MATH-1530: Probability and Statistics ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Rosemarie Montgomery

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor

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Instructor Website

Instructor Office


Office Hours

Mon: 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Wed: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Thurs: 12:30 - 2:30 PM

Fri: 10:00 - 10:50 AM; 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Whithead 33

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Course Information
Course Description

This course is a study of basic statistical concepts including data organization and analysis, frequency distribution, measures of central tendency and dispersion. Other topics in this course include: probability theory and distributions, sampling methods, estimation, regression and correlation analysis, and hypothesis testing.

(Students with math deficiencies must register for an enhanced section of MATH 1530 and the support course MATH 0530.) 


Student Learning Objectives

Through a blend of critical thinking skills and the use of technology:

  • The student will demonstrate the ability to determine appropriate sampling methods.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to construct frequency distributions and analyze graphs. 
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to describe data using measures of central tendency, measures of variation, and measures of position.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to perform regression and correlation analyses.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to solve probability problems using the basic probability rules and formulas, and probability distributions both discrete and binomial. 
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to use the characteristics of a normal distribution as a model to solve real-life problems.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to evaluate a claim about a population through statistical hypothesis testing.



Math ACT score of 19 OR equivalent



Instructional / Learning Methods

This is a modularized course that requires mastery learning.  All course assignments will require a mastery level that must be met before access to the next assignment will be permitted. See also "major assignments."

The instructional / learning methods employed in this course are a combination of reading, visual learning, and skills mastery. 

Specific Course Requirements


This course is modularized.  There are five modules within the course.  Students will be required to meet mastery standards in each module before progressing to the next module. Students who cannot meet these mastery standards should contact their instructor.

Specific Course Requirements

  • A purchased access code to MyLabsPlus and a TI- 83 or TI-84 graphing utility calculator

  • Have a reliable computer and internet access

  • Possess the skills of a college-level student (which include, but are not limited to): basic computer skills, the ability to follow written directions, the ability to read for comprehension, and good time-management skills.

  • Be able to come on campus to take the proctored Midterm and Final Exams.




Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Hardware/Software Requirements

minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended) strongly recommended)

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
Required Text

MyMathLab Plus Student Access Kit -There are two versions of MyMathLab.  Be sure you buy the one with the word Plus.  This kit provides you with an access code, which allows you to access an electronic copy of the textbook: Elementary Statistics, Larson 6e and the course assignments. The publisher is Pearson Education, and you may purchase the kit at the Southwest Bookstore.

Again be sure that you purchase the edition that says PLUS.

Supplementary Materials

A graphing utility calculator is required.  The Texas Instrument (TI) model TI-84 plus, TI-84, or TI-83 is recommended.  Other types of graphing calculators may be used, but the instructor may not be able to provide assistance with their use.  Cell phones may not be used as calculators.

Hardware Requirements

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

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
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • 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

The course grade is calculated using the following weighted averages:

Module 1 Exam: 4%

Module 2 Exam: 4%

Module 3 Exam: 4%

Module 4 Exam: 4%

Module 5 Exam: 4%

Proctored Midterm Exam: 40%

Proctored Comprehensive Final Exam: 40%


Grading Scale

89.50 - 100: A

79.50 - 89.49: B

69.50 - 79.49: C

59.50 - 69.49: D

0 - 59.49: F


Testing Procedure / Policy

The Midterm Exam and Final Exam will be closed-book, closed-notes and proctored on the Macon Campus. The maximum time allowed for each exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes. The dates, places, and times for each exam are posted on the Calendar within the course. Each exam must be taken on one of the days listed on the Calendar. Make-up exams will not be given.  

Major Assignments

Video Lectures, Homework and Self-Check Assignments

Each section begins with a video lecture.

Each Homework assignment is paired with a Self-Check assignment.

Lectures: Video lectures must be watched to receive the mastery score of 100% before starting the homework assignment.

Homework: Homework assignments are worked in MyMathLab Plus. 80% mastery must be achieved on each Homework assignment before the corresponding Self-Check assignment may be accessed.

Self-Check assignments are worked in MyMathLab Plus and reinforce homework competencies.  80% mastery must be achieved on each Self-Check before the next Homework assignment may be accessed.

Grades from video lectures, homework and self-check assignments are not included in the final average, but their completion is necessary in preparation for Module Tests. 

Students who cannot meet the mastery scores should contact their instructor.

Module Tests

This course consists of five modules.  At the end of each module is a Module Test.  Each test will be taken in MyMathLab Plus and counts as 4% of the final average. 

Mid-Term and Final Exams  

 See Testing Procedures/Policy above.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Class participation will include a variety of activities:  completing assignments, corresponding by email, and participating in discussion forums.  You are expected to log in to the course at least three times a week, read your email, check the calendar for due dates, and check the discussion board for announcements.


  • You should use the course email system to contact the instructor about personal questions.
  • You should use the Discussion Forum to ask questions about course material.
  • You should follow the timetable provided by the Calendar (inside the course) to complete your assignments.
  • You should have a plan so that you have internet access when you are away from home or your access at home is not working.

To be counted as attending this class,however, assignments must be completed.  Just logging in, posting discussions, etc. does not constitute attending class.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

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
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

 Introduction to Statistics, Frequency Distributions and Their Graphs, Measures of Central Tendency, Measures of Variation, Measures of Position, Basic Concepts of Probability, Probability Distributions, The Binomial Distribution, The Standard Normal Distribution, The Central Limit Theorem, Confidence Intervals for the Mean, Hypothesis Testing for the mean, Correlation, Linear regression

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

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

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: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • 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.