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Date Created: 10/12/16
STAT 113: Statistics and Society Fall 2016, ONLINE Syllabus Lecturer: Ellen Gundlach Email: (best way to contact) Office: HAAS 114 (phone: 765-496-6875) T.A.: Yixi Xu, Office hours: Most questions and problems can be handled through e-mail. If you send your TA a screenshot of the problem and talk us through your work, we can do pretty well that way. Allow 24 hours M-F for replies to your e-mails. Any student can visit the office hours of any instructor. We have many office hours available to you in the help room. See Blackboard Learn for a full list of times and locations. Course site: Blackboard Learn. Google Chrome is not compatible with Blackboard. Firefox is the best browser for Blackboard and Perdisco. Help room: HAAS 115 Course description: This is a course on statistical concepts emphasizing applications in public policy and in the social and behavioral sciences. Significant writing and discussion are required. No mathematics beyond simple algebra is needed, but numerical skills are strengthened by constant use. Excel is required for some data analysis. STAT 113 can be used for general education or as preparation for later methodology courses. This course teaches statistical ideas that will be useful in understanding and designing research in most areas of study. Course goals: 1) Distinguish between and qualify methods of data collection. 2) Interpret graphs and statistical analyses. 3) Express and calculate the likelihood of events. 4) Create a narrative from statistical analysis. (Specific learning objectives for each chapter are listed in Blackboard.) Required materials: 1) The textbook (Moore and Notz, Statistics: Concepts and Controversies, 8th edition, W.H. Freeman). See additional information on Blackboard. 2) Perdisco Online Homework. Register through See instructions in Blackboard. 3) Access to Microsoft Excel software. 4) A scientific calculator (graphing calculator is ok but not necessary). Cell phones, PDAs, and laptops will not be allowed during exams. 5) An activated Purdue University Computing Center career account. 1 6) LaunchPad online resources from W.H. Freeman to go with the textbook. See instructions in Blackboard for how to register. (Recommended but not required.) 2 Course components and grades: Exam 1: 22% Exam 2: 22% Final Exam: 22% Perdisco Online HW: 18% Projects: 12% Class participation: 4% Total 100% This course will follow the 90-80-70-60 grading scale for A, B, C, D cut-offs. +/- grades will be given at instructor’s discretion below these cut-offs. If you earn a 90.000 in the class, for example, that is a solid A. If you earn an 89.11 in the class, for example, this may be an A- or a B+. It is extremely unlikely that there would be a curve, and there never has been one in the past. There is no extra credit available. The “total” columns in Blackboard are not correct—Blackboard sets these up automatically and cannot be deleted. Blackboard wants all course components to count equally (one HW = one exam) even though we weight each course component according to the list above, so the instructor does grade calculations using Excel instead. You will be provided with a grade estimate after Exam 1, after Exam 2, and before the Final Exam. Schedule: The schedule for the course is posted on Blackboard. It is your responsibility to keep up with the schedule and not miss any deadlines. Late work will not be accepted. Campus emergencies: In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances. Here are ways to get information about changes in this course: Blackboard or by e-mail from the course coordinator or your instructor. General information about a campus emergency can be found on the Purdue website: Illness and other Student Emergencies: Students with extended illnesses should contact their instructor as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made for keeping up with the course. Extended absences/illnesses/emergencies should also go through the Office of the Dean of Students. Textbook/LaunchPad: You are expected to read your textbook for each chapter. You may wish to take advantage of the many helpful resources on LaunchPad, although nothing graded will come from LaunchPad. You can use the eBook (already within LaunchPad) or a paper copy of the book—the material is the same. 3 4 Homework:  Online homework is done through Perdisco: You will need to purchase access online. See Blackboard for more instructions.  Late homework cannot be accepted by the instructor. Homework is never excused.  You have 2 attempts on each homework assignment, and your higher score counts.  One HW score will be dropped at the end of the semester. If you were sick, had an emergency, had technical difficulties, etc. and missed a HW, this is the one which will be dropped. You do not get to drop an additional low HW score just because you have a good reason for missing one. We recommend you start the homework early in the week so that you can make the most of your two attempts.  Computer difficulties are not a valid excuse for having late homework. It is your responsibility to start the homework early in the week so that you will have time to finish it even if computer difficulties arise. If there is a problem with the Perdisco system, immediately contact technical support (e-mail  If you have questions about the homework, you can visit the help room or e-mail screen shots and all the steps for your work to your TA. Allow 24 hours for your TA. to reply (not including weekends). Your instructor will not do your homework for you. Exams:  The exams will be closed book/closed notes exams. They are pencil-and-paper exams.  The exams may contain multiple choice, matching, short answer, show-your- work, problem-solving, and reading comprehension questions.  You will be allowed to bring pencils, a calculator, and ONE one-page cheat sheet (8 1/2" x 11", handwritten, both sides) to each exam, including the final exam. This one-page handwritten cheat sheet will be worth 1 point on the exam.  Purdue IDs will be checked at all exams.  It is up to you to put any formulas on your cheat sheet. No formula sheet will be given.  Exam 1 and Exam 2 will last exactly one hour, and the Final Exam will last two hours.  