INSTRUCTOR:  Mrs. Valerie Melvin                                        OFFICE:  S – 602F                                                         OFFICE HOURS:

EMAIL:                                                         PHONE:  362-7139                                                    MTWTH                       1 – 2 

WEB PAGE:                                                                                                                                           M                                2 – 3

MATHLAB HOURS (S606) Wednesdays  9 – 11                                                                       Virtual Office Hours M                                  1 – 3        


CFCC General Education Competencies Will Incorporate All or Some of the Following:


Written Communication


Understanding Social Structure


Oral Communication


Problem Solving


Critical Thinking


Understanding Scientific Concepts & Application


Basic Computer Usage

REQUIRED TEXT:  Elementary Statistics Using the TI-83/84 Plus Calculator, 3rd edition by Mario Triola, published by Pearson Addison Wesley. 


REQUIRED SUPPLEMENT:  A MyMathLab Student Access Code is required to access online assignments.  Additionally you will need a TI 83 or TI 84 calculator.  To remain enrolled in both MAT 155 and the corresponding lab MAT 155A you must complete an enrollment verification for the lab component by midnight of the census date; and, you must attend at least one class meeting by midnight of the census date.


COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course is an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics.  Topics include sampling, distributions, plotting data, central tendency, dispersion, Central Limit Theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlations, regressions, and multinomial experiments.  Upon completion, students should be able to describe data and test inferences about populations using sample data.


COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion, students should be able to:  distinguish between a population and sample and between parameter and statistic, identify the level of measurement of a set, identify the importance of good sampling methods, summarize data by constructing multiple frequency tables, construct histograms, construct dot plots, construct stem-and-leaf plots, construct pie charts, calculate measures of central tendency, calculate measures of variance, compare z scores, construct box plots, calculate probabilities, calculate the standard error of the mean, approximate binomial probabilities using the normal distribution, calculate and use confidence intervals, perform hypothesis testing, and find regression information for a line.


CLASS HOURS/WEEK:   3                                                                     SEMESTER CREDIT:  3


PREREQUISITES:  Proficiency in Arithmetic Skills AND Intermediate Algebra.  Set 1:  MAT 060 and MAT 080; Set 2:  MAT 060 and MAT 090; Set 3:  MAT 095; Set 4:  MAT 120; Set 5:  MAT 121; Set 6:  MAT 161; Set 7:  MAT 171; Set 8:  MAT 175


COREQUISITES:  MAT 155A  Statistical Analysis Lab


EVALUATION:  The student will receive the same grade for both MAT 155 and MAT155A.  You will have three unit tests weighing 15% of your final grade each.  You will have eleven online quizzes (I will drop one), the average of the remaining ten quizzes will represent 15% of your final course grade.  THERE ARE NO MAKE UP OR LATE QUIZZES OR TESTS!  IF YOU MISS A TEST, YOU WILL RECEIVE A GRADE OF “0”.  You may replace the lowest test grade with your final exam grade.  You will have labs as well as online homework to be completed outside of class to enhance your understanding of the material.  The average of all your online homework and lab assignments will represent 20% of your final course grade.  You will have a comprehensive final exam worth 20% of your course grade.  THERE WILL BE NO MAKE UP OR LATE HOMEWORK OR LABS ACCEPTED!  We will be covering chapters 1 – 10

The grading scale is as follows:                                                                

92 - 100       A

84 -   91       B

76 -   83       C

68 -   75       D

67 - below    F


ATTENDANCEStudents must be in attendance at least eighty (80%) percent of the clock hours of a course to receive credit for the course. Those who do not meet minimum attendance requirements will be given the grade of “F”, which will be computed in the students’ grade point average as a failing grade.” “Attendance in online (Internet) courses is measured not only by initial log-in (first 8 days of the semester) but also by completion of 80% of the required course work.” (CFCC Catalog, page 19)  Thus, you must meet two conditions in order to receive credit for this course. (1) You must not miss more than 6 class meetings. (2) You must complete at least 80% of all assignments (in-class and online combined).   If you exceed either of these limits you will receive a grade of “F” for the course and the lab.  You must arrive to class on time.  Once class has begun, you may not leave and return in the same 75-minute class period.   If you experience some emergency that requires you to leave during class, take all your materials and do not return until the next class period.


