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Course Syllabus

Introduction to Statistics for Engineers: ST314


Fall 2016
3 Credits
Please read each section on all nine pages.
Contact Information
Instructor: Katie Jager, MS
Email: Katie.Jager@stat.oregonstate.edu
Office: Weniger 273
Office Hours: TBA
Class Meeting Times: T/TH 8AM-9:20AM
Course Materials
Web Assign (Required)
Web assign is an online homework companion designed to be compatible with the below text. You will be
assigned a specific course key in Canvas under the WebAssign tab in Module 0. You may login and/or enter
the course key at the following website: http://www.webassign.net/ .
Turning Point clicker (Required)
The clicker is a small receiver that allows students to respond to questions in real time and is available in the
bookstore for rent or purchase.
Textbook (Strongly Suggested)
Probability & Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences, Jay L. Devore, Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning,
Boston, MA. Eighth Edition (2012). References to the text in the course materials will be for the Eighth Edition.
For textbook accuracy or to purchase, please go to the textbook list at the OSU Bookstore website
(http://osubeaverstore.com/) for current information.
Statistical Software/Computing
A calculator is recommended. Homework and Exams will assume you have a calculator. Any calculator will do.
For data analyses, we will explore statistical software R. Homework and Exam questions will assume you can
read statistical software output.
R is a free source program and can be found by following this link:
http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/
R Studio is a friendly user interface that goes along with R. This can be downloaded for free on any system that
already has R.
http://www.rstudio.com/
OR you can use your ONID ID to get remote access apps.oregonstate.edu.
Document scanner. Data Analyses will need to be typed or scanned by a document scanner. There are also
many scanning apps for smart phone user that can be downloaded from free.

This course is offered through Oregon State University Extended Campus.


For more information, contact: Web: ecampus.oregonstate.edu Email: ecampus@oregonstate.edu

Tel: 800-667-1465

Course Description
Introduction to Statistics for Engineers is a fast-paced introductory course for students majoring in engineering,
science or computer science. The course requires a brief understanding of integral calculus, as it applies to
probability problems. ST314 is designed to be a dense one-term introduction to probability, inferential statistics,
experiments, hypothesis testing, estimation, regression and statistical process control. This course offers an
introduction to the statistical software R. ST314 is comprised of 3 credit hours. Students should expect to spend
up to 9 hours per week in class, on homework and data analyses.
Learning Objectives
The following are expectations of a student after the completion of this course.
Have an understanding of the role of statistics within the engineering profession.
Be able to graphically display data in ways meaningful for interpretation.
Have an understanding of variability in engineering processes and ways of modeling such variability.
Have a basic understanding of the tools of statistical inference.
Understand statistical process control and the use of control charts.
Be able to construct and interpret linear regression models involving one or more independent variables.
Have an understanding of the principles of experimental design and be able to identify when such
principles can be put to use for engineering problems.
Topics

Sampling and Experimental Designs


Summary Statistics and visual displays for categorical and quantitative variables
Set theory and Probability, Discrete and Continuous Random Variables and their Probability Models
Expectation and Variation for Random Variables
Central Limit Theorem and Sampling Distributions
Estimation and Hypothesis testing for single sample means and proportions
Estimation and Hypothesis testing for comparing two sample means and two proportions
Single Factor ANOVA
Simple and Multiple Linear Regression, Scatterplots, Correlation and Residual Analysis
Statistical Process Control, xbar and S charts, p and c charts
R software
Lectures

Lectures will consist of 80 minutes of lecture, group work and clicker questions two times per week. Partially
completed lecture notes will be posted prior to class for you to review and bring to class. These can be obtained
within the specific week under Modules in Canvas. You are encouraged to read the notes and the accompanying
text chapters prior to coming to class.
It is important to attend class to understand the material. In class and group participation is worth 10% of your
overall grade, these cant be made up outside of class. Extra credit points for free-writes and clicker participation
will be awarded for those who attend lecture.

