MATH-140 - Introductory Statistics - Ambika Silva
Welcome to our online version of Math 140: Introductory Statistics. My name is Ambika Silva, and I will be your instructor for this course. Please note there are two Professor Silvas teaching here, be sure to contact the correct Silva when you want to email me. This orientation letter will provide you with helpful information as you prepare for our class.
Math 140 examines statistical methods including collecting data, bias, experimental design, exploratory 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
First Day of Class:
Typically on the first day of a face-to-face class, your instructor will say each name on the official roster and mark whether the person is present. There will be a few assignments due on the first day of the semester. This deadline will be 24 hours after the class begins. Please consult the Academic Calendar for official term dates.
If you do not log in to Canvas and do the required assignments due on the first day of the semester or contact the instructor via email to share that you’re having issues with accessing Canvas by the required date and time, you will be dropped from the course as a “No Show.”
If you are not active for an extended period of time (typically one week, but this can vary depending on the length of the course) during the semester/term, you may be dropped from the course. Please make sure that you are staying on top of all Canvas assignments as there will be no makeup assignments for any reason.
A typical weekly schedule:
Watch lecture videos while taking lesson notes, and complete assignments for that lesson through Canvas outlined in that week(s) module.
During a week when you have an exam, you should do the review assignments, review your homework, and then take the real exam. Your exam will be timed and proctored using an online monitoring program which will be discussed when the semester begins. Your window for the exam will be at least two days.
Every student is expected to make a serious time commitment to this course every week. You should set aside time for watching videos, completing assignments, and many additional hours for learning the material and doing homework (individually or in online study groups). Homework will be assigned weekly via Canvas modules and you will have at least one week to complete the week's module.
- Be sure you have reliable Internet access as you will spend a lot of time in Canvas.
- In addition, you will need a scientific calculator for some exercises and exams. Your PC may already have one.
- Assignments will be submitted through Canvas
- Computer access with internet and Chrome as a browser, and able to enable the online monitoring program for exams
- The computer must have speakers, a webcam, and a microphone
- StatCrunch access
- Basic or Scientific Calculator may use the calculator on the computer
There will be at least one course project for this class. It will be
- Turned in via Canvas
- Group/Individual project
- A PowerPoint project
There will be at least three exams, plus a cumulative final exam. Exams/Tests will be proctored remotely using an online monitoring program. You must have a computer, webcam, chrome browser, and microphone. Tablets and phones may not be used with an online monitoring program. You may take the exam in person at TLC or another approved proctoring location. Please contact me several weeks before the exam if you wish to have a proctoring location approved as it.
Types of Assessments
- Proctored exams live via an online monitoring program
- Course Projects (Individual and Group)
- Online quizzes through Canvas
- Weekly discussion boards
- Homework assignments through Canvas
Suspected incidents of cheating will result in receiving a zero on the exam or assignment, as well as being reported to the Student Conduct office where other consequences will be determined. Any suspected incidents of cheating on exams may result in students' option to take exams via remote proctoring being revoked and the student will be required to take exams and assessments in-person through the College of the Canyons Testing Center.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Concepts in Statistics ebook-Free in Canvas
- We will be using StatCrunch as our statistical software. See https://www.statcrunch.com/help for video help.
- Canvas: Our course will be using the Canvas course management system to support our teaching and learning goals starting on the first day of the course.
- You can access our course on the first day of class at https://coc.instructure.com/login/canvas using your MyCanyons username and password as your login. You are automatically added to the course by the school system as long as you are enrolled in the class.
- After login, click on Dashboard or Courses to locate our class. Then click on the title of our class.
- If you haven’t done so already, change your Canvas password.
- From the left menu bar, click on Account → Settings → Edit
- From this window, you can also enter an email address and/or text preferences if you would like to receive text messages for assignments, deadlines, and due dates.
- Then go to Notifications. On this screen, you may edit what you receive from Canvas and the method of contact.
- Click on Account → Notifications. Under Notification Preferences, you can control the method and way Canvas contacts you with reminders of course deadlines and activity. These can be updated/changed at any time.
- Please also use the following website https://www.canyons.edu/academics/onlineeducation/studentsupport/canvasstudentguides.php. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas-related issues, please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661)362-3344 during college business hours, or (877)889-9052 for 24/7 support.
- We will be using an online monitoring program for exam proctoring. You must have a valid photo ID, computer, webcam, chrome browser, and microphone. Tablets and phones may not be used with an online monitoring program. You may take the exam in person at TLC or another approved proctoring location. Please contact me several weeks before the exam if you wish to take the exam in person.
- You must have a reliable computer with reliable, consistent Internet access
- You must have an up-to-date internet browser, Chrome is preferred for Canvas.
- Access to a word processing program (such as Microsoft Word) and slideshow presentation program (such as Microsoft PowerPoint), you may use Google Docs and Google Slides instead.
- Valid MyCanyons email account that you will regularly check
- Basic document creation and handling (how to cut/copy/paste from one document to another.
- Be able to create and save documents in Microsoft Word and as a pdf file, how to attach documents to email messages and discussion posts, how to create and save a graph/chart/diagram, etc. in Microsoft Excel or Microsoft PowerPoint.
Other Relevant Course Information
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to add the class after the semester has begun or if you have any other questions/concerns. If you are waitlisted at the beginning of the semester, I will contact you when/if you can be added to my roster. You will be given the authorization to add the course in your MyCanyons. Please know that failure to add in time will mean that you are forfeiting your spot in the course. Your spot will be given to another student on the waitlist, and you will lose your priority as a waitlisted student. After you add the class, it could take up to 24 hours to get into the canvas course (I do not have control over that), so be sure to add as soon as I give you the authorization.
This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at https://coc.instructure.com. Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:
- CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex: email@example.com)
- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 05/13/2022 Sub#: 857