|Spring 1996||TuTh 11:00-12:15||South College 6|
|Instructor: Allan Rossman||Office: South College 255, x-1668|
|Office Hours: MW 1:30-3:00 W 7:30- 8:30pm (and by appointment and by chance)|
|Textbook: Workshop Statistics: Discovery with Data|
Overview: Statistics might be defined as the science of numerical reasoning from data. Its purpose is to aid people in making decisions based on the analysis of numerical information. Data and numerical arguments abound not only in science and social science disciplines but in almost every field of academic inquiry. Moreover, most people encounter statistical reasoning in everyday life. It is therefore exceedingly appropriate and important for all liberally educated citizens to undertake study of fundamental principles and methods of statistics.
Course Principles: I try to keep in mind the following principles as I teach this course:
Prerequisites: There are no formal prerequisites for this course. Certainly, no prior knowledge of statistics is expected. The mathematical level of the course is that of high school algebra. Although we will use computers extensively, you need not have prior familiarity with them. I will provide you with detailed instructions concerning the use of the computer and the statistics package Minitabª. What you do need to bring to the course are an open mind for tackling numerical questions in a conceptual manner and a willingness to participate actively in class.
Grading: Your course grade will be determined by regular assignments and three exams. Each exam will contribute 30% to the calculation of your overall score, while the assignments contribute 10%. You are encouraged to work together on the assignments, but your answers must be written up individually in your own words. Some assignments require the use of the computer, so this classroom is available for you at times marked on the door (usually 7-11pm Sunday-Thursday). The assignments will be collected for grading periodically, and no late assignments will be accepted without a written medical excuse. The dates for the exams will be announced in class at least one week in advance. The exams will be cumulative only to the extent that material presented later in the course builds on earlier material. You may use your textbook for the exams; you should also bring a hand calculator. Make-up exams will be given only with a written medical excuse.
Suggestions: With apologies to David Letterman, I offer you the following "Top Ten" suggestions as you approach this course:
|10. Come to class.||9. Ask questions.||8. Use office hours.|
|7. Don't get behind.||6. Don't get overconfident.||5. Work together.|
|4. Read carefully.||3. Write well.||2. Have fun!|
Schedule: The following schedule is tentative, subject to change at any time. It should give you a rough idea of where we will be in the course at various times throughout the semester.
|Week 1||January 25||Topic 1|
|Week 2||January 30, February 1||Topic 2||Topic 3|
|Week 3||February 6, 8||Topic 4||Topic 5|
|Week 4||February 13, 15||Topic 6||Topic 7|
|Week 5||February 20, 22||Topic 10||Review|
|Week 6||February 27, 29||Exam 1||Topic 11|
|Week 7||March 5, 7||Topic 12||Topic 13|
|Week 8||March 12, 14||Topic 14||Topic 15|
|Week 9||March 26, 28||Topic 16||Topic 17|
|Week 10||April 2, 4||Review||Exam 2|
|Week 11||April 9, 11||Topic 18||Topic 19|
|Week 12||April 16, 18||Topic 20||Topic 21|
|Week 13||April 23, 25||Topic 22||Topic 23|
|Week 14||April 30, May 2||Topic 24||Review|
|Finals week||May 7||Exam 3|