This course is offered through Oregon State University Extended Campus.


For more information, contact: Web: ecampus.oregonstate.edu Email: ecampus@oregonstate.edu

Tel: 800-667-1465

Student Conduct, Expectations and Lecture Policies


Be respectful of your classmates right to learn and my right to teach by following these student expectations:
Attend class.
o Attendance is mandatory for success in the course.
o You are responsible for your participation in this course.
Come prepared.
o Bring lecture notes to class.
o Bring Calculator.
o TurningPoint Clicker.
Be on time. Class begins at 8:00AM PST.
o If you will be more than 10 minutes late do not come to class.
Do not leave or pack up early. Class ends at 9:20AM PST.
o If you must leave early then inform me prior to class.
o I will never keep you past 9:20AM therefore I expect I get your full attention up to that point.
Raise your hand to ask questions in class.
No unsolicited talking.
o Talking during group work and discussion is encouraged.
o During lecture or when other students are asking questions talking impedes the learning process
and is not tolerated.
Cellphones are not permitted in class.
o Prior to class phones should be turned off and tucked away.
o Visible phones will be confiscated for the remainder of the class.
Laptops/tablets/eReaders are prohibited in class unless prior arrangements have been made.
o If you are using a laptop, you must submit a written request stating your intentions for using the
device during class. Once approved you must sit in the first two rows of class.
Food and snacks.
o Eating during class is discouraged, however, if necessary please be respectful of others around
you and keep crunching, crackling and munching to a minimum.
Any student who violates these policies will be asked to leave for the day. Persistent violations will
be reported to student conduct.
Canvas
You will need access to Canvas for this course. The Canvas page is where you will find important due dates,
contact information, class notes, download and turn-in homework, communicate with peers, use the discussion
board, receive feedback on assignments, and review grades. It is important to orient yourself with Canvas as soon
as possible. The TA, a graduate student from the statistics department, will monitor the discussion board on
Canvas where you can post questions. Important course announcements may be made throughout the duration of
the term. You can also access Canvas through a free mobile app available for Android and Apple.
Communication
During Class
Please feel free to ask questions during class. Before and after class is not an ideal time to ask questions, please
refrain until office hours or send me an email for out of class questions or concerns.
Announcements
Special announcements will be made on the Announcements page in Canvas. It is important to check them often
to receive current information about the class.
This course is offered through Oregon State University Extended Campus.
For more information, contact: Web: ecampus.oregonstate.edu Email: ecampus@oregonstate.edu

Tel: 800-667-1465

Discussion Board
If you have a general (non-personal) question please post it in the weekly Got a Question? Ask Here discussion
board forums. This allows other students to respond to the question and allows all students to view responses
from the Instructor and TA. This is a great resource and is typically faster than email. All general questions asked
through email will be redirected to be posted within the Discussion Board.
Phone
The instructor can be reached by phone using the number listed in the university directory; however, email is the
preferred contact method and will be quicker than messages by phone. Phone messages will not be checked over
weekends, holidays or between academic terms. Please use the posted email to contact the instructor.
Email
OSU Email Account
In addition to Canvas it is important to check your OSU email address as I may need to send you an individualized
email. Not checking your email will not be a valid excuse for missed due dates. It is expected you participate to
the fullest in this matter.
Email Instructor or TA
The instructor or TA may be reached through their posted email address posted in Canvas.
Email Etiquette
When sending an email:
Put ST314 8AM and YOUR NAME in the title of your email.
o In some terms, I have over 500 students it really helps if you let me know who you are and which
class you are in!
Use salutations:
o Start your email by Hello Instructor Jager, Hi Katie, Dear Statistics Master
o End your email with From, Sincerely, Thank You, Cheers, -Your name.
Only use email if you have a personal question, otherwise use the Discussion Board, your question may
already be answered.
o Reasons for personal email: Grades, grading feedback or personal issues
o Send to Discussion Board: Content or course structure questions
Exhaust all course materials and resources before emailing.
o In other words, do your research. If you have a question that can be answered by the Syllabus, I
will direct you to the Syllabus.
Do not expect an instant response.
o Your email will be responded to within 48 hours. Limited correspondence over the weekend from
Friday 5PM to Monday 8AM.
Havent gotten back to you? Please send another email if no response after 48 hours.
o Sometimes student emails go to SPAM or I get too busy to respond .
o Please dont hesitate to resend an email after two days.
WebAssign Communication
WebAssign has features called ask your teacher and request an extension. Please do not use these functions.
I will not respond to your requests. Instead use the posted email or discussion board.
This course is offered through Oregon State University Extended Campus.
For more information, contact: Web: ecampus.oregonstate.edu Email: ecampus@oregonstate.edu

