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DRAFT Course Syllabus
Math 146, Statistics
Winter 2014. Angie Redmon, Instructor
 
Winter 2014 Office Hours, 2230 in Wenatchi Hall:  TBA
Message via the Canvas Classroom
e-mail:  aredmon@wvc.edu
Phone:  509.682.6743 (leave msg)
 
A.  ConnectMath Plus e-book
ConnectMath, the online homework system and e-book, is required for this class, but the actual text is optional.  See the ConnectMath Module in the Canvas classroom for enrollment instructions.  In addition to online homework and quizzes, you will have access to videos and pages from the e-book in ConnectMath.  Access codes for ConnectMath can be purchased at the Wenatchee campus bookstore or online.  See the ConnectMath Module in Canvas for this quarter’s course code.
 
Optional Text:  Elementary Statistics:  A Brief Version, 6th edition, by Bluman
Published by McGraw Hill
 
 9780077567668 | Elementary Statistics (6th Edition) Bluman
 
B. Grading
Your grade will consist of four components:  Weekly ConnectMath Quizzes, Canvas Discussion Board Assignments, Projects, and Written (In-person) Midterm and Final.  All scores will be posted to the Gradebook in ConnectMath, not Canvas.  ConnectMath homework assignments are optional, but have similar exercises to the quizzes, plus help buttons and tutorials.
 
I. ConnectMath Weekly Quizzes (15% of total grade) and Discussion Board Assignments in Canvas (10%) 
 
ConnectMath quizzes are open book, open note.  Quizzes will be graded automatically and are typically assigned weekly, due each Monday at midnight.  Most quizzes are timed and allow 5 attempts, so be sure to check the Weekly Overview in Canvas before beginning.  Your lowest quiz score will be dropped.  ConnectMath homework is assigned each week, but is optional and does not count toward your grade.  However, these exercises are similar to the weekly quiz questions.  The homework has tutorials and help buttons, unlike the quizzes.  See the Calendar in Canvas for an overview of due dates.  The calendar will be updated on a regular basis.
 
II.  Projects (15%)
 
There are two projects this quarter.  The Datability Project is due shortly before the midterm and is a Discussion Board assignment; the Hypothesis Testing Project is due shortly before the final exam.  Instructions are given in the Canvas classroom.  You can work in groups of up to 3 members for the second project.
 
III. Midterm + Final (60%)
 
There will be two written (in-person) exams. The testing times are below.  If you cannot make these times, you need to arrange for a proctor following the guidelines posted in the Midterm and Final Exam Modules.  All proctor information must be posted to the appropriate discussion board at least one week prior to the exam. Tests must be completed by the posted exam date. 

No books or notes are allowed on the exams, but scratch paper and calculators may be used. I will provide a list of formulas and tables for the final exam.  More details will be given in Canvas as the exams approach.
 
Midterm:  Date and time to be determined.
Final:  Date and time to be determined.

You can arrange for a proctor if you can’t make these times.  However, the exams must be taken by these dates.

If you have a disability that I should be aware of please let me know or contact Student Services (1st floor of Wenatchi Hall on the Wenatchee campus).
 
C.  Learning Online

I. ONLINE MATERIAL

 ***I will say this more than once. While I understand that technical problems are inevitable, you are responsible for completing the assignments on time. Due dates reflect the LAST day an assignment can be completed, so try to work early to avoid a last minute glitch.

Have a back-up plan for getting online. Just as you wouldn't miss a week of class because your car broke down, you also shouldn't miss a week of class because you can't get online. Come to the campus computer lab if you’re in town (library or Wenatchi Hall).  Ask a friend ahead of time if you can borrow his or her computer just in case. I try to be understanding, but my sympathy has a limit!



II. CLASS DISCUSSIONS

Online classes require that you be an active learner, as opposed to sitting back in a lecture class and absorbing the information. I expect a great deal of peer-to-peer interaction. This is the great benefit of online instruction. You’ll be able to post questions or comments (to your group or the entire class) any time, day or night. Since others are working different times of the day as well, you should expect an answer within 24 hours. As you answer others questions, you will be extending your own understanding of the subject. TEACHING IS LEARNING!



III. INSTRUCTOR’S ROLE

My role is two-fold: One as instructor, but also as group member and classmate. As you put questions out to the class or your group, I may join in with a response if I feel appropriate. More often, your response will be from a peer, but I will be sporadically checking the discussions taking place.