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Math 215 Introduction to Statistics Spring 2019

Professor: Laura Chihara ( CMC 219 x4065

Course materials:

Office Hours: Monday: 8:30-9:30; Tuesday: 10:30-11:30; Wednesday: 12:30-1:30;

Thursday: 1:30-2:30. Appointments taken, walk-ins always welcome.

Text: Lock5 : Statistics: Unlocking the Power of Data, 2nd edition; R Lab Manual

Grading: Your course grade will be determined by two exams, a quiz, a report, a final project,
and homework/participation. The approximate weights will be: each exam 25%, the quiz 10%, the
report 12.5%, the final project 17.5% and homework/participation 8%.

Exams: The exams will be on Friday, 26 April, and Wednesday, 22 May, and the quiz on Wednes-
day, 5 June. Exams and the quiz must be taken at the scheduled time. Rescheduling will be granted
only in the case of documented illness, college- sanctioned trips or family emergency. Contact me
prior to the exam (when possible).

Accommodations If you are in need of special accommodations (as granted by Disability Services
for Students), please make the necessary arrangements at least one week before the exam.

Report: The report will be an analysis of a data set that is a bit more in-depth than a typical
textbook problem and requires more care in the write-up. The exact format for a report will be
given later.

Final Data Analysis Project: You will conduct an analysis of a data set of your own choosing.
Details will be given later in the course, and the project will be due on the last day of the final
exam period. If the average of your two exams is a C or better, you will have the option to work
with a partner on the final project.

Homework: Homework from the text (or possibly handouts) will be assigned and collected on
a regular basis, and a subset of the total problems assigned will be graded. You may work with
friends but the final write-up must be in your own words (see below).

Homework Format:

• Please write your name and assignment number at the top right-hand side of each page.
Clearly identify each problem.

• If you worked with friends, please indicate their names at the top of the page.

• Please be neat, staple multiple pages, and trim any ragged edges (if you tear your paper out
of spiral notebooks.)

• Show your work and explain your answers in a clear manner.

• Homework will be due at the beginning of the class period. Late homework will not be

Participation The participation grade will be based on:
(1) attendance and engagement in classroom activities.
(2) a minimum of 2 posts in the Moodle course forum. One post must be a comment/reaction on
a statistics-related topic that you have seen outside of class: a news article, a journal article for
another class, something one of your professors said about data, etc. The second post must be a
reaction/comment to a classmate’s Moodle post.

Classroom conduct: No electronic devices (cell phones, laptops, tablets) will be allowed during
class time (except a calculator or for statistics activities). Also, please do not eat your meals in

Software: We will be using the program RStudio which is installed on all Windows computers
on campus and is also available via a Web browser ( If
you own a personal computer, you might consider downloading this program. You will need to
download both R ( and R Studio (
(Technically, the software is R ; RStudiois an interface to R.)

Academic Honesty: All assignments and exams must be your own work. As noted above,
you may work with friends on homework, but the write-up should be in your own words. Note
that academic dishonesty includes not only cheating, fabrication, and plagiarism, but also includes
helping other students commit acts of academic dishonesty, for instance, by allowing them to make
copies of your work. You are allowed to use the Web for reference purposes (be sure to properly
cite your sources), but you may not copy solutions to problems from sources posted online.

Cases of academic dishonesty will be dealt with strictly. Each such case will be referred to the
Academic Standing Committee via the Associate Dean of Students or the Associate Dean of the
College. A formal finding of responsibility can result in disciplinary sanctions ranging from a
censure and a warning to permanent dismissal in the case of repeated and serious offenses.