Math 230 Elements of Statistics
Fall, 1999, Sect. 1: 2:10-3 MWF MC 201
2-2:50 R MC 201 (note the time!!)
Instructor: Mark Saegrove, MC 525 Office phone 796-3657 Home phone: 1-608-735-4789
: This course is a "producer-oriented" course designed to cause students to learn basic principles of descriptive and inferential statistics and probability, and to apply those principles to solve statistics problems using calculators and computers. Solutions to problems are communicated using accepted statistical format.
Prerequisite: Acceptable placement score or "C" grade in Math 110 or equivalent. If you have questions about this, see me right away.
: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, 3rd ed., Moore and McCabe, Freeman, 1999.
: What is Statistics?
Looking at Data.
Ethics in Descriptive Statistics.
Introduction to Inference.
Ethics in Inferential Statistics.
Inference for Distributions.
Inference for Count Data
Inference for Regression
Analysis of Variance
: Four exams 400 pts.
Daily quizzes 100 pts.
Cumulative final exam 100 pts.
Total 600 pts.
Reading and problem assignments will be given at each class meeting. Problems are not collected for grading, but short (5-10 min.) quizzes covering the assigned work will be given at the beginning of most class meetings. Quizzes are open book, open notes. Tests are closed book with 1 page of notes allowed.
Note: there is no "extra credit".
Attendance: Class attendance is required. See page 36 of Viterbo College catalog. All guidlines followed.
You are responsible for all assigned reading, even if not discussed in class. You are responsible for topics discussed in class, even if not found in the text.
A valid, verifiable excuse is needed to make up an exam or quiz. Exams and quizzes must be made up in a timely manner, usually within one week of return.
The final exam must be taken at the regularly scheduled time, unless change is approved in writing by the Dean.
: If you are a person with a disability and require any auxiliary aids, services, or other accommodations for this class, please see me and Wayne Wojciechowski, the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator (MC 320, 796-3085) within ten days to discuss your accommodation needs. Note: special test-taking needs are accommodated only after confirmation of this need in writing by Mr. Wojciechowski.
Calculating Equipment: We use MINITAB on the computers in MC 201 for much of the calculating in this course, but it is recommended that you have a hand-held calculator or portable computer for home use. Most computers in MC 304 also have MINITAB. Some computers in the library have MINITAB. The bookstore can order a copy of MINITAB for you for about $65.
Cheating: Half credit on pertinent work for first offense. Zero credit on pertinent work for second offense. Failure in the course for third offense.
: Rossman and Chance, Workshop Statistics, Springer.
Kimble, How to Use and Misuse Statistics, Prentice-Hall.
Reichman, Use and Abuse of Statistics, Penguin.
Kitchens, MINITAB Handbook to Accompany Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, Freeman.
Phillips, How to Think About Statistics, Freeman.
Triola, Elementary Statistics, 7th ed., Addison-Wesley.
Schedule: Weeks 1-4: Chapters 1 and 2; exam 1.
Weeks 5-8: Chapters 3,4, and 5; exam 2.
Weeks 9-11: Chapters 6,7 and 8; exam 3.
Weeks 12-14: Chapters 9,10, and 11;exam 4.
Week 15: Chapters 12 and 13.
Final Exam Week: Cumulative final exam.