ISDS-2000: Business Statistics (Web-Assisted)

Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Joan McGrory

Instructor Rank

Assistant Professor

Instructor Email You are *required* to use the PAWS Email system. If you are unfamiliar with PAWS Email, this video will show you how: From within the PAWS system, simply open a new email and type ONLY jmcgrory on the "To" line. *DO NOT TYPE an @ symbol or any other email info that you think it needed* This will *not* work. PAWS Email (which you are required to use) wants you to type ONLY jmcgrory Only if PAWS is unavailable: Use your My.Southwest email to contact me at
Instructor Website

Instructor Office

I am located in MAB-261A, which means the Macon campus,  Academic Building, "B" Wing,  2nd floor, Office 261A.

Office Hours

 Hours are posted outside my office door.  Students are urged, whenever possible, to make an appointment, in advance, during the instructor's posted office hours.  From time to time, college obligations compel the instructor to be outside the office during the posted office hours.

WANT TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ME NOW?  Do so using this online site:   Suggest at least 2 meeting times and wait for me to respond to your email and accept or deny your appointment request.


Instructor Phone

(901) 333-4485

Department Fax

(901) 333-4377

Department Phone

(901) 333-4637

Course Information
Course Description

Introduction to basic statistical procedures for analysis and interpretation of business data; collection and presentation of data, probability theory, measures of central tendency and variability, sampling distributions, estimation of parameters, and principles of hypothesis testing.

Student Learning Objectives
  1. Explain the concept of central tendency.
  2. Identify and compute measures of position.
  3. Identify and apply the appropriate approach to assigning probabilities.
  4. Identify differences between discrete distributions including Binomial, Hypergeometric, and Poisson.
  5. Identify the characteristics of the normal distribution.



MATH 1710, College Algebra

Instructional / Learning Methods

Lectures, textbook reading, learning projects (writing summary paragraphs and preparing problems), working problems from the end of the chapter, preparing Excel spreadsheet assignments from end of chapter.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text


A customized (cheaper) edition of Statistical Techniques in Business and Economics (15th ed.) by Lind, Marchal, and Wathen. Published by McGraw-Hill (2012), ISBN: 0073401803 

  • You are responsible for bringing your textbook to EVERY class and EVERY meeting with your instructor.  No electronic access will be allowed in class.  If you chose the ebook option, you are responsible for bringing printed page to class.  *NO* electronic devices are allowed in class. 

Connect system login: 

All students are required to create a login id to the CONNECT system for completing homework and exams.   Alternatively, you can purchase ConnectPlus, which includes CONNECT “plus” the ebook (however, you  must remember that ebook pages must be printed and brought to class.)

CONNECT is *not* free.  Although CONNECT offers a free 21-day trial to CONNECTPlus to help students who are waiting for finances to be resolved, the student must purchase access to the Connect system for assignments that are scheduled throughout the semester. 

Each class has a different Connect Web address.  If you register into the wrong Connect Web site, you will *not* receive credit for your work and you will receive a grade of zero (0) for these assignments.  You are responsible for enrolling in the Correct CONNECT Class section.  WRONG SECTION = 0 grade.

Where is the Connect Web address?  The Connect Web address is published on our Course Homepage in the PAWS system.  PAWS is where all our course information is – however –  you must complete homework and exams in CONNECT.


Tegrity is an online lecture system and test proctoring system.  It allows your instructor to record lecture videos or students to record test proctoring videos, which are videos of both the screen and the student during the entire test-taking period.

  • OBSOLETE: Although you may find a Tegrity access card bundled with your textbook, you no longer need this code.  It would allow access to Tegrity via Connect, which we no longer use.  Please do *NOT* follow Tegrity links inside of Connect because it is a completely different system.  If you have a Connect Tegrity code, please know that you will not need it for this class.
  • NEW:  Southwest now provides Tegrity access through the PAWS System.  This is new and is still very limited.   We will use Tegrity from PAWS, which is free.   You must only follow Tegrity or lecture video links from PAWS.
Supplementary Materials


Other Required materials:

