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Stat141: Basic Statistical MethodsInstructor:
Sheila Weaver
Email:
sweaver@uvm.edu
Phone:
802-656-2192
Math and Statistics Department:

Email:
mathsec@cems.uvm.edu
Phone:
802-656-2940
Office Hours:
as needed by appt
Course Description:
The main goal of this course is for you to be statistically literate. The goal is not to memorizea lot of formulas and procedures, but to understand the thinking that goes into using data to understand the world,so that you can use statistical results, and basic statistical methods successfully in their field of study and in daily life.
Prerequisites:
Calculus required.
Learning Goals:
1: Students should gain an understanding of and appreciation for the utility and limitations of data and statisticalmethods for solving real-world problems.2: Students should gain an appreciation for the methods of data collection, including an understanding of potentialpitfalls, biases, and ethical issues.3: Students should gain facility with the terminology, notation, and tools generally found in an introductory statisticscourse. In particular, students should be comfortable reading and understanding an article citing summarizedstatistics, and be able to dissect it into relevant course-related components.4: Students should demonstrate a basic understanding of the laws and rules of probability, and how they relate tostatistics, particularly the ideas of randomness and statistical significance.5: Students should demonstrate facility with basic statistical methods, including confidence intervals and hypothesistests, and more importantly, students should understand when a particular method is appropriate, and how toappropriately interpret results in the context of a stated problem.6: Students should be able to formulate and communicate solutions to problems in clear, grammatically correct,precise English.

What You’ll Need for Stat141:
1.

A Scientific Calculator
– A TI 83 or 84, preferably an 84 (there's one function we'll use that is only available on the 84, though you can find an applet online). A TI89 can be used, but it’s trickier…2.

A good Internet connection
(DSL or cable). If you don’t have one, plan to visit a local library, or UVM, if you live nearby. You must have access to a means of scanning handwritten documents to send as pdf’s. (ascanner, or screenshot capability, or a good camera might work, too). You won’t need to do this often, butshould be able to do it a few times during the semester.3.

JMP --Statistical computing package:
You're required to use it for a couple homework assignments andit will come in handy for other homework sometimes. You do not have to buy it. It is available to allUVM students for free. Go here and choose your platform (PC or Mac -- not available for Linux), thenchoose JMP9.0 (not the Pro version). If you have a 64-bit machine, you can use the ‘Pro’ version, but theregular version is plenty for our purposes. If you have trouble downloading, contact the helpline (802-656-2604) or check here for other types of help: http://www.uvm.edu/it/help/4.

A Homework Portal Code
(See below)
*
5.

Textbook or e-book**
: Intro Stats, De Veaux, Velleman, Bock, 4th edition, Pearson/Addison Wesley,2013. (Note: When you sign up for the homework portal you automatically have access to an e-book sothere is no need to have a hard copy of the textbook unless that is your preference.) This is a well-writtentext with lots of good examples, and even a sense of humor.
*

Access code to Mylab:
You’ll be using the Pearson “MyLab and Mastering” Homework Portal --pearsonmylabandmastering.com The old name of MyLab was CourseCompass, so you can also access it atCourseCompass.com.
comes with the UVM bookstore text package. You might prefer this alternative if you like touse a ‘real’ textbook. Warning: Do not buy your textbook through Amazon or other sources as they will not usually include this access code!Or… for a bit less money, you can purchase just the homework portal, and it comes with an ebook, instead of ahard-copy book (to purchase this, go to CourseCompass.com. You can pay with a credit card or Paypal, and lasttime I checked, the price was around \$82)
Registering with Mylab:
Go to the webpage – (coursecompass.com), and click the Student button under Register(over on the right). Enter our Course ID:
weaver
xxxx
(not available yet), and follow the instructions.

). Remember to take the Academic Integrity & Copyright Policy Quiz. This is asimple, two question quiz. However, this is REQUIRED, and anyone who refuses to agree to the academic honesty code will be asked to remove themselves from the class.

Course Structure:
The structure of this course is pretty simple. The Course Schedule gives you the order the chapters will be coveredand a timeline. Generally, you will read a chapter from the textbook, watch a screencast (made by me) to reinforcesome of the hard concepts, then complete the Course Compass homework assignment for that chapter. After thefirst set of chapters is completed, there will be a midterm exam. This same process is repeated for the second half of the course. There will also be a few homework assignments that you’ll need to do by hand, scan and send to me and the TA.
Your course grade will be determined by:Homework 40% of grade (Course Compass online homework, and some 'hard-copy' assignments)

Midterm 30% of gradeFinal Exam 30% of gradeI'll compute an overall percentage based on this formula, and use this Grade Distribution.
How to get help:
Screencasts should be helpful, as should the "Help me Solve This" and “View an Example” buttons on the MyLabhomework.

Check the announcements page frequently for changes and news once the class gets started.Send me an e-mail if you still have questions. I will generally respond within 24 hours. I always check my email firstthing in the morning, and may check at other times, too. Use the Blackboard email, or email me atsweaver@uvm.edu.Even though this is an on-line course, I am happy to meet with you in person if you have questions. My office is onthe UVM campus, in Mansfield House (in the Votey parking lot next to Ira Allen Chapel).

We also have a TA forthis course. He or she will be grading some homework, and will be available for questions over email.

I am available for Skype help as well

(email me to request a skype meeting -- my skype address is sheilaoweaver).

Finally, you can also call or text me on my cell phone if there's an emergency

(802-318-6954) There’s usually a way to work things out as long as I hear from you in a timely manner. Also, please let me know about any problems you encounter with this site – broken links, missing documents or files, inconsistentterminology, confusing instructions, etc. Your suggestions for improving the site and course are always welcome.