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Math 140 - Introductory Statistics - Kathy Kubo

Course:Introductory Statistics
Professor:Kathy Kubo
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


Photo of Kathy Kubo, Mathematics Professor

I'm Kathy Kubo, your instructor for Introductory Statistics.

Thank you for considering me to guide you on this 16-week journey and show you why learning statistics is critical for your everyday life.  In our class, you will develop invaluable skills to analyze data for decision making.  My hope is that you will be able to apply these skills as you make important decisions for yourself and your loved ones.

For those who are quickly browsing through letters, here's a brief summary:

  • You'll need reliable access to a desktop or laptop computer with a microphone and stable internet service.  It would also be very helpful to have either a webcam or smartphone with a working camera.  However, relying only on a tablet and/or smartphone for this class will not work.
  • The textbook is free and available online in Canvas
  • The required software StatCrunch costs about $15.00 (as of 05/27/24)
  • No required Zoom session attendance (but I do offer optional sessions to provide further guidance)
  • Yes, it's a lot of work.  Yes, you need to write.  Yes, you will need to connect with other students, but don't let this scare you away.  The expectation is that we will help and support each other to succeed by the end of the semester.
  • If you haven't taken a math class in a long time or don't feel like you're good in math, you're in the right place.

For those who need more information, this orientation letter will provide you with details about course content, required materials, and other helpful information as you prepare for our class.

Before our class officially begins, I will email registered students with updated information and more details about our course(s).

If you have any additional questions, please e-mail me at

Course Description

Examines statistical methods including exploratory data analysis, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, probability, and computer-based statistical software.

UC credit limitation: MATH-140H, MATH-140, BUS-291, ECON-291, PSYCH-104, and SOCI-137 combined, maximum credit one course.

What to Expect in this Course

Your typical weekly responsibilities are:

  • read 2 to 3 modules (like sections within a chapter) and complete online quizzes that frequently check your understanding of the reading
  • answer questions with short essay responses (generally 1 to 2 pages) and/or audio/video recordings
  • StatCrunch (statistical software) work
  • discussion board postings

Your weekly time commitment for Math 140 is at least 15 hours.


For Fall 2024: 

Our class is a 100% online course, meaning that we have no required Zoom sessions for you to attend.  However, I do provide optional opportunities for students to connect with me.  One of these optional opportunities is a "Weekly Highlights" session, generally scheduled on either Sunday or Tuesday nights (7:30-9:00pm).  During these sessions, I will either preview or review important course concepts for the week and address any student questions.

Types of Assessments

Weekly Canvas assignments (including, but not limited to quizzes, writing assignments, audio/video recordings, discussion boards, computer lab work using StatCrunch), projects/presentations, low-stakes exams, and a comprehensive final.


Textbook Information

Concepts of Statistics (FREE in Canvas)

The FREE textbook/course materials are online in our Canvas Modules - there is no physical textbook for our course.

The required statistical software StatCrunch is approximately $15 for 6-month access (as of 05/27/24)

Since you'll need to be online to access our course materials and statistical software, please be sure you have reliable access to

  • a desktop or laptop computer with a microphone or headset and stable, reliable internet service.  Relying only on a tablet and/or smartphone for this class will not work.
  • Microsoft Office programs, available in MyCanyons
  • webcam or smartphone with a camera (recommended)


Other Relevant Course Information


If our class has a waitlist, please continue to monitor your waitlist position.  Until the week prior to the start of the semester, if space becomes available, you may not need an add code since our system tends to automatically add students.  

During the week before the semester begins, I will contact students on the official waitlist at their campus email address to confirm interest in adding the course.  If you are no longer interested in adding our course(s), please let me know.

If and when the course has available space during the first two weeks of the semester, I will then contact students from the official waitlist in the given order.  If I contact you to offer you a space, you will then have 24 hours to respond and will need to add and pay for the class immediately since it may take up to 48 hours for you to appear in and have access to our Canvas course. 

For any additional questions, please contact me at

Course Availability

Beginning on the first day of class, you may start viewing our course materials on the College of the Canyons Canvas system.  Please consult the MyCanyons portal to determine the first day for your section number.

On Day 1, confirm your attendance

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.  The "Roll Call" Discussion Board is our online class equivalent of checking attendance.

On the first day of our class,

  • Log in to Canvas
  • Go to our course (look for the phrase Math 140 in the title)
  • Read the Announcements and use the provided link to post to the "Roll Call" Discussion Board no later than Tuesday (Day 2 during the first week of classes) at 11:59pm.


When you locate our "Roll Call" Discussion Board, reply to my initial post and type a short phrase like "Hi Kathy, my name is..." or something to indicate that you have successfully logged in and are present. This confirms your attendance for our first day of class.

If you do not log in to Canvas and post to the "Roll Call" Discussion Board 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."

A waitlisted student will then be added in your place.

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.

The Learning Center (TLC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 05/28/2024 Sub#: 934