Math 21 - Introduction to Statistics

College of the Sequoias - Distance Learning

Syllabus - Spring 2002

Instructor: Mr George Woodbury

e-mail address:

Phone Number: 737-4863


    • The student will learn to understand and apply statistical techniques, as well as evaluate the work of others.
    • The student will learn how to identify potential biases in their own work, as well as in the work of others.
    • The student will learn to work and communicate with others.
    • The student will consider statistics one of the most important subjects that they have ever learned!


    • The student will learn to gather data and identify potential biases.
    • The student will learn to represent data graphically and numerically.
    • The student will learn when and how to use measures of central tendency and dispersion.
    • The student will learn the fundamentals of counting and probability.
    • The student will learn how to use discrete probability distributions, including the binomial and Poisson distributions.
    • The student will learn how to use continuous probability distributions, specifically the normal distribution.
    • The student will learn how to use inferential statistics to create interval estimates for unknown population parameters.
    • The student will learn the 5-step hypothesis test procedure, and use it to evaluate claims about unknown population parameters.
    • The student will learn how to use correlation analysis and regression analysis to examine the relationship between two variables.


MATH 230 or equivalent college course with a grade of "C" or better, or eligibility determined by COS Placement Procedures.

Required Text

An Introduction to Statistics by Woodbury, First Edition 

Office Hours

Hours are currently scheduled as follows.

M T W Th            10 - 11 am

                        M W                  8:30 - 9am

How the Class Works

Now that those details are out of the way, here is the important information. This course is a combination between a telecourse and an online course. You will be responsible for viewing 3 hours of video lectures per week. These lectures are broadcast on AT&T broadband cable Channel 14 from 6am until 9am on Wednesdays. The lectures are rebroadcast on Fridays - same time, same channel. Video lectures can also be viewed in the Student Media Center (located in the library building). 


Cost: $20.00 (NON-REFUNDABLE)

Please pay at the cashiers window first. Located at Room 102 in the Administration Building.

Videos can be picked up at the Audio-Visual Dept located behind the Library (Building 27)

The class also "meets" online for group discussions, assistance, and to turn in assignments. Finally, you will come to campus to take 5 exams and the final exam.

Keys to Success

(If you have questions on any of these keys, please ask me for an explanation.)

    • Cable TV and/or VCR
    • Internet Access (preferably from home)
    • Ability to navigate web pages
    • An e-mail address and the ability to use it
    • Lots of free-time
    • Responsibility and self-discipline


Points may be obtained as follows:

500 points - Exams (5 at 100 points each)
100 points - Assignments/Communication/Participation
100 points - Research Project
300 points - Final Exam
1000 points total

Students earning at least 900 points will receive an A, 800 - 899 points is a B, 700 - 799 points is a C, 600 - 699 points is a D, and less than 600 points will result in a grade of F.


You will be required to come to campus to take 5 exams and 1 final exam. The exams are given approximately every three weeks. All exams will be given in a room that will be announced. Here are the dates of the exams for this semester.

    • Exam 1 (Chapters 1 & 2) - Wednesday September 18 from 4 - 8pm
    • Exam 2 (Chapter 3) - Wednesday October 9 from 4 - 8pm
    • Exam 3 (Chapters 4 & 5) - Wednesday October 30 from 4 - 8pm
    • Exam 4 (Chapters 6 & 7) - Wednesday November 20 from 4 - 8pm
    • Exam 5 (Chapters 8 & 9) - Wednesday December 11 from 4 - 8pm
    • Final Exam (Cumulative) - Tuesday December 17 

Exams can not be made up. If you have a schedule conflict, you must arrange to take your exam prior to the scheduled exam date. There will be NO exceptions to this.


Points in this category are totaled and averaged out of 100 points. Points are obtained in several different ways.

Online Assignments are turned in weekly. These are often even-numbered problems from the text. You may work with others in the class on these prior to turning them in. Late assignments will not be accepted.

Discussion Board Responses are also done weekly. You will be asked to answer certain questions, as well as respond to the answers of your classmates. Failure to do so by the deadline for each particular week will result in no credit for the assignment.

Mini-Projects will be due approximately every other week. These projects are taken from the text, and you will be completing these assignments with a group of your classmates.

Quizzes are sent out by e-mail on Wednesday and due back by e-mail on Thursday. Late responses will receive no credit.

Microsoft Excel assignments will be assigned from the text. These assignments are to be kept in a portfolio and will be turned in the night of Exam 5. Failure to turn the portfolio in by the night of Exam 5 will result in no credit for the portfolio.


There are two main forms of communication in this class - through e-mail and discussion boards. You should check your e-mail on a daily basis. I send out e-mails to give updates on what is going on in the class, for example, if there is an assignment due or if the web page changes in some way, etc. If you have specific questions for me, e-mail is the best way to go,. During the week, I leave my e-mail turned on while at school. I also check it at home between 7 and 8pm. I will generally respond to all correspondence as soon as I receive it, and will always respond within 24 hours.

The discussion board is an excellent place to ask questions of each other. You will be assigned into a group, and can leave messages/questions for each other here. Although I will be checking your answers to questions I have posted, I will not get involved in your discussions unless you specifically ask me to.

Research Project

There will be a research project worth 100 points that will require you to carry out a statistical project from start through finish. You will be working with a partner on this. There will be more details on this project as the semester progresses.


Cheating is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will not be tolerated in this class. It can lead to permanent expulsion from this college. Cheating includes letting someone copy from your work.
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