1 Governors State University College of Business and Public Administration Course: STAT Statistics for Management I (Online Course) Instructor: Kevin M. Riordan, M.A. Session: Fall Semester 2011 Prerequisite: College Algebra & MIS 301 Credit: 3 Credit Hours Contact Method: Use the Blackboard/WebCT client. Phone: (708) (Department Administrative Assistant) Catalog Description Covers the basic topics of applied statistics, including the sample mean and variance, random variables, elementary finite probability, the binomial and normal distributions; sampling, point and interval estimation, control charts, and hypothesis testing as they apply in business situations. Required Materials: 1. Anderson, Sweeney, Williams, Statistics for Business and Economics, Revised 11th ed. South Western CENGAGE Learning, Scientific Calculator Instructional Approach and Activities This is an online course delivered via the internet using Blackboard/WebCT tools to facilitate active and regular interaction between the instructor and students. Online quizzes will be administered and students will receive immediate feedback on their performance. Discussion Board, Chat Room, Course Calendar, and other Blackboard/WebCT communication tools are used as integral parts of the course. Students will submit assignments during specified periods using Blackboard/WebCT (not through snail mail). The e-pack (e-learning resource pack) created by the Thomson Company is the foundation of the course to which the instructor has added his own resources. Chapter summaries, PowerPoint slides, and other instructional materials are included in the content part of the course. The exercises at the end of each chapter are important resources that will help you to prepare for the midterm and final examinations.
2 Expected Student Outcomes Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to: 1. Define the three main areas of statistics, and understand the applications of statistics in various business, health, and social science situations. 2. Compute the mean, median, mode, inter-quartile range and deviation, variance, and standard deviation for samples and populations. 3. Read, interpret, and create graphical representations in the description of data. 4. Apply the basic concepts of probability to solve simple problems. 5. Compute counting rules, combinations, and permutations of experimental outcomes. 6. Use discrete and continuous probability distributions (Binomial, Poisson, Normal, Exponential) to solve practical problems. 7. Solve problems dealing with the Central Limit Theorem and evaluate sample design. 8. Define and use interval estimation with respect to population means and proportions. Note: Because this is an online course, the student bears the sole responsibility to maintain his or her progress in order to meet project deadlines. Considerable emphasis is placed on learning by doing, and on using computer software and statistical calculators to facilitate computations and construct graphs and charts in some assignments or projects. All students are expected to have all the required materials on the first day of classes. Extensions of deadlines will not be given if students do not have all necessary materials and access codes. Other Resources A scientific calculator is required for this course. (Statistical functions are highly recommended). You should pick a calculator that has the following basic features in statistics: mean, standard deviation, factorials, combinations, and permutations. Regression and correlation features are optional but would be beneficial for this course. Class Handouts, PowerPoint Slides, Online tutorials and chat sessions. Some of the assignments may require access to a computer and statistical analysis or spreadsheet software, available in the GSU computer labs. Strong background in using Microsoft applications and internet resources is required for this course. If you require software support, you may seek help with our ACS labs on campus
3 Pedagogical Method Online lectures, Chat sessions, Discussion/Computer Demonstrations, Problem solving projects and exercises. Exams: There will be an in-person, class midterm and final exam which will take place on the main campus of Governors State University. For distance education students (at least 60 miles away from campus), proctors will be identified by the university and students will be informed of the test sites. All exams are closed-book, closed note exams, but any and all formulas or pertinent table data will be provided. Once a student has finished an exam, any late students will not be able to take the exam for that unit. The student is responsible for giving the instructor due notice in case of a schedule conflict. The student may make arrangements to take an exam BEFORE the scheduled date, but not after the date and time specified. Otherwise, the student forfeits and receives a grade of 0 for that exam. No make-up final exams will be given. Quizzes: Quizzes will be administered online and the questions will be in the multiple choice, true-false, and fill-in-the-blanks formats. The topics on quizzes may be cumulative in nature. Students will be able to give the correct response only by solving the given problem. Pre-set time limits will be used to control the quizzes. Quizzes and tests must be taken at the specified time period as announced in the Blackboard/WebCT calendar. Projects: Daily homework is essential to master the material that we will be covering in this course. Regular projects will be assigned covering material in each unit. Projects must be submitted as attached Word documents through Blackboard/WebCT. Only one file should be submitted for each project with a new page devoted to each problem assigned. Problems should be clearly marked and identified when submitted. Filenames should include the student s name and assignment number. The instructor reserves the right to refuse submission of an assignment that is not in the prescribed format. Late assignments may not be made up. Criterion Total Points Total Points Grade Earned Midterm A Final B Homework (2 50 points) C Quizzes (4 highest 50 points) D Participation (Discussion threads, chats, 100 Below 420 F attendance) Total
4 Attendance Policy Students are expected to arrive on-time for all meetings, chats, and exams. Cheating/Plagiarism Policy Students will conduct themselves according the student handbook. Any evidence of cheating or plagiarism with exams or projects will receive an automatic zero for that exam or project. At the instructor s discretion, cheating may result in automatic failure for the course. Cell Phones and Pagers Please turn off your cell phone and pager before entering the classroom. You may use your phone during any breaks outside the classroom. In case of emergency, the student should seek instructor permission to answer their cell phone before class begins. Disability Statement GSU is committed to providing all students equal access to all university programs and facilities. Students who have a documented physical, psychological, or learning disability and need academic accommodations, must register with Access Services for Students with Disabilities (ASSD). Please contact the Coordinator of ASSD in Room B1201 in person; by e- mail, or by calling If you are already registered, please contact your instructor privately regarding your academic accommodations
