The health science department defines the following general outcomes for this course:
When you successfully complete this course, you should be able to:
A packet entitled A Introduction to Statistical Computing in SAS is available for purchase through the BYU Store and is required for this course.
Access to the SAS computer program is also required. This software is currently available free of charge through SAS University Edition.
A high-capacity flash drive may be desirable if you do not wish to save large data files to your computer hard drive.
For each of the 23 lessons, a reading quiz based on the lesson material will be completed prior to the lesson's other assignments. Quizzes range in length from 1 to 5 questions and are worth 10 points each. The quiz is closed book, and you will have 15 minutes to complete the quiz. Students may drop their four lowest reading quiz scores.
Skills-practice exercises are designed to be learning tools. You will complete a series of tasks. As you move through the exercise, you will check your progress and be provided feedback. You should correct any errors as you go. Skills-practice exercises should always be completed prior to starting the homework assignment.
Students have 8 homework assignments over the duration of the course. Generally, there will be 1 homework assignment for every 2 lessons. However, as homework assignments are grouped according to relating concepts, this pattern does vary.
The data analysis project combines skills learned throughout the course into a culminating experience. Students will use a real data set to conduct a directed data analysis. They will present the results of the analysis in a professional fact-sheet, complete with text, tables, charts, and graphs.
The final exam consists of two parts: A practical exam (similar in nature to the homework assignments, but spanning all course content), and a conceptual exam (focusing on concepts, similar to the reading quizzes).
The practical exam is open book and must be completed within 3 hours. You are encouraged to prepare a reference sheet of syntax for use during the exam. A codebook and data documentation for a novel data set will be given to you that you may review prior to beginning the exam. During the exam, you will perform a variety of specified data management and analysis functions in SAS using the given data set.
The conceptual exam covers the concepts and ideas covered in the course. It is proctored, closed book, closed notes, and has no time limit (though it should not take more than two hours).
These assignments and exams count toward your course grade.
|Assignment||Percentage of Grade|
|Data Analysis Project||25%|
|Practical Skills Exam||15%|
|Conceptual Final Exam||10%|
Your letter grade is calculated according to these percentages.
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23 reading comprehension quizzes, 23 skills practice exercises, 8 homework assignments, and 1 data analysis project. None may be resubmitted.
1 non-proctored, instructor-graded practical skills test; 1 proctored, computer-graded conceptual exam. You must pass both parts of the final exam to earn credit for the course. You may retake the conceptual exam once for a fee.
You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete the course.
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