FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS IRVINE VALLEY COLLEGE
Telephone: (949) 451-5759
SYLLABUS AND COURSE
SCHEDULE FOR ONLINE
IMPORTANT LINKS AND CONTACT
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (please put your
and your course, Stats, Econ 10 or Mgt 10, in the “Subject” line of
Office: B271 (Upstairs in the
B200 Building in the faculty offices near the elevator)
Office Hours: TTh 11:00 a.m.–12:30
p.m. and online Wed 6:00 p.m.–8:00 P.M.
Web Page: http://www.ivc.edu/faculty/mstuffler
Mandatory instructor Orientation
Blackboard with Mandatory Online
Blackboard Help Desk: 1-866-940-8991
(Have Student ID# and Course Ticket #)
IVC Help Desk: 1-949-41-5696 (Have
Student ID# and Course Ticket #)
Campus Map: http://www.ivc.edu/maps/pages/campus_map.aspx
Home Page with access
to Blackboard course and MySite: http://www.ivc.edu
TESTING CENTER: www.ivc.edu/testing, Building A300, Room A-3TC, (949) 451-5468
Bowerman Online Learning Center (OLC): http://highered.mcgraw-
McGraw Hill Customer Support: 1-800-262-4729
name is Martha Stuffler and I will be your instructor for this course. I
am very excited to have the opportunity to use the Internet to teach this
class. While I spent many years in the private sector, I have been
teaching since 1989 and online since 2004 and have personally completed eight
online courses so I understand the challenges of an online course. If you
wish to read my biography, it is on my webpage which also contains articles
related to economic issues and other online resources.
order to meet the varied needs of online students, my course design allows you
to work at your own pace and provides some flexibility. However, there
are three important course deadlines which are the last possible day and
time to submit Lab assignments 1-6, Lab assignments 7-14, and to complete the
two On-Campus Exams. These deadlines are extremely important and will
not be changed for any reason. The deadlines are discussed in this
syllabus and shown in your course schedule which is the last page(s) of this
syllabus. Make sure that you mark your calendars and observe these
important deadlines. Your success in this course depends on it.
requires dedication, motivation, independent learning, and time management
The best advice that I can give to ensure your success is to keep up with
the recommended course schedule and observe the deadlines. I wish you
a rewarding and successful online course experience.
introductory course presents statistical concepts and methods used extensively
in business and economics, including computer-based statistical analysis.
Students study descriptive and inferential statistics using examples and
observations, and perform statistical analysis using Excel and/or MegaStat.
Emphasis is on computer-assisted problem solving and inferential techniques
that underlie decision-making within markets and international
course provides a foundation to prepare business economics and business
administration majors for required upper division courses in quantitative
methods and provides a foundation to prepare economics majors for the study of
econometrics. In addition, since statistics is a very practical
discipline concerned with real world problems, this course will benefit every
student regardless of major.
course is listed as Econ 10 and as MGT 10; credit is given in either area, not
both. Math 253 is a prerequisite for this course and Econ 1 or 2 are
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon completion of
this course, you will be able to:
concepts and methods of statistical analysis and inference to business and
illustrate, and explain statistical analysis applied to a case study.
3. Use at least one statistical software
package for statistical analysis and inference.
4. Identify and select the appropriate
statistical procedure to use based on the type of data for business and
5. Explain how variability in
data can affect decision-making and the accuracy of forecasts.
6. Develop a model based on assumptions to
predict or forecast an economic variable or a business situation.
7. Compare statistical software for
graphics, costs, user friendliness, and types of applications.
write and present conclusions based on statistical analysis to non-statistical
readers or listeners.
9. Describe and illustrate basic principles
of statistical inference and probability theory that include hypotheses tests,
variability, significance, and robustness.
10. Use time series data to perform trend line
11. Formulate an hypothesis about a population and test
using sample data.
following is a list of basic requirements you need in order to be successful in
this online course. In addition to the items listed below, you should be
familiar with using the Internet, and retrieving and sending email
documents. You should also have a working knowledge of your computer’s
basic operating system.
