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Academic Honor Code  Homework  Software (SPSS vs MS Excel)  
Final Exam Process  
Tables from text  
Religion  


COURSE OUTLINE AND COURSE OBJECTIVES
The course will come from the material in Chapters 1  8 of the text. In
addition, we will be watching some of the films from the series
Against All Odds: Inside Statistics (you may use the hot link to obtain
the library call number for the films) The course outline
follows the sequence of material addressed in the course objectives.
The course objectives are building blocks. Thus, competence for
each course objective is dependent on the students understanding of the
previous objective. Upon completion of this course, the students
should be able to think critically about data, to select and use graphical
and numerical summaries, to apply standard statistical procedures, and to
draw conclusions from such analysis.
Readings 
Assignments  
See hot links 
1. To understand basic statistical symbols. (for the projector) To understand what type of chart (line, pie or bar) to employ in relationship to the data. 
Homework 
2. To be able to picture and understand the shape of a distribution (central tendency and spread) by using a histogram , a stemplot, and a box plot. 
Homework  
Chap 2 & 3 
3. To understand and calculate measures of central tendency including median, mean, mode, harmonic mean, and geometric mean, and related concepts of quartiles, range, zscore and standard deviation. 
Homework 
See hot link > 
4. To understand the notion of level of measurement including concepts as nominal, ordinal, interval, ratio, quasi interval, discrete, and continuous data 
Homework 
5. To understand the concept of "distribution" which includes density curves, normal curves, the 699599.7 rule and the standardization rule. 
Homework 

6. To understand and calculate relative frequencies, percentiles and quartiles. 
Homework  
7. To appreciate the use of time series analysis by understanding seasonal variations and the process of smoothing data (especially, Moving Averages and Running Medians/Median Trace). 
Homework TEST 

See hot links > 
8. To test and understand the concept of independence and autocorrelation (formula in MS Word 97, it works best by using Explorer  not Netscape) for timeseries analysis. 
Homework 
9. To understand growth patterns particularly linear and exponential growth. 
Homework  
Chap 4 & 5 
10. To be able to analyze the relationship between two variables using a scatterplot and by adding an addition variable. 
Homework 
11. To be able to interpret and calculate correlation and appreciation its relationship to regression. 
Homework  
12. To understand and apply the rules for establishing a causal relationship by analyzing associations and using Simpson's Paradox. 
Homework  
Chap 8, 9 
13. To be able to use and understand experimental designs by comparing them to observational studies, appreciating confounding factors, and accepting the importance of randomization. 
Homework TEST 
14. To understand how complex surveys are designed and how sampling effect distributions. 
Homework  
15. To understand and apply probability rules (including the addition and multiplication rules). For further information see Diaconis . 
Homework In class assignment. 

