SYLLABUS:  Introduction to Applied Statistics
STA 2122 Section 05
Fall 2002
TR 5:15-6:55
Oceanography and Statistics Building 110 (OSB 110)


Instructor: Robert Fowler
209A Oceanography and Statistics Building (209A OSB)
Office Hours:
Thursday 1:30 pm – 2:30pm, Tuesday 7:00pm – 8:00pm or by appointment
Office Phone:
(850) 644-5852
Fax Number:
(850) 644-5271
Email Address:
Instructor’s URL:


MAC 1105 or equivalent knowledge.


Triola, Mario F., Elementary Statistics 8th Edition, Addison-Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0201614774

Other Materials:
A scientific calculator

Optional Materials:
Student solution manual


This course will provide the opportunity to learn statistical tools which can improve the quality of your professional and personal lives.  Topics covered include basic descriptive statistics, data collection, sample variation, elementary probability, binomial distribution, normal distribution, sampling, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, contingency tables, correlation, and regression.


Upon successful course completion, a student will be able to …

1.       Describe the goals of various statistical methodologies conceptually.

2.       Provide examples where his/her profession can effectively use statistical tools.

3.       Apply statistical techniques in the context of professional processes, everyday life, and future courses in his/her discipline.

4.       Understand different sampling strategies.

5.       Use descriptive statistics and graphical methods to summarize data accurately.

6.       Use inferential statistics to make valid judgments based on the data.

7.       Select the appropriate course tools to analyze a particular problem.

8.       Develop a “healthy” skepticism toward statistical studies and their results based on a sensible consideration of the techniques employed.


·          Attendance is not required for grading purposes.  In accordance with §8.6 of the faculty handbook attendance will taken during each class period.  Students are responsible for all material presented during class.  Students are responsible for being aware of all announcements made during class.

·          Missed / Late Work will not be accepted.  All work is to be turned in at the assigned times.  No make-up tests or quizzes will be given for any reason.  Depending on the type of assignment provisions have been made for excused absences (see assignment description).

·          Excused Absences:

By enrolling in this course, the student is agreeing to perform all requirements of the course at the time prescribed by the instructor.  It is the view of the instructor that allowing one student to be treated differently than the remainder of the class is unfair to the class and the instructor. 


Two types of conflicts that will result in an excused absence:


Type I Foreseen absences: Any foreseen absence must be cleared in writing with the instructors.  Surgery, Weddings, etc. will be excused if documented prior to the conflict.  It is up to the discretion of the instructor to whether a conflict will constitute an excused absence.  Vacations and work are not reason for an excusable absence. 


Type II Emergencies: For this course, an emergency is a conflict that a reasonable person would not foresee happening and both the instructor and student deem the conflict of higher priority than this course.  Car breakdowns, computer failures, and work schedules are not emergencies (they are failed planning).  It is the student’s responsibility to notify the instructor at the earliest opportunity of the emergency and to provide documentation of the nature of the emergency.

·          Grading Appeals: To appeal an assigned grade on course work follow the process below:

1.       Obtain grade appeal form from instructor.

2.       Fill out form completely.

3.       Staple complete intact assignment to back of appeal form

4.       Return form and assignment to instructor within 10 business days

5.       Wait.  Appeals will be processed within 2 business days

6.       If satisfied sign and return bottom of appeal.
If, not satisfied repeat 1-3 stapling new form on top of old.  Return appeal to instructor within two business days of receiving previous appeal back.  Appeal will be answered in two business days

7.       Repeat 6 or request instructor to have a faculty member review the assignment.

8.       If still not satisfied schedule appointment with department chairperson.

Appeals will not be reviewed in student’s presence.  Failure to properly follow above process will result in denial of appeal

·          Course Grade Disputes will be handle as directed in §8.11 of the faculty handbook.