Essentials of Business Statistic with MegaStat Access Card, 4th edition, by
Bowerman, O’Connell, Murphree and Orris, McGraw-Hill Irwin, ISBN
0077893514. You may purchase a new
textbook with the MegaStat Access Card at the IVC bookstore in-person or online
you purchase a used copy of the textbook, you will need to purchase the
MegaStat software separately online at: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0077425995/information_center_view0/megastat_.html. Select
First-Time Users, I am a Student, and purchase access to MegaStat® for
Microsoft® Excel® 2003, 2007, and 2010 for $13.50 using a credit card.
This course requires you to have access to the
textbook and use MegaStat software to perform the statistical calculations (you
may not use another software). MegaStat software runs on both PC and MAC
Calculator: You will need
a basic calculator for this course and may use your cell phone
will need to have a computer with Internet access and a printer to print out
assessments. Your home computer will require Windows 7, Vista, or
XP, and MS Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher. You will need Excel
software with the MegaStat Add-in to complete the lab assignments for this
the course, you will be required to access the Internet, complete calculations
using a basic calculator, and will need two Scantron forms No. 882 for
start on the first Monday of the semester or term. For course purposes,
each week will begin on Monday at 12:01 a.m. and end on Sunday at
midnight. For a 16 week course, we will cover about one textbook chapter
each week. The detailed course schedule is the last page(s)
of this syllabus. You are free to work ahead of the schedule whenever you
wish. While this course is designed so that students may work at their
own pace, the course schedule lists the recommended dates that you should
complete specific items. My experience has been that when students fall
behind, it is very difficult to catch up and unlikely that they will be
successful in the course.
GETTING STARTED AND ORIENTATION
you can get started, we need to get some basics out of the way. I am
listing the steps that you need to complete:
the course syllabus to understand the material to be covered, the course
requirements, and understand the 3 important course deadlines.
the course schedule to make sure that you will be able to keep pace and make
note of the three deadlines.
your Irvine Valley College email account username and password and learn how to
access MySite from the Irvine Valley College homepage at www.ivc.edu. It
will allow you to gain access to a wide range of information, much of it
customized specifically for you. Enter your username: For example,
if your name is Sandy Beach, your email account name is firstname.lastname@example.org. Your
username would be sbeach0 (the first letter of your first name, your last name
and a number, often zero).
Then enter your PIN number. This number was either assigned
to you or you picked the number when you registered. If the number was
assigned, it will be the last four digits of your social security number.
If you picked the number, only you will know it.
If you have forgotten your number, you will have to personally
contact Admissions and Records to get your PIN. It may require that you
to come to campus with picture identification.
your Irvine Valley College email account to any other email account you
regularly access. Unless I am replying to your email, I will only send
email to your IVC email address.
to my webpage, click on Stats for Business and Economics, select Online Video Orientation, watch the
video orientation, and complete the steps shown at the end of the video and
those listed here.
6. Complete the mandatory
Blackboard Online Course Orientation and
Final Assessment by going to http://www.ivc.edu and selecting the
Blackboard button or directly access Blackboard by going to http://ivc.blackboard.com. Login using the generic
login: Username: orientation1 Password: orientation1.
You will use this generic log in only for purpose of the orientation, but must
use your own Blackboard login to access your specific online course. Then
click on the link “Online Course Orientation”.
and paste your Final Assessment results into an email message and send to me at
email@example.com. This email
should tell me that you have viewed the Online Video Orientation, you have completed the Blackboard Orientation
and include your Final Assessment results, you have finished all the steps to
get started in the course, and let me know that you understand the three course
NOTE: If you have previously
taken a Blackboard course, you do not need to complete the Blackboard Orientation
or Final Assessment, but must complete the other steps shown above.
BLACKBOARD COURSE DESIGN
1. Announcements are used to communicate general
updates, assignments, changes and due dates for Labs and exams.
2. Email instructor provides a link that you may
copy into an email to me.
Reviews outline key concepts to be tested and describe short answer questions,
4. Lab Submission is where you will
submit your answers for each Lab assignment. Make sure that you answer
precisely, only what is asked and use the number of decimals specified.
5. MegaStat User Guide provides a reference tool
for your questions about the functions of the statistical analysis software
that we use for this course.
6. My Grades allows you to access your
scores for Lab submissions and Exams.