  • Calculator - Calculators can *NOT* be on your cell phone, ipad, tablet, or laptop computer.   You are allowed to use a dedicated calculator device only.   Many students prefer the TI83 or similar models however you have freedom of choice among the dedicated calculator devices.
    • Whatever calculator you choose ~ YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR KNOWING HOW TO OPERATE IT. You may find that you need to locate the user manual, find an online video, or find someone who knows how to use your calculator.  *YOU* are responsible for learning to use your calculator.
  • PAWS Login/password and the daily use of the Southwest PAWS system: for important class emails, class content, dropbox, quizzes, attendance, grades, etc…  This access is freely available. You are responsible for logging in DAILY and checking your PAWS email daily.
  • At every class and every meeting with your instructor, you are required to have Paper, Pen, Pencil, a good eraser.  This enables us to use class time productively including in-class activities.
  • At every class and every meeting with your instructor, you are required to bring your notes.  Notes should be organized in a binder or notebook for organizing notes.
  • You are responsible for maintaining a copy of this syllabus including the class schedule and for bringing it to every class.
  • You are responsible for having a Southwest student ID.  It is free and available at Student activities.  It must be with you and displayed at all times. If you are asked to present your Southwest id, you will present it.  You may lose points if you do not have it.  More importantly, it is required for many college services and can be requested of you by any campus official.
  • Computer with Internet access, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint version 2010 or greater.
  • Most Southwest TN CC computers have Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint version 2010.  If you do not own a computer or Microsoft Word, Excel & PowerPoint, then you can use computers in the library, Academic Support Center, or most classrooms when class is not in session.
  • Your instructor and the textbook provide instructions for version 2010 only.
  • Excel includes many features that help with statistical calculations.  Also, Excel helps with the repetitive calculations of statistics.  PLUS – MOST IMPORTANTLY – the columns & rows of an Excel worksheet help you to organize your work so that you can retrace your steps and locate errors.  THEN, if you are truly stuck on a problem, you can email your work to your instructor and ask for help.  Since your work will be in the Excel spreadsheet, you instructor will be able to review and help you determine the problem. 
  • Word is necessary for certain assignments.  For examples, the “Learning Project” assignments may require you to a summary of videos that you watch. 
  • PowerPoint is necessary for reviewing lecture slides provided by your instructor.
  • Internet access is necessary for connecting to the PAWS course management system and CONNECT.  These systems contain required & graded assignments including exams.
  • A copy of the Southwest Student Handbook for the current academic year for understanding College policies that affect student processes and behaviors while at Southwest. This handbook is freely available from Student Services  or online at   You do not have to bring it to every class, but you are responsible for the content in this handbook.



Hardware Requirements

Computer with Internet access and sound equipment: This course employs videos where sound would be beneficial. Students will benefit from some type of headset such as "earbuds" for listening to a course video on campus.

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

Microsoft Excel 2010, Microsoft Word 2010, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2010.


The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Internet Explorer 7+
  • Firefox 3+
  • Opera 9+
  • Safari 4+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Methods of Evaluation:

1.)  Exams: 250 points listed below, but lowest exam “50 point” grade is dropped. 200 points 

  • 50 points    Exam 1: Chpts 1-4
  • 50 points    Exam 2: Chpts 5 & 6
  • 50 points    Exam 3: Chpts 7 & 8
  • 50 points    Exam 4: Chpts 9 & 10
  • 50  points    Exam 5: Comprehensive Final (Chpts 1 - 11)

2.) Learning Projects: 100 points Subtotal

  • 20 points    Learning Project 1: Create Graphs in Excel Worksheet,
  • 20 points    Learning Project 2: YouTube Videos on chapter problems & brief writing assignment
  • 20 points    Learning Project 3: YouTube Videos on chapter problems & brief writing assignment
  • 20 points    Learning Project 4: YouTube Videos on chapter problems & brief writing assignment
  • 20 points    Learning Project 5: YouTube Videos on chapter problems & brief writing assignment

3.) CONNECT Chapter Problems: 110 points Subtotal

  • 10 points Chapter  1
  • 10 points Chapter  2
  • 10 points Chapter  3
  • 10 points Chapter  4
  • 10 points Chapter  5
  • 10 points Chapter  6
  • 10 points Chapter  7
  • 10 points Chapter  8
  • 10 points Chapter  9
  • 10 points Chapter 10   
  • 10 points Chapter 11  


5.)  SLO Exam: 45 points Subtotal

**This exam is not given during the summer semesters**

Mandatory! This exam is required by the college

6.)  Extra Credit assignments – These points are added into the mix of points you earn, but do not affect your required points.  Details below.


 567 Total possible points*

* Your instructor reserves the right to add assignments throughout the semester.  Students who fail to fully attend and participate in class will not receive points for these assignments. 

How do I calculate my grade?

To calculate your grade, first determine “Points Earned” by simply adding up all the points that you have earned throughout the semester and then dividing by “Total Points Possible”.

