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Title: Welcome to Math 24063 Statistics Online Orientation

Welcome to Math 240-63 Statistics Online
  • Bob Parker
  • Mathematics Instructor

Course Information
  • Math 240 Introduction to Statistics
  • Prerequisite course(s) Completion of Mth 158 or
    Mth 163.
  • 3 Credit Hours

Meet the Instructor
  • Hello, my name is Bob Parker. I am a mathematics
    instructor at RCC- Warsaw. I have a Bachelor of
    Science from Randolph-Macon College and a Masters
    of Arts in Education from The College of William
    and Mary. I have been teaching statistics for
    the past 12 years in high schools and online. I
    look forward to working with you.

  • Welcome to Math 240 Statistics. This course will
    give you a solid foundation in introductory
    statistics and will help you understand the world
    around you through the use of numbers. The
    course will use a variety of instructional
    methods including online notes, tutorials,
    projects, textbook references, and one- on-one
    instruction when necessary.
  • I look forward to working with you to help you
    succeed in this class. Success in this course
    will depend in part on student effort, access to
    the internet, and competency using Blackboard and
    Internet-based tutorial programs. . I highly
    recommend that you use a graphing calculator
    throughout the course. Statistics is no longer a
    number crunching course, modern technology has
    transformed it into the science of understanding

Instructor Contact Information
  • Work phone 804-333-6768
  • Home phone 804-529-6777 (before 930 p.m.)
  • RCC Fax 804-333-0106 Please mark attention Bob
  • Email rparker_at_rcc.vccs.edu
  • Instant Messaging
  • MSN messenger rparker_at_rcc.vccs.edu

Instructor Availability
  • Please see your course syllabus for office hours.
    I am available in person, online, via email and
    by phone.

Technical Requirements
  • A general knowledge of computers is necessary for
    success in this course. Access to the internet
    is also necessary.
  • Blackboard login instructions located at
    Helpful hints about blackboard can be viewed at
    http//bbhelp.vccs.edu . Please contact the
    distance learning office at flo_at_rcc.vccs.edu if
    you have trouble logging in.

Statistics Course Overview
  • This course presents an overview of statistics,
    including descriptive statistics, elementary
    probability, probability distributions,
    estimation, hypothesis testing, and correlation
    and regression.

How will your grade be determined?
  • Your grade will be determined in the following
  • 1. Unit tests a unit test must be taken at the
    end of each unit. These tests will be taken in
    the testing center. Students may use a
    calculator and may have one page (8 ½ by 11)
    front side only of notes.
  • 2. Unit projects will be assigned at various
    stages of the course. The purpose of these
    projects is to allow students an opportunity to
    use the skills learned in this course, in a real
    world setting. The unit projects also serve as
    practice for the final exam project.
  • 3. Homework Homework will be completed online
    through the Mathzone program. Homework will be
    graded for completeness and being on time.
  • 4. Chapter quizzes chapter quizzes will be
    taken in blackboard and will provide feedback for
    the student. Chapter quizzes must be completed by
    the late date in the syllabus or a grade of 0
    will be given for that quiz.
  • 5. Final exam Students may elect to take a
    cumulative final exam. The final exam grade may
    replace the lowest unit test grade if it is

Course Materials
  • Textbook Elementary Statistics, by A.G. Bluman,
    WCB/McGraw-Hill, 2005 6th edition ISBN
  • Software Required
  • Blackboard- accessed through myRcc on the RCC
  • Microsoft office or another word processor and
    spreadsheet program.
  • Elluminate Live online tutoring program
    provided via the internet to all RCC students.
  • Windows media player online lectures will be
    available in windows media format.
  • Mathzone included with new textbook purchase.
    Homework will be completed in Mathzone. This is
    a very comprehensive web site, that provides
    tutoring, practice work, resources and notes.
  • Graphing calculator a graphing calculator will
    eliminate many of the cumbersome calculations
    required in this class and will help students be
    successful. The instructor will provide
    tutorials for the TI-83. The instructor strongly
    recommends that students have access to a
    graphing calculator.

Course Materials
  • Optional materials
  • Supplements
  • Student Solutions Manual by S. Robinson,
    WCB/McGraw-Hill, 6th edition. (optional)

Textbook website
  • http//highered.mcgraw-hill.com/classware/infoCent

Additional Course Resources
Academic.com- provided to all RCC students. This
online resource will provide tutorials on many of
the topics covered in this class.
Using Mathzone
  • After entering the mathzone website use the
    course code found in your syllabus to enter the
    course I have set up for you.
  • Homework assignments are located under
    assignments and are listed by chapter.
  • Please watch the orientation to Mathzone and
    Blackboard posted under Course materials in

Getting Started with Assignments
  • Please see the course blackboard page for a
    complete syllabus and assignment guide.
  • Remember that the first project and the first
    chapter quiz must be completed by the date in
    your syllabus or you will be dropped from the

How do I tackle this course?
  • Read the chapter.
  • Review notes and tutorials in MathZone.
  • Access and view the lectures provided on the
    course cd and online by the instructor.
  • Complete the homework problems for the chapter
    found in Mathzone.
  • Take the Chapter quiz.
  • After completing all chapters in the unit, review
    and prepare for the unit test.
  • Complete projects as they are assigned.

Dates to Remember
  • Last Day for Drop/Add.
  • First project and first online quiz due date,
    failure to complete this project and quiz on time
    will result in the student being dropped from the
  • Last Day to Withdraw and Receive a W grade.
  • Check in your FLO packet for exact dates.

  • In order to truly improve, we must evaluate the
    class. Please complete your course evaluation
    when posted in Blackboard near the end of the
  • Only you can make the course better by giving us
    constructive feedback.

Email and Blackboard Tips and Tricks
  • If using AOL or other broadband internet
    providers, please open another browser such as
    Internet Explorer or Netscape 6.0 or higher.
  • Make sure when sending attachments that the
    filename contains no spaces or special characters
    such as hyphens or symbols.
  • If you cannot login to your blackboard or email
    account, please go to the student login page to
    fill out an error reporting form.
  • If you are having trouble with opening blackboard
    or your email, make sure to view the VCCS outage
    page at http//helpnet.utility.vccs.edu/central/Lo
  • If you are typing a long email, you might want to
    type it in word and then cut and paste the
    information into your email message.
  • Other tips can be seen at the VCCS Webmail FAQ
    page at http//webmail3.utility.vccs.edu/index.pl?
  • If you are new to distance learning, you should
    attend the on campus orientation. If that is not
    possible, please attend the online orientation at
    http//www.rcc.vccs.edu/tegrity and select Online
    FLO Orientation.

Have a great semester
  • Please remember that I am here to help you
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