Blog allows you to post a message and communicate with your classmates.
8. Syllabus with Course Schedule on the
last page(s) may be accessed from this link. Remember, the first page of this syllabus
contain important links and telephone numbers you will need for this
course. The last page(s) of this syllabus contains the course
9. Textbook Resources contain printable
PowerPoint lectures, a Solutions Manual, and Lab assignments for each
chapter. There may also be Instructor Lifelines to help with some of the
more challenging material.
course covers 14 textbook chapters with your grade being based on 2 exams and
14 lab assignments for a total of 245 points.
On-campus Exam 1
40 points = 15.0%
On-campus Exam 2
40 points = 15.0%
14 Lab Assignments:
Lab 1 Introduction To Excel
Lab 2 Random Numbers And
Chart Wizard 15 points
Lab 3 Descriptive
Lab 4 Counting Rules And
Probability 10 points
Lab 5 The Big 3 Discrete
And Expected Value Applications 10 points
Lab 6 Continuous
Lab 7 Sampling
Methods And Distributions 10 points|
Lab 8 Confidence
Intervals And Sample Size 15 points
Lab 9 One-Sample
Test 15 points
Lab 10 Two-Sample
Lab 11 Analysis Of Variance
Lab 12 Chi
Lab 13 Linear Regression
Lab 14 Multiple Regression
20 points 185 points = 70%
265 points = 100%
final course grade is based on the percent you earn of the 245 total points:
A 220-245 points (90% or
are one or two points, not percent, away from the next higher letter grade, you
will earn the higher letter grade. Thus, you should not worry about some
mistakes that cost you a few points. Students taking this class for
Credit/No Credit should receive 70% or more of the total possible points to
obtain credit for the class.
B 195-219 points (80% but less
C 170-194 points (70% but less than 80%)
145-169 points (60% but less than 70%)
< 145 points (Less than 60% or for cases of academic dishonesty)
instructor retains graded materials for 90 days after grades have been
posted. If you wish to review these materials, you must contact the
instructor before this date.
ASSIGNMENTS AND PARTICIPATION
For each chapter, you should complete the
1. Read the textbook chapter, review the
PowerPoint slides in Blackboard (BB) or the narrated slides at the Bowerman
OLC, and view the Instructor Lifeline video (if available). Review the
guided examples and the MegaStat Tutorials at Bowerman OLC. Complete the
practice quizzes at Bowerman OLC.
several exercises in each chapter section. Compare your answers to the
Solutions Manual shown in Textbook Resources for each chapter of your BB course
and go through any exercises that you may have done incorrectly. Your
incorrect exercises tell you where you need more
study and more practice. It is also critical that you have practice with MegaStat
and use MegaStat with precision so that you do not lose points on the graded
3. Carefully read the Lab Assignment and replicate
the examples to reinforce the course material, learn topics not covered in the
textbook, and become comfortable using MegaStat for each application.
If you are having problems grasping a
concept, make sure that you have completed Steps 1-3 using all the online
resources available. You may need to reread the chapter and complete more
section exercises to practice and master these concepts. Make sure that
you use the Solutions Manual to check your answers. If you have taken
these steps and still do not understand what you are doing wrong, then contact
me by email or during my office hours.
4. Complete the Lab Assignment and
write your answers on the Answer Sheet which is the last page(s) of the Lab
Assignment. Transfer your Lab answers from your handwritten Answer Sheet
in the Lab Submission section of Bb. To avoid grading errors, be careful
to provide only the information requested and use the number of decimals
specified in the Lab answers.
You may only submit your Lab answers
once. You may not redo any Lab
Assignments. Given that Labs represent 76% of your course grade, be sure
that you have completed steps 1-3 and have prepared your Lab Answer Sheet prior
to submitting any Lab Assignment.
are two On-Campus Exams which are multiple-choice, true-false, and/or
short-answer. The exams will cover concepts
rather than lengthy computations using long formulas. You will not need
to memorize a long list of formulas.
However, if a basic formula is required, then the Exam Review will tell
you that you need to know that specific basic formula or that you will need to
be able to complete a simple basic calculation.
