Elementary Statistics
FA 2021 Semester
Professor David Hunter
MoWe 1:25 to 2:15, 102 Forum Bldg.

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The schedules for shared office hours (SOH) and guided study groups (GSG) are now available.

More information specific to Section 003:

To keep consistency across sections, everything below this line was copy-pasted from the main STAT 200 Canvas page on Sat., Aug. 21 at 4:15pm.

Course Description | Course Format | Course Correspondence |Course Time Zone |Prerequisites | Required Materials | Technology Requirements |Getting help outside of classAssignments | Learning Goals | Other Policies

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STAT 200: Elementary Statistics

Credits: 4
FALL 2021

Course Description

STAT 200 is a first course in statistics. Students who successfully complete this course will understand the basic concepts of data collection, exploratory data analysis, and statistical inference, including common graphical and numerical data summaries, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing.  Students will make connections between probabilistic concepts like normal distribution and statistical inference. They will recognize various types of data and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze them. They will also gain extensive experience in the use of statistical software to analyze data.

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Course Format

There are two 50-minute lectures and two 50-minute active learning labs each week. 

Students will participate in lectures and labs at the scheduled time in the scheduled location. 

Course Correspondence

All course correspondence must take place within Canvas via the Canvas inbox. 

Course Time Zone

All course due dates are in the eastern time zone which University Park is located. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) ends on November 7th, 2021, and time falls back an hour to enter Eastern Standard Time (EST) 


Placement into MATH 021 or higher

Prerequisites policy statement: Students who do not meet these prerequisites may be disenrolled according to Administrative Policy C-5 if they do not have the proper prerequisite override. Students who add the course after being disenrolled according to this policy violate Item 15 of the Student Code of Conduct.

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Required Materials

Assistance with Textbooks: Penn State honors and values the socioeconomic diversity of our students. If you require assistance with the costs of textbooks for this course, contact the Office of Student Care and Advocacy, 120 Boucke Building, 863-4926. For additional needs related to socioeconomic status please visit Project Cahir.

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Technology Requirements

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Getting help outside of class

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Engagement Points 


Due to COVID-19, while trying to balance an in-person course experience for this semester, mandatory attendance to the lab is not required. You are strongly encouraged to attend your lab to get in-person assistance and complete active learning in small groups. If you chose not to attend lab or can not participate in the lab for a health reason, you can still complete your lab independently. Please note that TAs will offer assistance to the lab activity worksheet in the lab only. You may ask simple questions during Shared Office Hours. However, Shared Office Hours are not a replacement for lab attendance. While offering an in-person course experience, the lab will not be live-streamed or recorded.  

WileyPLUS  (Homework) Assignments (WPA) 


Conflict/makeup exam policy

Final Exam

Final Exam Week is December 13th - 17th. The Registrar will announce the final exam schedule on September 27th, 2020. A Canvas announcement will be made when the final exam is scheduled.

Our final exam is scheduled for Monday, December 13th, 2021 from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm University Park time.  (updated on 10/13/2021)


Course Grades

Assignment groups and  points
Assignment Group Points Percent
Final Exam 200 20%
Exams (3) 100 points x 3 exams = 300 30%
Lab Assignments  (best 24) 10 points x 24 labs = 240 24%
WileyPLUS Assignments  (best 20) 8 points x 20 = 160 16%
Engagement  Points 100 10%
Total 1000 100%

Final course grades will be assigned following the table below:

Letter Grade Minimum Percentage
A 93%-100%
A- 90%-92.99%
B+ 87%-89.99%
B 83%-86.99%
B- 80%-82.99%
C+ 77%-79.99%
C 70%-76.99%
D 60%-69.99%
F 0%-59.99%

It is unavoidable that some students finish the semester ‘just a point’ from the next grade.  Out of fairness, it is the course policy to not adjust final grades for individual students.

