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Unformatted text preview: STAT 350: Statistical Methods
Instructor: Dr. Shannon M. Knapp
office phone: 496-9541
located in HAAS 164
Standard Office Hours: MF 1-2 p.m. and W 2-3 p.m.
Additional office hours will be scheduled as needed
A data-oriented introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of applied statistics. STAT 350 is intended
primarily for majors in the mathematical sciences (Actuarial Science, Mathematics, Mathematics Education, or
Statistics). It covers material similar to that of STAT 511 (for engineering and physical sciences). Students from
these majors may take STAT 350 if space is available. STAT 350 is more software-intensive and covers more dataanalytic material or STAT 511, but does less formal probability.
Required: Devore and Farnum, Applied Statistics for Engineers and Scientists, 2nd Edition
Optional: Cody & Smith, Applied Statistics and SAS Programming Language, 5th Edition
Skeleton lecture notes will be posted on the course webpage. You are expected to bring these to class with you
daily. Be prepared with future notes in case we get a little ahead of schedule.
An email list will be arranged for this course. Emails will be sent to your official Purdue email address. I will
occasionally send email to this list with any special announcements or reminders. You are responsible for any
information sent to this list.
I do not take attendance; however, I do expect you to be in class and on time. You are responsible for obtaining
missed notes and announcements from classmates. I also expect you to attend the section for which you are
registered. Occasional exceptions must obtain prior permission.
Your overall percentage in the course will be determined as follows:
20% homework, 15% Labs, 20% Midterm 1, 20% Midterm 2, 25% Final Exam.
At the end of the semester, your lowest 2 Lab scores and your lowest 2 Homework scores will be dropped.
If you have to miss class due to a job interview, or university-sponsored activities you must turn in your homework
in advance to receive credit. Your homework, lab, and exam grades will be posted on Blackboard. You should
check there often to make sure that the posted scores are correct.
In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to
changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances. Should this occur,
information on the changes in this course will be posted on the course website.
93.00 A90.00 B+
83.00 B80.00 C+
73.00 C70.00 D+
63.00 D60.00 The minimum score needed for a given letter grade could be lowered if necessary but will not be raised. STAT 350 Syllabus: version 6 April 2009 Page 1 of 3 Exams
There will be two evening midterm exams and a final exam. All exams will be cumulative. You will be allowed one
8.5×11 inch page (both sides) with notes for each exam. You are also expected to bring an appropriate calculator
to the exams. If you have a valid reason that you miss an exam, you must notify me by email within 24 hours of the
exam time. If you have a conflict (i.e., another exam scheduled at the same time), you must notify me at least 1
week before the exam.
Homework and Labs
Homework will be assigned approximately once per week and will be due the following week. Lab assignments will
be given during the lab on Wednesdays and you will have time to work on the assignment during the lab period.
Late homework and labs will not be accepted. The work you submit must be clear and organized. Credit will not
be given for work that cannot be read or understood or for answers with no supporting work. Please do not pad
your homework/lab with endless printouts of computer output. Only hand in those parts of the output that are
directly relevant to your solution. You should edit any output you plan to hand in by pasting it into an editor such as
MS-Word, and getting rid of extra space or unnecessary output. It is helpful to circle or highlight the portions of the
output to which you refer in your solution. As a rule of thumb, only hand in what you actually expect the grader to
read. Labs are generally expected to be typed, but homework is not because calculations must be shown.
Homework/labs must always be stapled if it is longer than one page. If it is not stapled, only the first page will be
graded. The first page of each homework set handed in must contain the following information:
(1) Your Name
(2) My Name (Dr. Knapp)
(3) STAT 350 and your section time (10:30/11:30/4:30)
(4) The number of the homework or lab assignment (e.g., Homework #2, Lab #6)
This information is necessary to ensure that your grades are recorded correctly and that your homework is returned
to you promptly.
Homework and Labs will be due at 4:30 p.m. on the due date (unless otherwise noted). You may either submit
homework in class or to my mailbox. Homework is NOT to be submitted to my office. Homework is never accepted
You are encouraged to use homework/labs as a learning tool. It is important to start homework early, so as to have
an opportunity to ask for help from the instructor if necessary during office hours. You may also wish to discuss
homework/labs with your classmates. Group discussions and study sessions can be a useful tool for learning.
