**THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE**

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

*¡BIENVENIDOS
(WELCOME)!*

*note*:
From the top of **http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/schedule.html**,
you can access this syllabus if you misplace yours, want to explore its many links
or see any addendums. Syllabus is subject to change by the instructor to meet
course needs, especially for unexpected school disruptions or big changes in
class size, resources, etc.

**Course Number**:
STAT 1380-003 (CRN# 22443)** **

**Course Title**:
Basics of Descriptive and Inferential Statistics

**Credit Hours**:
3

**Term**:** **Spring 2012

**Prerequisite**: adequate
score on a placement examination or MATH 0311.

**Course Fee**: none

**Course Meetings & Location**: MW 1:30-2:50 in LART 208 (except there is a “lab
day” planned on April 4 when we meet in UGLC 202). If there’s a major
disruption (e.g., H1N1 epidemic, subzero weather, etc.), be prepared to
maintain course progress via alternative means (e.g., phone, Elluminate, Internet, a Blackboard course shell, etc.) and
check your email (especially your UTEP account) regularly.* *

**Instructor**: Dr. Larry Lesser (rhymes with ‘Professor’,
spelled like < ). I began

teaching
university courses (especially stats!) in 1988 (at UTEP since 2004), and I’ve
also worked as a state agency statistician and full-time HS math teacher.

**Office Location**: Bell Hall 213

**Contact Info**: Phone: (915) 747-6845

Email **Lesser**** (at) utep.edu**
(please include 1380 in the subject line)

Homepage: **http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/**

Fax: (915) 747-6502 (note: this is
a math department fax, so be sure to

have my
name clearly on it; be aware that staff are not available to relay faxes to me
outside the math dept’s hours of M-F 8-12, 1-5

Emergency
Contact: (915) 747-5761 (during math dept office
hours)

**Office hours**: initial office hours are Tues 2:30-3, MW 1-1:20
and by appointment; additional office hours or changes will be announced and/or
posted later; students are also welcome to try stopping by anytime for short
questions; for longer questions, students should email me several possible appointment
times that would work and I will reply with which option works in my schedule;
I expect to be assigned a graduate TA who can offer some hours at yet
additional times.

**Textbook(s),
Materials**:

**Required textbook: ****Jessica
Utts’** * Seeing
Through Statistics (3^{rd} ed.;
2005)* Duxbury Press. Subject to change based on timing,
resources and interest, here’s the main material we plan to (un)cover:

Ch.
1 (1, 3-5, 7,9,10,15,17,19); Ch. 2 (6,7,11,14,15), Ch. 3
(1-9,13,16,18-20,24,25a,26a), Ch. 4 (1,2,4-6,9,11,12,15,17,21,24,26), Ch. 5
(1-3,5,8-10,12,17,19,20,22,25a,27),

Ch.
6 (just read), Ch. 7 (1-7, 9,12-16,19,21,25,28), Ch. 8
(2-5,7,8,11,13,17,19,21,22,25), Ch. 9 (1,2,5,7,8b,9,14), Ch.
10(1,2,4,5,7-10,11a,12,13), Ch.11 (1-6,8-10,12,14,17,19), Ch.16
(1-3,6-12,17,18,20d,25), *Ch. 20 (3,4,5ab,6,14,17), Ch. 22 (11-17).*

**Required technology: **

·
**“low-tech”
clicker (ABCD Card), brought to each class, starting Jan. 25: ****http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/ABCDclassResponseCard.pdf**

**(if you don’t have a color printer, print in
black-and-white and color it in with the same color scheme at THIS
version) **see the “Participation”
section later in this syllabus for more information