·          Exam Papers in accordance with §8.16 of the faculty handbook all examination material will be held for one year after the date administered.  Students will be given an in class opportunity review all exams, except the final exam.  Upon request, copies of a students test will be provided to the student.  Final exams can be reviewed by appointment with instructor.  All exams will be destroyed upon the last day of classes of next year’s term.  (e.g. Exams from Fall 2002 will be destroyed on the last day of Fall 2003 term)

·          Email due to the ever-increasing problems with security on the Internet, the following policies will be followed.

1.       Email is to be from the FSU Domain

2.       Email will not contain unexpected attachments

3.       Only .rtf or .html formats will be attached

4.       A full first and last name will appear clearly within the body of the email.

5.       Email will have <<STA 2023 – 01 SUM02 >> at the beginning of the subject line (beginning with << and ending with >>) followed by an appropriate subject line.  Additionally, “STA 2023 – 01 SUM02” must appear in the body of the email.

Email not conforming to the above may not reach the instructor due to filters.

·          Posting Grades: In accordance with §8.19 of the faculty handbook grades will not be posted.  Upon written request grades will be available through this courses Blackboard webpage.

·          Classroom Rules

1.       Turn off all audible alarms (pagers, cell phones, calculators, watches, etc.)

2.       Do not use cellular phones in class!

3.       Please come even if you are late

4.       If you are late, enter quietly and take a seat.  (Do not interrupt other students or the instructor)

5.       If you are early, respect the class before us.

6.       Clean up after yourself.  Remove all litter, newspapers, etc. at the end of class.

7.       If you cannot read the overhead or board, you are responsible for speaking up.  I would rather rewrite something than have you be confused.

8.       Be Prepared!  Bring paper, pencils, calculator, notes, homework, book, and anything else you need to every class.

9.       Ask questions!  Someone is paying for you to be here, get the most out of it.

10.   Papers will be returned at the end of class.  Do not ask before or during class for papers.

·          Cancelled Classes:  Classes will not be cancelled.  If the instructor is more than 10 minutes late, there will be no graded material collected or assigned.

·          Blackboard a web-based tool will be used in this class.  Notes, assignments, announcements, and grades* will be posted.  REMEMBER the student is responsible for beginning in class.  Blackboard should not be used as a substitute for class.


Your grade will consist of 5 parts:




Final Grades

Group Assessment







Quizzes (10 x 15pts)







Exams (2 x 150pts)







Homework (5 x 30pts)







Final Exam







Total Points






0 – 599


Group Assessment:  Problems will be provided to assigned groups of three to five students.  The problems will involve some calculations and some discussion.  Groups will work among themselves and turn in one written summary of their findings at the end of the class period.  Attendance on the day of assignment is compulsory.  If you fail to appear because of an excused absence, your final exam will take place of the group assessment.

Quizzes:  There will 10-15 quizzes throughout the semester.  Quizzes will generally cover material from previous classes and will be approximately 10 minutes in length.  Quizzes are open book and notes.  There will be no make-up quizzes.  If more than ten quizzes are given, the best ten scores will count toward the final grade.

Exams:  Both exams and the final will cover most recent material.  However, due to the nature of statistics there will be some cumulative material on all exams.  You will be allowed a calculator, and one page of notes.  The exams are closed booked.  Cheating on exams will result in a failing grade in this course.  No ‘make-ups’ will be given.  Exams missed with an excused absence will be replaced by the final exam.  Missing the Final exam for will constitute a failing grade in the course.

Homework / Homework quizzes:  You are required to keep a current homework notebook throughout the semester.  This notebook should be brought to class each day.  Periodically we will have homework quizzes where you will be asked to copy your solution of homework exercises.  Textbooks are not allowed for these quizzes.  The list of required problems will be on the blackboard website.  There will be no make-up homework.  If more than five homework quizzes are given, the best five scores will count toward the final grade.

Extra Credit:  Throughout the semester there may be opportunities for extra credit.  This will be at most 20 pts total.


