General description of the course: Statistics is the art and science of extracting information from data concerning a question or hypothesis of interest. The objective of this course is to introduce the student to statistical reasoning and interpretation of data analysis. Pre-requisites: This course is less technical and more conceptual than STAT 200. There are no pre-requisites.
Text: Seeing Through Statistics, Second Edition, by Jessica Utts, published by Duxbury Press
Website: Visit the Statistics Department's course page http://www.stat.psu.edu/courses/index.shtml.
Required Work: There will be a total of 500 points in the course consisting of:
1. Three in-class mid-semester examinations, each worth 100 points.
2. A comprehensive final examination which will be worth 150 points.
3. Ten unannounced, randomly timed in-class quizzes each worth 5 points.
Homework: Homework will be assigned but not collected. Answers to some homework assignments are posted on the course web page. Because the exams will reflect closely the homework assignments, it is to your advantage to do your homework diligently.
Exams: Exams will be held according to the
announced calendar. All exams will be in multiple-choice format and will use computer bubble-sheets. To each exam, you should bring:
1. A single 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of formulas or notes,
2. No. 2 pencils to complete your computer bubble-sheet,
3. A calculator, and
4. Your Penn State student ID card.
Grades: Your lowest exam score will be
replaced by the final exam score if:
1. Your final exam score is higher than your lowest exam score, AND
2. The instructor is of the opinion that your quiz scores reflect regular class attendance.
It is to your advantage to attend class regularly throughout the semester. You can redeem a poor exam score by doing well on the final exam.
Final Grades: Final grades will be determined as follows:
A : 94% or higher, A- : 90-93%,
B+ : 88-89%, B : 84-87%, B- : 80-83%,
C+ : 78-79%, C : 74-77%, C- : 70-74%,
D : 65-69%.
1. No late or make-up exams will be given for ANY reason. If you miss any exam, simply provide a valid reason IN WRITING to the course TA; once the TA and the instructor have approved your written excuse, your missed exam score will be replaced automatically by your final exam score.
2. Early exams will be given, with advanced arrangement, to students with direct conflicts due to another required university activity (chess team, athletics, field trip, Blue Band trip, etc.).
3. Students are responsible for all announcements and supplements given within any lecture.
4. Integrity Statement: All Penn State and Eberly College of Science policies regarding academic integrity apply to this course. See http://www.science.psu.edu/academic/Integrity/index.html for details.
5. If you need to leave class early, please sit in the back and leave as quietly as possible.
6. Your cell phones should be turned off before you enter the classroom.