Miller Hall, Room 1303
This class is
partially online (50-94%). You will find videos, readings,
tutorials and quizzes in CourseDen (D2L). There is roughly one
online quiz due every week, except during weeks when we have
face-to-face exams. On those weeks, you will not have an online
We will meet a
few times during the semester. I will schedule one or two meetings
before each test. These will be the only times we will meet in
person. A detailed schedule is found further down this syllabus.
You are always welcome to come to my office hours at other times
if you need extra help.
We will also have three face-to-face exams. You need to bring a calculator to tests. The calculator must, at the very least allow you to raise numbers to various powers and take all kinds of roots. A statistical calculator would be preferable.
Course Description: In this course we study basic statistics concepts and emphasize their applications to business environments. The various topics include methods of presenting data, probability theory and distribution, central tendency and dispersion measures, hypothesis testing, and linear regression.
Prerequisites: MAT111 or MATH 1113, CISM 2201 and a 2.0 minimum GPA. You also need to have access to a computer and you must have access to the internet.
"Practice of Statistics for Business and Economics, 3rd Edition"
by Moore, McCabe, Duckworth and Alwan. Any
format (online, hardcopy, looseleaf) would work. This is an
expensive book. If you can purchase a used copy or rent the
book for a semester, you would save some money.
Course Objectives and Learning Outcomes
(1) Construct and interpret tabular and graphical methods of presenting qualitative and quantitative data. (LG2, LG3, LG10)
(2) Construct and interpret summary numerical measures of location, variability, and association for the sample and the population. (LG2, LG3, LG10)
(3) Apply basic probability concepts, expected value, and variance to a variety of business applications (LG2, LG6, LG10)
(4) Use discrete and continuous probability distributions and sampling distributions in a variety of business applications (LG2, LG3, LG6, LG10)
(5) Construct and interpret interval estimates and hypothesis tests (LG2)
(6) Estimate regression models, evaluate the results of regression models, and use the results for prediction and forecasting (LG2, LG3, LG6, LG10)
(7) Use Microsoft Excel to generate descriptive statistics and perform regression and correlation analysis (LG2, LG3, LG6, LG10)
Note: A complete list of expected learning goals (LG) for the Economics Department can be found at the department web site (http://www.westga.edu/econ/index_12904.php).
You have to
attend the final exam. You also have to login to D2L every day,
and complete all assignments within the assigned deadline.
Exams and assignments
We will have
three exams. The exams will be multiple choice. You need to bring
a calculator and pencil to the tests. Each exam will be 20% of
Exam # 1:
Thursday, September 25 at 9:30AM in Miller Hall 2328
Exam # 2: Thursday, October 23 at 9:30AM in Miller Hall 2328
Exam # 3: Thursday, December 11 at 8:00AM in Miller Hall 2328
All other assignments will be delivered and completed online through Courseden. These assignments are worth a combined 40%. Quizzes consist of multiple choice questions. They are timed (usually 60 minutes). Once you click "Begin quiz", you have 60 minutes to complete the quiz. Time runs continuously, even you leave the quiz and come back later. The quizzes are due on the following dates and times:
Quiz # 1: due
by 11:00PM on Thursday, September 4.
Quiz # 2: due by 11:00PM on Thursday, September 11.
Quiz # 3: due by 11:00PM on Thursday, September 18.
Quiz # 4: due by 11:00PM on Thursday, October 2.
Quiz # 5: due by 11:00PM on Thursday, October 9.
Quiz # 6: due by 11:00PM on Thursday, October 16.
Quiz # 7: due by 11:00PM on Thursday, November 6.
Quiz # 8: due by 11:00PM on Thursday, November 13.
Quiz # 9: due by 11:00PM on Thursday, November 20.
Quiz # 10: due by 11:00PM on Thursday, December 4.
you miss a test or online assignment you will have to provide a
valid excuse in writing (doctor's excuse). I will not give make up
quizzes or tests. Only verifiable doctor's excuses will be
considered as valid excuses for missing a quiz or test. The excuse
must encompass the complete time span that the assignment is
available. All excuses will be verified. (Vacations, weddings, and
other social events are not valid excuses).
make-ups will given under any circumstances. Deadlines will
not be moved under any circumstances. You are responsible
for completing the assignment by the deadline.
If you have any questions, concerns, complaints, etc. about your grade you MUST bring it to my attention within 48 of the posting date. You cannot wait until the end of the semester to argue about missing grades, or other problems (48 hours from publication date).
A: 90% or higher
B: 80% to 89.9999%
C: 70% to 79.9999%
D: 60% to 69.9999%
F: Less than 60%
Note: an 89.9% is a B!
No extra credit opportunities will be offered!Credit Hour Policy (3 credit hours): For approximately fifteen weeks, students in this class will generally spend 150 minutes with direct online faculty instruction (including Power Point presentations, class notes, case studies, videos, applets, discussion boards, review sessions) and work about 360 minutes on additional assignments (without direct faculty instruction) each week. Additional assignments may include, but are not limited to, quizzes, projects, group work, research, and test preparation.
Students Rights and Responsibilities: Please carefully review the information at the following link: (http://www.westga.edu/assetsDept/vpaa/Common_Language_for_Course_Syllabi.pdf) .
The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus at anytime during the semester. Any changes will be announced in writing.