5 Schedule of Topics* UNIT I Chapter 1: Data & Statistics Chapter 2: Descriptive Statistics: Tabular and Graphical Methods UNIT II Chapter 3: Descriptive Statistics: Numerical Methods Chapter 4: Introduction to Probability UNIT III Chapter 5: Discrete Probability Distributions Chapter 6: Continuous Probability Distributions UNIT IV Chapter 7: Sampling & Sampling Distributions Chapter 8: Interval Estimation Tentative Schedule Quiz 1: September 2 Quiz 2: September 16 Assignment 1 Due: October 6 Midterm Exam Units I & II (on-campus exam): Thursday, October 6 Quiz 3: October 21 Quiz 4: November 4 Quiz 5: November 18 Assignment 2 Due: December 1 Final Exam Units III and IV (on-campus exam): Thursday, December 1 See online calendar for details on quizzes, projects, and test dates. *Subject to change. The student is solely responsible for being aware of any changes to the proposed schedule. Students should regularly visit the calendar tool and check their in WebCT for updates
6 Course Policies 1. No Incompletes will be given in this course under any circumstances. 2. No Make-Up exams will be given under any circumstances. Students must make arrangements to give the instructor reasonable notice to take any unit exams BEFORE the scheduled exam date in case of a planned absence. 3. Students who are late for an exam may not take the exam once a classmate has already finished the exam at the scheduled time. 4. Students are responsible for obtaining notes and revisions to the schedule if they miss a class meeting. The schedule is tentative to change, and the student is expected to be prepared for any revisions as posted by the instructor. 5. All projects are due at the time specified. Late submissions will not be accepted at any other time and will automatically receive a zero if submitted without instructor approval. Blackboard/WebCT requires that all assignments be submitted as a single file. More than one file will not be accepted for an assignment, so students must put all assigned problems in one file before submission. A new page should be devoted to each problem in the assignment with the individual problems being clearly identified at the top of the page. Projects should be in.doc/.docx or.rtf formats as can be specified in the word processor software. Only Office 2007 format files will be accepted at this time. Check your default file version for formatting and submit the assignment in Blackboard/WebCT. Students should submit files with their name and assignment number in the document s filename. 6. Exam problems and case problems must show all the steps involving calculations in order to receive full credit. SHOW ALL STEPS! 7. Scientific or graphing calculators are allowed during tests, when specified. However, all exams/quizzes will be closed-book, closed-notes. Formulas and tabular data will be provided, when needed. No cell phones may be used during quizzes or exams even as a calculator. Students must bring an appropriate number of number 2 pencils for the exams. 8. Out of respect for your fellow students and instructor, please turn off all communication devices including cell phones. 9. Cheating or plagiarism will not be tolerated and will receive prompt and final punishment which may include failure from the course at the instructor s sole discretion
7 Assignments (Homework) Students are required to submit solutions to each assignment via Blackboard/WebCT. The assignments should be submitted prior to the due date. They will NOT be accepted as attachments or hard copies (paper). Each assignment typically covers problems/exercises about two to three chapters in the textbook and are excellent practice for quizzes and exams. Assignment Guidelines (Students MUST follow!!) 1. It is necessary to show all the required steps in the solutions. Presenting only the answers will not get any credit. 2. Each problem should be clearly numbered (Chapter #, Problem #, Part #, and Page #). There is no need to reproduce the questions; only the solutions are required. 3. Present each assignment as a portfolio. The cover sheet should include the student's name, Course #, Semester (Fall 2011, for example), Assignment #, Due Date, and the Name of the Instructor (Kevin Riordan). 4. You should arrange the problems by chapter and within each chapter by Exercise numbers. 5. Use a separator (a line) to indicate the end of each exercise. 6. Each assignment should be submitted in the Microsoft Word format (.doc) or in the Rich Text Format (.rtf) as a single file. Blackboard/WebCT will accept only a single file for each assignment. You are required to develop all the solutions (for all the assigned problems) into a single file and submit it. You may use Excel to solve several of the assigned exercises (where indicated). The data files corresponding to such exercises are in the CD which you obtained with your text and so there is no need to retype the data. You are welcome to use Minitab (in place of Excel) if you have access to Minitab and if you know how to use it. After solving the exercises using either Excel or Minitab, you will cut and paste the solution to your Word/RTF file. 7. It is strongly suggested that you the "Equation Editor" in Microsoft Word to type all the statistical equations and notation in proper form. You are encouraged to become familiar with this tool in preparing to submit your homework. There is a brief Flash tutorial that will give you a basic introduction into using Equation Editor in the Course Syllabus/Orientation Section of Blackboard/WebCT. There is a bit of a learning curve for this tool, so please do not wait until the last minute to use this tool as a homework deadline approaches. Please check out all relevant links in the course shell to learn more about this tool and other resources. 8. A portion of the assignment grade is reserved for the organization of the assignment and the proper presentation of the statistical notation. Homework Problems - 7 -
8 ASSIGNMENT 1 Chapter 1 2, 6, 18, 22, 24 Chapter 2 2, 4, 10, 12, 26, 30, 32, 48, 50 Chapter 3 4, 8, 14, 16, 20, 26, 28, 30, 40, 46, 48, 52, 53, 64 Chapter 4 2, 6, 16, 22, 28, 30, 32, 40, 50 ASSIGNMENT 2 Chapter 5 2, 8, 26, 27, 32, 38, 64 Chapter 6 2, 6, 12, 16, 18, 30, 34, 42 Chapter 7 12, 14, 16, 18, 22, 26, 32, 40, 44 Chapter 8 2, 4, 10, 12, 14, 24,