Statistics Syllabus for 2021-2022
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MATH-1342-002 Statistics


Prerequisite: MATH 1314 or MATH 1324-minimum grade of C or Department Chair consent

Course Description

Collection, analysis, presentation and interpretation of data, and probability. Analysis includes descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Use of appropriate technology is recommended.

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Notice to Students enrolled in an educational program for preparation of issuance of certain occupational licenses:

Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

Melodie Graves
Justice Involved Advocate
Student Service Center 117
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You can also contact the Legal Clinic, or the faculty member in charge of the educational program that you seek to enroll in. The further information you will receive will include notification to you of your right to request a criminal history evaluation letter from the licensing authority in order to clarify your particular situation.


(3 sem hrs; 3 lec, 1 lab)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


TEXTBOOK:  Essentials of Statistics,  6th Edition, 2019

AUTHOR:      Triola, Mario F., Addison-Wesley


Basics:  Notebook paper, a stapler, pencils, a straight edge and good eraser.  You may choose to use highlighters or colored pencils.

Access to a working computer with internet access and a printer.  There are student computers located in the Basement of the Ware Student Commons (aka AC Library) for student use and also in the Math Outreach Center.  This enables you to access the course in Blackboard.

Amarillo College student I.D. (for testing and tutoring).

Student Performance

After successfully completing this course, the student will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Explain the use of statistics and sampling as tools to reach reasonable conclusions.
  2. Recognize, examine, and interpret the basic principles of describing and presenting data.
  3. Explain the role of probability in statistics.
  4. Examine, analyze, and compare various sampling distributions (binomial, normal).
  5. Describe and compute confidence intervals.
  6. Solve linear regression and correlation problems.
  7. Perform hypothesis testing using statistical methods.
  8. Conduct parametric and non-parametric inferential statistical tests.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Students are expected to behave in the classroom in a manner that is supportive of the learning environment. This includes, but is not limited to the following: texting, making offensive remarks, reading newspapers, sleeping, asking questions not relevant to class material, working on projects or assignments (even if they are related to this class), or engaging in any other form of distraction. Troublesome behavior will NOT be tolerated. For a full discussion of appropriate behavior and student responsibilities, please refer to the Student Rights & Responsibilities Handbook In order to receive credit for a course, all material listed on the syllabus must be covered. The instructor sets the pace to ensure that these requirements are met. Complaining about the pace will not result in less material being covered. Students who fail to comply with the standards outlined in the syllabus and/or AC’s Student Rights & Responsibilities will be subject to disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to: removal from the classroom, consultation with the Math & Engineering Department Chair and/or other AC authority, withdrawal from the course and/or Amarillo College.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to, copying from another student’s paper, using unauthorized sources of information on any assignment, turning in work that is not your own (copied from the solution manual, having someone else do your work, etc.), and allowing someone to copy from your paper. On the first day of class, you will be required to sign and date a Course Contract.  Included in the contract is the following statement:  “I fully understand that if I cheat, or attempt to cheat on any test I will receive an automatic “F” in the course.  This grade will go on my permanent transcript and cannot be removed.  Cheating includes, but is not limited to:  the illegal use of books, notes, smart watches, cell phone, and the use of cell phone calculators, copying or leaving the testing session with a test or questions from a test.  Cheating also includes helping, or attempting to help, other students to cheat on a test.”   You will not be allowed to take your tests until this contract is signed.  Please note:  NO CELL PHONES AND NO SMART WATCHES IN THE MATH TESTING CENTER OR DURING THE TESTING PROCESS IN THE CLASSROOM.  If we see your cell phone out AT ANY TIME, FOR ANY REASON, while in the testing session, YOU WILL RECEIVE an “F” for the course! 

Grading Criteria

The final average will be computed based on the following percentage basis: 
Homework….....10%,  Quizzes......5%,  Labs.........15%,  Exams  ………... 50%,  Final Exam.…... 20%  

The final letter grades are assigned based on the following numerical result:

A….........90 - 100,  B……......80 - 89, C….........70 - 79, D………..60 - 69, F……......Below 59

Homework:  Expect to have homework every day in this course!  Homework will be completed through Pearson's MyStatLab.  Instructions on how to enroll in our course will be given on the first day of class.  At the end of the semester, I will drop your two lowest homework grades.  Turning in all your homework is one of the best things you can do to improve your grade!

Pre-Class Assignments and Quizzes:  Each day there will be pre-class assignments.  These will usually consist of videos to watch and quizzes to take before class.  Students will be allowed to use any handwritten notes over the pre-class assignments on the quiz.

Labs:  There will be labs given at each lab session over the prior lecture and/or homework. Labs will consist of completing written lab assignments covering the concepts we have discussed in lecture.  Most labs will be completed in R Studio.  More information will be given the first day of class. Attendance in lab is mandatory.  You must stay for the entire lab period or complete the lab before you leave.  Assignment deadlines will be announced as material is covered.  I do not accept late lab assignments.  If you are absent during the lab session, you will be given a zero for that lab.   At the end of the semester, I will drop your two lowest lab grades.  Use these days wisely.

