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Math 140 - Introduction to Statistics - Karen E Lewers

Course:Introduction to Statistics
Professor:Karen E Lewers
  • Hybrid
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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I'm excited to welcome you to the hybrid version of Math 140!  My name is Karen Lewers and I will be your instructor for this course.  I love teaching this class because it provides practical uses of math for everyone, in any career choice.  The ability to understand and decipher statistical claims begins here.  

Course Description

Math 140 examines statistical methods including collecting data, bias, experimental design, categorical and quantitative data analysis, regression, probability, sampling and theoretical distributions, population estimations, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, categorical and quantitative association tests and how to use computer-based statistical software.

What to Expect in this Course

  • NO Zoom Class Meetings: This class is part in-person and part asynchronous.  For the times listed in the course catalog, we will meet in-person on COC campus.  For the asynchronous parts, you will work on your computer in CANVAS own schedule and we may not be on the computer at the same time.  I will provide video lessons that you can watch on your own.  I am available to meet in zoom for one on one tutoring or with small groups by appointment.  To schedule this, please contact me through the Canvas inbox.


  • Office Hours: Available upon request!  I am available for office hours before and after in-person class, or in zoom by appointment.  Please send me a message through the canvas inbox to ask questions or you can request a Zoom meeting.  


  • Tutoring:  The COC Tutoring Center (TLC) also offers free tutoring for all COC students.  Just go to  You will need your student ID.  It is important to let the TLC know that you need Math 140 Statistics tutoring.


  • Free Textbook and class materials: You will find video lectures, notes, textbook sections and textbook problems in the “Modules” and “Assignments” menus in Canvas.  You do NOT need to purchase anything at the COC bookstore.  You do NOT need a printed copy of the textbook.


  • Free Statistics Computer Software: We will primarily use the free statistics analysis program StatKey. 
    StatKey can be accessed at  StatKey does not need to downloaded and works great on both MAC and PC computers.  You will be taught how to use the program during the semester.  Homework problems may include pictures of other statistics software programs like Statcato for you to analyze.  For these kinds of problems, you will only need to analyze the graph or statistics provided.  You do NOT need to download anything.  If a computer calculation is needed, you will be calculating with StatKey.  


  • Typical Week: Each week you will watch lecture videos and take notes whenever your schedule permits through Canvas.  You can re-watch the lecture videos as many times as you want.   We will meet in-person in class for activities and to work through the problems together.  It's important that you have watched the lecture and taken initial notes before attending the in-person meetings so we can use our time together to tackle the more challenging things, and take a deeper dive into the lessons. You can also read the textbook for further explanation.  Both in-person working together, and working asynchronously, you will then try a few problems from the textbook, correct your answers with the answer key provided, and then submit your answers and corrections to Canvas.  Occasionally you will also have a class discussion with your classmates in-person or in Canvas.  On exam weeks you will have the option of watching a review video that goes over the review sheet and tells you what to study, or working with your classmates during in-person class on the review sheets, or both.  Then you will need to study for your exam and then take the exam in-person during class.


  • Computer Needs: You will need a reliable computer with reliable, consistent Internet access.  You will also need an up-to-date internet browser, Chrome or Firefox are preferred for Canvas.  You will need a word processing program (Microsoft Word) and spreadsheet program (Microsoft Excel). Both are freely available in your MyCanyons account.


  • Email Needs: You will need a valid MyCanyons email account that you will regularly check.


  • Canvas: You will need a basic knowledge of Canvas.  You should know how to submit assignments and navigate the menus in Canvas in order to access class materials, assignments, and discussion posts.


  • Prerequisite Computer Skills Needed: You should know how to copy and paste from one excel or word document to another.  You should know how to save documents and convert to a pdf file, how to attach documents in Canvas and email messages.  

Types of Assessments

Our class will consist of Quizzes, Exams, Assignments, Discussions, Final Project and a Final Exam. Unit Exams and the Final Exam and some quizzes will be proctored in-person during the times listed in the course catalog.

Textbook Information

The textbook is free! We will be using the free textbook “Introduction to Statistics for Community College Students (1st edition) by Matt Teachout.  The textbook does NOT need to be printed.  The free textbook sections, problems, and lecture videos will be included in your canvas class. You do NOT need to purchase anything at the COC bookstore.

Other Relevant Course Information

More detailed information will be provided on the syllabus.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

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Last updated: 06/02/2023 Sub#: 1588