·
**calculator**** (with
square root key) brought to each class, starting Jan. 30: **You’ll be allowed
to use it on virtually all activities and assessments (but it really has to be
a separate calculator, because you aren’t allowed to use devices such as a
laptop or cell phone on tests). You
still must show enough work so I can follow your process. Example: to find mean
of {3, 4, 5, 5, 8}, don’t just say “5”, but write out (3 + 4 + 5 + 5 + 8) / 5 =
5. I will often demonstrate things with
a **TI-73/83/84
graphing calculator**, but if you don’t already own one, you can
certainly manage with a scientific calculator or even a simple calculator that
can do basic arithmetic such as square roots.
Websites such as **www.prenhall.com/esm/app/calc_v2/**
help you get the most out of your calculator. As logistics and interest allow,
I’ll expose you to how stats are computed with applets, graphing calculator, spreadsheet
(Excel), software (Minitab), etc., and resources for accessing/using these are
at **http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/ResearchResources.html**.
Minitab is in some UTEP labs (e.g., Bell 130, CRBL 401) and can be accessed
from your house (**http://admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=65399**)!

**Course Objectives (Learning
Outcomes)**: Students will be able to….

**apply**** arithmetic, algebraic, geometric,
higher-order thinking, and statistical methods to modeling and solving
real-world situations.**

Numerical and graphical
summaries of one-variable and two-variable datasets are interpreted, produced,
and described verbally. We assess the
reasonableness of linear models to data sets.
We assess the reasonableness of a study's conclusions based on that
study's qualities (e.g., was randomization used?).

**represent**** & evaluate basic mathematical
information verbally/numerically/graphically/symbolically**

Numerical and graphical
summaries of one-variable and two-variable datasets are interpreted, produced,
and described verbally.

**expand**** mathematical reasoning skills & formal
logic to develop convincing mathematical arguments.**

Reasoning used to apply
probability rules and to critique statistical studies (and to assess whether a
claim of significance is warranted).

**use**** appropriate technology to enhance
mathematical thinking and understanding and to solve mathematical problems and
judge the reasonableness of the results.**

technology incorporated such as spreadsheet software, internet
applets/simulations, or graphing calculators.

**interpret**** mathematical models
(formulas/graphs/tables/schematics) and draw inferences from them.**

Histograms, scatterplots,
boxplots, tables, regression lines, etc. are interpreted.

**recognize**** the limitations of mathematical and
statistical models.**

Studies done without random
selection and/or random assignment are recognized as limited. Pitfalls and limitations of experiments
(e.g., ecological validity), observational studies (e.g., no random
assignment), and surveys are discussed.
Formulas such as margin of error are recognized not to apply for a
volunteer sample, for example.

**develop**** the view that mathematics is an
evolving discipline, interrelated with human culture, and understand its
connections to other disciplines.**

Because statistics can be applied
to data from virtually all disciplines, it is natural to make clear
interdisciplinary connections.
Statistics and its tools are much newer field
than the mathematics in "other math core classes". The connection to human culture comes into
play with the human judgments that go into writing "the best" survey
question, or deciding how to handle an outlier value, etc.

This course will expose you
to typical intro topics but with particular emphasis on and grounding in
conceptual understanding and statistical literacy in real life. You deserve, need and will be offered more
than a plug-and-chug, memorize-the-recipes experience! You’ll be able to critically evaluate
statistics commonly found in the media and in your major field. You’ll become
acquainted with what is involved in the collection, interpretation, and
communication of real-world data to explore questions of interest.

Also,
**future teachers** will have the chance
to gain background to handle probability and statistics questions on the TExES/ExCET (**http://www.texes.ets.org/prepMaterials/**),
teach related TEKS (**www.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter111/index.html**),
and make appropriate connections to the NCTM Standards (**http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=16909**)
and the GAISE PreK-12 Curriculum Framework (**http://www.amstat.org/Education/gaise/**).

**Course Activities/Assignments**: Students will participate in in-class
activities, demonstrations, discussions, readings, and assessments. Assigned homework exercises from the
textbook are listed previously on this syllabus where the textbook is stated.