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Learning Goals

Students should:

  1. become critical consumers of statistically based results reported in popular media, recognizing whether reported results reasonably follow from the study and analysis conducted.
  2. be able to both recognize and answer questions for which the investigative process in statistics would be useful and answer questions using the investigative process.
  3. be able to produce graphical displays and numerical summaries and interpret what graphs do and do not reveal.
  4. recognize and be able to explain the central role of variability in the field of statistics.
  5. recognize and be able to explain the central role of randomness in designing studies and drawing conclusions.
  6. gain experience with how statistical models, including multivariable models, are used.
  7. demonstrate an understanding of, and ability to use, basic ideas of statistical inference, both hypothesis tests, and interval estimation, in a variety of settings.
  8. be able to interpret and draw conclusions from standard output from statistical software packages.
  9. demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues associated with sound statistical practice.

Time Management is critical to your success in this course. Please see the university resources on time management. (https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/about-us/news-and-features/time-management-five-essentials-for-online-learners)

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Other Policies

Mask Required

Penn State requires everyone to wear a face mask in all university buildings, including classrooms, regardless of vaccination status. ALL STUDENTS MUST wear a mask appropriately (i.e., covering both your mouth and nose) while you are indoors on campus.  This is to protect your health and safety as well as the health and safety of your classmates, instructor, and the university community.   Anyone attending class without a mask will be asked to put one on or leave.  Instructors may end class if anyone present refuses to appropriately wear a mask for the duration of the class. Students who refuse to wear masks appropriately may face disciplinary action for Code of Conduct violations.  If you feel you cannot wear a mask during class, please speak with your adviser immediately about your options for altering your schedule.

Course Copyright

All course materials students receive or to which students have online access are protected by copyright laws. Students may use course materials and make copies for their own use as needed, but unauthorized distribution and/or uploading of materials without the instructor’s express permission is strictly prohibited. University Policy AD 40, the University Policy Recording of Classroom Activities and Note Taking Services addresses this issue. Students who engage in the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials may be held in violation of the University’s Code of Conduct, and/or liable under Federal and State laws.

Academic Integrity and Mutual Respect

All Penn State policies regarding ethics and honorable behavior apply to this course. Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception and is an educational objective of this institution. All University policies regarding academic integrity apply to this course. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

These are all examples of academic dishonesty. Instructors regularly monitor the web for the inappropriate posting of instructional materials.

It is expected that any work submitted is your own. Class members may work on WileyPLUS homework assignments and lab assignments in groups, but each student must write up answers in their own words and submit lab quizzes and homework assignments separately. Students may study together for exams, but each student must complete these assessments independently.

For any material or ideas obtained from other sources, such as the textbook or other information you find on the web, in the library, etc., a source reference must be given. Direct quotes from any source must be identified as such.

Any instances of academic dishonesty WILL be pursued under the University and Eberly College of Science regulations concerning academic integrity. For more information on academic integrity, see Penn State's statement on plagiarism and academic dishonesty .

The Eberly College of Science Code of Mutual Respect and Cooperation embodies the values that we hope our faculty, staff, and students possess and will endorse to make The Eberly College of Science a place where every individual feels respected and valued, as well as challenged and rewarded.

Disabilities Accommodation Statement

Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. University Park campus has an office for students with disabilities. For further information, please visit the Student Disability Resources Web site: http://equity.psu.edu/student-disability-resources.

In order to receive consideration for reasonable accommodations, you must contact the appropriate disability services office, participate in an intake interview, and provide documentation:

http://equity.psu.edu/student-disability-resources/applying-for-services. If the documentation supports your request for reasonable accommodations, the disability service office will provide you with an accommodation letter. Please share this letter with your instructor (The person who lectures to you) and discuss the accommodations with them as early in your courses as possible. You must follow this process for every semester that you request accommodations. 

