Course Syllabus
Fall 2015

Applied Statistics

Shippensburg University

Dr. Doug Ensley
Professor of Mathematics

Contact Information
Office Hours
10:00am - noon
Email   Wednesday 10:00am - noon
10:00 - 11:00am
YouTube ProfessorEnsley  
and by appointment

Textbook and Other Resources

  • Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data by Alan Agresti and Chris Franklin (3rd  edition). As detailed in the bookstore's website, this is available in two versions: 1) a standalone access code; or 2) printed materials plus an access code. 
  • Our textbook, as packaged by the bookstore, comes enhanced with MyLabsPlus, which means that you will receive access to the website This site will allow you to complete homework assignments, work through practice exams, see example problems worked through videos and computer animations, and read the textbook online with direct links to practice exercises. Doing the homework problems online will provide you with unlimited practice problems as well as provide you with step-by-step directions for completing the assignments.
  • A TI-83/84 graphing calculator is also required for this course. The SU bookstore has a new calculator rental program that you may prefer if this is the last mathematics class you will take. Bring the calculator with you to class every day.  You will be allowed to use your calculators on all the tests.  (Some problems on the tests may be very difficult or impossible without the calculator.)
  • No other electronic devices (cell phones, pagers, personal tape/CD players, etc.) may be used during in-class assessments.

Goals and Expectations

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will:
  • Be able to use a suitable graphing calculator and the StatCrunch software to assist in problem solution.
  • Have an understanding of and appreciation for the broad use of statistics in applications across a variety of disciplines.
  • Have improved problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • Be proficient in using descriptive statistics, both numerical and graphical, to analyze data from a variety of contexts.
  • Be proficient in the use of a wide variety of methods of inferential statistics.
  • Be able to use confidence intervals to estimate population means and proportions.
  • Be able to use hypothesis tests to draw conclusions about population means and proportions, both for single populations and for multiple categories using ANOVA and the Chi-Squared test.
  • Be able to formulate the appropriate methods, apply the appropriate calculations, and use technology appropriately to aid in problem solution.
  • Be able to explain results in the context of the application problem.
  • Be able to draw correct conclusions from those results, either as calculated by the student or as reported in technical journals and in the popular press.
Information and material for this course will be distributed in class, through e-mail, and on the MyLabsPlus site, which can be reached from


We will be covering the following sections of our textbook in the order listed. The content of the exams might deviate from this if we have to rearrange our schedule as we move through the semester.
  • Exam 1: Sections 1.1 - 1.3, 2.1 - 2.5, 3.1, 5.1-5.2, 4.1-4.3
  • Exam 2: Sections 6.1-6.2, 7.1, 8.1-8.2, 9.1-9.2, 10.1, 11.1-11.2
  • Exam 3: Section 7.2, 8.3, 9.3, 10.2, 14.1, 3.2 - 3.3

Graded Work

The following components of the course contribute to your final grade:
  • Online Homework, scaled to 50 points (lowest 3 hws are dropped)
  • Weekly In-Class Quizzes, scaled to 50 points  (lowest quiz is dropped)
  • Data Projects, scaled to 50 points
  • Bonus! The best of the above three grades will be added again for 50 points more
  • Three Exams, each worth 100 points. The exam dates will be September 25, October 30, and December 4.
  • Final Exam, scheduled during final exam week, worth 100 points. Do not make end-of-the-semester travel plans until you know your final exam schedule.

Letter Grades

Letter grades for this course will be determined using the following scale based on the total of 600 possible points.
545 - 600
  485 - 519
420 - 459
530 - 544
  470 - 484
360 - 419
520 - 529
  460 - 469
000 - 359

Course Policies

You are responsible for checking your campus e-mail regularly. If you use a different e-mail service, then you must set things up appropriately so that mail that I send you through the info@ship system reaches you. I will use e-mail for reminders of activities, corrections, and adjustments to scheduled office hours.

Since you are all adults, there is no attendance policy for this course. However, course attendance is an indication of your interest and level of effort in the course, so I will take attendance daily for my own information. If you do miss a class, it is your responsibility to get material that you missed (handouts, notes, announcements, etc.) from another member of the class or from posted material on the class website.

Students are responsible for submitting required work on time and taking exams on the assigned dates.  If an exam is missed in the event of personal emergency, the student must notify the instructor within 24 hours after the exam date to make proper arrangements. Only in the event of a documented illness or emergency will arrangements be made. There will be no time extensions given for homework or quizzes, however one quiz grade and three homework grades will be dropped at the end of the semester.