**Assessment of Course
Objectives**: Assessments include
written reflections, quizzes, exams, and a final project.

**Course Schedule**: Census
Day: Feb. 1 for UTEP (for the US, it was **April
1, 2010**!)

Test #1:
currently set for March 5, but subject to change

Turn in Data Analysis Project
Proposal: March 5

(http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/1380proposal.html)

Deadline to Drop
with a “W”: March 30

Test #2: currently
set for April 23, but subject to change

Last Regular
Class Meeting: Wed., May 2

Finals Week
Meeting: Wed., May 9, 4-6:45 (as set by UTEP
registrar)

This
meeting will not be a final exam, but oral presentations of the projects; if
you have a pre-approved reason not to be able to present during this time, you
need to arrange with me as soon as possible to turn in and present your project
*earlier*

**Grading Policy**:** **after any rescaling needed for all
components to be on the 0-100 scale, the grade is determined by the usual
cutoffs of 90-80-70-60 based on these 3 parts:

__* Tests__ (23% each) at
least a week or two in advance, I’ll confirm the exact material covered, the date,

and the major tables and unannotated formulas from the textbook that will be
provided on each of the 2 tests; you must bring your own calculators (see p. 2
of the syllabus) and #2 pencils; the main emphasis of the exam is not on
memorization or rote procedures, but on being able to recognize, apply, critique, and interpret concepts in context
(e.g., in newspaper articles or graphs), even if the questions have a
multiple-choice format; it is recommended that you study with a partner your
class notes, the textbook chapters, homework and quizzes.

__* Quizzes/HW/One-page written reflections__ (23%): some of these will be with a partner, some will be “solo”;
details will be provided in advance; no more than the top *n*-3 scores will count; To be
sure you get credit for your written work, you need to use your full name since
there are students in the room who have identical or similar first or last
names.

__* Team Project__ (31%) – for
requirements, resources, deadlines, etc., see

**http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/Stat1380DataProject.html**

**Makeup Policy**: With __quizzes__, I will count no more than your
top 8 scores, so if you miss a
couple of quizzes, you won’t get a 0 for those quizzes, they will simply not be
quiz scores you count in your top 8. If
your absence is for a serious reason for which you hand or email me __written
documentation__ (e.g., a doctor’s note) __within 3 calendar days__ of a
quiz, then there is still no “makeup,” but the quiz will not count against the
number you are allowed to “drop.”

In general
(out of fairness and logistics), **late
work will not be accepted**, and may be subject to a penalty in the rare
borderline cases that it is accepted at the instructor’s discretion. A makeup __exam__ is possible only if:
(1) the student relays to me (by email) within 24 hours (or the earliest
medically possible opportunity) why missing the scheduled class exam date was
unavoidable for a serious reason, and hand me or email me a written statement
or document (e.g., doctor’s note) for my file within 7 calendar days, and (2)
the student takes the initiative to contact me by email with your available days/times
for a makeup exam as soon as possible (if it takes a week or more to get an
appropriate email response from the student, I would consider a makeup only in
the *most extreme and documented circumstances*).

**Attendance Policy**: **Attendance
is required **and here’s why:

As the UTEP *Catalog* says, “When in the judgment of
the instructor, a student has been absent to such a degree as to impair his or
her status relative to credit for the course, the instructor may drop the
student from the class with a grade of “W” before the course drop deadline [March
30] and with a grade of “F” after the course drop deadline.” In practical terms, this means a student is **subject to being dropped for 5 or more
absences** (unless you have given me a written or emailed reason I have
approved). If you choose to withdraw, I ask that you submit the formal
paperwork and send me an email to let me know rather than just stop attending
class and assume you will be withdrawn automatically. On a positive note, __a strong record of
attendance will be taken into account if your final average is a point below a
letter grade cutoff__.

It’s
** your responsibility** to….

(1) give me a written note or email
by the 15^{th} day of the semester [Feb. 6] if you will have absence
for religious holy days (which are excused, of course).

(2) give me an email or written documentation as soon as
possible if you anticipate the possibility of missing large parts of class due
to exceptional circumstances such as military service/training, childbirth, or
competing on official UTEP athletic teams.