If you are absent, it is your responsibility to contact another student to find out the assignments due before the following class.  You may e-mail me at, but you take the chance that I may not retrieve the message before the due date.  And remember, LATE HOMEWORK IS NOT ACCEPTED.

Exams:  There will be 4 major exams.  If you miss a major exam, the grade on your final exam will be used to replace the missing grade.  I do not offer make-up exams.  If you miss more than one exam (remember the first missed one is replaced by your grade on the final exam) a second missed exam will be recorded as a zero.  If you do not miss any exam and your final exam grade is higher than your lowest test score, I will replace the lowest test score with your final test grade.  Major exams will be administered as a take home due to the current state of our community.  If you make below 70 on a major exam, you must complete a test assignment in the Outreach Center before the next major exam.

Final:  Under NO circumstances will the final be given late (i.e. No Make Ups)!!  The final will be comprehensive and will be given on the last class day.

I do not give extra credit work.


In order to be counted as attending class, you must have your camera turned on and you must participate in both the lecture and lab portions of class.

If an absence occurs, THE STUDENT is responsible for obtaining the information that was covered and any assignments that were given. Please remember the deadline for dropping this class is Tuesday, May 3, 2022.   You need to contact your instructor no later than noon on the date listed above.  If you stop attending class and your average drops below a 60 due to missed assignments and you do not officially drop the course by this deadline, you will receive an  F for the course.

The following assignments must be completed by 11:59pm on the first Sunday in the course in order to be considered Present in the course. Failure to complete all assignments by this date may lead to an administrative drop from the course.

  • Orientation online homework assignment
  • Introduction Flipgrid assignment
  • Course Contract

 Signup for Remind.  See the announcements on Blackboard for more information. Your instructor will communicate important course updates, guidance, and hints via Remind.

 Complete assignments by the scheduled date/time.  There is a "no late work" policy, except in extreme circumstances.

 Attendance will be taken during each class period.  Excessive absence or lack of participation may result in failure of the course.

Attendance in lab is mandatory.  If you are absent from the lab problem session, you will not be allowed to turn in your lab assignment the following class period.

Students should plan on spending a minimum of 20 hours per week outside of class on this course. This time commitment is not an exaggeration. Actual amounts will vary depending on weekly assignments, topic complexity, and prior experience with the subject matter.

Due to the nature of this course and the volume of work required to master this material, schedule your time so that you are able to devote the appropriate energy and effort to achieve success in this course.

Your instructor, Mandi Wheeler, may be contacted via Remind or by email through the course in Blackboard. If Blackboard is not available, please email  In-person meetings or additional help are available if needed or desired. In order to schedule a meeting outside of scheduled office hours, send a message via Remind or email to your instructor.

Emails are typically answered within 24 hours. If you do not receive a response within that timeframe, please resend your message as a reminder.


Calendar Subject to Change

Week 1 Orientation, Sections 1.1-1.2
Week 2 Sections 1.3, 2.1-2.3
Week 3 Sections 2.4, 3.1-3.2, Exam 1
Week 4 Sections 3.3, 4.1-4.2, Exam 2
Week 5 Sections 5.1-5.2, 6.1-6.2
Week 6 Sections 6.4, 7.1-7.2, 8.1, Exam 3
Week 7 Section 8.3, Exam 4
Week 8 Review, Final


Additional Information


Mar 21:    Course Begins
Mar 28:     Census Day (Administrative Drop for Non-Attendance)
May 3:      Last Day to Withdraw from Course
May 11:    Final Exam


Course Issues:  If you feel yourself getting behind in class or having problems with certain concepts covered, get help immediately.  It is YOUR responsibility to get help.

  1. Your instructor is your first, BEST resource for help.  Feel free to come to office hours or make an appointment.
  2. Free one-on-one tutoring at the Student Math Outreach Center in Durrett 104 is available.  You will need your AC ID to sign in.  Hours:  MTWRF 8am – 8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun closed

Student & Faculty Help Center: Located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons, the Help Center provides technical support to students and faculty. The Help Center offers assistance in logging into AC Connect, Blackboard, resetting passwords, and general computing and software questions. Visit the Student & Faculty Help Center website at

Advocacy & Resource Center: The Advocacy & Resource Center is located on the first floor of Ware Student Commons. A variety of resources are available in the areas of social services, a food pantry, a clothing closet, and adult student programs. Visit the Advocacy & Resource Center website at

Counseling Center: At the Counseling Center, student and counselor work together to develop more personal awareness and the skills needed to overcome barriers to success. All services are free and confidential. Visit the Counseling Center website at:

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Syllabus Created on:

03/17/22 12:33 PM

Last Edited on:

03/17/22 12:35 PM