For example:  Anna Apple adds up the points she earned on all assignments throughout the semester. For those assignments that are ungraded or not yet assigned, she will have to estimate (she guesses she will earn 8 out of 10 PAWS Quiz points on the last quiz). She thinks that the sum all the “Points Earned” is 435. Next, she divides by the “Total Possible Points”, which is 567. So, 435/567 = 0.7672. Finally, Ms. Apple multiplies by 100, so: 0.7672* 100 = 76.72. Ms. Apple now knows that she has earned a grade of “C” in the class.


Grading Scale

Grade Point Scale:

A             90 – 100%

B             80 – 89%

C             70 – 79%

D             60 – 69%

F              0 – 59%

Testing Procedure / Policy


  • No makeup exams. Your lowest exam grade will be dropped. If you miss an exam, then this exam would be your lowest grade and consequently your drop grade.
  • Late exams are not allowed nor accepted.
  • You are expected to complete your exams independently.
  • All Exams are online in the CONNECT system where due-dates *and* time limits apply. Since makeups are not allowed, you should plan to complete your exam using a reliable computer and network connection.  Also, make plans to submit your exam well in advance to avoid being locked out.  Again, there are no makeup exams.
    • The CONNECT system is *not* free. (discussed in textbook section)
    • If you complete work in the wrong CONNECT site, your grade is 0.
  • Exam questions often come from CONNECT Homework problems.
  • Remember that every course & every section of a course have different Web addresses.  Your CONNECT Web address is posted on the Course Homepage in PAWS.
  • Each class section has a different Connect Web address.  You are responsible for enrolling in the Correct CONNECT Class section.  WRONG SECTION = 0 grade . Instructions for buying and configuring your CONNECT login id using the buy online option



Major Assignments

Learning Projects

Learning Projects ASSIST WITH comprehension. Learning Projects may require that you present, discuss, write, or analyze concepts.

  • Learning Projects are not accepted late. 
  • Learning Projects cannot be made up.
  • Learning Projects that are submitted into the PAWS (D2L) Dropbox and are *never* accepted in any other manner.
    • Emailed assignments are *NEVER* accepted.  Students who email assignments to the instructor will receive a grade of zero (0) for the assignment and the assignment will *not* be reviewed.
  • Learning Projects are manually graded by your instructor and feedback is given within the PAWS Dropbox.  You are responsible for this feedback.
  • In all cases, business professionalism is required. This means that you must speak and write in a business manner. Remember, you are preparing for your university career and your money-making career. When you interact with your coworkers and managers, you are expected to use proper grammar, correct spelling, and to speak professionally. You are required to practice that level of formal communication beginning right now and always.

Please note! This system "locks out" students attempting to submit late work.  You are responsible for planning your time to avoid losing all points because the dropbox locked you out.  This is your responsibility.



CONNECT Assignment Sets:

All students are required to have an access code to the CONNECT online homework system.   CONNECT is *NOT* free.  As explained in the "Required Text" section of this syllabus, the code is bundled with new textbooks or can be purchased separately in the bookstore or can be purchased online at your specific class section’s Web site. 

WARNING! CONNECT assignments will take time! Plan to work CONNECT at least 3-days a week.

  • Late work is not allowed nor accepted.
  • Only the highest grade is used in the calculation of your final grade.   
    • Example #1:  Your first attempt is your highest attempt, then you repeat the homework (to study) and you earn a low grade.  I will only record your highest grade.
    • Example #2:  You attempt Connect homework for Chapter 3 five times before the due date.  The scores you earn (in order) are  90%,  100%, 80%, 5%, 2%, 75%.  Only the highest grade is used, which is 100%.
  • For all CONNECT homework, a minimum score of 85% must be earned to receive any credit.  Connect homework grades below 85% are recorded as zero. In other words, if your highest score is

    Between 0 - 84.9999999, you did not meet the minimum score and your homework grade on this assignment will revert to zero (0) in the final calculation of your grade.

    85 or above, you receive the score you earned.

  • You can and should REPEAT the CONNECT assignments to earn the highest possible grade. The reason that I encourage this is because you will see these problems again on the EXAMS!
    • After you submit the assignment, it is VITAL that you review the answers and solutions.  The system provides this information.
    • Please know that the problems are presented in random order.
    • Please know that the numbers used in the word problems will change each time you work the problem.  You are learning the process.  It will not benefit you to memorize answers.
      • To that end, you must rework all problems each attempt.  It is IMPORTANT that you do so because you must improve  your speed.  You are preparing for the exam.

Attention Students! Each class will have a unique CONNECT Web address – obtain the Web address on PAWS Course Home Page.  If you complete your work in the wrong section of CONNECT then you have earned a grade of zero (0) for these assignments.  **Also, remember that CONNECT is not free, you must pay for access – see the list of required course materials.**


EXTRA CREDIT:   Excel Assignments Certain chapters of your book Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 contain assignments designed to demonstrate to you the use of Excel as a business tool for analyzing business statistics. To earn extra credit points that are applied to each exam, you will complete these assignments.