Tentative Schedule

Week 1

27 AUG 02         Class 1              Chapter 1

29 AUG 02         Class 2              Chapter 2

29 AUG 02         Last day to drop w/o $$ charged

Week 2

2 SEP 02           LABOR DAY

3 SEP 02           Class 3              Chapter 3

5 SEP 02           Class 4              Chapter 4

5 SEP 02           Last day to pay fees

Week 3

10 SEP 02          Class 5              Chapter 4

12 SEP 02          Class 6              Chapter 4

Week 4

17 SEP 02          Class7               Chapter 5

19 SEP 02          Class 8              Chapter 5

20 SEP 02          Last day to Drop course

Week 5

24 SEP 02          Class 9              Chapter 5

26 SEP 02          Class 10                        Review

Week 6

1 OCT 02           Class 11                        Test 1

3-4 OCT 02        NO CLASSES

Week 7

8 OCT 02           Class 12                        Chapter 6

10 OCT 02         Class 13                        Chapter 6

Week 8

15 OCT 02         Class 14                        Chapter 6

17 OCT 02         Class 15                        Chapter 7

Week 9

22 OCT 02         Class 16                        Chapter 7

24 OCT 02         Class 17                        Chapter 7

Week 10

29 OCT 02         Class 18                        Review

31 OCT 02         Class 19                        Test 2

Week 11

5 NOV 02           Class 20                        Chapter 9

7 NOV 02           Class 21                        Chapter 9

Week 12           

11 NOV 02         Veteran’s Day

12 NOV 02         Class 22                        Overview

14 NOV 02         Class 23                        Chapter 8

Week 13

19 NOV 02         Class 24                        Chapter 8

21 NOV 02         Class 25                        Chapter 10

Week 14

26 NOV 02         Class 26                        Chapter 11

28-29 NOV 02    Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 15

2 DEC 02           Class 27                        Review

4 DEC 02           Class 28                        Review

Final Exam

12 DEC 02         Final Exam         5:30pm-7:30pm
                                    (110 OSB)



Sections to be covered (minimal requirement):

Chapter 1: Sections 1, 2, 3, & 4.
Chapter 2: Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7
Chapter 3: Sections 1 & 2
Chapter 4: Sections 1, 2, 3, & 4
Chapter 5: Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
Chapter 6: Sections 1, 2, 3, & 4
Chapter 7: Sections 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5
Chapter 8: Sections 1, 2, 4, & 5
Chapter 9: Sections 1, 2, & 3
Chapter 10: Overview
Chapter 11: Overview

If time permits any of these additional topics may be covered at the discretion of the instructor:

Chapter 3: Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, & 7
Chapter 4: Section 5
Chapter 5: Sections 6 & 7
Chapter 6: Section 5 & 6
Chapter 7: Sections 6
Chapter 8: Sections 3 & 6
Chapter 9: Section 4
Chapter 10: Sections 1, 2, & 3
Chapter 11: Sections 1 & 2


Students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code published in The Florida State University Bulletin and the Student Handbook.  The Academic Honor System of The Florida State University is based on the premise that each student has the responsibility (1) to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the student's own work, (2) to refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the university community, and (3) to foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the university community.


Please see the following web site for a complete explanation of the Academic Honor Code.


Students with disabilities needing academic accommodation should: (1) register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center; (2) bring a letter to the instructor indicating the need for accommodation and what type.  This should be done during the first week of class.


For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the


Student Disability Resource Center
Dean of Students Department
08 Kellum Hall
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4400
(850) 644-9566 (voice)
(850) 644-8504 (TDD)


(This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.)


This syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advanced notice.

Student Reference Sheet: Please return this sheet by the end of class on Friday 10 May 2002.  All information you provide on this sheet will be kept confidential.

1. Last Name

2. First Name

3. e-mail address

4. Major

5. Year (FR, SO…)


6. College Math and Statistics Courses (What & When)







7. Are you repeating STA 2122?  YES  / NO


8. Are you completing an Incomplete?  YES  / NO


9. Any comment, questions, or concerns about this course?








10. Do you give permission for your grades to be posted on Blackboard?  YES / NO

Copy the following statement and sign if you agree.

“My signature below indicates that I have read the Syllabus, have had all my questions answered to my satisfaction and agree to be in the course under these terms.”










Signature: ______________________________________                   Date: _________________________