MATH-140 - Introductory Statistics - Greg Mucha
Welcome to our online version of Math 140: Introductory Statistics. My name is Greg Mucha, and I will be your instructor. This orientation letter will provide you with helpful information as you prepare for our course.
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
This is an ASYNCHRONOUS online course. This means that each week you learn the material at your own pace while making sure to meet all required deadlines. There will NOT be any required Zoom meetings or office hours.
Of course, you may contact me through email with any questions you may have about the material or course procedures. I will check email several times a day and respond as quickly as possible. If the question is complicated, I may record a video explaining the answer to your question and then send the answer video to you. You are also welcome to request a one-on-one Zoom meeting with me.
First day of the course:
Typically, on the first day of a face-to-face course, your instructor will call roll and mark whether each person is present. Instead, in this course, there will be a few assignments due by midnight on the first day.
You MUST login to Canvas and complete the required assignments due on the first day or be dropped from the course as a “No Show.” If you are having difficulty accessing Canvas or completing the assignments on time, contact me immediately via email to share your issues.
A typical weekly schedule:
Each week will cover a different topic of Statistics. Your learning will be facilitated by reading, watching videos, periodic questions checking your understanding, and problem-solving activities. A short, proctored quiz at the end of each week is required to demonstrate your mastery of the material. Occasionally you will also have a guided online discussion with your classmates using Canvas.
Most students will succeed in this course as long as they set aside enough time to learn the material and work on the problems and quizzes. This usually takes at least 10 hours a week. However, since everyone works at their own pace, some students may require more than 10 hours a week. If you do not have at least 10 hours available in your schedule, it is best not to take this course.
Every student is expected to make a serious time commitment for this course every week. You should set aside time each day for reading, watching videos, and/or completing assignments. Pace yourself, do not wait until the end of the week to complete all the weekly requirements.
Please make sure that you are meeting the deadlines for all Canvas assignments, as there will be no makeup assignments for any reason. If you are not actively engaged with the material throughout the entire course, you may be dropped.
- A desktop or laptop computer (tablets and phones are not acceptable)
- A reliable internet connection
- A webcam, microphone, and speakers
- Google Chrome web browser
- The Proctorio extension for Google Chrome (a free add-on used to proctor online exams, available at https://proctorio.com/support/setup)
- A Google account (for access to Google Docs and Google Drive)
- Access to StatCrunch, (our web-based statistical analysis software available for $14.99 for six‑month access at www.StatCrunch.com)
- Basic or scientific calculator, you may use the calculator on the computer
Types of Assessments
Learning Comprehension Checks • Problem-solving Questions • Weekly Proctored Quizzes
Periodic Group Discussion Boards • Small-group Course Project • Proctored Final Exam
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Concepts in Statistics, a free e-book integrated into our Canvas course pages.
Other Relevant Course Information
Email: You will need a valid MyCanyons email account that you will regularly check.
Canvas: Our course will be using the Canvas course management system to support our teaching and learning goals starting on the first day. You should know how to navigate the menus in Canvas in order to access course materials, assignments, and discussion posts, and how to submit assignments. You are automatically added to the Canvas roster when you enroll in the course. You can access our course on the first day at https://coc.instructure.com/login/canvas using your MyCanyons username as your login. If you have never used Canvas before, your default password is “students”. After login, click on Dashboard or Courses to locate our course. Then click on the title to access course material. 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.
Proctorio: We will be using Proctorio for weekly quiz and final exam proctoring. There will be a practice Proctorio enabled assignment in the first week so you can verify that your computer meets the requirements for testing. You will need a photo ID when testing, as well as a webcam and microphone. Please see https://proctorio.com/support for 24-hour support.
TLC Tutoring: The COC Tutoring Center (TLC) offers free tutoring for all COC students. Just go to www.canyons.edu/TLC. You will need your student ID. It is important to let the TLC that you need Math 140 Statistics tutoring.
Please contact me at email@example.com if you want to add after the course has started or if you have any other questions/concerns. If you are waitlisted at the beginning of the course, I will contact you if/when you can be added to my roster. You will be given 24 hours to respond with your interest, and then you will be given an add code. Please know that failure to respond 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 course, it could take up to 24 hours to get access to the course in Canvas (I do not have control over that), so be sure to add as soon as I give you the add code.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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.
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: 06/08/2022 Sub#: 460