Math 140 - Introductory Statistics - Udani Ranasinghe
Welcome to College of the Canyons Mathematics 140: Introductory Statistics. My name is Udani Ranasinghe and I will be teaching this course. I have been teaching Statistics for over 10 years at different community colleges and universities. Currently, I am teaching at COC.
I like to do Sudoku puzzles, watch sports and read in my free time. I love to dance and travel.
I am very excited to meet and get to know you all. See you soon.
This course is very well structured. You will find everything in your canvas shell. This class is very different from regular math classes where you do certain type of problems and have one answer. This course is analysis based where we analyze data and do meaningful calculations with the help of computer software. Then afterwards, we will interpret those calculations in sentences and focus more on conceptual knowledge rather than calculations. You will have reading and writing assignments like an English class. So, this is not your typical math class.
We will cover Data analysis, Quantitative and Categorical variables, Sampling techniques, Sampling distributions, Confidence interval, Hypothesis testing, etc.
What to Expect in this Course
We will have online class meetings using Zoom during our class time. The goal of our weekly meetings is to use our time together to accomplish tasks that may be more difficult to complete on your own. Of primary importance is to build and strengthen our class community. Learning can be more enjoyable and efficient when we learn together!
***Your weekly time commitment for Math 140 is around 10 hours in addition to the class meetings.
- Computer access with internet and Chrome as a browser, and able to enable Proctorio Chrome Extension for exams
- Computer must have speakers, webcam, and microphone
- Be sure you have reliable Internet access, as you will spend a lot of time in Canvas.
- Up-to-date Internet browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Chrome
- Valid MyCanyons e-mail account that you will regularly check
- Basic knowledge of Canvas
- Familiarity with Word processing program (Microsoft Word), and/or PDF.
- Knowledge to scan documents using a scanning app like Adobescan, Genius Scan, etc and save it as a PDF and upload to canvas if needed (for example, to show work for exams).
- Computer skills, such as basic document creation and handling (how to cut/copy/paste from one document to another, how to create and save documents in Microsoft Word and as a pdf file, how to attach documents to e-mail messages and discussion posts, how to create and save a graph/chart/diagram, etc. in Microsoft Excel or Microsoft PowerPoint.
Types of Assessments
There are different types of assessments such as homework, mini quizzes, proctored online chapter exams and final, journals, projects, etc.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Textbook: The required free OER textbook is Introduction to Statistics for Community College Students (1st edition) by Matt Teachout. Links to the chapters, sections and problems in the textbook can be found on Canvas under ‘Modules’ tab or at www.matt-teachout.org under the "Statistics" tab.
StatKey: This software is free and does not need to be downloaded. To access StatKey, go to www.lock5stat.com and click on the StatKey button.
Other Relevant Course Information
If you would like to add this class (waitlisted or just trying to add), please email me.
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:
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- CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password
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Last updated: 11/10/2021 Sub#: 1138