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Course ID: GBS221
Title: Business Statistics
Modality: Internet
Credit Hours: 3.00

Course Section Information

Institution: Rio Salado College

Section: 10820

Term: Fall 2014

Course Materials

Be sure that you have all the necessary materials prior to the start date of your course.

Other Materials: TI-83 or TI-84 calculator recommended (not required) for the course.

Software Required for Course:
Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel (any version that includes the Chart Wizard)

Textbook required for Course:

Title: Business Statistics plus MyStatLab Access Card Package
Author: Robert A. Donnelly
ISBN: 978-1269538152

Rio Salado College has developed a unique Textbook Savings Program that uses customized textbooks and saves students up to 50% off the original price of textbooks. This textbook is included in the Textbook Savings Program and has been customized specifically for this course at Rio Salado College by Pearson Custom Publishing so that it contains information most relevant to the course. Your course materials are available through the Rio Salado College Bookstore.  All materials should be verified by ISBN before purchasing at the Rio Salado Bookstore or from another seller.

Course Description and Competencies

Official Course Description
Business applications of descriptive and inferential statistics, measurement of relationships, and statistical process management. Includes the use of spreadsheet software for business statistical analysis.
Official Course Prerequisites
Grade of C or better in GBS220 or MAT217.
Official Course Competencies
  1. Collect, organize, present, analyze, and interpret numerical data using frequency distributions and graphical presentations.
  2. Calculate and interpret the measures of central tendency for either raw or grouped data.
  3. Calculate and interpret the measures of dispersion and skewness for a data set.
  4. Use discrete and continuous probability distributions in probability applications.
  5. Explain probability sampling and sampling distributions, and describe their uses.
  6. Use statistical inference techniques and confidence levels for decision making when testing hypotheses.
  7. Use regression and correlation analysis, and interpret the results of the analysis.
  8. Use statistical process management and control charting to solve statistical quality control problems.

Course Requirements

Failure to successfully submit the first two assignments by the due dates listed may result in the student being withdrawn from the course for lack of active participation.

  1. You must complete all course assessments listed in your online gradebook to be eligible to receive a passing grade. Check the link on the Course Homepage for due dates.
  2. You are allowed to submit each of your assignments, including quizzes, only one time unless you have permission from your instructor to resubmit an assignment.
  3. You are expected to write at a college level. Use the grading matrix (if applicable) to see how your instructor will evaluate your assignments. Edit your work carefully before submitting it to your instructor.
  4. Keep a copy of all assignments that you submit.
  5. Contact your instructor if you have any questions while you are enrolled in the course.
  6. You must submit each assignment by its specified due date. If you find you need an extension on an assignment, contact your instructor before the scheduled due date. Individual instructors will determine whether to grant the extension. If you do not apply for an extension or if an extension is not granted, your instructor will decide whether to accept the work and if points will be deducted.
  7. Each student must submit his or her own work, as outlined in the plagiarism section in the syllabus. Plagiarism can include, but is not limited to:
    • submitting work that is not your own.
    • submitting work that is copied directly from another source such as another student, a Web site, or a print course without proper citation.
    • submitting work that is paraphrased or summarized from another source without proper citation.
  8. Assignments must include information summarized in your own words and personal examples in addition to quoted information from properly cited sources.
  9. You must earn an average of 60% or higher on the exam(s) and/or Midterm/Final Project(s) in order to be eligible to pass the course.

Time Requirements

Remember that this is a three credit-hour class. As such, you will need to dedicate significant time to this course. Plan to spend at least three hours on course content and at least six hours on homework for a total of at least nine hours each week. Be prepared to double your weekly class and study time if you choose an accelerated calendar.

Grading Procedure and Scale

Grading Procedure

There are 1,020 possible points for this course.

Syllabus Quiz 10 points
MyStatLab Quizzes 120 points
MyStatLab Problems 360 points
Essays 130 points
Midterm – Parts I and II 200 points
Final – Parts I and II 200 points
Total 1,020 Points

Grading Scale

Letter grades for assignments, examinations, and the course will be determined by the following scale:

918 - 1,020 points = A (90% - 100%)
816 - 917 points = B (80% - 89%)
714 - 815 points = C (70% - 79%)
612 - 713 points = D (60% - 69%)
0 - 611 points = F (0% - 59%)

Note: “extra credit” is not available for this course.

The grading procedure for this course is based on the total number of points possible and is administered equally to all students in the course. Do not expect to receive a grade higher than that earned by your total points. No "point adjustments" will be made for such things as "class participation" or other subjective factors.

Assignments will be graded on content, incorporation of course and textbook concepts, and quality of writing. Although this is not a writing course, college-level writing is expected. Essays should be properly formatted; spell-checked; and reviewed for grammar, word usage, and sentence construction before being submitted.

The following matrix describes how written assignment grades will be applied.


Below Standards

Minimal Standards

Meets Standard

Exceed Standards


No understanding to incorrect understanding

Correct understanding with insufficient supporting rationale

Correct understanding with sufficient supporting rationale

Correct understanding with excellent supporting rationale

Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking not evident – no supporting rationale

Weak critical thinking – flawed supporting rationale

Solid critical thinking – logical supporting rationale

Excellent critical thinking – excellent supporting rationale

Key Concepts and Terms

Key course concepts and terms not used, or used incorrectly

Key course concepts and terms used incorrectly, or seldom used correctly

Key course concepts and terms used sufficiently throughout answers

Key course concepts and terms used correctly and exceptionally well throughout answers


Ineffective introduction, body, or conclusion; gross grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

Appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion; frequent grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

Appropriate introduction, body, and conclusion; few grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors

Excellent introduction, body, and conclusion; no grammar, sentence structure, spelling, or punctuation errors


This course contains no in-person exam requirements. However, there are two online/take-home exams. Please review the "Grading Procedure and Scale" portion of your syllabus for details. Your course materials may give specific information about these exams and make suggestions for test preparation.