Shippensburg University faculty support a safe campus environment for all. No one on this campus has the right to threaten you or make you feel intimidated in any way.  More specifically, unwanted advances, harassment, aggressive or violent behavior, and sexual assault will not be tolerated.  A comprehensive list of reporting options and support services, including confidential resources, can be found at

All students identifying themselves as having special physical or learning needs will be accommodated. Please see me early in the semester if this applies to you.

General Education Objectives

This course serves at least four (not necessarily exclusive) purposes:
  1. General education – math competency
  2. General education – category A
  3. Service course for students in various majors, notably including the social sciences, biology, communication/journalism, and exercise science
  4. Free elective toward 120 credits

As a course that may be counted toward the math competency requirements of general education, it is required to meet the following objectives.  If the course objectives are met, this will occur automatically. After completing a college-level math course, the student exhibits the ability to solve problems involving mathematical models, including problem formulation, solution, and interpretation of the resulting answers.

As a course that may be counted toward the math competency requirements of general education, it is required to meet the following objectives.  If the course objectives are met, this will occur automatically.

All Category A courses will have one or more of the following learning objectives. For each course, that objective or set of objectives forms a significant focus of the course. Upon completion of a Category A course, students will be able to

  • Build, interpret, and use mathematical models;
  • Solve problems, including problem formulation, solution, and interpretation of the resulting answers;
  • Apply algorithmic reasoning to aid in problem solving;
  • Apply logical reasoning to aid in problem solving; and/or
  • Apply logical reasoning to aid in understanding and analyzing discourse.

Getting Started with MyLabsPlus

Getting Started With MyLabsPlus

This semester, you will be using an online homework system called MyLabsPlus. Follow the instructions below to get started.

Step 1: Go to the MyLabsPlus website

Open a web browser and go to the MyLabsPlus site:
The next step depends on whether you have previously taken this course or another course using MyLabsPlus.

Step 2: Log In

Depending on which courses you have taken before, follow either Step 2A, Step 2B, or Step 2C below.

Step 2A: If You Have Taken This Course Before

If you are retaking this course, you do not need to purchase another access code. You can simply log in using the same username and password you used before. Your username is your full lower-case Shippensburg email address (including If you have forgotten your password, click “Forgot your password?” to reset it.
Then log in and click the link for your current course. You may now begin to access course materials and work on assignments. You do not need to continue with this guide.

Step 2B: If You Have Taken Another Course With MyLabsPlus Before

If you are taking this course for the first time, but you have previously taken a course using MyLabsPlus, log in using the same username and password you used before. Your username is your full lower-case Shippensburg email address (including If you have forgotten your password, click “Forgot your password?” to reset it.
Enter your username and password and click “Sign In.” Click on the name of your course in the course list. Continue to Step 3.

Step 2C: If You Have Never Used MyLabsPlus Before

If you have never used MyLabsPlus before, your username and password have been pre-assigned. Your username is your full lower-case Shippensburg email (for example, and your password is the four-digit number 1234. Enter this information and click “Sign In.”
On the next screen, you should see your course list. Click on “My Profile” in the upper right and change your password to something that you will remember. Then return to the course list and click the name of your course.  Continue to Step 3.

Step 3: Access Code

Unless you have taken this course before, you will need to purchase an access code. You have three options:

  • Purchase a textbook that is bundled with an access code.
  • Purchase a stand-alone code.
  • Purchase a code online.

If you have already purchased a code, select the “Access Code” option, enter your code, and click Next. If you would like to purchase a code online, select the “Buy Now” option and click the product link to complete your purchase.

Optional: Temporary Access

Though we strongly recommend you use a purchased access code the first time you access the site, it is possible to get started in the course without doing so by getting a Temporary Access Code. This will give you access only for two weeks (starting when you first activate with temporary access), at which point you will be required to purchase a code.

Where is the temporary access code? 

If there is not a Temporary Access button just below the Course Home button, click on the Course Home button to make the Temporary Access button appear. Click on the Temporary Access button.  You will be given a temporary access code.  Write this code down so you can enter it when prompted.

Step 4: Get Started

Click on an assignment or learning aid link within the course.  You will first be prompted with the License Agreement and Privacy Policy page.  Click I Accept once you have read and agree with the terms of use.