These extra credit assignments must be submitted into the PAWS (D2L) system. Please note! This system "locks out" students attempting to submit late work.

You *must* submit the extra credit assignment into the correct dropbox in PAWS (D2L).

List of Extra Credit Assignments

Chapter 1 – no activity Chapter 2 – 3 points Chapter 3 – 3 points Chapter 4 – 4 points

To be applied to Exam # 1

Chapter 5 – 3 points Chapter 6 – 3 points Chapter 7 – 4 points

To be applied to Exam # 2

Chapter 8 – 3 points College Eval – 4 points

To be applied to Exam # 3


Participation / Attendance Policy

Attendance Policy:

  • MANDATORY:  Attendance is mandatory. Participation is mandatory. This is your job.  Report to work.
  • MISSED CLASS: This is your job - Attendance is mandatory for all class meetings. If you will miss, you are required to notify me in advance.
  • TARDY:  This is your job - You are expected to arrive on time. If you will be unable to arrive on time, you need to notify me in advance.
  • SNEAK OUT:  This is your job - You are expected to stay the entire class period. Guess what? If not, you need to notify me in advance.
  • GET OUT: We never get out early. You are expected to stay the entire class period.
  • PENALTIES APPLY:  Assignments / Quizzes or other points used in the determining the final grade may be awarded when students are tardy, leave early, or absent.
  • Exams are required. If an exam is missed, then it will be your drop grade. If you miss two exams, then you will receive a grade of "F" for the class.
  • Final Exam is required. Plan to attend during the College's scheduled exam period.

 Participation = Attendance

Failure to participate is the same as an absence. Students may lose participation points for the following: sleeping in class, texting in class, using a computer, and failure to fully participate in class lecture.

Other notes on attendance:

Missed materials? Missed notes?.....not your teacher's responsibility....your responsibility. I encourage you to coordinate with a classmate to get notes and assignments or any schedule or assignment changes.


Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines


1.) PLEASE USE the PAWS email system for class related email.

If you need to contact me outside of regular class time, PAWS E-mail (log into PAWS, click CLASSLIST, check the box next to my name as instructor, click the email button at the top of the list) is preferred. The email INSIDE OF PAWS is the preferred method of communication about course information. I check my e-mail many times throughout the day and will respond to you as quickly as possible. When e-mailing an instructor there are a few guidelines that you should follow: 


Always include a subject line that briefly states the purpose of your email


State the class that you are in.


Use proper business language such as correct spelling, grammar, and capitalization. You will not receive a response to emails that include slang such as "i" for the pronoun "I", or that address as your buddy. I am you instructor and it is important that we treat each other with respect. You are a business major and you are required to practice that level of formal communication beginning right now and always.




2.) ONLY IF PAWS Email is unavailable, then you can email my outside email: If you use this email for class related questions, then you will delay your answer because I will respond by asking you to email me via the PAWS email system and without a response to your question. Again, you are a business major and you are required to practice that level of formal communication beginning right now and always. (See guidelines in previous paragraph.)

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
My.Southwest Support

When experiencing problems with My.Southwest, you may need to submit a Student Technical Support Request.

When requesting help please provide as much information as possible, such as, your name and a full detailed explanation of the problem.

If you are experiencing difficulty with this Web site, please contact your instructor.

Online Course Support

Many problems can be solved by making sure your browser settings are correct. Visit the PAWS Online Orientation - and run the "system check" to check your browsers compatibility.

For technical support call the Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

There are many tools in PAWS that will help you plan for the semester:

  • PAWS - Calendar
  • PAWS - Dropbox - see the due dates
  • CONNECT -- each assignment has a due date

Still, I do understand that you may want to see an overview of the semester. Also, you will find links to other class sections that I teach. You are invited to attend but you need to touch-base with me first! Send me an email via PAWS.

Overview of the semester (will open in a new window)

Student Services
Student Services Links
Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Misuse of Computers or Cell Phones:

  • No laptops or use of any other computers in the classroom.
  • Students are prohibited from using cell phones in class – at the start of each class, you will place your cell phone on the front of the table and you will not use it. 
  • As previously noted, students may lose points and be ejected from class for misuse of cell phones or computers.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center - Nabors Auditorium, Room 100 (Mac), Room 108 (PC)
  • Bert Bornblum Library (Mac and PC) - Available during Library hours only.

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319
  • Parrish Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.