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MATH-140 - Introductory Statistics - Saida Shows

Course:Introductory Statistics
Professor:Saida Shows
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 16 Week


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I am excited to welcome to Math 140 Online. My name is Saida Shows and I will be your instructor for this course. For most of you, this will be the most practical and relevant math
class you will ever take! Statistics is everywhere! Hopefully, by the end of this course you will learn to think about statistics more critically and will better be able to discern the validity of
various statistical claims.

Course Description

This is an introductory Statistics class.  The learning objective of the course is to apply basic statistical procedures, including the collection, analysis, and reporting of data designed to test a research hypothesis, as well as to demonstrate the appropriate use of computer-based statistical software.  No prior knowledge of statistics or software is needed.


What to Expect in this Course

Our class will consist of online video lectures, active learning assignments, online homework quizzes and discussions that need to be completed weekly throughout the semester.  It is important to note that although this class is totally online it is NOT an at-your-own-pace class.  It is imperative that you keep up with the weekly deadlines so you don't fall behind in the course.  We will have four unit Exams and one cumulative Final Exam with hard deadlines that you will be made aware of on the first day of the semester.  You will receive a schedule on the first day of class with our Exam dates.  All of your exams will be proctored using Proctorio. So you must download the free software on Chrome and have a webcam.  We will also have a Final project due toward the end of the semester.

Our course will be using Canvas course management system to support our teaching and learning goals starting on the first day of the course.  We will meet through ConferZoom during our regular scheduled class time.  

You can access our course on the first day of class at using your MyCanyons username as your log in.  If you have never used Canvas before, your default password is "students".  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 at .  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.

On Day 1, confirm your attendance

If you do not attend lecture and do not log into Canvas and complete the required assignments within the first 48 hours after the class begins, or contact the instructor via email to share that you're having issues with accessing Canvas, you will be dropped from the course as a "No Show."

A waitlisted student will then be added in your place

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 using Proctorio. So you must download the free software on Chrom and have access to a webcam.

Textbook Information

Free Online Textbook integrated in Canvas

We will not use a physical textbook for this course.  We will use an online textbook through the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) and it is integrated into our course in Canvas.
We will use a Statistical software called StatCrunch which is compatible with both MAC and PC.  You are required to purchase access to this software.  Six months of access can be purchased directly from for $14.99 (subject to change).  You also have the option of purchasing an access code from the COC Bookstore.  In addition to the statistical software a basic calculator is required.  You may use the calculator on your computer but you may not use the calculator on your phone.

Required Materials - 

  • Computer access with internet and Chrome as a browser
  • Computer must have speakers, webcam, and microphone
  • StatCrunch access, with access to our class StatCrunch Group
  • Basic or Scientific Calculator (either on computer or handheld, calculators on phones will NOT be permitted for exams)

Other Relevant Course Information

You will realistically spend at least fifteen hours per week on this course during the regular 16 week semester and sometimes even longer because of the nature of online courses (online lectures, online homework, online quizzes, online discussions, etc.) and dealing with technology.  In order to be successful in this course you must participate on a weekly basis and keep up with weekly course assignments. 

Before enrolling in an online math classes please take some time to consider if it is the best option for you. Hybrid/online courses certainly seem appealing because they are more convenient than on-campus classes, especially for those who have busy schedules.  And while they are more definitely more convenient they are not necessarily "easier" than face-to-face classes and many would argue that they are in fact more challenging. I will be available to address any questions you have via email/Canvas, and you will also have access to the virtual tutors in TLC. However, please keep in mind that online classes have disadvantages. Students find it easier to procrastinate, quickly fall behind in completing course material, and even feel isolated or disconnected from the instructor and classmates.

Successful online/hybrid students are self-motivated, independent, and organized learners. In determining whether this course will meet your academic needs, please consider your individual learning style.  Be honest and realistic.  If you need/prefer daily face-to-face contact with the instructor or tend to procrastinate, an online course may not be the best learning environment for you.  To see if an online math class is suitable for you, visit and click on "Student Support" followed by "Readiness Assessments."

I am looking forward to meeting all of you who choose to take this course, again if you have any further questions/concerns please feel free to e-mail me.

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)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

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: 10/08/2021 Sub#: 828