Latest Course Offering: Fall 2011, Term 1
Course Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 8:10 – 10:25
Location: Krumm 24
Contact: tomschenkjr at gmail dot com
- Textbook: Understanding Statistics in Behavioral Sciences by Robert R. Pagano, 9th Edition, Wadsworth Publishing: 2008 ISBN-13: 978-0495596523
- Data: Census @ Schools, Data and Story Library, Classroom Survey of Basic Data, Historical Weather Data (via NASA), Iowa Community College Tuition & Fees Report, Median Earnings of College Graduates by Major & Gender
- Blogs: See Statistical Modeling, Social Science Statistics, Observational Epidemiology
- Other materials will be distributed via the course website: www.tomschenkjr.net.
All assignments will be scored on a 100 percent scale. The final grade, Y, will be derived using the following formula:
Y = 0.33 * A + 0.33 * E + 0.33 * F
F = Final
E = Exam
A = Average of assignments
Final/Exam: The final will explicitly be cumulative, although the emphasis will be slightly more on the latter third of the class.
Assignments: Assignments will be given throughout the semester through the course website. Assignments will vary in size from a few questions, to larger assignments that may resemble class projects.
Final Course Score
A = 90-100%
B = 80-89%
C = 70-79%
D = 60-69%
F = < 60%
30 Aug: Review of the syllabus and introduction
***Chp. 1 – Pagano
Basic Mathematical Concepts and Measurement Concepts
***Chp. 2 – Pagano
**KhanAcademy lecture on means (and notation)
2 Sep: Last Day to Drop without a “W”
6 Sep: Graphing
***The Basics of a Basic Graph, tomschenkjr.net
8 Sep: Graphing (continued)
13 Sep: Normal and Standard Normal Curves (a.k.a. bell curve)
15 Sep: Correlation
***Chp. 6 – Pagano
***Data, Data everywhere, The Economist (2/15/2010)
20 Sep: Linear Regression
22 Sep: Linear Regression / Multiple Regresson
***Chp. 7 – Pagano
**An Introduction to Regression, A. O. Sykes.
** Squared Error of a Regression Line via KhanAcademy
** Coefficient of Determination / R-Squared via KhanAcademy
* Proof: Regressions Minimize Error: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 via KhanAcademy
Take Home Exam
Random Sampling & Probability ***Chp. 8 – Pagano
Introduction to Hypothesis Testing Using the Sign Test ***Chp. 10 – Pagano
30 Sep: Last Day to Drop (grade of “W”)
4 Oct: Random Sampling & Probability
***Chp. 8 – Pagano
6 Oct: Introduction to Hypothesis Testing Using the Sign Test
***Chp. 10 – Pagano
11 Oct: Z-tests
***Chp. 12 – Pagano
13 Oct: Student’s t-Test
***Chp. 13 – Pagano
***Chp. 14 – Pagano
18 Oct: Final
Missed Exams and Assignments
Assignments will be due at the beginning of class every Tuesday and tests will be given on the days denoted below. Late assignments will be penalized 40 percent. Students must notify the professor of an upcoming absence. Students will be allowed to make up exams ONLY when the professor received prior notification for the inability to complete the exams. In extreme cases where prior notification is impossible, the student must provide written documentation—not by the student—explaining the absence. Students who miss a test for an unexcused absence will receive a zero.
Students will be expected to attend every class. Irregular attendance will be reflected in student performance. Those who already anticipate missing two or more classes are encouraged to enroll at another time.
Grand View University is dedicated to the development of the whole person and is committed to truth, excellence, and ethical values. Personal integrity and academic honesty in all aspects of the University experience are the responsibility of each faculty member, staff member, and student.
A student has an obligation to do work that is his or her own and reflects his or her learning and quest for academic knowledge. Dishonesty and cheating are not acceptable behaviors. Examples include helping others during exams, writing papers for others, falsifying data/records, copying other students’ work, taking work directly from the Internet or any printed source and claiming it as one’s own, and downloading/purchasing papers on-line. Students who cheat, could risk severe penalties, which may include failure of the assignment, failure of the course, or expulsion from the University.
“As a member of the Grand View University community, and in accordance with the mission of the University and its Lutheran identity, I agree to appreciate and respect the dignity and worth of each individual. I will honor and promote a community of open interaction, personal integrity, active and intellectual engagement, and academic honesty with students, faculty, and staff.”
Grand View offers courses in accelerated or alternative delivery formats. They cover the same subject content and require the same or comparable assignments that are associated with a traditional fourteen week course.
Grand View University prohibits unlawful discrimination and encourages full participation by all students within the university community. When a student requires any instructional or other accommodation to optimize participation and/or performance in this course, it is the responsibility of the student to contact both the instructor and the Director of Academic Enrichment and Disability Coordinator and apply for any requested accommodation. The director is Dr. Kristine Owens and she can be reached at 515/263-2971.
The Federal Government requires that students receiving financial aid attend classes. Students, who are identified by the instructor as not attending classes, will be reported to the Registrar’s Office. Students who fail to return to classes may lose all or a portion of their financial aid.
Students should conduct themselves as responsible members of the University community respecting the rights of others. Any student behavior interfering with the professor’s ability to teach and/or the student’s ability to learn constitutes a violation of the Code of Student Conduct found in the Grand View Catalog. The professor may ask the student to leave the classroom and that student will be subject to disciplinary sanctions.
University E-Mail Account
It is essential that all students check their Grand View University e-mail account or set their account to forward to a preferred e-mail address.
Students may set-up an e-mail auto forward from the myView web site. Click on the “Manage and Update Personal Information” link and then select “set myView Mail Forwarding Address” under the “Links for You” section.
Appeal of Final Undergraduate Course Grade or Faculty Member’s Final Academic Disciplinary Action
Students who wish to appeal a final course grade or other academic disciplinary action of an instructor must complete at least section I.A. of the Academic Appeal Form on-line within fourteen calendar days after the published due date for the final grade submission of the academic term in which the issue of disagreement occurred. Visit site below to complete first part of the form. https://secure/grandview.edu/gradeappealform.html
This form must be submitted electronically to the Office of the Provost. Nursing Students appealing a grade in a nursing course must follow the Nursing Division procedures.
- Homework #1 – Email me your preferred email address.
- Homework #2 – Due September 6 at start of class.
- Homework #3 – Due September 15 at start of class (Excel required).
- Homework #4 – Due September 24 by 11:59pm (Excel required).
- Midterm Exam – Due September 29 by 8p (Excel required).
- Homework #5 – Due October 18 by 8p (SPSS & Excel required).
- Final – Due October 23 by 10p (SPSS & Excel required).