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

Course Section Information

Section: 10856

Term: Fall 2014

Start Date: 10/20/2014

Weeks: 14

Last date to withdraw: None

Instructor: Otis White

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.

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

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.

 Criterion Below Standards Minimal Standards Meets Standard Exceed Standards -1- Understanding No understanding to incorrect understanding Correct understanding with insufficient supporting rationale Correct understanding with sufficient supporting rationale Correct understanding with excellent supporting rationale -2- 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 -3- 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 -4- Writing 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

Exams

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.

• 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 my.maricopa.edu. 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.

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

Submitting Assignments

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. 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.

Essay Assignments:  Unless instructed otherwise, it is recommended that you compose your essays in a word processing program, then copy and paste into submission box. Be sure to carefully proofread all written work before submitting. Also, make sure to properly cite and reference all sources. Failure to do so, will result in loss of points, lowered grade or course failure.

Midterm or Final Exams/Projects:  You can only complete or submit Midterms and Finals once, therefore, please be sure to carefully review before completing or submitting your work.  For objective exams, make sure you have answered all questions prior to clicking the Submit button. Note: Please keep a copy of everything you submit.

Late or Missing Assignments

Assignment due dates are listed in the Gradebook. If you need additional time, you must submit an due date change request through the Due Dates tab in the Gradebook.

Students must complete all assignments and assessments to qualify for a passing grade.  If any assignments have not been completed by the course end date, a failing grade will be issued.

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 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.

Course end date extensions are only allowed in situations where the student has made consistent progress throughout the course and has only 1-2 assignments remaining at the course end date.  Instructors are not obligated to approve end-date extension requests.

Originality of Written Assignments

Students are expected to submit work that is primarily original in nature. Failure to do so is a violation of the Maricopa County Community College District Academic Misconduct Policy. What does this mean?

• Quoted Passages - If you quote work from a source, a maximum of 10-20% of the essay may be quoted. Quoted material should support your original work, not replace it. All quoted work must be surrounded by quotation marks, should end with an in-text citation that includes the page number(s), and correspond to a reference listed at the end of the essay.

• Paraphrased Passages - You can use paraphrased information for a portion of your essay provided you include a proper reference and the material supports your original work. The entire essay may not be paraphrased, even if properly cited, from the work of others. This would not constitute original work.

• Plagiarism Detection - All essays submitted at Rio Salado College are compared with previously submitted work to ensure students are submitting original work. You may not submit work that another student has previously submitted in a course as this violates the Academic Misconduct Policy.

• Assignment Sharing Web Sites - Using content from Web sites where students share their assignments is considered plagiarism as it violates the Academic Misconduct Policy and will result in academic discipline.
• Tutoring - If you need assistance writing college-level essays, Rio Salado College provides free online and in-person tutoring. Please see the Tutoring Web Site for hours and locations.

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 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.

Honors Program

If you are taking this course for Honors credit, you must complete all assessments, including the Honors Project(s). The Honors Project(s) are listed in one or more lessons of the course and are designated for “Honors Students.” Failure to complete the Honors Project(s) will result in a failing grade in the course and a loss of Honors credit.

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

In accordance with Rio Salado College and Maricopa Community College District policies, all students should have equal access to course materials and technology. Please contact the Disability Resources and Services Office prior to the start date of your course at 480-517-8562 if you have any of the following needs:

• you are a student requiring an academic adjustment due to a documented disability (as protected by The Americans with Disability Act Amendment Act)

• you are experiencing difficulty accessing course materials because of a disability

• you are pregnant or parenting and would like to discuss possible academic adjustments (as protected under Title IX)

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Disclaimer

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

Student Solution Center

Rio Salado College is dedicated to a quality learning experience and has provided the Student Solution Center webpage as a resource for students to raise issues to our attention. We look forward to the opportunity to provide an equitable solution for all involved parties. For grading or instructional issues, students should first contact their faculty member(s) in accordance with the Instructional Grievance Process. For non-instructional complaints, students may contact the Judicial Affairs team by telephone at 480-517-8749 or 480-517-8152, or email at judicial.affairs@riosalado.edu. Students may also contact their state regulatory agency; the Arizona SARA Council; and/or the Higher Learning Commission to escalate their concerns.