(3) let me know by email (**Lesser (at) utep.edu**) or
voicemail (747-6845) or daytime math dept. fax (747-6502) at the *earliest opportunity* if you have a
serious situation which may affect a test, major assessment deadline, the final
exam week meeting, or a large number of “regular” class days. If you miss a “regular class meeting”, you
don’t need to contact me, but you do need to get copies of notes and
announcements __from a classmate__ if you miss a class; **be sure you have contact information for at least 3 classmates** for
this purpose

**Academic Integrity Policy**:** **It’s
UTEP’s policy (and mine) for all suspected violations to be referred to the
Dean of Students for investigation and disposition (See __Section 1.3.1__ of the __Handbook for Operating Procedures__;
**http://admin.utep.edu/Default.aspx?PageContentID=2083&tabid=30292**)
Cheating, plagiarism and collusion in dishonest activities are serious acts
which erode the university’s purpose and integrity and cheapen the learning
experience for us all. Don’t resubmit work completed for other classes
without specific acknowledgment and permission from me. It is expected that work you submit
represents your own effort (or your own group’s effort, if it is a group
project), will not involve copying from or accessing unauthorized resources or
people (e.g., from a previous year’s class).
You must cite references that you do consult,
using **APA style**
with complete citations even for websites and people you consult.

__For
Group Work__: Within a group, members are allowed to divide
up subsets of the project for which individuals will take the initial
responsibility for coordinating efforts, but it is assumed that by the time a
group turns in a writeup that all members have read,
discussed, contributed to, and understand what is being turned in. Group members may even discuss general ideas
and strategies with members of other groups, but NOT share parts of actual
written work. At a minimum, to be safe,
put away all written notes and writing materials and recording devices before
having any intergroup conversations. And
if you still see a “gray area,” play it safe and ask the instructor! Intergroup conversations are not allowed
during in-class quizzes taken as teams.

**Civility Statement**:
You are expected to follow basic standards of courtesy (e.g., **“Student Conduct”
and “Disruptive Acts Policy” in the UTEP Catalog**) and may be
dismissed from class for blatant or sustained disruptive behavior. Your
comments during classroom discussions need to focus constructively and
respectfully on the intellectual merit of a position,

**Disability Statement**:
If you have or believe you have a disability requiring accommodations, you may wish to self-identify by
contacting the Disabled Student Services Office (DSSO; 747-5148; East Union Building 106; **dss@utep.edu**; **www.utep.edu/dsso/**)
to show documentation or register for testing and services. DSSO
will ask you to discuss needed accommodations with me within the first 2 weeks
of the semester or as soon as disability is known, and
at least 5 working days before an exam.
You are responsible to make sure I receive any DSSO instructions and
accommodation letters. DSSO
provides note taking, sign language, interpreter, reader and/or scribe
services, priority registration, adaptive technology, diagnostic testing for
learning disabilities, assistance with learning strategies/tutoring,
alternative testing location and format, and advocacy.

**Military Statement**:
Give me an email or written documentation as soon as possible if you anticipate
the possibility of missing large parts of class due to military service.

ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION

**Catalog Description**: “A course in **statistical literacy**. Emphasis will
be on standard

descriptive measures of location, spread, and association. Regression, probability and
sampling, and binomial distribution.
**Interpretation** of data which
occur in **daily life** (polls, weather
forecasting, surveys, quality control, etc.) will be stressed.”

**Professionalism
Statement**: Beyond the previously mentioned Civility Statement, students in
this course are required to exhibit professionalism that goes beyond avoiding
negative behaviors. This includes making
a good faith effort in preparation for and participation in individual and
collaborative class activities. A
classroom culture must be actively supported that understands that “wrong
answers” are usually correct answers to a different question or valuable
learning opportunities to address a common misconception. Also, be open to
local opportunities for professional growth or service. For example, future teachers may consider encouraging
K-12 students to enter an **ASA Project
or Poster** (due April 1) or joining
(at cheaper student rates!) professional organizations -- local (**GEPCTM**),
state (**TCTM**),
or national (**NCTM**, **TODOS**, or **ASA**).