Per the course requirements, you must earn an average of 60% or higher on the Midterm Exam (Parts I and II) and the Final Exam (Parts I and II) in order to be eligible to pass the course.

Check your gradebook for specific due dates for these exams.

Final Grade Options

  • Letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) - awarded if the student completes all work, including any exams.
  • Extension (in lieu of Incomplete grade) - Students may request an extension because of illness or other extenuating circumstances, if they have been doing acceptable work. The instructor will define the requirements and timelines to complete the course. Please Note: Instructors are not obligated to give extensions.
  • Withdrawal-Students may submit a withdrawal request on or prior to the “Last Date to Withdraw” indicated in their RioLearn Gradebook.  

    Students should not contact their instructor to request a withdrawal. A student wishing to withdraw from a class within the stated timeline must do so by visiting In extreme circumstances, students do have the option of requesting a complete withdrawal from the college by providing Student Enrollment Services with appropriate documentation.

  • Credit/No Credit Option (P/Z) - This course may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. If interested, See detailed information about the (P/Z) option.

Copyright Acknowledgements

Some images used in courses are licensed as follows: Accunet/AP Multimedia Archive,, Thinkstock, EBSCO Image Collection.

Submitting Assignments

Your lessons will provide specific instructions for submitting your assignments.  Please read that information carefully before you submit your work to your instructor.

All assignments are listed under the “Readings, Resources, and Assignments” and in the “Assessing Your Learning” sections of the lesson.  All lessons can be accessed from the Course Section Home Page.

Quizzes: You are expected to complete the quiz once you access the link in the lesson.

Essay Assignments: Once you begin, be sure to save your work frequently and submit your work within 7 days of accessing the submittal link.

Midterm or Final Exams/Projects: Once you begin, be sure to save your work frequently and submit your work within 7 days of accessing the submittal link unless your exam has a time limitation noted in the lesson.

For all assignments, please make sure you have answered all questions prior to clicking the Submit button. Once submitted, you will not be able to access the assessment again.

Note: Please keep a copy of everything your submit.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignments that have due dates are due on time according to the due dates in your Gradebook. If you need to request an extension for an assignment, a request must be made to your instructor via Riolearn at least one week prior to the due date. You can request a due date change on the Due Dates tab in Gradebook.

Late points may be applied at the instructor's discretion. Instructors are not obligated to approve extension requests and will typically do so only if the student has been submitting work on time and in the appropriate format.

Course Completion Policy

A student who registers for a Distance Learning course is assigned a "start date" and an "end date." It is the student's responsibility to note due dates for assignments and to keep up with the course work.

If a student falls behind, she/he must contact the instructor and request an extension of her/his end date in order to complete the course.

It is the prerogative of the instructor to decide whether or not to grant the request for an extension.

Library Services

The Rio Salado Library is committed to student success and provides a variety of materials and services to enhance student learning.  Utilizing Rio’s online library for your research is the best way to ensure that your sources are validated, authoritative, and appropriate for college-level coursework. Librarians are available to help you at all times via our Ask a Librarian live chat service. Also, the How Do I..? Streaming Video Series provides instruction on how to use the online library to find books, articles, ebooks, streaming films, and more.

Please note that when library materials (e.g., articles, ebooks, and streaming media) are integrated into your lesson content, you will see the notation “…provided to you through the Rio Salado Library.

Academic Misconduct

Academic Misconduct includes cheating, conspiring to cheat, soliciting to cheat, attempting to cheat, plagiarism, fabrication on an assignment, or other forms of dishonest presentation.

Posting assessments on an unauthorized web site, soliciting assessment answers and the unauthorized acquisition of assessments, assessment answers, or other academic material is cheating.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of paraphrase or direct quotation of the published or unpublished work of another person without full and clear acknowledgment.  It also includes the unacknowledged use of materials prepared by another person or agency engaged in the selling or sharing of term papers or other academic materials.  Information gathered from the Internet and not properly identified is also considered plagiarism.

We expect every student to produce his/her original, independent work. Any student whose work indicates a violation of the MCCCD Academic Misconduct Policy (including cheating and plagiarism) can expect sanctions as specified in the college catalog.

Rio Salado College uses software that uncovers plagiarism from student to student and other data sources on the Internet. If a student is found to have plagiarized content, grade consequences will be applied in accordance with departmental policies.

Civility Policy

The faculty of Rio Salado place a high value on the importance of general ethical standards of academic behavior and expect that communication between students and instructors or among students shall maintain the level of formality and mutual respect appropriate to any college teaching/learning situation.

Language or behavior that is rude, abusive, profane, disruptive, or threatening will not be tolerated. Activity of this type is Academic Misconduct as defined in MCCCD Policy AR 2.3.11. Students engaging in such behavior will be removed from the course with a failing grade. Additional sanctions may be applied pursuant to AR 2.3.11.

Requirement for Active Class Participation

Please note that students may be withdrawn from class for non-participation.

If you receive financial aid of any kind, it is your responsibility to protect your eligibility to receive financial aid by meeting the active participation requirements of this class.

Change of Address

Please notify Course Support at (480) 517-8243 or 1-800-729-1197 or by email at Please include your name, student number, phone number, and new address including city, state, and zip code.

Disability Statement

Rio Salado provides reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. Please contact Disability Services at (480) 517-8562 or


Course content may vary from this outline to meet the needs of this particular group.

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