16. To understand the use of binomial distributions and the law of large numbers. 
Homework  
17. To understand the central limit theorem. 
Homework  
18. To understand and calculate confidence intervals for samples. 
Homework  
19. To understand the purpose of a significance test, type I/type II errors, Pvalues, and statistical significance. 
Homework TEST  
20. To understand and apply tprocedures for single and paired comparisons. 
Homework  
21. To compare two means, two samples by using the ttest. 
Homework  
22. To be able to produce an inference for proportions and twoway tables. 
Homework  
23. To understand and apply c^{2 }test and distribution. 
Homework  
24. To have the basis for understanding and producing an inference for linear regression. 
Homework  
See hot link > 
25. To understand the difference between statistical and practical significance. 
Homework TEST 
Required Text: Moore, D. (2013). The Basic Practice of Statistics
Handouts and Homework:
Anorexia Homework (JPG)
Simpson Paradox Homework (Dealth Penalty) (doc) Simpson Paradox Homework (Hospital) (pdf)
Zscore (MSExcel  use Explorer for best results)
Home work for autocorrelation and 2SD approach (MSExcel  use Explorer for best results)
Additional chapters to read (must use Adobe Acrobat Reader)
Final Exam: Correction due as listed on Final Exam Schedule
Attendance Policy: Don't miss class, don't be late. Attendance is worth
10% of
your grade. Being late or leaving early is calculated as .5 raw
point while missing a class is calculated as 1 raw point. I will
not consider any changes in the attendance grade during starting the last
week of class. Students must identify problem with their
attendance at the end of each class. Mistakes can be made.
Students are required to review Blackboard to determine if they received
credit for the days attended including tardy days. ALL errors
must be reported on later than the class period BEFORE the final test is
given. No error will be addressed once the final test is given.
Homework: Assignments from the workbook, text, collected data other
problems will be given daily. Assume that students will be given a homework
assignment every day. Under most circumstances, late homework is accepted.
Please understand that homework is the BEST preparation for the tests.
Thus, it is best to make sure your homework is returned to you prior to each
test. Mistakes can be made. Students are required to
review Blackboard to determine if they received credit for their work.
ALL errors must be reported on later than the class period BEFORE the final
test is given. No error will be addressed once the final test is
given.
Office of Academic
Excellence
Tutoring is
available by subject with peer tutors who show proficiency in courses and
have been trained in effective tutoring strategies. The tutoring
sessions can host up to five students per session. To get the most
effective results students should sign up for tutoring as soon as possible.
Students should also come to tutoring sessions with specific questions
prepared regarding course material. The more consistent the attendance
to tutoring sessions, the better students will understand the material and
perform at a higher level in class. Sign up for tutoring in the Center
for Academic Excellence office.
Grading: All exams including final will receive an equal weight which
will equal a total of 80% of the final grade. Attendance and class
participation are constitute 10% and home is worth 10%.
Grades are not negotiated. A
grade will not be changed after the grade is given to the student. In
addition, since UNCP adopted pluses and minuses within the grading protocol,
grades are NOT rounded. Thus, if a student earns a grade of 73.999, that is
valued as a C. On the other hand, if the professor makes a calculation
error, students are expected to immediately report the error to the
professor. A 93100; A 9092; B+ 8789; B 8386;
B 8082; C+ 7779; C 7376; C 7072; D+ 6769; D 6366;
D 6062; F 059
Calculator Recommentation: In my experience, I found that the Sharp Corporation offers the best Scientific Calculators. One way of testing a calculator is by finding the square of 5. If your answer is 25, don't purchase the calculator. A list of features for good calculators for this course can be found at: Scientific Calculators. If you click on the gold ">>" sign, you'll get detailed information about special features. If you would like to find a calculator with special features click here: Special Features.
Students with
Disabilities: Federal laws require
UNCP to accommodate students with
documented learning, physical, chronic health, psychological, visual or
hearing disabilities.
In postsecondary school settings,
academic accommodations are not automatic; to receive accommodations,
students must make a formal request and must supply documentation from a
qualified professional to support that request.
Students who
believe they qualify must contact Disability Support Services,
(DSS) in DF Lowry Building, Room 107 or call 9105216695 to begin the
accommodation
process. All
discussions remain confidential. Accommodations cannot be provided
retroactively. More information for students about the services provided by
DSS and the accommodation process may be found at the following links:
http://www.uncp.edu/dss/students/currentstudentfaq.htm
http://www.uncp.edu/dss/policies/html/faqfaculty.htm
http://www.uncp.edu/dss/faculty/syllabistatement.htm
Religion Statement:
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has a legal and moral
obligation to accommodate all students who must be absent from classes or
miss scheduled exams in order to observe religious holidays; we must be
careful not to inhibit or penalize these students for exercising their
rights to religious observance.
To accommodate students’ religious holidays, each student will be
allowed two excused absences each semester with the following conditions:
1.
Students, who submit written notification to their instructors within two
weeks of the beginning of the semester, shall be excused from class or other
scheduled academic activity to observe a religious holy day of their faith.
Excused absences are limited to two class sessions (days) per
semester.
2. Students shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up
tests or other work missed due to an excused absence for a religious
observance.
3.Students should not
be penalized due to absence from class or other scheduled academic
activity because of religious observances.
A student who is to be excused from class for a religious observance
is not required to provide a secondparty certification of the reason for
the absence. Furthermore,
a student who believes that he or she has been unreasonably denied an
education benefit due to religious beliefs or practices may seek redress
through the student grievance procedure.
Cell Phone Policy: Students are not permitted to conduct phone conversations during class time. Students are not permitted to have cell ring during class time. Students who use conduct a phone conversation or allow their phones to ring during class time will be drop 10 points on the next quiz or 5 points for their final exam. During an exam, phones and hand held computers are not permitted in the room. Laptops are permitted.
Suggested References:
Napier, A., Judd, P. J. & Rand, B. (2002).
Mastering and Using Microsoft
Excel 2002. Boston, Thomson Learning.
Berk, K.N. & Cary, P. (1998).
Data Analysis with Microsoft Excel.
Pacific Grove, CA: Duxbury.
Middleton, M. R. (2003).
Data Analysis Using Excel. Pacific Grove,
CA: Duxbury.
Statistical Dictionaries:
http://www.uvm.edu/~dhowell/StatPages/Fundamentals/Glossary.html,
http://www.stats.gla.ac.uk/steps/glossary/alphabet.html,
http://linkage.rockefeller.edu/wli/glossary/stat.html,
http://www.oswego.edu/~kane/econometrics/glossaries.htm,
http://www.xrefer.com/search.jsp
References that influence the direction of this course (books used while
I was a student)