ROBE Math 1530 Fall 2010 Name . Syllabus, Etc. This is Math 1530, Probability and Statistics, section . I will at random times during the semester ask for your copy of this syllabus. Feel free to write on it, but you are RESPONSIBLE for the syllabus and ALL information it contains. Contrary to past department policy, the departmental Math 1530 final exam will no longer be held simultaneously for all sections on the Saturday before Finals week. Each Math 1530 section will take the Final Exam at the time regularly scheduled for that section’s meeting time. Instructor: Corlis Robe Office: 308J Gilbreath Phone: 439-5579 Office Hours: M,W 8 – 10, 12 - 1 TTh 10 – 11 am, F 8 am – 11 am. Designated Textbook: Essential Statistics, 1st edition, David S. Moore (WHFreeman, 2010). It is recommended that you purchase the textbook new bundled with Minitab disk and data disk and internet access to software and solutions manuals as available in the bookstore. You will be required to use Minitab. The other software includes tutorials some students find helpful. From the textbook, Math 1530 will cover chapters 1 – 18, and 21 (not strictly in chapter order), at the rate of about one chapter per class meeting. Prerequisite: You need two years of high school algebra, or the equivalent, to get through the course. If you know from the start that your algebra skills are weak, you may want to consider withdrawing from this class and taking Math 1710 before Math 1530. Calculator: A statistical calculator ( must do two-variable statistics ) is very strongly recommended. The calculator of choice is Sharp EL – 506W ( or 506WB, or 506V, or any of several similar Sharp models) and you are welcome to use whatever appropriate technology you may already have. [ If you own or have access to a TI-83, I recommend using it for this course.] Because I do not require students to have a single common calculator, I will not go over calculator use in class. It is the responsibility of the individual student to learn to use their own calculator. I am happy to assist with calculators as needed on a one-by-one basis during office hours. A total of 3 chapter Tests will cover five or so chapters each, will be one class period long, and will happen roughly every 5 weeks. Test #1 will cover chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8 and should happen September 20’s. The review sheet is already on d2l. Test #2 and test #3 will happen at roughly 5 week intervals. I don’t do make-ups. Don’t miss!! Robe’s own Quizzes or other assignments will occur as often as I can plan them. Some days there will be a quiz completed in class. Often there will be assignments to be completed outside of class that will be taken up, with some quizzes posted on d2l. There may be times when you are working on an outside-class quiz at the same time that you prepare for an in-class quiz. (See also homework below.) Any item that I take from you and look at or requires you to submit something via email counts as a ‘quiz.’ I will take only the ten (out of however many we have) best total = Qz, the same combined total as one test grade. ‘Practice Quizzes’ consist of one (desire2learn online) practice quiz for each chapter covered in Math 1530. All Practice quizzes will be available as soon as we can get them posted through the end of the semester. I will record Practice Quiz grades the day of the test over the corresponding chapters. You may retake Practice Quizzes after that for studying, but not for the grade. There is no time limit to take a Practice Quiz, and there are unlimited attempts at each Practice Quiz. The idea is to use the material as practice, or review, as needed for tests and the Final Exam. You will get 3 points per quiz completed with at least 75% correct. 17 practice quizzes at 3 points each works out to 51 possible points (out of 1000 available in the course). Your grade is based on a scale of 1000 available points, 200 from the mandatory departmental final exam, 100 from the departmental Capstone Project, 50 from ‘Practice Quizzes’ and 650 from tests and quizzes. The 650 will be from (Qz + T1 + T2 + T3) × 1.625 = 650 STUDENT SUCCESS: • Study and read before attending the lectures. Keep up with the course. • Devote a little Time to studying statistics each day, rather than a large amount of time once a week. • Take an Active role in learning. Come to class and participate. • Tutor each other. If you feel that you are lost help is out there; see your instructor/tutor early. Don’t wait until the last minute! TUTORING: Center for Academic Achievement (CFAA): Location: 1st floor Sherrod Library Open: Library hours Tutoring: Largely by appointment, some drop-in tutoring hours TBA University [Group] Tutoring: Location: ??? Open: ??? Hours: ??? Contact: UTS (University Tutoring Services) 439-4758 Student Support Services, NURSE Center, Athletics, Disability Services, and others have one-on-one and/or group tutoring available for those who qualify for their services. Check with them to see if you qualify. On-Line: From Desire2Learn – details still under construction. Log in to d2l, click something. Private Tutors: Fee-based private tutors are available. Check HYPERLINK "http://www.etsu.edu/scs/uts/TutorReferralPost.asp" http://www.etsu.edu/scs/uts/TutorReferralPost.asp or contact UTS @ 423-439-4758 for referral listing. I have names of one or two individuals who can do tutoring. EVALUATION: DEPARTMENTAL FINAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENT FOR MATH 1530: 1. A comprehensive departmental final examination will be administered in MATH 1530 (Probability & Statistics). For Fall 2010, that Final Exam will happen at the regularly scheduled Final Exam time for your class time slot. 2. Important: each student must have a current, official ETSU ID card to take final exam. 3. The Final Examination will count 20% of each student’s grade. For extremely low scores on the Final Examination (less than 16/40 questions, or a score of 40%), the student will be assigned semester grade F. 4. The purposes of this program are to increase learning, enhance quality