Finally, start to be aware of
statistics in the mass media around you, in places such as: **http://www.elpasotimes.com/**, **http://www.cnn.com**, **http://www.gallup.com/home.aspx**,
**http://www.causeweb.org/wiki/chance/index.php/Main_Page**,
**http://stats.org**, **http://www.usatoday.com/snapshot/news/snapndex.htm**,
etc.

**Participation: **Part
of your daily class participation involves answering questions posed by the
instructor. These questions are ongoing
assessment designed to give feedback to you as well as to the instructor. Some questions will be answered “simultaneously
and anonymously” using the research-backed, classroom-tested Ed Prather ABCD
Class Response Card. **Each student is responsible for bringing to
each class the ABCD Card** that has the same color scheme at the one located
at the following URL: **http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/ABCDclassResponseCard.pdf**.

**Confidentiality**:
UTEP policy requires that inquiries about confidential information such as
grades cannot be done over the phone, but must be from your miners.utep.edu
account and accompanied by your 800 number.
If you want to know your course grade between our last meeting and when
UTEP puts grades online, you will have a chance during the last week of class
to give me a “secret code word” that I will post your course grade by at the
bottom of **my homepage**
if time permits.

**English Language Learner (ELL) Awareness**: Development of
this class was supported in part by the US DOE grant **Project LEAP-UP**. Many
of you are/were ELLs or may soon teach them.
I will model strategies that help ELLs (and others, too!) and
incorporate awareness of ELL issues and resources in probability/statistics
(e.g., **my 2011
paper in Statistics Teacher Network**, resources at **http://www.tsusmell.org/**, **http://www.ngsp.com/tabid/1219/default.aspx**
(as a UTEP student, you can access this resource!), and **http://isi.cbs.nl/glossary/index.htm**. The **English
Language Proficiency Standards** require language acquisition and
academic success in all content areas for students at all 4 levels (beg., int., adv., adv.
high) in all 4 domains (listening, speaking, reading, writing). Finally,
consider that the grade level readability of *any* subject’s text is from
a *statistical* model based on average number of syllables per word,
average number of words per sentence, etc. (e.g., see “readability” in MSWord
Help).

**Equity Awareness:** Development
of this class was supported in part by US DOE grant **Project ACE** (ACtion for Equity) and many statistics examples we discuss
involve or apply to gender equity. Related resources at **http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/equity.html**. Also, check out the cool poster at **http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/poster.htm**!

**Other Resources**:

Website for our textbook:** www.duxbury.com/cgi-wadsworth/course_products_wp.pl?fid=M20b&product_isbn_issn=0534394027&discipline_number=17**

Applets/virtual manipulatives:

**http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/ **(click
“probability” or “statistics”)

**http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=24600**
(e.g., 5.4, 5.5, 6.6, 7.4, 7.5)

**http://illuminations.nctm.org/WebResourceList.aspx?Ref=2&Std=4&Grd=0**

**http://bcs.whfreeman.com/ips4e/**
then click “Statistical Applets”

**http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/topic_t_5.html**

Calculation pages: **http://statpages.org/** (includes many
things beyond our course)

Classroom connections (interesting for all, especially future
teachers):

**http://www.amstat.org/education/stn/** (e.g., browse
issue #64)

**http://www.wiley.com/bw/journal.asp?ref=0141-982X&site=1
**(UTEP
students have access** **

through the UTEP library webpage)
or** http://www.rsscse-edu.org.uk/tsj/**

**http://www.causeweb.org/resources/**

**http://www.amstat.org/education/webinars/**

**http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/STATResources.html**

UTEP Library: Also, I’ve put some statistics books
with other conceptual intuition or real-world connections on reserve at the
circulation desk under “Lesser” or “Stat 1380.”
On the 2nd floor,

__free____ walk-in tutoring__ is available for this course (**http://marcs.utep.edu**;
Library 218; 747-5366)

as well as __free help with writing papers__
(Library 227; 747-5112; Writing Center (Library 227, 747-5112, **http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=47508**).

General study tips:
**http://www.math.utep.edu/Faculty/lesser/mathtips.html**