While these exams are not comprehensive, the material in this course
tends to be cumulative.
reviews outline key concepts to be tested and describe short answer
question(s), if any. These Exam Reviews are available in your Bb
course. Make sure to go over the exam review in detail to prepare for
will have two opportunities to complete each exam. Your course schedule
shows these dates, times and the classroom that will be used for the
exams. You must bring a photo ID, a Scantron form 882, a number two
pencil and an eraser to each exam. If you do not show a picture ID, you
will not be allowed to complete the exam. I do not give make-up
exams for any reason. However, if you cannot come to campus or do not
wish to complete the exams on the dates and times shown on the course schedule,
I am happy to provide an alternative.
may use the IVC Testing Center to complete
either or both of your on-campus exams prior to the course deadline shown on
the course schedule.
Please go to www.ivc.edu/testing to access
information about the Center’s days and hours of operation or you may call (949) 451-5468. The Testing Center personnel
already have copies of your two exams so that you may arrange with them to
complete either or both of your exams at the IVC Testing Center.
do not need to let me know, it is your responsibility to contact them directly
and schedule your exam. You will have up to two hours for each exam and
will not be able to use books or notes, but will be able to use an
instructor-provided basic calculator. Remember to bring a Scantron form
882, a number 2 pencil and an eraser. If you choose to use the IVC
Testing Center, you will be required to pay a $15 fee for a two hour
exam. The Testing Center is a for-profit enterprise on the IVC campus
that is separate from Irvine Valley College.
you complete an exam at the IVC Testing Center, they will send me your test and
Scantron. I will post your exam score to your Bb grades as soon as
possible. If you take an exam after the first regularly scheduled exam
date, then your score will not be posted until I am back on campus which may not
be until I give the second exam.
may choose to complete your two on-campus exams on the regularly scheduled
dates shown on your course schedule or at the IVC Testing Center on dates that
you select. To clarify, I do not care when you complete either exam,
but both must be completed no later than the deadline date and time shown in
your course schedule. There are no exceptions to this course requirement;
you must complete both exams on campus no later than the date and time shown in
the course schedule.
student must complete both exams by the deadline date and time shown in the
course schedule or earn an F grade for the course.
NOTE: If you
decide to drop the course, it is
your responsibility to drop the course through Admissions and Records. Deadlines for
dropping courses are shown in the IVC class schedule in the Important Dates
link at the top of the IVC Class Schedule. Any student who does not
complete the course, or does not complete both exams and does not drop the
course will earn the grade of "F".
exam will contain about 15 points of extra credit. Do not ask me which
question(s) are for extra credit, they are no specific extra credit
questions. There will just be About 45 possible points on each
exam. You are to answer all questions on each exam. Please do not
email me to ask me for more extra credit or for another assignment to do for
extra points. There will be no other extra credit points or extra assignments
total points earned for each exam will include the extra credit points that you
earned and may be accessed in your My Grades in Bb. You must do your best
work on the 14 Lab Assignments and the two on-campus exams because they are the
only sources of points for this course.
are 14 Lab Assignments with each typically covering one textbook chapter.
The Lab assignments may be accessed through Bb Textbook Resources. The course schedule shows the recommended
completion date for each Lab Assignment. You may use your book, all online resources and notes for these Lab
Assignments. You must complete each lab independently and may not work
with other students on these assignments. You are on your honor to
complete each Lab Assignment and submission by yourself and keep the
information to yourself. Sharing Lab Assignment information with other
individuals is considered cheating and may cause you to fail the class.
you may complete the Lab Assignments at your own pace, remember Labs 1-6 and
7-14 must be submitted prior to the two deadline dates shown in the course
schedule. There are no exceptions to these course deadlines for any
reason. Lab submissions are very
important because they represent 76% of your course grade.
are cautioned not to wait until the last few minutes on the deadline dates
because there are many unforeseen events that may prevent you from finishing by
the required deadline causing you to lose valuable points. These
unforeseen events range from power failures, to Bb locking you out of the Lab
submission, to failure of your computer or software. Please try to keep
current with the course schedule to gain the benefit from these assessments and
to avoid getting behind in the course.
sure to allow plenty of time for each one of the Lab Assignments, because these
scores represent 76% of your course grade. You are allowed only one
submission for each lab and must finish each lab submission once you have
started. Your Labs are automatically scored and you will be able to view
your grade immediately upon completion by selecting My Grades in Bb.