Off-campus students need to fill out a Proctor Request Form (on Blackboard) and turn it in to Ellen no later than the 1 Friday of the semester. Off-campus students need to set up appointments with their proctors and are allowed to take their exams the same time the on-campus students do. E-mail Ellen with the appointment time at least 1 week in advance of the exam 5 date. The proctors will either e-mail or fax the completed exam and cheat sheet, immediately upon completion, to Ellen Gundlach and also mail the original exam and cheat sheet as a back-up. Be very careful when choosing an off-campus proctor. You must choose a proctor who speaks English well and is capable of following all the instructions exactly. If your proctor does not follow instructions, you could face academic misconduct trouble with the Dean of Students. Taking the exams off-campus is a privilege, not a right, and your instructor may revoke this privilege for you at any point during the semester if there are problems with either your proctor or you following instructions or maintaining academic integrity standards.  All STAT 113 students in the Lafayette area (including traditional, hybrid, and online sections) will take the exam together at the same time. See the Blackboard site for the seating chart. Make-up Exams:  Valid reasons for missing an exam include university documented absence, illness, and/or a death in your family. Work is not a valid excuse. Forgetting about an exam is not a valid excuse.  If you must miss an exam due to a class conflict or school trip, you need to print off a “Make-up Exam Form” from Blackboard, complete the form, and turn it in to your lecturer at least a week in advance with appropriate documentation included with the make-up exam form.  If you are missing the exam due to an emergency, you must e-mail your lecturer with details of your situation and the information requested on the Make-up Exam Form from the course website no later than 9 am the day after the scheduled exam.  Your lecturer will need to approve your documentation (university or doctor’s note, obituary, etc.) before your exam grade will be recorded.  Failure to meet these deadlines may result in a score of 0 points for the exam.  We make every effort to accommodate student schedules while also protecting the integrity and security of the exam. The make-up exam time will be chosen based on the schedules turned in to us by the students sometime early in the week of the exam. If you turn in your form after the exam has been scheduled, then you will have to adjust your schedule to the time that has already been chosen. Usually only one make-up exam time will be scheduled following each regular exam. Projects: You will have several projects to do during the semester. See the “Project” file in Blackboard for more details. Some of these projects involve interacting with your peers. None of these projects can be done at the last minute. You must start early. Late work is not accepted, and technical difficulties are not a valid excuse. You are expected to behave in a way that promotes a welcoming, inclusive, productive learning environment. You need to be prepared to work on these projects by having learned the relevant lecture material. You need to speak English and include everybody in your group in any discussions. 6 Class participation: Class participation points will come from a variety of activities, including:  Blackboard surveys (on schedule). Your instructor will write you back individually through Blackboard.  Syllabus quiz in Blackboard.  Official course evaluation screenshot proof at end of the semester. Check your Purdue e-mail and Blackboard each weekday so that you keep up on any announcements. Special needs: If you have been certified by the Office of the Dean of Students as someone needing a course adaptation or accommodation because of a disability OR if you need special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please contact your instructor during the first week of classes. You will need to fill out the Academic Accommodations form found on Blackboard. If you have a letter from ODOS stating that you may have extra time on the exams or use the testing center, you will also need to e-mail the instructor at least a week in advance of each exam with information about your testing appointment in the DRC testing center for on- campus students. Off-campus students will also need to show their letter to their proctors in order to get the additional time or special testing conditions. 7 Grades on Blackboard: It is your responsibility to make sure the grades recorded on Blackboard are correct. You should also let your lecturer know if you think something was graded incorrectly. However, all of this should be done in a timely manner. (You shouldn’t wait until finals week to let us know that you need more points on HW #1. Any grades earned before Exam 1 should be checked before Exam 1, etc.) All grades in Blackboard (other than the final exam) should be finalized by the end of Dead Week. You should keep all of your graded papers from this course until after the grades come out at the end of the semester in case you have a dispute. Section Changes/Adds: All section changes/adds need to be finished by the 1 Friday of the semester. If you change sections between traditional/online/hybrid after you register with Perdisco, you need to contact Perdisco immediately to tell them about this change or else your homework grades may not get recorded. It is your responsibility to talk to your instructor about transferring any grades from one Blackboard site to another. (Transferring between recitation sections in the traditional course does not affect anything in Blackboard or Perdisco.) Our statistics philosophy: This is NOT a math class. This is a critical thinking class. Our goal is to help you make wise and educated decisions at work and in life. “Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.” H.G. Wells 8 Academic misconduct: Collaborating or Working in Groups for STAT 113 In STAT 113, we encourage students to work together. However, there is a difference between good collaboration and academic misconduct. We expect you to read over this list, and you will be held responsible for violating these rules. We are serious about protecting the hard-working students in this course. We want a grade for STAT 113 to have value for everyone. We punish both the student who cheats and the student who allows or enables another student to cheat (even by not keeping an exam covered). Make sure that you are doing everything you can to protect the value of your work on exams, homework, discussion posts, quizzes, and even class participation and studying. Good Collaboration:  Try all of the homework problems yourself, on your own.  