2. A. Course Title: Statistics
    B. Course Number: MA 113B - 10331
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: McGill, Shyla
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 221
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2819
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-8:45:00 AM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:30:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST);12:00:00 PM-12:45:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-8:45:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:30:00 AM-10:45:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-8:45:00 AM (MST);11:00:00 AM-1:45:00 PM (MST);
    By Appointment also. I do not promise to be in my office during virtual office hours, but I will try to be at my computer during regular office hours. Feel free to call me on my office phone (575) 492-2819 also.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): MA113A or appropriate placement test score
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This is an introductory course in statistics. It will cover the measures of central tendency, variation, regression, correlation, probability, sampling, sampling distributions, estimation, and test of statistical hypotheses. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: MA1 13A or equivalent or appropriate score on a placement test.


    This course is designed to be a foundation course to prepare students for further studies in discipline specific statistics. This class should transfer to most colleges for statistics credit.



    software: Beginning Statistics 2nd Edition. ISBN: 978-1-941552-50-6 Author: Warren, Denley, Atchley
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    Beginning Statistics 2nd Edition Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-932628-67-8 Author: Warren, Denley, Atchley Hawkes Learning Systems

    NOTE if you want the courseware AND the optional text book, you should buy the bundle: 978-1-941552-51-3

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

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    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    For this Course your grade will be made up of the following:

    HOMEWORK: 10%
    QUIZZES: 10%
    TESTS: 40%
    MIDTERM & FINAL: 40%

    Homework: Homework MUST be done on the computer through HAWKES. All homework is due before you take the exam over the material. You should read through Learn, work through the Practice where you can get help, then do Certify. If you feel comfortable with the material, you could conceivably skip practice and go straight to certify, but if you are not able to get enough correct you will be locked out of Certify until you have worked through Practice. I advise you to periodically print or take a picture of your grade with the date of completion and keep this documentation in a folder, in the event Hawkes loses some of your records, this will be the only way to secure credit. If you are having technical difficulties you should contact them by sending an email, getting in a chat session or call the help desk at 843-571-2825. If you have trouble working a problem in the homework, you should utilize the resources available: return to Learn, ask for help in Practise, or ask a tutor for help. You may also ask your instructor for help. If you find yourself struggling with a particular problem it is likely you have not internalized the concept. You must be able to wait at least 6 hours after viewing the explanation or example, and do the problem on your own before you can consider yourself competent for the moment. I advise you keep a record of such problems and go back after a few days and before the exam and make sure you can still do the problem without any assistance.

    Quizzes: There are 3 quizzes in this class. The first two are taken in Canvas, they are NOT available in Hawkes. They are free answer, and I wrote them myself, unfortunately I didn't think of every possible form of answer, it is possible the answer is 50% or .5 or 1/2 and if you answer 0.5, while that is correct, I didn't include it as an option and you will get the answer wrong. I KNOW all percent answers are an option. I apologize for this inconvenience, but if you get it wrong you will have to retake the quiz to improve your grade. It is automatically graded. There are only 3-6 questions, and you have as many tries as you want until the deadline.
    The third quiz is also referred to as the Regression Project. It is a paper and pencil quiz that you must scan and email back to me, you should do it before you begin the last unit on regression.

    Tests: All unit tests will be done at your convenience at the location of your choice, through Hawkes. You will only get one try on each test, I recommend you print out the review and have it available to refer back to during the exam. If you have extenuating circumstances and must take an exam late, you must authorize that with your professor; in these cases there will be no partial credit, regardless of the mistake. Absolutely no more that one late exam per semester, and no more than 3 days late will be permitted, after that the grade is a zero.

    Final Exam: The Midterm will be over chapters 1-5, the final exam will cover the remainder of the material. Both Midterm and Final must be taken in an approved testing center. I must approve the testing center within the first 3 weeks of classes. If I haven't received the information for a testing center, I will assume you plan to take these exams here at our New Mexico Junior college testing center. The hours are 8:00am-7:00pm Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-5:00pm Friday and 10:00am-2:00pm Saturday. Our testing center will not allow you to begin an exam within 1 hour of closing, I advise you to arrive AT LEAST 1 hour and 15 minutes before closing to avoid any problem. You must turn in your exam at closing time. It is always wise to call and verify they are not closing early: (575) 492-2591 or email You are only allowed your calculator and scratch paper, no additional help during an exam, you may not have your cell phone with you under any circumstances. You absolutely must show your work, some how or some way indicate to me what process you used to arrive at your answers. I cannot grant you permission to take the final exam at another time, you must go through the department dean for that permission.

    Alternative Testing Centers: I will not approve a library, K-12 school or religious leader. If you are not able to go find a testing center accessible to you, you must withdraw from this class. The Midterm and Final are paper and pencil, you cannot take it on the computer. If another professor here at New Mexico Junior College allowed you to use a library or K-12 school, that does not indicate that I will. If there is a charge for the testing center, that is your responsibility.

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    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    College Algebra (MA113) is designed to emphasize graphing functions, solving various equations, using functions and solving real world problems.

    The course content of College Algebra (MA113) supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    · Graph various types of functions.

    · Solve various types of equations.

    · Use the necessary notation for each topic including showing work for sequences of simplifying expressions.

    · Set up and solve various types of application problems.

    · Apply each of the above skills as part of the critical thinking and problem solving process.


