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Learning Outcomes

General Education Learning Outcomes

As students progress through the General Education program at Brigham Young University, they will be able to:

Course Learning Outcomes

A student completing Statistics 121 will be able to:

  1. Generate appropriate graphical displays.
    • Plot distribution of categorical variables using bar graphs.
    • Plot distribution of quantitative variables using histograms, stemplots, and boxplots.
    • Distinguish between graphs for categorical and quantitative variables.
    • Plot relationships between quantitative variables using scatterplots.
  2. Make appropriate conclusions from plots of data.
    • From a histogram/stemplot/boxplot, assess shape, center, spread and outliers.
    • Based on a scatterplot, assess form, direction and strength of linear relationship.
    • Recognize misleading graphs.
  3. Describe distributions of random variables.
    • Describe the shape of density curves, histograms, or boxplots.
    • Choose appropriate numerical summaries based on shape of distribution.
    • Obtain and interpret measures of location: mode, median, mean, and quartiles.
    • Obtain and interpret measures of spread: Range, Interquartile range and standard deviation.
    • Use the 68-95-99.7 rule or the standard normal table to compute normal probabilities.
  4. Examine the relationship between two quantitative variables.
    • Determine role-type classification of variables.
    • Describe the form, direction and strength of linear relationships from a scatterplot.
    • Interpretations the correlation coefficient r correctly.
    • Calculate valid predicted values from a regression equation.
    • Interpret the slope of the regression line in context.
    • Interpret r2 in context.
    • Recognize that association does not imply causation.
  5. Examine the relationship between two categorical variables
    • Calculate conditional percentages in a two-way table.
    • Determine potential association between two categorical variables by looking at conditional distributions.
  6. Describe key features of valid methods of data collection.
    • Differentiate between observational studies and experiments.
    • Identify and compare  sampling designs: simple random sample, stratified, cluster, and multi-stage.
    • Identify and compare randomized controlled experiments and randomized block experiments.
    • Evaluate validity of an experiment based on the following principles: randomization, control/comparison, replication, and blinding.
  7. Describe the sampling distributions of means and proportions.
    • Distinguish between population distribution, sample data and sampling distribution.
    • Obtain the mean and standard deviation of a statistics’ sampling distribution from given population characteristics.
    • Describe the shape of the sampling distribution based on the Central Limit theorem.
    • Describe the implications of the sampling distribution for statistical inference.
    • Calculate probabilities associated with statistics using properties of their sampling distributions.
  8. Calculate probabilities associated with statistics using properties of their sampling distributions.
    • Calculate probabilities associated with x-bar.
    • Calculate probabilities associated with p-hat.
    • Estimate population parameters using confidence and prediction intervals.
    • Compute confidence intervals to estimate a population mean.
    • Compute confidence intervals to estimate a population proportion.
    • Interpret confidence intervals and confidence levels.
    • Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate ways of interpreting confidence and prediction intervals.
  9. Assess claims about population parameters (means, proportions, and regression slope) using tests of significance.
    • Propose the null and alternative hypotheses of a research study.
    • Calculate appropriate test statistics and their corresponding p-values.
    • Interpret p-values in the context of the problem.
    • Decide whether to reject or fail to reject a null hypothesis.
    • Interpret outcomes of significance tests in the context of a problem.
    • Recognize Type I and Type II errors in context.
    • Distinguish between error probabilities and power of a test.
  10. Determine appropriate statistical procedure to use for a given research question.

Course Prerequisite

MATH 110 (College Algebra) is recommended.  A person taking Stat 121 without having taken College Algebra will find the course much more difficult than those who have. Statistics 121 requires students to be able to solve story problems and interpret the results in context.

Note: Pre-calculus or a full year of Trigonometry in high school can substitute for College Algebra.

Course Materials

You will need these materials to complete the course.

  1. David S. Moore, William I. Notz, and Michael A. Figner, Basic Practice of Statistics, 7th edition, Macmillan Learning (etext with Launchpad access). ISBN: 978-1464180828.
  2. Note: You may also buy the looseleaf version if you would like a hard copy, but you must have Launchpad access.

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  3. A basic calculator with a square root function. For quizzes and labs, you can use any computational device like your cell phone. However, for exams, you must bring your own scientific calculator—NOT a graphing calculator.
  4. Access to a spreadsheet program (Excel, Google, Open Office, etc.).

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Student Learning

You are ultimately responsible for your own learning. You can take charge of it by staying current with assigned readings and homework, attending the virtual lab sessions, and asking questions. Learning statistics requires focus and concentration!

You are accountable for learning the assigned materials. Spend at least 2 hours of personal study for each online lesson and at least another hour doing the practice and credit quizzes. Be aware of your learning style and monitor your class progress regularly.

