Instructor: Dr. Rachel Hall

Office: 229 Barbelin. Feel free to stop by anytime!

Office Hours: M 12:30-2:00, W 1:30-3:00, and by appointment

Telephone: (610) 660-3096 (Office)

E-mail: rhall@sju.edu

**IMPORTANT: The following text is a summary of information on
the Blackboard web site for this course. Any changes to these policies
will be posted on the web site.**

**Overview: **Statistical literacy is an essential skill that
enables people to understand and make sensible decisions based on the analysis
of numerical information. Data and numerical arguments exist not only in
all areas of academic inquiry, but in everyday life. Therefore, it
is important for all citizens to study the fundamental methods and principles
of statistics, the science of collecting, organizing and interpreting numerical
data. My approach to this course is based on the following principles:

- Statistics is not number crunching. This course will focus on understanding statistical concepts and on interpreting and communicating the results of a statistical analysis. You will learn how to construct numerical arguments. The solution to a problem will not be a single numerical result or an exact answer, but rather an explanation that includes such phrases as ``there is strong evidence that..'' and ``the data suggest that...'' We will use the SPSS computer software package to do the numerical computations for us.
- Statistics involves the use of real data sets. In this course we will analyze data from a variety of applications with an emphasis on the social sciences. We will learn how to place the data and its analysis in context.
- Active learning is the key to success. Much of the class time will be spend working with your classmates on data analysis activities. I will be available for questions, suggestions and encouragement. To fully benefit from this approach, you must come to class prepared.

**Text and Software: **Peck, Olsen and Devore, *Introduction
to Statistics and Data Analysis*, second edition, Brooks-Cole, Thomson
Learning, 2005. The text is bundled with a CD of the student version
of SPSS 12.0, a computer software package. The text also comes with a CD
with data sets, SPSS directions, links to the web and study aids. You should
bring your text book and the CD to every class. The SPSS software
package is available at the University computer labs. In the past,
we have found that students prefer to have the software on their own computers
so they can work with it at any time. The student version that comes with
your text has been greatly discounted. If you purchase your text at another
site, you may have to pay an increased fee for the software.

**Grading Policy: **Your grade for this course will be based on written
examinations, quizzes, written projects, homework assignments and group
projects using the following scale: three midterms 15% each, group project
40%, homework and quizzes 10%, and class participation 5%. The cutoffs
for each grade are as follows: 93% A, 90% A-, 87% B+, 83% B, 80% B-, 77%
C+, 73% C, 70% C-, 67% D+, 60% D. Anything below 60% is an F.
Grades may be curved at the end of the semester.

**Project: **There will be an extensive group project.
It will consist of a number of short assignments and a final presentation,
which will have an oral and written component. Final presentations
will be made during finals week at the scheduled exam time for our class.

**Tests: ** There will be three midterm exams scheduled throughout
the semester. Calculators are needed. If you forget your calculator,
you are out of luck; sharing is not allowed. Cell phones may not
be used as calculators. A 3 x 5 card with notes is permitted.
Since either looking at another student's test or allowing another student
to see your test are violations of the academic honesty policy, keep your
test covered at all times. See also the policy on makeup exams.

**Homework: **Homework should represent your own work and be
neatly handwritten or typed, on one side of the page only. Remove
any messy edges and staple or clip the pages together. You may hand in
one assignment late at the next class period. However, repeated late assignments
will be penalized. I will not accept any assignment after that assignment
has been graded and returned to the class.

**Quizzes: **There will be brief quizzes based on your notes,
readings, and homework about once a week.

**Makeup Tests and Quizzes: **Students are required to take
all exams and quizzes when scheduled. If you have missed an exam for any
reason, you must contact me within 48 hours, either by email (rhall@sju.edu)
or phone (610-660-1540). **If you do not contact me within 48 hours,
you may not take a makeup.** If you have missed the exam for a
**valid, verifiable** reason, and you present your note to me, you may
take a makeup with no penalty. If you do not have a valid, verifiable
reason (for example, you overslept), you may take a makeup with a 30% penalty,
assuming you contacted me within 48 hours. Quizzes may not be made
up under any circumstances. However, the lowest 1/3 of quiz grades
will be dropped.

**Class Participation: **You are expected to demonstrate your
interest in the course by attending class and participating in the activities.
The class participation grade is based on your contributions to class discussion.
If you feel uncomfortable speaking in class, you can participate by e-mailing
or visiting me in office hours. If it is necessary to miss a class,
obtain the notes and assignments from another student. In case of
illness or other emergency, notify me by e-mail (rhall@sju.edu).

**Academic Honesty:** Dishonesty includes cheating on a test, falsifying
data, misrepresenting the work of others as your own (plagiarism), and
helping another student cheat or plagiarize. Academic dishonesty will result
in a grade of zero on that particular assignment; serious or repeated infractions
of the Academic Honesty policy will result in failure of the course. I
will report all violations to the Academic Honesty Board. For complete
information about the University's policy on Academic Honesty, consult
the Student Handbook 2004-2005.