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MATH 115 IS, Elementary Statistics, sec 2

 University of Mississippi
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Emmy Parkes

Dr. Lanzhen Song

Lecturer of Mathematics

Tel: (662) 915-7017


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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This 10-lesson independent course covers the materials from Chapter 1 to Chapter 6 in the text book.

You are expected to read assigned materials chapter by chapter, submit 17 assignments, and five quizzes. You are required to take three proctored tests (Exam 1, Exam 2, and the Final Exam). Follow the “Lessons” sequentially from first to last.

You are expected to spend at least 2 hours per week to study. Because of the nature of this independent study course, it is essential that you allocate adequate time to work on each week and study hard to get the grade you desire.

Textbook Information:

  1. A First Course in Statistics by James T. McClave and Terry Sincich (12edition), ISBN: 978.321694645
  2. Software: MyStatLab/MyMathLab®.
  3. A calculator with a statistical package is required for this course. Acceptable calculators include the TI-34, TI-30XII, TI-30XS or Windows 7 calculator on the computer.


It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices.

Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Semester Midpoint Requirements:

Requirements for semester students: (Note: this does not apply to full-year students. If you are unsure of your status, the information appears in your gradebook.)

  1. Complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.
  2. Reach the midpoint of your course, as indicated on the lesson page, two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact date is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard. Any lesson assignment or exam needed to reach the midpoint, but not completed by the midpoint deadline, will receive a grade of zero.
  3. The last day to submit lessons is the last day of class per the UM Registrar’s academic calendar.
  4. The final exam must be taken by the last day of finals week.

Course Objectives:

After completing Math 115, you will have learned how to think statistically.

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  1. understand the proper statistical techniques used to estimate population parameters
    • set up a well-defined study
    • organize and display data
    • summarize data by using descriptive statistics
  2. learn the basic concepts of probability and probability distribution
    • create confidence intervals
    • complete hypothesis tests

Course Outline:

This course consists of 10 instructional modules (or lessons).

Reading Assignments
Due for Grades
Pacing Guide
to complete the course in one semester

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz
Week 1

Sections 1.1 - 1.6; 2.1 - 2.3

HW0, HW1, HW2
Week 1

Sections 2.4 - 2.7

HW3, HW4
Week 2

Sections 2.8, 3.1, Quiz#1 (Ch1-2)

HW5, HW6, Quiz#1 (Ch1-2)
Week 3

Sections 4.1 - 4.2, 4.4 - 4.5 Quiz #2 (Ch. 3 and 4)

HW7 and HW8, Quiz #2 (Ch. 3 and 4)
Weeks 4-5
Course Exam 1
Proctored exam on MyMathLab

Exam1 will cover sections 1.1-1.6, 2.1- 2.8; 3.1; 4.1-4.2; 4.4 - 4.5 (Online Test).

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 6

If you are a semester student, you must complete all lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint by two weeks after the first day of midterm week.

If you are a full-year UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the next lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

Two weeks after the first day of midterm week. The exact day is posted in the Announcements section of the course in Blackboard.

Sections 4.8 - 4.9
HW9 and HW10
Week 7

Sections 5.1 - 5.2

Week 8

Sections 5.4 -5.5. Quiz#3 (Ch 4-5)

HW12 and HW13, Quiz #3 (Ch. 4 and 5)
Weeks 9-10
Sections 6.1 - 6.2
Week 11

Sections 6.4, Quiz#4 (Ch 6-Part I)

HW15, Quiz#4 (Ch 6-Part I)
Weeks 12-13
Course Exam 2
Proctored exam on MyMathLab

Exam 2 will cover sections 4.8 -4.9; 5.1 - 5.2, 5.4 - 5.5;, 6.4 (Online Test).

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding
Week 14
Sections 6.3, 6.6, Quiz#5 (Ch6 - part II)
HW16 and HW17, Quiz#5 (Ch6 - part II)
Week 15
Final Exam

The final exam is comprehensive, covering all of the sections listed above and sections 6.3, 6.6 (Online Test).

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit
Week 16



Grade Points Necessary for Grade
A 540 to 600 = 90% - 100%
A- 528 to less than 540 = 88% - 89.99%
B+ 516 to less than 528 = 86% - 87.99%
B 480 to less than 516 = 80% - 85.99%
B- 468 to less than 480 = 78% - 79.99%
C+ 456 to less than 468 = 76% - 77.99%
C 420 to less than 456 = 70% - 75.99%
C- 408 to less than 420 = 68% - 69.99%
D 360 to less than 408 = 60% - 67.99%
F below 360 = 0% - 59.99%


  1. There will be two (2) major exams during the course (It will count of 50% of Final Total). Each exam will count 150 points. The format of the exams is at the discretion of the teacher. There is no drop exam for the course.
  2. There will be 17 assignments, for a total of a 100 point homework scores of Final Total (HW0 is for 5 bonus points). The majority of these points will be made up of lessons assigned from MyStatLab/MyMathLab. See the instructions at the end of this syllabus for how to use the MyStatLab/MyMathLab.
  3. There five quizzes (Each counts 5 points for bonus). There are two “Reviewing for Test”, only for review, no points to Final Total.
  4. There will be a comprehensive Final exam for the course worth 200 points (It will count of 33.33% of Final total). All students must take the final exam.

The grading format is as follows:

Lesson Homework 16.7%
Quizzes = each counts 5 points for bonus
Course Exams 1 and 2 = 50%
Final Exam = 33.3%


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