Tel: 800-667-1465

Grades
Distribution
Grades are earned by the student not given by the instructor. Your final grade is based on the number of points
earned out of 1000 points. Final grades will be rounded to the nearest whole point. This is how your final grade
will be calculated, there are no exceptions.
Bribes or grade negotiations are extremely inappropriate and will not be tolerated under any
circumstances. It is the responsibility of the student to monitor their performance and check grades often.
All grading requests/concerns must be done prior to finals week. All other requests will not be considered.
WebAssign Homework
Ten Assignments @ 20 points each
Data Analyses
Five Reports @ 40 points each
Participation
ST314 Student Info Survey 10 points
Other Participation Events: Pop-quizzes, Discussion Board Assignments, Free
Writes or In Class Group Work 5 15 points each.
Midterm
Final Exam
Total

200
200
100

250
250
1000

Letter grades will be awarded according to the points earned*:


A = 925 or more points
A- = 900 924
B+ = 875 899
B = 825 874
B- = 800 824
C+ = 775 799
C = 725 774
C- = 700 724
D+ = 675 699
D= 625 674
D- = 600 624
F = 599 or less points
*The instructor reserves the right to adjust final grades according to the performance of the class as a whole.
Syllabus Survey
Students must read and agree to the terms of the course that are listed within this syllabus. If the Syllabus Survey
in Canvas is not completed by the end of the second week, students will potentially earn an F for the course.
Students will receive scores of zero for all items until the Syllabus Survey is complete.
Incomplete Grades
The Statistics Department policy on requesting incompletes is as follows: A student who wants to request an
incomplete
must
fill
out
an
Incomplete
Request
form
available
online
(http://www.stat.oregonstate.edu/current/incomplete) or in the Statistics office (Kidder Hall 44). Please read the
instructions as far as what constitutes a valid reason and what does not before filling out the form. Return the
completed request form to the Statistics office. You will be notified within a few days of making the request as
to whether your request was granted or denied.

This course is offered through Oregon State University Extended Campus.


For more information, contact: Web: ecampus.oregonstate.edu Email: ecampus@oregonstate.edu

