Course Outline - Syllabus. I. MAT 201: Introduction to Statistics I. II. Instructor: Jorge Luis Romeu Office Room: 125 Moffet Center Phone 753-2968; Email Address: ROMEU WEB PAGE: http://WEB.cortland.edu/romeu/ Meetings: MWF 11:00-10:50 am (Sect. 1) MWF 12:00-11:50 pm (Sect. 2) Office Hours: an hour every weekday (see Web Page) College Policy on attendance, exams, dishonesty, etc. is in effect. Don't Cut Classes or Cheat! III. Course Description/Overview: MAT201 is a first, introductory statistics course. Its only prerequisites are: maturity and HS math. MAT201 covers three areas: descriptive statistics, probability and statistical inference. The use of the VAX computer, email and the MINITAB software is required. We will teach two classes on its use. Also, we use cooperative learning techniques. MAT201 covers methods of tabular and graphical data description/presentation, elementary probability, random variables, sampling distributions and elements of estimation and hypothesis testing. However, topics may be omitted or abriedged, according to time. IV. Course Objectives: Statistics is everpresent in modern life: in professional work, in the media, as an auxiliary science, etc. Students are expected, at the end of MAT201, to be able to state and understand a statistical problem, to communicate in a statistical language with a professional statstician and to use correctly the simple statistical procedures studied in this course. In addition, the students should be able to work with the Minitab statistical software. Those students who plan to attend graduate school or become interested in the topic are encouraged to take a second Statistics course. V. Text: Statistics: Concepts and Applications; by D. R. An- derson; D.J. Sweeney and T. A. Williams (WEST). VI. Examinations: There will be two intra-semester exams, each for 25% of your final grade. They will take place around the sixth and the twelfth weeks of the semester and during Monday evenings (*). A comprehensive final exam will account for 25%. Homeworks won't be collected/graded. But weekly quizes, based on them, will be given. These, plus class participation, will account for the remaining 25% of your final grade. The best student in each section will receive a book as recognition of his/her good work. Twice in a national sample of over 70 Colleges and 2700 students, MAT201 test average was over the national test average. (*) If we can agree on such a procedure; see next page. Page 2 Agreement: ========== In previous MAT201 semesters, we have tried out two intra semestral test procedures. One is in-class, 50 minutes tests. The other is hour-and-a-half, evening exams. A statistically significant difference in grade results, in favor of the second option, was observed. Evidently, the evening exams work much better for the students. They are relaxed, students do not have the pressures of having to go to the next class and have more time to do the test. In addition, the following Friday class is, hence, cancelled to make up for the test time taken. Also, homeworks will not be collected/graded. Instead, students will be expected to come periodically to office hours to discuss them and to do them in Organized Groups. To encourage this, exercises selected from class/homework material will be given as quizes during the course (usually on Fridays). Homework is done in these groups and may be presented to the whole class. No credit is given by group work/presentation. However, participation in group work is REQUIRED in this course. Finally, if we can ALL agree in dedicating TWO Monday evenings during this semester, for our two intra-semestral exams, I will gladly give you this extra time. The day of the exams, our regular class time will be dedicated to a review session. We will, in addition and that evening, meet in Sperry, at 7:00 pm to do the test. These two evenings will count as two course meetings and we will take them off, accordingly. If we cannot reach such agreement unanimously, we will then do our two tests in our regular 50 minutes class, as is customarily. In both cases, students will be able to bring to all course exams a card with the main formulas and a xerox of the necessary tables. Exams will consist of word problems. Then, you will answer multiple choice questions about them. - - - - - - - - - - - - - cut here - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I have read the above contract about the course grading and examination procedures and AGREE/DISAGREE (CIRCLE THE CORRECT ONE) with them and with having two evening intra semestral tests. Name:____________________ Date:____________________ SSN:____________________