However, outright copying is unacceptable and will be penalized. A good rule of thumb is that it is fine to talk
together about how to do a problem, but then go do it and write it up yourself, possibly comparing answers
afterwards. Remember that if you copy from a classmate without understanding it, only your classmate will pass
the exam. If blatant copying is detected, all parties involved (copier and copied) will receive a score of zero for that
assignment. STAT 350 Syllabus: version 6 April 2009 Page 2 of 3 Re-grades
Since the professor and grader are fallible human beings, occasionally errors will occur in grading. For this reason,
students are able to request that such an error be corrected. Any request for a re-grade must be made in writing
and must abide by the following procedure, or it will be ignored.
1) Attach a new piece of paper to the front of the work to be re-graded. This piece of paper should contain the
a) the word "re-grade" displayed prominently
b) your name and section
c) which homework, lab, or midterm is involved (e.g. Homework #6)
d) the relevant problem number(s) (e.g. Problem 7.23)
e) a detailed explanation of the suspected error (not “Please look at problem 4”)
f) the date of resubmission
2) Print out the appropriate pages of the solutions from the Blackboard, and circle the relevant piece of the
solution. Attach this behind the work to be re-graded.
3) Give this packet to me, or put it in my mailbox. A verbal explanation is neither necessary nor appropriate since
a) I won’t remember it, and b) the grader will do the regrading anyway.
No exceptions will be made to this policy. The grader will be responsible for the re-grading Labs and Homework
(the instructor will re-grade exams) and you will receive a written note from the grader explaining the outcome. Regrade requests may be submitted until the last week of classes, but you are encouraged to be prompt. If the above
procedure is not followed, the re-grade request will be denied. Any rudeness accompanying a re-grade request will
result in the assessment of a "technical foul" penalty equal to the total number of points for the disputed question.
I expect you to read the text as we cover the material. It can help to read about a topic before it is covered in class.
This does not mean that I expect you to learn it all on your own. Rather, your reading before the class should be a
"first pass" at the subject. The first time through, I just want you to read through it quickly, in order to get a general
idea of the material – the "big picture". Don't get bogged down in formulas or details; just try to get a rough idea of
the material and get familiar with the vocabulary. This will prepare you for what is to come in the class, and will
make the class easier to follow. If, as you are reading, you find something hard to understand, don't be alarmed or
discouraged. Just make a note of any parts you found confusing, or any questions that occur to you as you read.
Often, you will find that those questions are cleared up in the following class. If not, please ask during class! Later,
as you are working on problem sets and studying for tests, you will find it helpful to read the material again. This
time, read at a much more detailed level. It will be a lot easier to follow then, since you have already covered the
material in class. Repetition and practice are important learning tools.
I expect that you will work hard in this course. I expect you to come on time to each class prepared to listen and
understand. I expect that you will ask questions if things are not clear. I expect that you will use the textbook and
other resources, and will read material as assigned. I expect you to attend class regularly, and that you will
promptly catch up on any classes you miss. I expect you to make an honest attempt at assigned homework, and to
ask for help when you need it. I expect you to behave appropriately and politely towards me and your fellow
classmates at all times. This includes remaining quiet when others are speaking and being patient with the
questions of others. I expect you to not misrepresent the work of others as your own, and to neither give nor
receive unauthorized aid in examinations or homework.
You can expect that I will work hard in this course. I will do my best to explain and illustrate the material in a way
that makes sense to you. Sometimes I will need help and feedback from you in order to figure out the best way to
explain something. I will listen to your questions with respect and never ridicule; if the answer to your question is
beyond the scope of this course, I will discuss it with you outside of class. I will give you fair notice of all
assignments and tests and do my best to let you know what is required of you. I will attempt to evaluate your work
fairly and assign grades appropriate to your performance. If you have other expectations, hopes, or suggestions,
please let me know. I will do my best to make this course a success for all of us.
Changes to Syllabus
Anything and everything stated above is subject to change via in-class announcement and the course email list. STAT 350 Syllabus: version 6 April 2009 Page 3 of 3 ...
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This note was uploaded on 02/16/2010 for the course MA 350 taught by Professor Sellke during the Spring '10 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.
- Spring '10