Tel: 800-667-1465

WebAssign Homework
Weekly homework assignments will be assigned and completed in WebAssign. WebAssign is the online
companion for the eBook, within WebAssign there is a complete copy of the eBook, practice problems, videos,
and other helpful resources. It is important to register for WebAssign as soon as possible. A free trial period is
available, to get started without committing to the course. A class access key will be provided in Canvas on the
first day of class. WebAssign requires Adobe Flash and the use of Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. It is the
responsibility of the student to register for WebAssign and monitor grades in WebAssign. No late assignments
will be accepted and no extensions will be granted. The lowest score will be dropped and replaced by the average
of the other assignments. Any grading requests must be done within 7 days of the original due date. Later
requests will not be considered.
Participation
Throughout the term, we will engage in small group assignments, free-writes, and discussion. Ten percent of your
final grade will depend on your participation in class. Participation will be assessed with Turning Point Clickers,
pop-quizzes, short turn-in assignments, group work and submission of the ST314 Student Information Survey.
For many of these assignments you will need to participate in class to earn points. There are no make-up points
for missing a participation or group assignment. Approximately, ten participation events will be held on random
days during the term. Up to 2 points per day of extra credit can be earned through correct responses to general
clicker questions given in class (up to 36 points!).
Data Analyses
Five short report Data Analyses will be assigned during the term. These reports are intended to allow students to
explore statistical software, implore a deeper understanding of certain topics, receive targeted feedback, and
practice applicable analyses on data. Data Analyses will be posted on Canvas and will be submitted through
Canvas. Reports will be graded by a GTA and will be returned with feedback.
All analyses must be uploaded as a PDF or Word Document.
JPEG, PNG, ODT, or other formats are not compatible with Canvas and will not be accessible for
grading.
You will receive a score of zero if your analysis is uploaded in a format other than PDF or Word.
No Exceptions.
You must upload pages as one document.
Any resubmittal is subject to a 50% penalty.
Late policy on Data Analyses
You must turn in analyses on time. Any analysis up to one second after the due date will not be graded*.
*You will have a one time two day leeway in which you can turn in your data analysis up to 2 days late
(48 hours).
o This means on Wednesday of the same week, no questions asked and no excuses needed!
o All other requests for extensions will not be granted.
Scanners
eScanners are located in the 2nd floor Copy Center, 1st, 3rd and 5th floors. These scanners allow you to scan
documents (color, gray, b/w) in searchable PDF or quick PDF and send them to an email address or store on a
flash drive. There is no charge for the service at this time.
This course is offered through Oregon State University Extended Campus.
For more information, contact: Web: ecampus.oregonstate.edu Email: ecampus@oregonstate.edu

Tel: 800-667-1465

Exams
There will be two exams in this course. A midterm and a comprehensive final.
Midterm
The midterm will take place during the 6th week of class and will include all material through week 5.
Final
The comprehensive final exam is scheduled during finals week, exact date and location will be announced.
Exam Policies
No make-up exams will be given unless there is an extraordinary circumstance. (Routine illnesses such as
colds are not considered extraordinary.)
Permission to miss an exam must be granted prior to the exam time by the instructor. Unless it is a very
extraordinary circumstance, no make-up exam will be given if permission to miss the exam is not granted
before the scheduled exam time.
Exams will not be given prior to the exam date under any circumstances.
Before exams students should line up quietly outside of the exam room. The instructor will then let
students inside 5 minutes prior to the start of the exam. Do not enter the classroom if the doors are not
open.
You must present your ID to take the Midterm and Final.
Cell phones must be turned off and stored out of sight during exams. Nothing in or covering the ear will
be allowed (hats, earphones, etc.) unless it is a medically approved device.
You are allowed to use a calculator on the exams. Your cell phone MAY NOT be used as a calculator.
Each exam will allow a double-sided hand written 8.5X11 page of notes.
If there is an error in scoring an exam, all requests for re-grading the exam must be initiated by the student
within one week of when the exam is returned. No exams will be re-graded after that period.
Clicker Information and Policies
Clicker Registration through Canvas link in Module 0.
You must register your remote by the start of class on Monday September 26th. If you fail to register
your clicker by this date you will not earn points for participation.
1. The Turning Point clickers will be used daily in lecture. Bring the clicker to lecture each day. If you forget
your clicker you will get no participation points for that day.
2. The channel for this class is 74. To change the channel, press the channel button on the left and type in 74.
3. When answering question, you will need to send an answer before time expires otherwise your answer will
not be recorded.
4. Up to 10% of your grade will be based on participating in lecture using your clicker and up to 3.6% extra
credit can be earned.
5. It is a form of academic dishonesty to use someone elses remote. Any student using another students
remote will earn no extra credit points and a zero for participation for the term.
6. You may discuss the questions with other people before answering the question.
7. You will earn extra credit for correct responses, incorrect responses will not count against you.
8. If you believe your clicker is not registering your answers you must inform the instructor as soon as possible.
9. More information about Turning Point clickers can be directed to Teaching Across the Curriculum.
http://oregonstate.edu/tac/how-to-use/clickers
This course is offered through Oregon State University Extended Campus.
For more information, contact: Web: ecampus.oregonstate.edu Email: ecampus@oregonstate.edu