control and minimize grade disparity among instructors. GRADING FOR THE COURSE: The grade will be based on a possible 1000 points (200 from the Final Exam, 100 from the departmental Capstone project, 50 from Participation Points on Practice Quizzes, 650 determined by the instructor). The scale follows: A = 950 – 1000 A- = 900 - 949 B+ = 880 – 899 B = 820 - 879 B- = 800 – 819 C+ = 780 - 799 C = 720 – 779 C- = 700 - 719 D+ = 650 – 699 D = 600 – 649 F = less than 600 BONUS FOR GOOD ATTENDANCE (after the first two days of classes): You may receive a bonus for good attendance (we don’t count absences occurring during the first week of the regular semester). An absence can only be “excused” by presenting Instructor with an official ETSU Class Absence Authorization For Student Participation In A University-Sponsored Activity prior to the occurrence of the absence. No other types of absences will be excused even if you have an impeccable reason for not being in class. We interpret the number of absences recorded for a student as an indication of the amount of lecture material they have missed during the semester, not as a critical judgment of that student’s character, motivation and honesty. Bonus points will be awarded in the following manner: 5 absences or more Zero bonus points 4 absences 10 bonus points 3 absences 20 bonus points 2 absences 30 bonus points 1 absence 40 bonus points 0 absences 50 bonus points Each late arrival or early departure will also lessen the attendance bonus by 5 points. DEPARTMENTAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: (approved by department vote on February 28, 1994; revised July 1999*) The Department of Mathematics strongly advises students to attend all mathematics classes when physically able. Because there is a positive correlation between attendance and student success in mathematics, the following attendance guidelines will be used in all mathematics courses. Regardless of the reasons for the absences, should a student exceed the following limits, the instructor has the authority to assign a grade of F or FN; this policy takes precedence over the grade assignment policy for MATH 1710 and MATH 1530: … 5 absences or more for classes that meet two days per week … Math 1530 Final Examination Procedures 1. The mandatory departmental Final Examination will be given at the regularly scheduled Final Exam time for our class’s meeting time. 2. A card containing tables and formulas, like the formula sheet on the book publisher’s website, will be provided for the examination. Please do not write on this card and return the card when you return other test materials. 3. Any type battery powered calculator may be used. Students may not share calculators during examination. Calculator instructional materials may not be used. 4. No paper other than what is provided is allowed. 5. Students must show official ETSU student ID to instructor and/or proctor at examination. Students not having an official ETSU ID will not be permitted to take the exam. 6. Students must have a sufficient supply of #2 pencils for marking the scantron answer sheet. 7. Instructors will not interpret questions on examination or discuss course content during exam. 8. Students must turn in tests, tables, scratch paper and scantron sheets before leaving room. 9. Information needed on scantron: Name, color of test, instructor, & section number. 10. Caps or hats may not be worn while taking exam. 11. Please do not congregate near exits following exam. 12. Recent final exams (with answers) are on the Math 1530 Web page. The lists of specific homework problems for each chapter are posted on the Math 1530 website (see below). This list is also available on the d2l site for the course, under the content tab, in the module called ‘course information.’ You are responsible for these homework problems. With each day’s lecture, I will suggest reading from the textbook material that will be covered the next day. I will answer some homework questions each day. I will not have time to answer every question as fully as you might like. This is what my office hours and the Math Lab are for. At your option, I will collect, check over, and/or discuss with you any homework or other class-related question that you might have. Except for noted special assignments, homework will not figure directly into your grade. Historically, students who do most or all of the reading and homework do well in Math 1530. You cannot hope to do well in any Mathematics class if you do not attend class and complete homework regularly. Quiz alert: This is a test to determine how many of you actually read the syllabus. Write your name, our class section number, and the sentence ‘ I read the syllabus.’ neatly on a piece of paper. Turn it in to my office - not here in class - by our next class meeting. For the effort, you will receive one 10/10 quiz grade to start your semester off. Please be discrete. There is no such thing as a stupid question. Feel free to stop me anytime, anywhere for clarification. If you ask a question during class and I refer you to the Math Lab or to my office, it is because I really do think you could be better helped in one of those places than in the classroom. The instructor reserves the right to change this syllabus, with due notice to the class, to best benefit the needs of the students. Math 1530 course web page is HYPERLINK "http://math.etsu.edu/1530" http://math.etsu.edu/1530 Professor Robe’s email is HYPERLINK "mailto:robe@mail.etsu.edu" robe@mail.etsu.edu Desire2Learn site for this course will include lecture notes and other documents that you will have to look up and print out. Elearn.etsu.edu, log in as you would to any campus computer, there should be links to all of the classes you are registered for. Publisher’s website for the text is whfreeman.com/bps5e. You will occasionally need to look up and print out material from the Math 1530 course web page and from our section’s D2L site, as well as using and printing Minitab output. Regular access to a computer (preferably but not required at home) is strongly recommended.