This course will introduce basic statistical tools from probability and descriptive statistics. These have valuable "real-world" applications in a variety of fields. We will explore many of these applications, in a wide range of areas, from gambling, to the stock market, to environmental concerns, to civil rights, to sports. The class will prepare you to take STAT 301, the main business statistics course.
Students having difficulty with the course are always welcome to see the instructor during office hours (listed in the course syllabus). The university also provides tutoring resources; the schedule is posted here.
Grades for the "Ultimate Knowledge Festival" for the Fall Semester of 2016 are posted here. Students are identified by the last five digits of the student number. Course grades will be available through BannerWeb (aka "My Stetson"). Grades for the Spring Semester of 2017 will be posted here as the semester progresses.
You learn from what you do, far more than from what you hear. Our time together in class will include a lecture component. But the the bulk of the class will normally be devoted to hands-on learning activities.
The in-class activities are generally intended to be collaborative efforts. Similarly, you are welcome, and encouraged, to consult with fellow students in completing out-of-class homework assignments. However, you final homework writeup must be your own, in your own words. Rule of thumb: if I can tell at a glance whom you worked with, then you have gone beyond the bounds of acceptable collaboration.
We will also be reading Darrell Huff's classic book How to Lie with Statistics in this course. You will complete a series of assignments that will help you retain and apply the concepts in that book.
The schedule below outlines the assignments and activities for the semester. Please note that assignments are NOT accepted late. However, your lowest two homework grades and lowest two activity grades will be dropped, in computing your course grade.
*Note that Monday classes do not meet during Week 1 (because of the Martin Luther King holiday). The Wednesday class in Week 2 (on 1/25) is a makeup day and will meet only for students who missed the first day of class.