Text: Statistics, Informed Decisions Using Data, Sullivan, 4th ediditon
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:
  by appointment

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

Grade components:

MYSTATLAB 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  July 22, 2014

Students will have the ability to initiate a withdrawal from classes by completing the form in the Records Office or by using webadvisor.   IVCC has the right to rescind a withdrawal in cases of academic dishonesty or at the instructor’s discretion.  See me before withdrawing if you wish to discuss your status.

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.


Missed test policy: 

You may make up a test if:
1) you know you will be absent on the days of a scheduled test and  you arrange a time prior to the test to take it early, or
2) you may use your score on the final to replace the first missed exam if you do not  make it up prior to the class taking it.  A second missed exam without a physician's  written excuse will result in zero for that exam.  Missed quizzes or group exercises:  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.  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.



Class Schedule: The following is a tentative class schedule. Every attempt will be made to keep on this schedule. However, unforeseen problems may arise requiring some adjustments.

Week of 6/11
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
Section 1.6- Design of Experiments
Section 2.1- Organizing Qualitative Data

Week of  6/18
Section 2.2- Organizing Quantitative Data
Section 2.4- Graphical Misrepresentations of data
Section 3.1- Measures of Central Tendency
Section 3.2- Measures of Dispersion
Section 3.4- Measures of Position
Section 3.5- Five Number Summary and Boxplots

Week of  6/25
Section 4.1- Scatter Diagrams and Correlation
Section 4.2- Least-Squares Regression
Section 4.3- Diagnosis of Least-Squares (partial)

Week of 7/2
Section 5.1- Probability Rules
Section 5.2- The Addition Rule and Complements
Section 5.3- Independence and the Multiplication Rule
Section 5.4- Conditional Probabilities and the General Multiplication Rule
Section 5.5- Counting Techniques
Section 6.1- Discrete Random Variables

Week of  7/9

Section 7.1- Properties of the Normal Distribution
Section 7.2- Applications of the Normal Distribution

 Week of  7/16
Section 8.1- Distribution of the Sample Mean
Section 9.1- Estimating a Population Proportion
Section 9.2- Estimating a Population Mean
TEST 3:  online

Week of 7/23
Section 10.1- The Language of Hypothesis Testing
Section 10.2- Hypothesis Tests for a Population Proportion
Section 10.3- Hypothesis Tests for a Population Mean
TEST 4: online

Week of 7/30
Tie up loose ends and FINAL EXAM