TITLE: Introductory Statistics CREDIT HOURS: 3

CLASS TIME and ROOM: MW 9:15am-12:25pm, Room AD 104

TEXT: OpenStax Stats Openstax

PROFESSOR: Dr. Warren Wm. McGovern

OFFICE & PHONE: HC 101 & 6-8028

E-mail: ;

OFFICE HOURS: By appointment and Monday TBD, Wednesday TBD

CALCULATORS: You must have a calculator that supports two variable (regression) statistical calculations. We strongly recommend any of the TI-84 models or similar. However, the TI-83 is missing some functions so you will need to memorize more syntax.
(Certain calculators are not allowed. Check with me if you are not sure.)

REQUIRED FOR CLASS: You must have a quarter, a standard deck of cards, and a pair of 6-sided dice. You will be required to bring these to class during the topic of probability. You will also need to familiarize yourself with the standard properties of these, e.g. there are four suits and 13 cards of each suit.

PREREQUISITES: MAC 1105, MGF 1106, or MAC 2233 or ALEKS- Total Score 30.

SATISFIES: Gordon Rule-mathematics, computational.

CONTENT: An introductory course covering descriptive statistics, probability, binomial and normal distributions, sampling distributions and hypothesis tests, and sampling procedures. Laboratory required. This is a General Education course.
GOALS: By the end of this course, you are expected to:
• think critically about data;
• explore, organize, and describe data using graphs and numerical summaries;
• produce data that answer reasonable questions;
• understand the importance and significance of randomization and variability;
• select and apply standard statistical inference procedures;
• draw conclusions from statistical analyses;
• make informed decisions about the validity and accuracy of statistical statements encountered in newspapers, magazines and on television;
• improve your logical thinking and problem-solving skills;
• work effectively in heterogeneous teams;
• communicate effectively and precisely about complex ideas (especially, in writing);
• use technological tools such as graphing calculators and specialized computer software;
• engage in life-long learning.

CLASS STRUCTURE: The class will be mostly run in a lecture style format though the instructor encourages discussions and questions concerning the material. Some days will be used for collaborative efforts. A detailed list of homework problems and assignments will be kept on canvas or my webpage. Though the homework will only rarely be collected and graded, the student is expected to do all the problems as this will aid in the student's understanding of the material. The student is encouraged to ask questions during class. Please come to office hours if you have additional questions about the homework.

TEXTBOOK: We will be using the open source book found at The main reason I have chosen this book is that it is free for the students. The plan is to go through most of the book (Chapters 1-13). If, due to a lack of time, I will keep the students notified if I have to cut out some topics. The likely scenario is that we cut out Chapter 13 as well as some of Chapter 4. At the end of each chapter there is a list of problems as well as answers to some of the questions.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular attendance is expected. If a student misses a class meeting it is his/her responsibility to obtain the class notes either from another student or from the instructor during regularly scheduled office hours. However, the latter usually means the student will be given the sections that were covered. If a student has 3 unexcused absences, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by one letter grade. If a student misses 5 classes, the instructor has the right to drop the student's course grade by two letter grades, etc. All tests will be taken as scheduled, unless prior arrangements are made, with at least 48 hours of advance notice. I, and only I, have the right to agree to giving a makeup test.

EVALUATION: Throughout the course the student will have opportunities to gain and lose points. The most common examples of gaining points (but not limited to) are through the homeworks, daily/weekly quizzes, presentations, six tests, extra-credit problems, class participation. The most common examples of losing points (but not limited to) are not taking a quiz or test, poor class participation, or an unsatisfactory attendance record. At the end of the semester if the student's (net) point total is greater than or equal to 90% of the total possible number of points, then the student will have earned an A. The rest of the grades are as follows 80%-90% B, 70%-80% C, 60%-70% D, below 60% F.

For a general sense of the course (this is an approximation): five of the best tests 70%, attendance (including participation) 15%, quizzes 15%

The official gradebook will be kept by the instructor. Canvas will not be used for offical grade-keeping.

EXAM SCHEDULE: Each test will be cumulative and knowledge of previous material is essential. The quizzes will cover material since the previous quiz. I will try to be as straightforward as possible with regards to the material covered over the quizzes and tests. On each of the six Wednesdays there will be an exam starting at 11:20am and will be collected at 12:25pm. From 11:10-11:20 there will be time for questions and review.

POLICY ON ACCOMMODATIONS: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), students who require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to properly execute coursework must register with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) and follow all SAS procedures. SAS has offices across three of FAU’s campuses -- Boca Raton, SU 131 (561-297-3880); in Davie, LA 131 (954-236-1222); in Jupiter and all Northern Campuses, SR 111F (561-799-8585). Disability services are available for students on all campuses. For more information, please visit SAS website at

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Center: Life as a university student can be challenging physically, mentally and emotionally. Students who find stress negatively affecting their ability to achieve academic or personal goals may wish to consider utilizing FAU’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Center. CAPS provides FAU students a range of services – individual counseling, support meetings, and psychiatric services, to name a few – offered to help improve and maintain emotional well-being. For more information, go to http://www.fau,edu/counseling/

CODE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY STATEMENT: Students at Florida Atlantic University are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards. Academic dishonesty is considered a serious breach of these ethical standards, because it interferes with the university mission to provide a high quality education in which no student enjoys an unfair advantage over any other. Academic dishonesty is also destructive of the university community, which is grounded in a system of mutual trust and places high value on personal integrity and individual responsibility. Harsh penalties are associated with academic dishonesty. For more information, see University Regulation 4.001.

Collaboration and the Honor Code: You are expected to adhere to the Honor Code (see HC Honor Code and FAU Honor Code).

DISCLAIMER: The instructor reserves the right to change/alter/add/delete any statement from this syllabus in hopes of creating a more enjoyable/equitable course.