Tel: 800-667-1465

Technical Assistance
OSU Helpdesk
If you experience computer or canvas difficulties, contact the OSU Help Desk for assistance. You can call (541)
737-3474, email osuhelpdesk@oregonstate.edu or visit the OSU Computer Helpdesk online.
WebAssign
If you have issues with your WebAssign access or account, please contact WebAssign technical support. Call
toll free (800) 955-8275 or go to http://webassign.com/support/student-support/.
Student Conduct and Academic Dishonesty
You are expected to submit your own work in all your assignments, postings to the discussion board, exams and
all other communications, and to clearly give credit to the work of others when you use it. Academic dishonesty
will result in a grade of zero on the assignment or F for the course. Any violation of these expectations will
result in disciplinary action. Link to Oregon State University's entire Student Conduct Code:
http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/sites/leadership.oregonstate.edu/files/policies/student_conduct_2-25-15_57615.pdf
The following are the definitions of violations of academic dishonesty from the OSU student conduct code:
a) Academic or Scholarly Dishonesty is defined as an act of deception in which a Student seeks to claim credit
for the work or effort of another person, or uses unauthorized materials or fabricated information in any academic
work or research, either through the Student's own efforts or the efforts of another.
b) It includes:
(i) CHEATING - use or attempted use of unauthorized materials, information or study aids, or an act of deceit
by which a Student attempts to misrepresent mastery of academic effort or information. This includes but is not
limited to unauthorized copying or collaboration on a test or assignment, using prohibited materials and texts, any
misuse of an electronic device, or using any deceptive means to gain academic credit.
(ii) FABRICATION - falsification or invention of any information including but not limited to falsifying
research, inventing or exaggerating data, or listing incorrect or fictitious references.
(iii) ASSISTING - helping another commit an act of academic dishonesty. This includes but is not limited to
paying or bribing someone to acquire a test or assignment, changing someone's grades or academic records, taking
a test/doing an assignment for someone else by any means, including misuse of an electronic device. It is a
violation of Oregon state law to create and offer to sell part or all of an educational assignment to another person.
(iv) TAMPERING - altering or interfering with evaluation instruments or documents.
(v) PLAGIARISM - representing words or ideas of another person or presenting someone else's words, ideas,
artistry or data as one's own, or using one's own previously submitted work. Plagiarism includes but is not limited
to copying another person's work without appropriate referencing, presenting someone else's opinions and
theories as one's own, or working jointly on a project and then submitting it as one's own.
Students with Disabilities
Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined and approved by Disability Access Services
(DAS). If you, as a student, believe you are eligible for accommodations but have not obtained approval please
contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098 or at http://ds.oregonstate.edu. DAS notifies students and faculty
members of approved academic accommodations and coordinates implementation of those accommodations.
While not required, students and faculty members are encouraged to discuss details of the implementation of
individual accommodations.
This course is offered through Oregon State University Extended Campus.
For more information, contact: Web: ecampus.oregonstate.edu Email: ecampus@oregonstate.edu

Tel: 800-667-1465

Course Evaluation
We encourage you to engage in the course evaluation process each term. The evaluation form will be available
toward the end of each term, and you will be sent instructions through ONID. You will login to Student Online
Services to respond to the online questionnaire. The results on the form are anonymous and are not tabulated
until after grades are posted.
If you currently have an issue or problem with the course content, or structure, do not hesitate to contact the
instructor with your concern during the term. An open dialogue is encouraged.

This course is offered through Oregon State University Extended Campus.


For more information, contact: Web: ecampus.oregonstate.edu Email: ecampus@oregonstate.edu

Tel: 800-667-1465