CAUTION: You should
review your results to learn areas that require more study and to double check
the computer scoring. If you feel that you completed the Lab correctly
and entered your answers in the correct format, but were scored incorrectly,
please email me with the specific question numbers that you would like me to
recheck. I will do so and make any necessary adjustments.
STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESS
To succeed in this
course, you should complete these steps:
1. Login to course a minimum of twice a week,
read any new announcements and review the course schedule for the assigned
material for that week. If you have not logged in recently, click on View
All to read any announcements you may have missed.
Pick out specific days and times that you can
schedule time to study. Try not to rely on a
computer at work where you
might not be able to consistently login during business hours.
Set aside plenty of time each week for this
course. Remember, even though you are not driving
to campus to take this
course, you still need to dedicate at least the same amount of time required
a traditional classroom setting.
This three unit course with 2.5 hours
of lecture and 1.5 hours of lab taught over 16 weeks requires an average of 12
hours per week in home study. While some chapters may be
easier, others may be more challenging and may require more study time.
Of course, the advantage you have with an online course is that you can
schedule your time to meet your needs.
Carefully complete each chapter
assignment in a timely manner using all of the available resources
including; the textbook, PowerPoint slides, guided examples, practice
quizzes, MegaStat Tutorials, detailed Lab examples and Instructor Lifelines
5. Do not get behind the course
schedule. If you do get behind, catch up as soon as possible to increase
your probability of success in this course.
If you have
used all of the available resources and are still having difficulties with the
go to the Student Blog and post a question for your classmates.
Check back to the Student Blog
to review responses to your
questions. Remember, your Lab assignments are to be solely your
and not a collaborative effort. Contact me for help by email
or attend my office hours. If my office
hours, do not work for your
schedule, we can meet on campus at an agreed upon time and date.
7. Before each on-campus exam, go through the
exam review to make sure you emphasize the material that will be on your exam
and to prepare for short answer questions, if any.
8. Be patient! It takes time and practice
to master statistics principles. You will find this course
demanding and challenging to learn regardless if it is taught in a traditional
in the distance education modality.
HONESTY AND INTEGRITY
and integrity are very important in higher education. This standard
pertains to what is created as well as, to what is spoken or written. To
claim to have created something that is not entirely your own work is a
violation of academic and personal integrity. Cheating is the unauthorized
giving or receiving of information in examinations, quizzes, Lab assignments or
other exercises. If someone else completes Lab Assignments in your name
or works with you to complete Lab Assignments, this is considered cheating and
will result in the student earning an “F” in the course. The instructor
will file a report with the Dean of Students to record your Academic
Dishonesty. Students should read and understand this syllabus, the
criteria for Academic Dishonesty discussed here, and review the Student Code of
Conduct in the IVC class schedule.
than the two on-campus exams, there are no live class discussions scheduled for
this course. However, I will be available during my office hours and by
email. Please refer to the first page of this syllabus for times and
methods for contacting me.
your instructor, I will give you the respect that I ask you to give to me and
the other members of this class. I will follow the course schedule as
shown in this syllabus. If any changes are required I will announce them
well in advance to give you time to adjust. I will do my best to help you
be successful in this course. You can count on my availability during
office hours, and you have the right to expect prompt responses to your
questions, comments, and requests. I try to check my email at least once
a day, but remember I am busy teaching on campus on Tuesdays and
Thursdays. I will grade your work with accuracy and in a timely
manner. I will double check the exam scoring for any erasures to ensure
the accuracy of your exam score. If there is a highly missed question, I
will dump that question and give each student credit for an extra correct
question (regardless whether or not they missed the dumped question).
After an exam, I will post your score ASAP to your grade record. In this
distance learning course, you will receive at least the same attention and care
you would find in a traditional class.
that you have made an informed choice to enroll for this course, you should
allocate adequate time each week for reading the course materials, working with
the online resources, solving practice exercises, and completing the Lab
Assignments. You will be responsible for keeping up to date with all Labs
and the two on-campus exams.
you are solely responsible for the completion of the course requirements.