Overview of Course Requirements

Lessons

All lesson instructions are found in the course website.

For each lesson, you are asked to do the following:

Assignments

Practice Quizzes

Each lesson has a practice quiz to make you aware of the important concepts in that lesson and to check whether you have mastered the material. Your scores on the practice quizzes can count up to 2% of your course grade. These are extra credit points added to your overall course grade.

Taking the practice quiz without notes or the textbook is recommended, but you are welcome to use them. Getting help from others is also acceptable on practice quizzes.

Each practice quiz consists of multiple-choice and true/false questions. Some of these questions require the use of a basic calculator and/or statistical tables. Understanding the correct answers for all practice quiz questions will help you prepare for the credit quizzes and exams.

Note: You cannot retake practice quizzes for this course. Complete feedback is given for every question after submitting each practice quiz.

Credit Quizzes

For each lesson, you are required to take a credit quiz. Your scores on the credit quizzes and writing assignments count as 15% of your course grade. The credit quizzes are open book and open notes with no time limit, but getting help from any other person is not acceptable. Receiving assistance from another person on any credit quiz is considered cheating and could result in failure in the course.

Like practice quizzes, credit quizzes consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions, and some of the credit-quiz questions require using a basic calculator, statistical tables and the STAT 121 formula sheet.

IMPORTANT: All credit quizzes must be completed before you request the Final Exam. Please plan your study schedule accordingly!

Note: You cannot retake credit quizzes for this course because complete feedback is given for each question after you submit each credit quiz. Use the practice quiz questions, StatTutor lessons, and textbook/e-book exercises to prepare for the credit quizzes. In addition, use your notes and textbook to correctly answer the questions. 

Writing Assignments

There are two writing assignments. The details of each assignment are contained within the Writing Assignment folders. The Writing Assignment 1 folder follows Lesson 19 and Writing Assignment 2 folder follows Lesson 27.  Writing assignments are open book and open notes, but writing assignments with plagiarized answers will receive no credit.

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LaunchPad  Resources

StatTutor Videos

All StatTutor videos are available on the LaunchPad website. You can access them in two ways: either by clicking on the StatTutor icon in each section of the e-book (with the exception of some chapter introductions), or under the Resources tab on LaunchPad. To play these StatTutor videos, you will need QuickTime Player loaded on your computer. (It is a free download.) LaunchPad automatically gives the link for the download when you click on the StatTutor icon.  A few StatTutor videos have two or three parts, which are indicated in the lesson outline.

Study Resources Pre- and Post-Tests

Every chapter on the LaunchPad website has a personalized study guide. The study guides contains chapter pre-tests and post-tests. Use these tests as needed to gain better understanding of the material.

Textbook Exercises

In the Basic Practices of Statistics textbook/ebook, the exercises are given at the end of each section and at the end of each chapter. Answers are given for all odd-numbered exercises. Do these exercises as needed.

We recommend that you use a statistical software package to perform computations. CrunchIt! can be accessed under the Resources tab on LaunchPad.  Instructions on how to use CrunchIt! are found under the Resources tab of LaunchPad.

You may opt to use a graphing calculator such as the TI-83 or other statistical software such as Microsoft Excel instead of CrunchIt! Using other statistical software is okay, but you will have to figure out the necessary commands on your own. Using CrunchIt!, a graphing calculator, or other statistical software will save you a lot of time. But remember, buying a graphing calculator is not necessary—it’s just an option and you won't be able to use it on your exams. All that is needed is a scientific calculator with a square-root function for practice quizzes, credit quizzes, and midcourse exams. (You will not be asked about software commands on exams or credit quizzes.)

Glossary

A complete glossary of all the terms in this course is available on the LaunchPad website. In addition, you can click on any statistical term on the LaunchPad lesson sections to get a definition.

Exams

Practice Tests  

Before taking a midcourse exam or the final exam, be sure to take the corresponding practice test, as you will not be able to retake any midcourse exams. The answers to the practice test questions are found on the last page of each practice test.

The practice tests will give you a good idea of the types of questions that will be on the midcourse exams and the final. Do not expect the practice test questions to be duplicated on the midcourse exams. The exams focus on statistical terms, concepts, and interpretation of results more than computations.

Midcourse Exams

There are three midcourse exams and together they are worth 55% of your grade. The first part of each midcourse exams consists of multiple-choice questions and matching questions. The second part consists of short essays. All midcourse exams and the final exam must be proctored. All are closed book and closed notes, but have no time limit.

After taking any exam, discussing anything on the exam with anyone other than the course instructor or the Independent Study Statistics tutors will result in you failing the course.

