. Students will be able to plan, implement and communicate the results of a real-world data analysis to investigate an appropriate hypothesis they have generated.

Group Work: In the real world, you will likely be working as part of a team.  I prefer to let you form teams of your choice, but if teams are not working out (by my observation or student complaint), appropriate changes will be made.

IVCC withdrawal policy: Last day to withdraw is  4/10/14.

Effective Summer 2011, students will have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes. By completing the form in the Records Office or through the form located within WebAdvisor, the student is authorizing IVCC to remove him/her from the course. Entering the student ID number serves as the student’s electronic signature. IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion.

Students should be aware of the impact of a withdrawal on full-time status for insurance purposes and for financial aid. It is highly recommended that students meet with their instructor or with a counselor before withdrawing from a class to discuss if a withdrawal is the best course of action for that particular student.

 More detailed information is available at and selecting the menu item for Withdrawals on the left side of the page.


You may make up a test if:
1) you know you will be absent on the day of a scheduled test and you arrange a time prior to the test to take it early.

2)Otherwise you may use your score on the final to replace the first missed exam. A second missed exam without a physician's  written excuse will result in zero for that exam.  Any other missed assignments  cannot be made up for any reason


Calculator: You will need at least a scientific calculator. You may use a graphing calculator if you want, but you must show all or your work. You may not store any information in the graphing calculator. A random check may occur during exams to check calculator memory. Please remove calculator covers before each exam.

School Closings and Class Cancellations:  In the event of inclement weather, please tune to a local radio station for possible school closings.  If an exam is scheduled for a day that the school is closed or class is cancelled, it will be conducted during the next scheduled class period.  Check IVCC's Class Cancellations ( and class announcements at CourseCompass/MyMathLab (

Cheating: If you are caught cheating before the withdrawal date, you will be withdrawn from the course with a W. If you are caught cheating after the withdrawal date, you will receive an F for the final class grade.

You are expected to attend all classes regularly. If absence is unavoidable, it is your responsibility to find out what you missed.

Policy: All IVCC student policies apply to this class.

Special Needs: If you are a student with a cognitive, physical or psychiatric disability you may be eligible for academic support services such as extended test time, texts on tape, note taking services etc..  If you are interested in receiving academic support services, please contact the Special Populations Office at 224-0284, office B-204.


(schedule subject to change by instructor, quizzes not listed)

Homework Assignments:  mymathlab assignments: 1 per section covered.  These should be completed once a section is fully completed and if you have questions on problems, they should be asked at the beginning of class.

Week of 1/13
Section 1.1- Introduction to the Practice of Statistics
Section 1.2- Observational Studies versus Designed Experiments
Section 1.3- Simple Random Sampling
Sectopm1.4- Other Effective Sampling Techniques
Section 1.5- Bias in Sampling

Week of 1/20
1/20 MLK day, college closed

Section 1.6- Design of Experiments
Section 2.1- Organizing Qualitative Data

Section 2.2- Organizing Quantitative Data

Week of 1/27
Section 2.4- Graphical Misrepresentations of data
Section 3.1- Measures of Central Tendency

Section 3.2- Measures of Dispersion

Week of 2/3
Section 3.4- Measures of Position
Section 3.5- Five Number Summary and Box plots
Take Test 1

Week of September 2/10
Section 4.1- Scatter Diagrams and Correlation
Section 4.2- Least-Squares Regression
Section 4.3- Diagnosis of Least-Squares (partial)
Group Exercise on Ch 4 handed out to be turned in next week

Week of 2/17
2/17 President's Day, college closed
Section 5.1- Probability Rules
Section 5.2- The Addition Rule and Complements

Week of 2/24
Section 5.3- Independence and the Multiplication Rule
Section 5.4- Conditional Probabilities and the General Multiplication Rule
Section 5.5- Counting Techniques

Week of 3/3
Section 6.1- Discrete Random Variables

Week of 3/10 - Spring Break

Week of 3/17
Section 6.2- The Binomial Probability Distribution
Section 7.1- Properties of the Normal Distribution

Week of 3/24
3/28 Faculty development day no classes
Section 7.2- Applications of the Normal Distribution
Section 7.3- Assessing Normality

Week of 3/31
Section 8.1- Distribution of the Sample Mean

Week of 4/7
4/10 last day to withdraw
Section 9.1- Estimating a Population Proportion

Week of 4/14

Section 9.2- Estimating a Population Mean
Section 10.1- The Language of Hypothesis Testing

Week of4/21
Section 10.2- Hypothesis Tests for a Population Proportion
Section 10.3- Hypothesis Tests for a Population Mean

Week of 4/28
Section 10.3- Hypothesis Tests for a Population Mean

Week of 5/5
Review for final

Final Exam 5/9