STA 2023 Honors Introduction to Statistics Fall 2004
Instructor: Maria I. Ripol Section 4431 MWF 4th period LIT 223
office: Griffin Floyd 117 C Section 5370 MWF 5th period FLI 121
office hours: MW 7th & 8th pds or by appt.
web: http://www.stat.ufl.edu/~mripol/ Tutoring Room: Griffin Floyd 104
phone: 392-1941 ext 217 Hours:
Course Description and Objective
1. STA 2023 Honors Course Packet, to be purchased at the University Copy and More (1620 W. University Ave.), containing copies of the lecture notes to be used in class.
2. Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, by David S. Moore and George P. McCabe, 4th edition, Freeman, 2003, including a disk with all data sets for the book.
3. Scientific Calculator (around $10 to $15) that has some basic statistical functions like mean and standard deviation (look for the following symbols: and either s or sn-1)
Course Website: http://www.stat.ufl.edu/~mripol
Instructions on that website will direct you to WebCT, an integrated, password protected, Web based classroom management tool. In WebCT you will be able to work on the practice problems, take the online quizzes, and check all your grades.
There will be four online quizzes, administered through WebCT. You have three tries for each quiz(with questions randomly generated) over a period of 4 days. The highest of the three attempts is automatically recorded. Each quiz will be worth 10 points, for a total of 40 points. Hopefully these quizzes will serve the purpose of improving your grade in the class, as well as be an important tool in learning the material for the course. More details on the WebCT quiz functions will be given in class.
There will be four projects to be completed during the semester. Part of the work will be done during your regular class time on days when we meet in the computer lab instead of the classroom. The point values of the projects will vary with their length and difficulty, and they will be worth a total of 60 points. More details will be given in class.
Suggested Homework Problems, listed on the Course Packet, will help you master the material but will not be collected. There will also be some Practice Questions in WebCT.
There will be three exams given in class during the semester, each worth 100 points. Students are required to bring a calculator, pencils and a photo ID as well as any other needed materials to the exams. In case of conflict or illness, if a student is unable to take an exam at the scheduled time, they must get in touch with the instructor immediately, for any arrangements to be made for a makeup. Each case will be reviewed individually. Valid and detailed documentation is a prerequisite under such extenuating circumstances. A grade of zero is the minimum punishment of any type of dishonesty on an exam.
Email – will be answered within one working day in most cases. Please be aware that statistical questions should be answered in person (in class, during office hours or in the tutoring room) since they often require pictures and formulas that make it very hard to communicate through email.
Attendance – although not required, is very highly recommended. If you miss a class for any reason, it is your responsibility to get a copy of the notes and all information given in class from another student. Additionally, during class students should turn off their cellular phones and refrain from eating, drinking, reading newspapers, doing homework and excessive talking.
Instructor's Honor Code - We the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity.
Academic Dishonesty - We adhere to the University of Florida rules and guidelines for handling instances of academic dishonesty. Please refer to the Office for Student Services for detailed information about the current policies.
Grading – grades will be changed only when an error has been made. Negotiation is not appropriate. There is no appeals process. Incompletes are only assigned when extraordinary circumstances, arising after the date for dropping the course, prevent the student from completing the course requirements. Having a failing grade in the course is not a valid reason for requesting an Incomplete.
Students with Disabilities - Students who require special accommodations in class or during exams should follow the procedures outlined by the Disability Resources Program (http://www.dso.ufl.edu/drp/). Please see the instructor during office hours early in the semester, to discuss your accommodation letter confidentially.