A page of formulas and a page of tables will be supplied with each exam. Copies of both the “Stat 121 Tables” page and the “Stat 121 Formulas Sheet” are posted on the Exam folders. You will also need a basic calculator to use while you take each midcourse exam and the final exam. Please bring one with you. (Remember, you cannot use a graphing calculator on exams.)

To prepare for each midcourse exam or final exam, make sure that you view the Exam Review PowerPoint slides and take the corresponding practice test. After you take the practice test, check your answers and restudy the material associated with those questions you missed. Reviewing the practice quizzes and credit quizzes will also help.

Be sure that you are ready for an exam before scheduling it because there are NO midcourse exam retakes. Further, a midcourse exam cannot be taken until all of the credit quizzes associated with the units covered on that exam have been completed.

It is recommended that you schedule at least 2 hours for each midcourse exam at your Testing center.

Final Exam

The final exam is comprehensive and consists of multiple-choice questions. It has no essay portion and counts as 30% of your final grade. It is recommended that you schedule at least 3 hours to take the final exam.

As with the midcourse exams, if you discuss anything on the final exam with anyone other than the course manager or the Statistics tutors, you will fail the course.

IMPORTANT: You cannot request the final exam until:

Note about the final exam: You must earn a minimum of 55 percent on the final in order to pass the course.

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Grading

These assignments and exams count toward your course grade.

Assignment or Exam Percent
Practice Quizzes 2 (Extra Credit)
Credit Quizzes and Writing Assignments 15
3 Midcourse Exams 55
Final Exam 30

Your letter grade is based on these percentages:

Grading Scale
A 94-100
A− 90-93.9
B+ 87-89.9
B 83-86.9
B− 80-82.9
C+ 77-79.9
C 73-76.9
C− 70-72.9
D+ 67-69.9
D 63-66.9
D− 60-62.9
E (fail) 0-59.9

Warning: We reserve the right to lower your grade for cheating on credit quizzes and exams or discussing the content of any exam with any unauthorized person.

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Getting Help

You can set up either an in-person, phone, or Adobe Connect appointment for a one-on-one session with a tutor. You can also email questions regarding the course to isstattutor@byu.edu. To set up a tutoring session, go to https://is.byu.edu/site/statistics.

Send all e-mails from your own e-mail account (that is, your BYU e-mail account, Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and so forth). Do not send e-mails from within the LaunchPad website because it sends your e-mail to the publisher’s help desk and not to our Statistics tutors.

YOU MUST STATE THE FOLLOWING IN ANY CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE STAT TUTORS as there are multiple sections of the Statistics 121 course.

  1. Your full name
  2. BYU net ID
  3. Your section

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at t9coordinator@byu.edu or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at https://titleix.byu.edu/report or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at http://titleix.byu.edu or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.

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BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.

Assignments

38 credit quizzes, two instructor-graded writing assignments. No assignment resubmissions allowed.

Exams

3 proctored, instructor-graded midcourse exams and 1 proctored, computer-graded final exam. No retakes are allowed for midcourse exams.  

Note about the final exam: You must earn a minimum of 55 percent on the final in order to pass this course. If you fail the final exam (that is, score below 55 percent), you can petition to retake it for a fee if there are extenuating circumstances. Please call Independent Study to arrange for a retake if necessary.

Course Duration

You have 12 months from the date and time of registration to complete this course. A three-month course extension is available for a fee. Please be aware, it is very unlikely that you will be able to successfully complete this course in less than 3 months.

Getting Help

You can set up either an in-person, phone, or Adobe Connect appointment for a one-on-one session with a tutor. You can also email questions regarding the course to isstattutor@byu.edu. To set up a tutoring session, go to https://is.byu.edu/site/statistics.

Send all e-mails from your own e-mail account (that is, your BYU e-mail account, Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and so forth). Do not send e-mails from within the LaunchPad website because it sends your e-mail to the publisher’s help desk and not to our Statistics tutors.

YOU MUST STATE THE FOLLOWING IN ANY CORRESPONDENCE WITH THE STAT TUTORS as there are multiple sections of the Statistics 121 course.

  1. Your full name
  2. BYU net ID
  3. Your section

Note: The Harold B. Lee Library website provides a number of online resources and librarians are available via phone, chat, and email to answer questions about library-related issues.

Inappropriate Use of Course Content

All course materials (e.g., outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, media, lecture content, audio and video recordings, etc.) are proprietary. Students are prohibited from posting or selling any such course materials without the express written permission of BYU Independent Study. To do so is a violation of the Brigham Young University Honor Code.

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COPYRIGHT NOTICE
The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.
“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment…
Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy).

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