MATH-1530: Probability and Statistics ( Split | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Lisa Loden

Instructor Rank

Assistant Professor

Instructor Email
Instructor Website

Instructor Office

MT 204 Macon Cove

Instructor Phone


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
  • 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.

COURSE CONTENT:  (Selected sections from Chapters 1 – 9 in the textbook.)

Module                                      Sections:

     1                             1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2

     2                             2.3 – 2.5, 9.1, 9.2, 3.1

     3                             3.2- 3.4, 4.1 – 4.2

     4                             5.1 – 5.4

     5                             7.1 – 7.3



Math ACT score of 19 OR equivalent



Instructional / Learning Methods

Lecture, lab, and on-line learning at home will all be utilized in this split course.

Specific Course Requirements

The coursework in MyLabsPlus was designed with "prerequisite flags" to layer the content in a progressive manner. This means one cannot progress in the course unless prerequisite materials have been completed with mastery scores. These prerequisite materials: lecture videos, homework assignments, and self-checks were developed to help students learn the necessary material to prepare for the exams. There is a mastery score of 100% on the lecture videos, a mastery score of 70% on the homework assignments, and a mastery score of 60% on the self-checks. The mastery score on exams is 60%. (Students who cannot meet these mastery scores should contact their instructor.)

Once a homework assignment is accessed students are given unlimited attempts.

Once a self-check is accessed students are given 3 attempts. (Only the highest scored attempt will be included in the overall grade.)

Students are give exactly 1 attempt on the module exams and comprehensive final exam.

Note: The activities may contain supplemental materials which are not graded, however utilizing these resources will assist you in a better understanding of the curriculum.

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

MyLabsPlus stand-alone access code.

This code includes access to the ebook: Elementary Statistics 6th ed,Larson and Farber)

Students will access course modules by going to the website: Log in to this website using your southwest user id.  The first time you log in the password will be student.

Supplementary Materials

Graphing calculator:  TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or TI-84 Plus


Homework folder

:Students are required to keep a homework folder that contains only the homework for this course.  All homework should have the problem, the solution and the answer clearly written.  Homework folders will be graded on neatness, organization, completeness and effort.


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

Students will be given 5 module exams (closed book, closed notes) and 1 comprehensive final exam (closed book, closed notes).  Students will be given exactly one try on the exams. Students will be required to keep a homework folder that will be due on exam dates. The final grade for this course is determined by the work that has been completed by the specified final exam

The course grade will be calculated using the following weighted averages:

  •  Module Exams (5 x 12% each)    60%
  •  Homework Folders                      10%
  • Self-Checks:                                 10%
  • Comprehensive Final Exam:         20% (Mandatory)
  •  Total:                                           100%


Grading Scale

90 – 100%:  A

80 – 89%:    B

70 – 79%:    C

 60 – 69%:    D

 below 60%:   F

Testing Procedure / Policy

Tests are proctored in a designated area of the lab.

This course has specified proctored exam DEADLINE dates which must be strictly adhered to. These exams are closed-book, closed-notes. Students cannot use any outside software (such as Mathway) or smart phones on exams. Students who are caught using these resources will receive an automatic “F” for the exam, and could be subject to further academic discipline (see student handbook on academic misconduct.)

No more than one exam will be given during the final exam period. No exceptions! Only tests can be taken on the college wide final exam date,  No help or talking will be allowed during this time.

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

Please see the calendar inside your course in PAWS.  Deadlines are also provided inside mylabsplus.

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.