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MAT135 - Introduction to Data and Statistics

Lackawanna College

MAT 135 OM: Introduction to Data & Statistics

Fall 2015: Oct. 22- Dec. 12

Online Classroom: 3 Credits



Katherine Fisne




Healey Building 228



Rm 219 M & W 10:00-10:45

H228 M & W 1:00-2:00





There is no required textbook for this class. All assigned readings & resources can be found under the Handouts and Links tab.


MAT 135 (Formerly MA 118) – Introductory Statistics and Data Analysis This course introduces descriptive and inferential statistics with an emphasis on techniques and applications to real-world situations. Topics include descriptive statistics, statistical distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, contingency tables, regression, and correlation.

Prerequisite: MAT 115 or MAT 120. (3 Credits)


1. Identify branches of statistics, types of data, four basic sampling techniques and observational and experimental studies

2. Organize and represent data in frequency distributions using histograms, frequency polygons and ogives.

3. Analyze data using measures of central tendency, variation and position including mean, median, mode, midrange, range, variance, standard deviation, percentiles, deciles, quartiles and boxplots.

4. Determine the probability of an event(s) using classical or empirical probability utilizing addition, multiplication and counting rules including permutations and combinations and conditional probability.

5. Construct a probability distribution for random variables using mean, variance, standard deviation for discrete random variables including binomial and normal distributions.

6. Identify properties of normal distribution, symmetric or skewed and applying z values to determine, area, probability, percentages and normal approximation.


To successfully complete this course, you will need to:

  • Participate in the weekly discussions
  • Complete weekly homework, weekly quizzes, a midterm and a final based on the assigned materials.
  • Submit two tutorials (one group, one individual) on course materials.


Your grade will be determined based on a percentage system. There are six objectives in this course and each is worth 10% comprising 60% of your final grade. Most objectives have an Webworks homework assignment AND Webworks quiz assignment. The midterm is 10% of your final grade and the final is 10% of your final grade. The remaining 20% consists of participation which includes discussions and tutorials. You will create two tutorials addressing a topic that is covered in this course. One will be done as a group and the other will be done as an individual. See the Assignments section for more information on both. For discussions you will answer two separate questions and add six additional responses on a weekly basis. See the Online Course Attendance Policy below for more information regarding answering discussion questions on the forum.

Online Course Attendance Policy

Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online courses as well.

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count.

# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion


Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)




  • You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT replies in all, minimum.
  • You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.
  • Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.
  • Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.
  • Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.
  • Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course.

Online Course Discussion Policy

In order to understand, remember, and benefit from what we learn in class, discussion and interaction are critical. Responses such as, “I like what you said.” “I agree.” Or “Good thinking.” are NOT acceptable. Also, you should NOT simply repeat what someone else has already said.


You MUST reply no less than 8 times per week – twice on any four days.

Good Discussions in Handouts and Links will help you, but you should also use this rubric to gain all possible points for your contributions and, more importantly, to get the most out of our class discussion!

Online Classroom Discussion and Interaction Rubric


What Should I Do?

Points Available

Did I do This?


Points Earned

Answer both Discussion Questions directly demonstrating a clear understanding of the material, support your response with research or reading, and promote conversation (2 replies)

10 DQ1

10 DQ 2




Respond to at least two classmates’ posts (2 replies)





Continue both conversations with at least one additional reply to each peer (2 replies)




Respond to at least one of the teacher’s secondary questions, conversing with a classmate who responds to the same question (2 replies)




Be sure all responses are detailed and clear and are posted twice on four separate days.




Be sure that all responses relate to the course reading and notes, your own everyday life, or to both




Provides the class with a response that is non-generic and inspiring – meaning that they learn from what you have contributed and can continue the conversation




Use proper grammar, spelling, and netiquette









Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.


To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student should stop attending or never attend an enrolled class or classes without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. No exceptions will be made.


Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies

As future professionals, you should practice behaviors that represent you as responsible and thoughtful. To that end, this class abides by the following rules:

  • Be polite and respectful to each other on the forum.
  • Complete all assignments and discussions in a timely manner.
  • Do not hesitate to ask questions



All discussions and tutorials will be scored using the provided rubric in the assignment section. Homeworks, quizzes, midterm and final will be completed on Webworks and are immediately scored based on correctness.


Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59



Due Dates and Late Penalties:

  • Generally speaking, late assignments are NOT accepted.
    • Please contact me regarding extenuating circumstances
    • Technical difficulties is NOT an excuse for late work.
  • There will be no “extra credit.”


Academic Integrity

Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:

  • Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;
  • Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
  • Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;
  • Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;
  • Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
  • Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
  • Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;
  • Stealing examinations or assignments;
  • Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;
  • Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;
  • Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;
  • Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement


Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution. Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs. Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab. If you feel that you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Ms. Christine Kiehart in the academic development office to discuss your options.


Lackawanna College Notice of Nondiscrimination


Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices, based on race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State Law including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and with Federal Law including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972 is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities. Lackawanna College is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from unlawful sexual discrimination including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and gender based harassment. 


In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Lackawanna College will not tolerate any forms of sexual misconduct including but not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence and gender-based harassment by employees, students or third parties. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. The College also prohibits retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. This policy applies to admissions, employment, treatment and access to all programs and activities that take place either on or off the campus at Lackawanna College. 


Lackawanna College will fully and promptly investigate all allegations of sexual misconduct and will take action reasonably designed to resolve the complaint in an equitable manner, end a hostile environment if one has been created, prevent its recurrence, and, when appropriate, take steps to remedy its effects on individuals and the college community.


Lackawanna College complies with Title IX and all other federal laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination in education programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance.


Reports or inquiries regarding nondiscrimination should be made to:

Title IX Coordinator/ Executive Director of the Student Wellness Program, Marsha Pigga, Angeli Hall, Room 102, 501 Vine Street, Scranton PA, 18509 (570) 955-1466/ (570) 677-7589,


Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action inquiries: Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Continuing Education, Angeli Hall, Room 300C, Vine Street, Scranton PA (570) 961-7815, or Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer/Dean of Students, Angeli Hall, Room 104, Vine Street, Scranton PA, (570) 504-1579,  


Additional information regarding Title IX requirements and how to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights: Office of Civil Rights at, 800-421-3481. Philadelphia Office: Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building,100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323 Telephone: 215-656-8541, Email:   


Equal Opportunity Statement:


Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification. Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503   and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquiries should be directed to Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or


Portfolio and Coursework


Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking, accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.

Course Schedule:



Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

Week 1

Branches of statistics, Types of data



Read/Watch the Week 1 Handouts and Links.


Answer the discussion questions and complete additional participation.


Complete the About You forum posts and syllabus quizzes.


Complete the Week 1 Webworks Assignment.

Week 2

Data Representations.


Read/Watch the Week 2 Handouts and Links.


Answer the discussion questions and complete additional participation.


Complete the Week 2 Webworks Assignment and Quiz 1.


Week 3

Measures of Central Tendency


Read/Watch the Week 3 Handouts and Links.


Answer the discussion questions and complete additional participation.


Complete the Week 3 Webworks Assignment and Quiz 2.


Week 4

Review Week 1-Week 3 materials





Answer the discussion questions and complete additional participation.


Complete the Midterm.


Complete the Group Tutorial Assignment

Week 5



Read/Watch the Week 5 Handouts and Links.


Answer the discussion questions and complete additional participation.


Complete the Week 5 Webworks Assignment and Quiz 3.


Week 6

Probability (con’t)


Read/Watch the Week 6 Handouts and Links.


Answer the discussion questions and complete additional participation.


Complete the Week 6 Webworks Assignment and Quiz 4.


Week 7



Read/Watch the Week 7 Handouts and Links.


Answer the discussion questions and complete additional participation.


Complete the Week 7 Webworks Assignment and Quiz 5.


Week 8

Review of all course material.







Answer the discussion questions and complete additional participation.


Complete the Final.


Complete the DIY Tutorial Assignment