2. A. Course Title: Statistics
    B. Course Number: MA 113B - 30279
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: T Th 9:30:00 AM - 10:45:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: McGill, Shyla
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 214
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2819
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 5:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 5:00:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 9:15:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-02:15:00 PM (MST);
    By Appointment also. I do not promise to be in my office during office hours, but I will be on campus. Feel free to call me on my office phone (575) 492-2819 also.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): MA113A or appropriate placement test score
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: HH125

    This is an introductory course in statistics. It will cover the measures of central tendency, variation, regression, correlation, probability, sampling, sampling distributions, estimation, and test of statistical hypotheses. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: MA1 13A or equivalent or appropriate score on a placement test.


    This course is designed to be a foundation course to prepare students for further studies in discipline specific statistics. This class should transfer to most colleges for statistics credit.



    Software: Beginning Statistics 2nd Edition. ISBN: 978-1-941552-50-6 Author: Warren, Denley, Atchley Hawkes Learning Systems NOTE if you want the courseware AND the optional text book, you should buy the bundle:
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    Beginning Statistics 2nd Edition Textbook. ISBN: 978-1-932628-67-8 Author: Warren, Denley, Atchley Hawkes Learning Systems

    NOTE if you want the courseware AND the optional text book, you should buy the bundle: 978-1-941552-51-3

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    For this Course your grade will be made up of the following:

    HOMEWORK: 15%
    QUIZZES: 10%
    TESTS: 20%
    Midterm & FINAL: 50%

    Attendance: Attendance grades are given daily. Attendance will be taken by the instructor in your classroom. If you don’t see your name checked off on the overhead screen, then you probably arrived after attendance was taken. It is your responsibility to inform the instructor of your presence, at the end of class. If you miss a class, it is your responsibility to make up missed work. Class notes will be posted in Canvas in ONE NOTE; you MUST register for ONE NOTE and you MUST use your NMJC email account to do it. Students can use the computers in the Learning Assistance Center (Pannell Library (BUC) 492-2614) to read the class notes in cases of trouble with their own hardware. I will not accept the excuse that you could not open the notes. You must read through the notes and be certain you have everything completed on the day you return to class. Sometimes we have extra credit or pop quizzes. These make-up papers must be received by the following class day, if you are out for more than one class day, you must contact your instructor and explain the situation. These make-up papers must be documented as to 'quiz' or 'extra credit' with full heading including what day they were assigned. If you are unable to make it to the next class, you may send the work with a friend, or take a photo of your work with your phone and message it through CANVAS. There are many other resources available through Hawkes. You may also contact your instructor for assistance, but only after you've reviewed the class notes and checked for Videos in Canvas Modules.

    Attendance Scoring: Each student has the opportunity to earn an attendance grade of 100% every day. The 100% grade requires the student to be ready for class when class begins: Pencils sharpened, calculators on the desk, paper ready. Students must remain alert and attentive through-out the class, participate in the class, arrive on time and not leave the room until dismissed. If I forget and dismiss our class early (sometimes I got on the MWF time schedule and for get TR classes to 9:30-10:45) and you remind me, I will give the entire class extra credit!
    Excused and Unexcused Absences: The only excused absences are school events such as sports, music or class field trips. In these cases, you must notify your instructor prior to the day of the absence. Do not rely on your coach or professor to send the emails. You the student will receive no grade for attendance on the day of the event (not a zero, not a 100, it is as if that day doesn't exist in your attendance scores). All other absences (including reasons regarding health) will earn the student a zero for attendance. Appointments with counselors or other teachers are not excused absences. Doctor appointments, sick family members, funerals and work are not excused absences.

    Homework: Homework must be done in Hawkes. You must Register for Hawkes in CANVAS and every time you enter Hawkes you MUST GO THROUGH CANVAS! If you enter Hawkes through any other venue, it will create another file for you and that work will not be connected to Canvas Grade Book, and will not be used to calculate your course grade. All homework is due at the beginning of the next class after the material was presented. You do not need to turn in anything to me, however; you should print off your grade with the date of completion and keep this documentation in a folder, in the event Hawkes loses some of your records, this will be the only way to secure credit. If you want to use Hawkes but are having technical difficulties you should contact them by sending an email, getting in a chat session or call the help desk at 843-571-2825. If you have trouble working a problem in the homework, you should utilize the resources available: go back and review Learn, or ask a tutor for help. You may also ask your instructor for help. It may not be possible to pull up Hawkes in the classroom, it would be best if you printed the question and brought it to class,(be sure you go through the entire problem to get all the parts). If you find yourself struggling or missing the same problem, even if you certify it is likely you have not internalized the concept. You must be able to wait at least 6 hours after viewing the explanation or example, and do the problem on your own before you can consider yourself competent for the moment. I advise you keep track of such problems and go back after a few days and before the exam and make sure you can still do the problem without any assistance.