    A student who successfully completes statistics should be able to:
    1. Use a calculator to assist in statistical computations.
    2. Understand the difference between the two branches of statistics.
    3. Identify the basic sampling techniques.
    4. Understand how statistics can be used and misused.
    5. Understand the different types of data.
    6. Organize and represent data using frequency distributions, histograms, stem and leaf plots, ogives and boxplots.
    7. Summarize data using measures of central tendency.
    8. Describe data using measures of Variation.
    9. Identify measures of position using percentiles and quartiles.
    10. Compute various probabilities using the rules of probability.
    11. Figure probability using random variables and binomial distribution.
    12. Identify the properties of the normal distribution and use it to find probabilities.
    13. Use z-test and t-test.
    14. Apply the central limit theorem to solve problems.
    15. Use the normal approximation to binomial distribution.
    16. Find confidence intervals.
    17. Set up and interpret tests of hypothesis.
    18. Understand and use linear regression.


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    This syllabus is my opportunity to tell you how I manage this class and give you notice of what is expected of you as a student. Please remember that I will do everything I can to help you and I expect you to be motivated and responsible for your own grade. To be successful in this class you must make time to do the homework and take the tests in the time allowed. It is customary in college level courses that students spend a minimum of 2 hours studying outside of class for every one hour of lecture time, that means you should be spending 9 hours per week working on this class material. With this in mind the following are items you need to know.


    If you are having difficulty with the material at any time please email, call or arrange to come see me during office hours, or make an appointment outside of office hours. There are many avenues here at NMJC for you to attain help.

    1. Online tutoring is available to all NMJC students. Look in section IX of this syllabus: General/Miscellaneous. Tutoring Assistance is toward the end of that section. There is a link to Brainfuse which offers online tutoring.

    2. Personal tutors are available through the Director of Learning Assistance in room 124 Mansur Hall on New Mexico Junior College Campus, or call (575) 492-2625 (Amanda Thompson) (575)492-2624 (Aaron Prebenda) or (575)492-2623 (Jackie Martinez).

    3. Study groups that you arrange with class mates are also an excellent way to improve your performance in the class. If you are having trouble finding an interested classmate, ask your professor for assistance.


    1. Cheating will not be tolerated. If there is any evidence of cheating I must assign a zero on the work in question, possibly for the entire class.

    2. All students are to act appropriately for a college classroom. Disruptions will not be tolerated. Any students causing a disruption will be notified. If incidents continue the student may be dropped from the class.

    3. No perfume please, It causes your instructor a serious health problem. If you forget, please do not come to my office.


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    Outline for Statistics:  Warren Denley Atchley            McGill Spring 2017

    2nd Edition, Beginning Statistics

    Tentative Schedule, changes will be announced in Canvas






    Getting Started



    Data Classification


    The Process of a Statistical Study



    How to Critique a Published Study


    Be sure to get your testing center authorized if you do not want to take Midterm and Final in Hobbs, New Mexico!



    Frequency Distributions


    Graphical Displays of Data



    Analyzing Graphs




    Measures of Center



    Measures of Dispersion



    Empirical Rule Quiz only available in CANVAS



    Percentile Quiz only available in CANVAS



    Measures of Relative Position





    Review 1

    Covers Chapters 1, 2 & 3


    Exam 1

    Covers Chapters 1, 2 & 3






    Introduction to Probability    



    Addition Rules for Probability



    Multiplication Rules for Probability


    4.4 & 4.5

    Optional, will not be graded or on any exams








    Discrete Random Variables



    Binomial Distribution


    5.3 & 5.4

    Optional, will not be graded or on any exams



    Review 2

    Covers Chapters 4 & 5 (not 4.4, 4.5, 5.3, 5.4)


    Exam 2

    Covers Chapters 4 & 5 (not 4.4, 4.5, 5.3, 5.4)





    MIDTERM Review is in CANVAS, and available in Hawkes.  Exam is paper and pencil, I will not collect the review, it is only for your resource and preparation for exam.





    Covers Chapters 1-5 (none of 4.4, 4.5, 5.3, 5.4)






    Introduction to the Normal Distribution



    Finding Area under a Normal Distribution



    Finding Probability using a Normal Distribution



    Finding Values of a Normally Distrbuted Random Variable



    Approximating a Binomial Distribution using a Normal Distribution






    Read only, no homework



    Central Limit Theorem with Means



    Central Limit Theorem with Proportions





    Review 3

    Covers Chapters 6 & 7


    Exam 3

    Covers Chapters 6 & 7


    Spring Break




    Estimating Population Means (sigma known)



    Student’s T Distribution



    Estimating a Population Means (sigma unknown)



    Estimating Population Proportions



    Optional, will not be graded or on any exams






    Fundamentals of Hypothesis Testing



    Hypothesis Testing for Population Means (sigma known)


    Hypothesis Testing for Population Means (sigma unknown)



    Hypothesis Testing for Population Proportions


    10.5, 6, 7

    Optional, will not be graded or on any exams





    Review 4

    Covers Chapters 8 & 10 (not 8.5, 10.5,6,7)


    Exam 4

    Covers Chapters 8 & 10 (not 8.5, 10.5,6,7)


    Critical Thinking Test

    Paper and Pencil, only available in Canvas



    Regression Quiz (Project) paper and pencil, instructions only available in Canvas






    Scatter Plots and Correlation



    Linear Regression


    12.3 & 4

    Optional, will not be graded or on any exams





    Review 5

    Covers Chapters 12 (not 12.3 or 4)


    Exam 5

    Covers Chapters 12 (not 12.3 or 4)





    FINAL REVIEW is in CANVAS, and available in Hawkes.  Exam is paper and pencil, I will not collect the review, it is only for your resource and preparation for exam.






    Covers all material since the Midterm: chapters 6,7,8,10,12 (not any of the optional sections)


    Final must be received by noon Wednesday May 10 (Mountain Time, USA)