Each chapter and lab assignment, computer activity, and exam is your task to
complete in a responsible and timely manner.
you follow the steps shown in this syllabus and complete the course material by
the dates shown on the course schedule, you should have a successful experience
taking this online course. Online courses are very different from
face-to-face (traditional) classes. Students who are successful in taking
online courses are highly organized, self-motivated and excellent time managers
who are able to stay on schedule and are able to catch up if they get
behind. The instructor does not drop students from the course. If you decide
to drop the course, it is your responsibility to drop the course through
Admissions and Records. Deadlines for dropping courses are shown in
the class schedule. Any student who does not complete the course and does
not drop the course will earn the grade of "F".
etiquette is extremely important. We must show respect to one another at
all times. You should be respectful of your fellow students and your
instructor at all times. Rudeness and disrespect will not be tolerated in
this course. Please recognize that communication is rather “flat” online
where we cannot see and hear each other. So be cautious when using
sarcasm or negative statements. Familiarize yourself with “smileys” or other
online icons that show emotion, so that you lessen the risk of offending the
person with whom you are trying to communicate. Whenever possible, give
constructive criticism and treat others the way you would like to be
treated. The communications within this class should stay within
it. Like any class, we are a community and we need to treat each other
TECHNICAL PROBLEMS AND
you have an emergency, have a problem with a Lab submission, or are unable to
use your personal computer for any reason, please email me as soon as
you are having Blackboard access problems, please contact IVC Blackboard Help
you can't connect to the Internet, call your Internet service provider.
Blackboard Help Desk or the IVC Help Desk for problems registering or logging
in, accessing your course, or for any other system problems.
McGraw Hill Customer Support for problems with the Bowerman OLC site, and
purchasing or installing MegaStat software.
course requires you to have a computer, an Internet service provider and
Internet access. If for any reason you lose the use of any of these
resources, it is your responsibility to find another source so that you are
able to complete the requirements of this course.
Good luck and have a
online Business and Economics Statistics course!
Spring 2013 Econ 10/Mgmt 10 Statistics Course Schedule*
Submission or Exam
Syllabus, view Orientation Video, Bb Orientation and Final Assessment, log in
to Bb course to review the course structure, and email instructor. Chapter 1: An Introduction to
Business Statistics assignment and Lab 1
Descriptive Statistics Tabular and Graphical Methods assignment and Lab 2
Lab 2 Submission
Descriptive Statistics Numerical Methods assignment and Lab 3
4: Probability assignment and Lab 4
5: Discrete Random Variables assignment and Lab 5
6: Continuous Random Variables assignment & Lab 6
Chapter 7: Sampling
and Sampling Distributions assignment and Lab 7
LAB 1-6 DEADLINE
LABS 1-6 MUST
BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN MARCH 14TH AT 6:00 P.M.
EXCEPTIONS FOR ANY REASON
March 15, Friday
and March 16, Saturday CLASSROOM B209
EXAM 1: Chapters 1-7
Friday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or
Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
8: Confidence Intervals assignment and Lab 8
9: Hypothesis Testing assignment and Lab 9
Statistical Inferences Based on Two Samples assignment and Lab 10
Lab 10 Submission
Chapter 11: Experimental
Design and Analysis of Variance assignment and Lab 11
Lab 11 Submission
12: Chi Square Test for Independence assignment and Lab 12
Lab 12 Submission
Simple Linear Regression Analysis assignment and Lab 13
Lab 13 Submission
Multiple Regression and Model Building assignment and Lab
6 P.M. LABS 7-14 DEADLINE
LABS 7-14 MUST BE
SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN MAY 16TH AT 6 P.M.
EXCEPTIONS FOR ANY REASON
MAY 17, Friday and MAY 18, Saturday CLASSROOM B209
EXAM 2: Chapters 8-14
Friday 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or
Saturday 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
EXAMS MUST BE COMPLETED
NO LATER THAN MAY
18 SATURDAY 3:00 P.M.
PACIFIC TIME NO EXCEPTIONS FOR ANY REASON
* Instructor reserves
the right to modify or change any item on the course syllabus or
this schedule to satisfy the class
Important assessment dates.