Statistics 303, Sections 503-504
Syllabus, Spring 1996
Class Times and Places
- On Mondays and Fridays the two sections will meet together
in HECC 204 from 1:50-2:40. On Wednesdays, Section 503 meets in Blocker
161 from 1:50-2:40, while Section 504 meets in Blocker 161 from
- Blocker 161 is a computer classroom, while HECC 204 is a large
- The lab is open for general use all day Fridays. Night and
weekend hours will be announced in the near future. Graduate assistants
will be available during open hours to assist you.
- MATH 141 (Business Math I) or MATH 166 (Finite Math), or
equivalent. Because these courses contain significant amounts of probability,
STAT 303 will have very little material in probability.
- You will be using IBM type PC's running Windows.
We assume you can learn this quickly.
- Text: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics ,
2nd Edition, David S. Moore and George P. McCabe, Freeman.
- Statistics 30X Class Notes, Spring 1996, available
- Optional: Stataquest 4 for Windows, J.T. Anagnoson
and R.E. DeLeon, Duxbury. This is the software we will use in the course.
It will be installed on the PC's in Blocker 161 and on all public PC's
on campus. If you want to run it on your own PC, you will need to buy
this book and software.
Outline of the Course
- A day-by-day outline of the course is contained in the
Statistics 30X Class Notes. There are 14 weeks of classes
(Spring Break is March 11-15) with no Monday in Week 1 and no
Friday in Week 11 (April 5). The 15th week contains only a Monday
and a Tuesday with Tuesday treated as a Friday.
- The last day to Q-drop is April 1.
Exams (75% of the Final Grade)
- There will be two in-class exams (Friday February 16 and
Friday April 12) worth 25% each and a final exam
(Tuesday, May 7 from 3:30-5:30 in HECC 204) also worth 25%.
These exams will be closed-book, closed-notes, multiple choice so
you need scantrons and pencils. Any
tables or formulas I feel you need wil be provided on the exam.
- The exams will cover primarily statistical concepts as opposed
to the homework which will test methods. You will have access to
exams from previous semesters so you will know what they are like.
Please don't be surprised when the exams are not like the homework.
- The exams are comprehensive only in the sense that material
in any math class builds on previous material.
- Make-up of missed exams will be allowed only for
university-excused absences and will
be prepared by the Department of Statistics for all sections
of STAT 301, 302, and 303 during a weekday evening within two weeks
of the missed exam.
- Exams will be returned only to the student who took the exam.
Grades will not be given
over the phone, and will be given only to the person taking the exam.
Grades will not be posted unless written
permission is obtained from students in advance.
Homework (25% of Grade)
- Homework will be assigned approximately once a week and will
cover primarily statistical methods.
- Late homework assignments will NOT be accepted.
If you find you cannot be in class the day an assignment is due,
please be sure it is in my departmental mailbox by the time class begins on
- Homework should be your own work.
- Complete solutions to each homework set will be available
in the Evans Library reserve room after it has been collected.
- Please write your homework on
standard sized 8.5 by 11 paper
or computer paper (front-side only) and staple the pages together.
Determining Final Grade
I will use two methods of finding a (possible) final letter
grade and you will
receive the higher of these two letter grades as your final grade:
- Each of the four grades (two midterm exams, the final,
and the homework) will be curved and a letter grade assigned. I will
then find a GPR of these four letter grades. If it comes out to
be (for example) 3.75, the final grade is an A, while if the GPR is 3.5
and the homework
grade is higher (not higher) than B, the final grade is A (B).
Other grades are determined similarly.
- I will also add the four uncurved numerical grades and curve that
total to find a (possible) letter grade.
Policy on Incompletes
- It is the policy of the Department of
Statistics (as well as Texas A&M University) to assign a
grade of I (incomplete) only when a student misses one in-class
exam or the final exam due to a University-excused absence, and is
unable to make up the exam or final exam before final grades are due
in the Registrar's office. Students who miss, and do not make up,
more than one in-class exam, or one or more in-class exams and the
final exam will NOT be given a grade of I (incomplete).
- In cases involving extenuating circumstances, you may request
an NG (no grade) from the Dean of your college.