If you receive accommodations for Exams, your accommodation will show up on the exam 24 hours prior to the start of the exam.  If you feel like there is a mistake with your exam accommodation, please reach out to Professor Shelton via a Canvas message. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Many students at Penn State face personal challenges or have psychological needs that may interfere with their academic progress, social development, or emotional well-being. The university offers a variety of confidential services to help you through difficult times, including individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, consultations, online chats, and mental health screenings. These services are provided by staff who welcome all students and embrace a philosophy respectful of clients’ cultural and religious backgrounds and sensitive to differences in race, ability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

Counseling and Psychological Services at University Park (CAPS)814-863-0395
Counseling and Psychological Services at Commonwealth Campuses
Penn State Crisis Line (24 hours/7 days/week): 877-229-6400
Crisis Text Line (24 hours/7 days/week): Text LIONS to 741741

Campus Emergencies

Campus emergencies, including weather delays, are announced on Penn State Live and communicated to cellphones, email, the Penn State Facebook page, and Twitter via PSUTXT (to sign up, please see http://psutxt.psu.edu). If the university is open, exams and classes will be held as scheduled.

Deferred Grades

If you are prevented from completing this course within the prescribed amount of time for reasons that are beyond your control, it is possible to have the grade deferred with the concurrence of the instructor, following Penn State Deferred Grade Policy 48-40. To seek a deferred grade, you must submit a written request (by e-mail or U.S. post) to the instructor describing the reason(s) for the request. Non-emergency permission for filing a deferred grade must be requested before the beginning of the final examination period. It is up to the instructor to determine whether or not you will be permitted to receive a deferred grade. If permission is granted, you will work with the instructor to establish a communication plan and a clear schedule for completion within policy. If for any reason, the coursework for the deferred grade is not complete by the assigned time, a grade of "F" will be automatically entered on your transcript.

Connect Online with Caution

Penn State is committed to educational access for all. Our students come from all walks of life and have diverse life experiences. As with any other online community, the lack of physical interaction in an online classroom can create a false sense of anonymity and security. While one can make new friends online, digital relationships can also be misleading. Good judgment and decision-making are critical when choosing to disclose personal information with others whom you do not know.

Military Personnel

Veterans and currently serving military personnel and/or spouses with unique circumstances (e.g., upcoming deployments, drill/duty requirements, disabilities, VA appointments, etc.) are welcome and encouraged to communicate these, in advance if possible, to the instructor in the case that special arrangements need to be made.


The term "Netiquette" refers to the etiquette guidelines for electronic communications, such as e-mail and bulletin board postings. Netiquette covers not only rules to maintain civility in discussions, but also special guidelines unique to the electronic nature of forum messages. Please review some general Netiquette guidelines that should be followed when communicating in this course. All course correspondence must take place within Canvas.

Educational Equity / Report Bias Statements

Penn State University has adopted a “Protocol for Responding to Bias Motivated Incidents
(http://equity.psu.edu/reportbias/reports/protocol-for-responding-to-bias-motivated-incidents)” that is grounded in the policy that the “University is committed to creating an educational environment which is free from intolerance directed toward individuals or groups and strives to create and maintain an environment that fosters respect for others.” That policy is embedded within an institution traditionally committed to
academic freedom (https://guru.psu.edu/policies/OHR/hr64.html) Bias motivated incidents include conduct that is defined in University
Policy AD 91: Discrimination and Harassment, and Related Inappropriate Conduct (https://guru.psu.edu/policies/ad91.html). Students, faculty, or staff who experience or witness a possible bias motivated incident are urged to report the incident immediately by doing one of the following:

* Dialing 911 in cases where physical injury has occurred or is imminent

Acknowledgment of Land

In collaboration with the Indigenous Peoples Student Association (IPSA) and the Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance (IFSA)

The Pennsylvania State University campuses are located on the original homelands of the Erie, Haudenosaunee (Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora), Lenape (Delaware Nation, Delaware Tribe, Stockbridge-Munsee), Shawnee (Absentee, Eastern, and Oklahoma), Susquehannock, and Wahzhazhe (Osage) Nations.  As a land grant institution, we acknowledge and honor the traditional caretakers of these lands and strive to understand and model their responsible stewardship. We also acknowledge the longer history of these lands and our place in that history.

Syllabus Subject to Change

Please note that this Course Syllabus is subject to change. Students are responsible for abiding by such changes. Changes to the syllabus shall also be given to the student in written  (electronic) form.

Keep Learning

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