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Math 140 - Introduction to Statistics - Matt Teachout

Course:Introduction to Statistics
Professor:Matt Teachout
Email:matt.teachout@canyons.edu
Format:
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths

Introduction

Picture of Matt Teachout

Welcome to Math 140 Introduction to Statistics.  My name is Matt Teachout.  My last name is pronounced "2-Show".  Math 140 is a basic introduction to the principles and theory behind statistics and analyzing data.  Understanding how decisions are made with data is an important skill in the modern world.  There are many jobs available in this field including data analyst, data scientist, and statistician.  

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

Important Class Information

  • NO Zoom Class Meetings: There will NOT be any required Zoom meetings.  This class is ASYNCHRONOUS.  This means you watch lecture videos provided in Canvas and work at your own pace.  Mr. Teachout does offer one on one tutoring with Zoom if you need help.
  • Office Hours: There are NOT any required office hours in Zoom since all students have different schedules.  For this asynchronous online class, you can email Teachout questions or you can request a Zoom meeting.  
  • Tutoring:  If you need tutoring or help, email Mr. Teachout and request a one-on-one Zoom meeting.  The COC Tutoring Center (TLC) also offers free tutoring for all COC students.  Just go to canyons.edu/TLC.  You will need your student ID.  It is important to let the TLC know that you need Math 140 Statistics tutoring.
  • Textbook and class materials are free: Teachout's video lectures, notes, textbook sections and textbook problems may be found in the “Modules” and “Assignments” menus in Canvas and at Mr. Teachout’s website:  www.matt-teachout.org.  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 be primarily use the free statistics analysis program StatKey. 
    StatKey can be accessed at
    lock5stat.com.  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 your to analyze.  For these kinds of problems, you will only need to analyze the graph or statistics provided.  You do NOT need to download Statcato or "R".  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.  You can re-watch the lecture videos as many times as you want.  You may also read the textbook if further explanation is needed.  You will then try a few problems from the textbook, correct your answers with the answer key provided, and then submitting your answers and corrections to Canvas.  Occasionally you will also have a class discussion with your classmates in Canvas.  On exam weeks you will you be watching a review video that goes over the review sheet and tells you what to study.  Then you will need to study for your exam and then take the exam in Canvas.
  • Time Commitment: Most people do fine in 140 classes as long as they set aside enough time to watch the lecture videos, work on the problems, and study for exams.  Five-week and eight-week classes require more hours of work each week than regular 16-week classes.  
  • Assignments: Assignments are usually either a discussion with your classmates or problems from the textbook.  All assignments are worth 10 points.  Assignments should be submitted in the “Assignments” menu in Canvas at any time before or on the due date.  I do accept late make-up work, but it is important not to fall too far behind.  Assignments are worth 25% of your grade in the class.
  • Exams: Exams must be taken in the “Quizzes” menu in Canvas on the dates given.  The exams are multiple choice, true/false or short answer with either 40 or 50 questions.  The questions and multiple choice answers rotate from a test bank so each student in the class gets a different exam.  There are review lectures and review sheets available to get you ready for the exams.  There are three exams and a cumulative final exam.  Each exam is worth 15% of your grade in the class.
  • Project: There is one short project in Math 140 where you will use real data to perform an ANOVA hypothesis test.  The project will be completed at the end of the class and submitted in Canvas. There are detailed directions and a lecture video explaining the project.  The Project is worth 15% of your grade in the class.
  • Calculator: A small calculator is optional.  You can use the calculator on your cell phone if you wish.
  • 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

Assignments will include discussions with your classmates and problems from the textbook.  There will be one relatively short project toward the end of the class.  There will be three multiple choice/short answer exams in Canvas and one cumulative multiple choice/short answer final exam in Canvas.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

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. The textbook sections, problems and lecture videos can also be found under the "Statistics" menu at Mr. Teachout’s website:  matt-teachout.org.  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

Canvas

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: username@my.canyons.edu)
  • 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: 08/20/2021 Sub#: 563