    The format for all paper and pencil work must be as follows: Your name, course title, day and time the class meets, and the assignment (such as X credit or quiz) in the upper right corner of the first sheet. Paper clips are not acceptable. All problems must be listed down the page, not across the page. Leave a blank line between problems, circle your answers and write legibly. If I cannot read it, or work is not shown, it is wrong. Ten points will be subtracted for each infraction of the above format requirements.

    Quizzes: There are 3 quizzes in canvas two during the first unit of material and one just prior to the last unit (Regression) Other quizzes are determined according to the needs of the individual students in each class each semester. Some quizzes will be announced in a preceding class, most will be 'spur of the moment'. Quizzes are not intended to hurt you, but rather to help you identify the tricky part of a problem. You should expect about 5 quizzes per semester. The class notes will include the quiz or extra credit opportunity, you should assume the deadline is at the beginning of the next class.

    Tests: All tests except the final will be taken at your leisure, at the location of your choice, outside of class time. You must take the test on Hawkes. We will vote as a class, when each test deadline will be set. The vote will take place on the class day that I finish the material for the exam. If we are within 2 sections of finishing, and you are absent, you should call or email your preference (well before class time) for the test deadline. If you have extenuating circumstances and must take an exam late, you must authorize that with your professor; I am quite generous about small extensions until the last few weeks of class, then I become very rigid.

    Midterm & Final Exam: The midterm will cover all material through Chapter 5. It will be taken in the testing center, we will determine the exact days it will be available during class. You must make your appointment to take the Midterm at the testing center in advance, with a photo I.D.
    The final exam will cover the remainder of the material. The final will be in this room at the time listed in the final schedule. You will be allowed 1 hour and 45 minutes for this exam. You absolutely must show work. I cannot grant you permission to take the final exam at another time, you must go through the department dean for that permission.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    College Algebra (MA113) is designed to emphasize graphing functions, solving various equations, using functions and solving real world problems.

    The course content of College Algebra (MA113) supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:

    · Graph various types of functions.

    · Solve various types of equations.

    · Use the necessary notation for each topic including showing work for sequences of simplifying expressions.

    · Set up and solve various types of application problems.

    · Apply each of the above skills as part of the critical thinking and problem solving process.


    A student who successfully completes statistics should be able to:
    1. Use a calculator to assist in statistical computations.
    2. Understand the difference between the two branches of statistics.
    3. Identify the basic sampling techniques.
    4. Understand how statistics can be used and misused.
    5. Understand the different types of data.
    6. Organize and represent data using frequency distributions, histograms, stem and leaf plots, ogives and boxplots.
    7. Summarize data using measures of central tendency.
    8. Describe data using measures of Variation.
    9. Identify measures of position using percentiles and quartiles.
    10. Compute various probabilities using the rules of probability.
    11. Figure probability using random variables and binomial distribution.
    12. Identify the properties of the normal distribution and use it to find probabilities.
    13. Use z-test and t-test.
    14. Apply the central limit theorem to solve problems.
    15. Use the normal approximation to binomial distribution.
    16. Find confidence intervals.
    17. Set up and interpret tests of hypothesis.
    18. Understand and use linear regression.

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    This syllabus is my opportunity to tell you how I manage this class and give you notice of what is expected of you as a student. Please remember that I will do everything I can to help you and I expect you to be motivated and responsible for your own grade. To be successful in this class you must be in class, make time to do the homework and take the tests in the time allowed. It is customary in college level courses that students spend a minimum of 2 hours studying outside of class for every one hour of lecture time, that means you should be spending 6 hours per week besides class time, working on this class material. With this in mind the following are items you need to know.


    If you are having difficulty with the material at any time please arrange to come see me during office hours, or make an appointment. There are many avenues here at NMJC for you to attain help.

    1. Online tutoring is available to all NMJC students. Look in section IX of this syllabus: General/Miscellaneous. Tutoring Assistance is toward the end of that section. There is a link to Brainfuse which offers online tutoring.

    2. Personal tutors are available through the Director of Learning Assistance in room 124 Mansur Hall on New Mexico Junior College Campus.

    3. Study groups that you arrange with class mates are also an excellent way to improve your performance in the class. If you are having trouble finding an interested classmate, ask your professor for assistance.