After working on every problem yourself, then get together with a small group of other students who have also worked on every problem themselves.  Discuss ideas for how to do the more difficult problems.  Finish the homework problems on your own so that what you turn in truly represents your own understanding of the material.  Work the review problems individually, and then use the group for discussion.  Discuss concepts or practice problems in the group.  Explain concepts or practice problems to each other.  If the assignment involves writing a long, worded explanation (like an essay question), you may proofread somebody’s completed written work and allow them to proofread your work. Do this only after you have both completed your own assignments, though.  If you are working on a group quiz, everyone should work all of the problems themselves before getting together to talk through their reasoning and decide on the best final answers. Everyone should be involved in coming up with the final answers.  Ask a tutor or TA. for help on a problem related to a homework problem, but do the actual homework problem yourself. The odd-numbered problems in the book have answers in the back, so they’re great for examples. Academic Misconduct:  Divide up the problems among a group. (You do #1, I’ll do #2, and he’ll do #3: then we’ll share our work to get the assignment done more quickly.)  Attend a group work session without having first worked all of the problems yourself.  Participate in group work in class without coming to class prepared, allowing your partners to do all of the work while you copy answers down, or allowing an unprepared partner to copy your answers.  Start the problem yourself but then copy somebody else’s solution for the rest of the problem after you got stuck. 9  Read someone else’s answers before you have completed your work.  Have a tutor or TA work though all (or some) of your HW problems for you.  Share Excel work, print off two copies of the output, or two people use the same computer to do Excel.  Not keeping your exam covered.  Sharing Mixable link ideas with another student before posting to Mixable. Telling another student what to post as a comment on Mixable. Purdue’s Academic Dishonesty Policy: Purdue prohibits "dishonesty in connection with any University activity. Cheating,  plagiarism, or knowingly furnishing false information to the University are examples of  dishonesty." [Part 5, Section III­B­2­a, University Regulations] Furthermore, the  University Senate has stipulated that "the commitment of acts of cheating, lying, and  deceit in any of their diverse forms (such as the use of substitutes for taking  examinations, the use of illegal cribs, plagiarism, and copying during examinations) is  dishonest and must not be tolerated. Moreover, knowingly to aid and abet, directly or  indirectly, other parties in committing dishonest acts is in itself dishonest." [University  Senate Document 72­18, December 15, 1972] Purdue’s Copyrighted Materials Policy: Among the materials that may be protected by copyright law are the lectures, notes, and other material presented in class or as part of the course. Always assume the materials presented by an instructor are protected by copyright unless the instructor has stated otherwise. Students enrolled in, and authorized visitors to, Purdue University courses are permitted to take notes, which they may use for individual/group study or for other non-commercial purposes reasonably arising from enrollment in the course or the University generally. Notes taken in class are, however, generally considered to be “derivative works” of the  instructor’s presentations and materials, and they are thus subject to the instructor’s  copyright in such presentations and materials. No individual is permitted to sell or  otherwise barter notes, either to other students or to any commercial concern, for a  course without the express written permission of the course instructor. To obtain  permission to sell or barter notes, the individual wishing to sell or barter the notes must  be registered in the course or must be an approved visitor to the class. Course  instructors may choose to grant or not grant such permission at their own discretion, and may require a review of the notes prior to their being sold or bartered. If they do grant  such permission, they may revoke it at any time, if they so choose. 10 11 EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES are based on a simple concept – if you hear a fire alarm inside, proceed outside. If you hear a siren outside, proceed inside.  Indoor Fire Alarms mean to stop class or research and immediately evacuate the building. Proceed to your Emergency Assembly Area away from building doors. Remain outside until police, fire, or other emergency response personnel provide additional guidance or tell you it is safe to leave.  All Hazards Outdoor Emergency Warning Sirens mean to immediately seek shelter (Shelter in Place) in a safe location within the closest building. “Shelter in place” means seeking immediate shelter inside a building or University residence. This course of action may need to be taken during a tornado, a civil disturbance including a shooting or release of hazardous materials in the outside air. Once safely inside, find out more details about the emergency*. Remain in place until police, fire, or other emergency response personnel provide additional guidance or tell you it is safe to leave. *In both cases, you should seek additional clarifying information by all means possible…Purdue Home page, email alert, TV, radio, etc…review the Purdue Emergency Warning Notification System multi-communication layers at EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROCEDURES:  Review the Emergency Procedures Guidelines  Review the Building Emergency Plan (available from the building deputy) for: o evacuation routes, exit points, and emergency assembly area o when and how to evacuate the building. o shelter in place procedures and locations o additional building specific procedures and requirements. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AWARENESS VIDEOS "Shots Fired on Campus: When Lightning Strikes," is a 20-minute active shooter awareness video that illustrates what to look for and how to prepare and react to this type of incident. See: fired-on-campus-video.cfm (Link is also located on the EP website) MORE INFORMATION Reference the Emergency Preparedness web site for additional information: 12


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