Statistics
2331
Introduction
to statistical methods
Spring
2018
Ian R. Harris
Associate Professor, Department of Statistical Science
103 Heroy Building
2147682454
iharris@mail.smu.edu
http://faculty.smu.edu/iharris
Office Hours (tentative):
Mon 1:002:00 p.m.
Wed 1:002:00 p.m.
or by appt.
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Directions
to G15. Go to Clements Hall, approach from the North Side (Dallas Hall side).
DO NOT enter through main white entrance door. Instead, stand facing door and
turn right, there is a small (partially hidden) staircase leading down to the
basement approximately 20yds to the right of the main entrance. Take stairs
down, go through doors to corridor, turn right, G15
will then be on the right.
Stat
2301803
Lectures: 2:002:50 p.m., MW; DALL 306
Section N31 Laboratory: 22:50., F; CLEM G15
Section N32 Laboratory: 33:50., F; CLEM G15
Section N33 Laboratory: 1212:50., F; CLEM G15
[students enrolled in section 803 MUST also be enrolled in either N31, N32, or N33.]
TAs: T.A.:
Name 
Room 
Office Hours 
Email 
Todd Buretz 
HEROY 125 
TTH 9:3010:30 
tburetz@smu.edu 
Jingjing
Qu 
HYER G23 
TTH 10:3011:30 
jingjingq@smu.edu 
Classroom Etiquette
Please turn off/silence and put away your cell phone while in
class. Text messaging, checking email, FaceBook or other websites, completing work for another
class, etc. are not
acceptable during class time. You may not use a laptop for note taking; exceptions with
documentation from DASS.
Note on cell phones: Cell phones must be turned off and put away during exams. If
students use
their cell phone during an exam, that will be considered cheating
and a violation of the Honor Code (see
section on Academic Integrity).
Textbook
Introduction to the practice of statistics, 9th Edition, special loose
leaf version available at bookstore.
by Moore, McCabe and Craig; Freeman
Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)
This class qualifies as a Quantitative Foundation (QF) course as part of SMU's
new university curriculum. The SLOs for a QF class are as follows:
1) Students will be able to solve problems using
algebraic, geometric, calculus, statistical and/or geometrical methods.
2) Students will be able to interpret and/or
draw inferences from mathematical models, data, graphs, or formulae.
Lectures
Lectures are very important for understanding the
material and doing well on the exams, please attend! Please
participate via questions, answers, and comments. It is also important to do
the homework assignments.
Attendance
Attendance is required. Failure to attend
regularly will put your success in the course (and your grade) in serious
jeopardy.
Grading
Your semester grade will be determined as follows:
Exams
(3 exams) 
60% 
No dropped scores. Exam dates are Feb 19th, March 28th and
April 25th. 
Final
Exam 
20% 
Monday May
14th, 3:006:00. 
Homework
Assignments 
10% 
No dropped scores. 
Laboratory
Assignments 
10% 
Full attendance is required. 
TOTAL 
100% 
 
There are NO EXTRA CREDIT opportunities available for this course, so make sure you understand what is required of you. More details about the components of your grade......
NOTE: Write your name and lab section number (N31/N32/N33) on all work (homework, exams, etc.)
Getting Help
Please contact me or the teaching assistant if you have questions or are having
difficulties. Office hours are regularly scheduled times that you can
come by to ask questions or get help. If you are unable to visit during
scheduled office hours, contact myself or a teaching assistant to set up
an appointment.
·
Disability
Accommodations: Students needing
academic accommodations for a disability must first register with Disability
Accommodations & Success Strategies (DASS). Students can call
2147681470 or visit http://www.smu.edu/Provost/ALEC/DASS to begin the
process. Once registered, students should then schedule an appointment with
the professor as early in the semester as possible, present a DASS
Accommodation Letter, and make appropriate arrangements. Please note that
accommodations are not retroactive and require advance notice to implement.
·
Religious Observance: Religiously observant students wishing to be absent on
holidays that require missing class should notify their professors in writing
at the beginning of the semester, and should discuss with them, in advance,
acceptable ways of making up any work missed because of the absence. (See
University Policy No. 1.9.)
·
Excused Absences for
University Extracurricular Activities:
Students participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University
extracurricular activity should be given the opportunity to make up class assignments
or other graded assignments missed as a result of their participation. It
is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements with the instructor
prior to any missed scheduled examination or other missed assignment for making
up the work. (University Undergraduate Catalogue)
·
Student Learning
Outcomes: Please include in your
syllabi all student learning outcomes, both those specific to your course, as
well as those that satisfy major and general education requirements.
·
Final Exams: Final course examinations shall be given in all
courses where they are appropriate, and some form of final assessment is
essential. Final exams or final assessments must be administered as
specified in the official examination schedule, and shall not be administered
during the last week of classes or during the Reading Period.
·
In accordance with Texas
Senate Bill 11, also known as the “campus carry” law, following consultation
with entire University community SMU determined to remain a weaponsfree campus.
Specifically, SMU prohibits possession of weapons (either openly or in a
concealed manner) on campus. For more information, please see: http://www.smu.edu/BusinessFinance/Police/Weapons_Policy.
SMU Honor Code
The SMU Honor Code will be strictly enforced.
Students caught giving or receiving unauthorized help on examinations will
either be given a course grade of zero or taken before the Honor Council.
Tentative Schedule
WEEK 
TOPIC
(Numbers refer to chapters in book) 
DUE
DATES AND TEST DATES FOR THIS WEEK 
FRIDAY
LAB ACTIVITY 
1/221/26 
1/22: Introduction, 1.2 
No
homework, read Chapter 1, section 1. 1/26 Last ADD date. 
No
lab. 
1/292/2 
1/29:
1.3 (variability using standard deviation, IQR) 
Homework 1 (due
2/2): 1.75, 1.77, 1.79,
1.87 (p 49, 50), 1.93, 1.94 (p 59) 2/2 Last DROP date. 
Lab 1, Introduction to Excel. 
2/52/9 
2/5:
2.2, 2.3 (scatterplots, correlation) 

Lab
2, correlation 
2/122/16 
2/12: 2.6
Simpson's paradox 
Homework 3: 

2/192/23 
2/19:
Exam 1, 2/19. 
No homework this week 
No lab 
2/263/2 
2/26:
4.1, 4.2, 4.5 (randomness and probability) 


3/53/9 
3/5:
Conditional probability using tables. 3/7:
4.3, 4.4 (random variables, probability distributions) 5.4 (Poisson
distribution) 
No
homework 
No lab this week! 
3/123/16 
Spring
Break 
Spring Break 
Spring
Break 
3/193/23 
3/19:
6.1, (confidence intervals). 3/21: 7.1
(Confidence intervals) 
Homework 5 

3/263/30 
3/26: Exam Review 
No
homework 
 GOOD FRIDAY 
4/24/6 
4/2:
Statistical and practical significance 4/4:
7.2 (CI, 2 sample) 


4/94/13 
4/9:
8.1 (proportions) 4/11:
More 8.1 
DROP DEADLINE TUESDAY 4/11. Homework 7 

4/164/20 
4/16:
8.2 (comparing two proportions) 
Homework 8 

4/234/27 
4/23:
Review for test 
No
homework 
No lab this week! 
4/305/4 
4/30:
ttest 
Homework 9 

5/75/11 Beginning of finals 
5/7:
LAST DAY OF CLASS, FRIDAY SCHEDULE (NO LAB). 
No homework 
 
5/145/18 2nd finals week 
STAT 2301802: Final
Exam is Monday, May 14th, 3:00pm 6:00pm. 