    1. Cheating will not be tolerated. If there is any evidence of cheating I must assign a zero on the work in question, possibly for the entire class.

    2. All students are to act appropriately for a college classroom. Disruptions will not be tolerated. Any students causing a disruption will be asked to leave; the student will lose attendance credit for that class and will not be allowed to make up work missed that day. That student is still responsible for any material or assignments.

    3. Cell Phones and pagers are to be silenced and not visible while you are in the classroom. Visit with me prior to the start of class if you have a special situation or emergency.

    4. No perfume please, It causes your instructor a serious health problem. If you forget, please sit in the back of the room and do not come to my office.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Outline for Statistics:  Warren Denley Atchley  McGill Fall 2019

    2nd Edition, Beginning Statistics

    Tentative Schedule, changes will be announced in Canvas

    You do not need to ask me for an extension of a few days on homework, Hawkes will

    automatically allow that, you must ask for extensions for late tests.  I am generous about small

    extensions, until November 24, the last two weeks of the semester I am very rigid.






    Getting Started



    Data Classification



    The Process of a Statistical Study



    How to Critique a Published Study



    Frequency Distributions






    Graphical Displays of Data



    Analyzing Graphs



    Measures of Center



    Measures of Dispersion



    Empirical Rule Quiz only available in CANVAS!!!






    Percentile Quiz only available in CANVAS!!!



    Measures of Relative Position


    Review 1

    Covers Chapters 1, 2 & 3


    Exam 1

    Covers Chapters 1, 2 & 3






    Introduction to Probability    



    Addition Rules for Probability



    Multiplication Rules for Probability

    Not Assigned

    4.4 & 4.5

    Optional, will not be graded or on any exams



    Discrete Random Variables






    Binomial Distribution

    Not Assigned

    5.3 & 5.4

    Optional, will not be graded or on any exams


    Review 2

    Covers Chapters 4 & 5 (not 4.4, 4.5, 5.3, 5.4)


    Exam 2

    Covers Chapters 4 & 5 (not 4.4, 4.5, 5.3, 5.4)





    MIDTERM Review is in CANVAS, and available in Hawkes.  Exam is paper and pencil, I will not collect the review, it is only for your resource and preparation for exam.  You MUST indicate to me your thinking process on the exam, if you used operations on the calculator, indicate to me your input and why. 



    Covers Chapters 1-5 (none of 4.4, 4.5, 5.3, 5.4)






    Introduction to the Normal Distribution



    Finding Area under a Normal Distribution



    Finding Probability using a Normal Distribution



    Finding Values of a Normally Distrbuted Random Variable






    Approximating a Binomial Distribution using a Normal Distribution



    Read only, no homework



    Central Limit Theorem with Means



    Central Limit Theorem with Proportions


    Review 3

    Covers Chapters 6 & 7





    Exam 3

    Covers Chapters 6 & 7






    Estimating Population Means (sigma known)



    Student’s T Distribution



    Estimating a Population Means (sigma unknown)






    Estimating Population Proportions



    Optional, will not be graded or on any exams



    Fundamentals of Hypothesis Testing






    Hypothesis Testing for Population Means (sigma known)



    Hypothesis Testing for Population Means (sigma unknown)



    Hypothesis Testing for Population Proportions

    Not Assigned

    10.5, 6, 7

    Optional, will not be graded or on any exams


    Review 4

    Covers Chapters 8 & 10 (not 8.5, 10.5,6,7)


    Exam 4

    Covers Chapters 8 & 10 (not 8.5, 10.5,6,7)






    Last day to withdraw from this course.


    Critical Thinking Test

    Paper and Pencil, only available in Canvas.  You MUST indicate your thinking process, justify your answers.






    Regression Quiz (Project) paper and pencil, instructions only available in Canvas






    Scatter Plots and Correlation



    Linear Regression

    Not Assigned

    12.3 & 4

    Optional, will not be graded or on any exams


    Review 5

    Covers Chapters 12 (not 12.3 or 4)


    Exam 5

    Covers Chapters 12 (not 12.3 or 4)





    FINAL REVIEW is in CANVAS, (it is also available in Hawkes, but only through Friday May 3, then it is no longer available and you are limited to the Canvas review).  Exam is paper and pencil, I will not collect the review, it is only for your resource and preparation for exam.




    Dec 9 10-11:45am in our classroom


    Covers all material since the Midterm: chapters 6,7,8,10,12 (not any of the optional sections).  This is paper and pencil, answers must be justified.