DISABILITY SERVICES:  Any student who requests classroom accommodations because of a disability must present documentation to verify his/her disability.  This documentation must be furnished to the Disabilities Service Coordinator, and should be provided prior to requesting accommodations by the instructor.  On a confidential basis, the student, disabilities services and the instructor will determine the appropriate accommodations following documentation.  Accommodations will be provided in a manner that is consistent with the objectives, outcomes, and academic standards of the course.  Absences must not exceed class attendance policy.  Disability Support Services Office is located in the Galehouse building, room A215, 362-7012 or 362-7158.


ACADEMIC HONESTY:  Any behavior indicating dishonesty, unethical intent or action as specified by CFCC will result in an “F” for the course.  The first time you are observed cheating on an assignment you will receive a grade of “0” for that assignment.  The second time you are observed cheating you will receive a grade of “F” for the course.


CELL PHONES:  Cell phones must be turned off BEFORE you walk into the classroom even if it is before class starts.  DO NOT ANSWER CELL PHONES IN CLASS.  Please do not get up and leave the classroom to answer a cell phone.  This will count as leaving class.  IF YOU LEAVE MY CLASS TO ANSWER YOUR CELL PHONE, DO NOT RETURN THAT SAME CLASS PERIOD. If you forget and your cell phone rings during class, please turn it off immediately, and DON’T ANSWER IT – nor should you look to see who is calling.  Cell phones MAY NOT be used as calculators.  Cell phones should be hidden from view (preferably in a book bag or pocketbook) at all times.  Text messaging is NOT ALLOWED during class.


TEST TAKING:  Come to class early on test dates.  You will not be admitted into the classroom late on test dates; therefore, arrive early.  If the door is closed, you will receive a grade of “0” for that test.  Be prepared, have a pencil and your calculator (check your calculator batteries the night before).  You will not be allowed to share calculators on tests.  Turn cell phones off prior to entering the classroomRemove all head phones and headsets when entering the classroomCome into the classroom ready to take the exam, do any last minute review or studying outside of the classroom.  Remove everything from the top of your desk except your pencil and calculator.  If scrap paper is needed, I will provide it.  Once you have entered the classroom on exam days, you may not leave until you have completed the test.  If you leave the classroom during an exam, you must turn in the exam and will not be allowed to return and continue working on it.  If you finish the exam prior to the end of the class period, you may leave quietly after turning in your test.


MATH LAB and LEARNING LAB:  Extra help is available at either the MATH LAB or the Learning Lab.  The MATH LAB is located in room S-606.  You may go there at any time without an appointment, but you will have to fill out a form the first time you go in.  The Learning Lab is located in the L building near the Library.  You are encouraged to go to the Learning Lab on a regular basis if you are having difficulty with the work. 


STUDENT EMAIL:  myCFCC is your student web portal - there you can access your class websites, email, and WebAdvisor (official academic info such as grades, transcripts, schedules, etc).  Your official CFCC-provided email account is to be used for all e-mail correspondence with your instructors and CFCC staff.   Some information from CFCC will ONLY be emailed to this address, and not sent through postal mail, so it is very important that you check this account.  To access this account, visit the myCFCC portal - there is a link to the portal near the top of the website.  Login and click the Email link.  Your username is part of your email address:  (Note if you've had a CFCC email address in the past, this one differs because we've changed 'email' to 'mail' in the address.)  This email account is provided to you as long as you are enrolled in classes (you can take the summer off), and may be used for personal email as well as academic email.   The class websites linked from the portal are automatically created for every class - it is up to the instructors to decide whether and how to use them.  Even if they are not used, you can send an email to your instructor by clicking the Send Email link on your class homepage.


Tobacco use is prohibited on all CFCC property.  The first offense is a warning and the second offense may result in disciplinary action.


DISCLAIMER: Information contained in this syllabus was, to the best knowledge of the instructor, considered correct and complete when distributed for use at the beginning of the semester. The instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of Cape Fear Community College, to make changes in course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation.