MATH 155 Modern Statistics with Computer Analysis Section 516
Spring 2019


Dave Parker's Class Policies

LINK TO HENSON COURSE REPEAT POLICY   (Particularly important if you have previously taken this course).  Follow the link, then scroll down to this policy.

All the course materials that I create and distribute (including lectures) are considered my original works and are thus protected by federal copyright law. You are permitted to take notes of lectures and to possess course materials for your own use. You may not record (audio or visual) lectures without my consent. You may not publicly distribute or display (or allow anyone else to publicly display or distribute) these course materials or lecture notes without my permission. Notes from this course may be shared at your discretion with another student who is currently enrolled in the course. It is against federal copyright law to share materials from this course for compensation.

ConnectMath will be used in this course.  Information about this software (as well as how it will be used during the semester) will be explained in class, a significant portion of your grade will depend upon your ConnectMath work. Consequently, it is MANDATORY that every student in the class have a personal ConnectMath code (which comes with the textbook if purchased from the campus bookstore).  If you did not purchase a textbook from the campus bookstore, you can purchase a personal ConnectMath code directly from ConnectMath (but don't worry about doing so until I explain everything in class).

LINK TO EPARTMENT SYLLABUS   Click on this link to get a good general outline of the course, the text, etc.   Note that Algebra II and Plane Geometry are prerequisites for this course.

       NOTE:  Much of the material in this course is based upon skills taught in Algebra, and in this course you will be responsible for utilizing these skills correctly.  In case you never mastered these skills or if you have forgotten them, I will demonstrate them in class.  Thereafter it will be your responsibility to master them outside of class time. 
       IMPORTANT BASIC SKILLS:  If you never mastered these skills  WITHOUT USING A CALCULATOR or if you have forgotten them, please understand that I can reasonably expect you to be able to do the following (without using a calculator):
           FRACTIONS:  Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide, Reduce to Lowest Terms, Convert to Decimal Numbers, Convert to Percentages, etc.  For example, 1/3 + 3/5 = ?    1/3 - 3/5 = ?    1/3 * 3/5 = ?     1/3  ∕  3/5 = ?
           DECIMAL NUMBERS:  Add and Subtract.  For example, 0.6583 - 0.3574 = ? 
           ALGEBRA:  Solve a simple equation for one of the variables or constants.  For example,    if 3 ∕ y = 12%, y = ? 
I will be happy to assist you in my office (and occasionally in class) as you review this material, and free tutoring is available as well.  But the purpose of this course is to teach you NEW material, NOT to re-teach material usually covered in middle school and high school!

             Section 516        Mon-Wed-Fri   12:00 - 12:50 PM   in HS 113  

LINK TO FREE TUTORING FOR THIS COURSE   The department provides student tutors who are available to assist you.  The link above will be set to the tutoring schedule as soon as the schedule is announced.  Tutoring usually begins at the beginning of the second week of classes.  It is offered AT NO COST in the Math Emporium in the Academic Commons.

PROFESSOR:  Dave Parker (aka Dr. Dave)

       800 points total:
          Three tests, 100 points each:              300 points;
          Final Exam:                                          200 points;
         Written Project (described later)          100 points
:         Homework and Lab Reports               200 points  
                                                                      800 points

GRADING SCALE:   90-100% A, 80-89.9% B, 70-79.9% C, 60-69.9% D, Below 60% F.   NOTE: I will compute your course grade twice, once ignoring homework (using only the tests and the final exam for a total of 600 points), and again including homework (the 800 points listed immediately above). Whichever is better will be your course grade. However, because tests and the final exam are all based upon the material in thehomework, it is extremely unlikely that your grade without the homework included will be higher than your grade including homework. 
    NOTE: Grades in this course will NOT be posted on MyClasses!


Registration Add/Drop/Withdraw Period  Students may drop part or all of their course load through self-service on their GullNet accounts. If students wish to withdraw completely from the University, they should complete and submit a Withdrawal form, available in GullNet. Failing to attend classes does not constitute an official withdrawal or relieve students from their financial obligations to the University. Students failing to comply with procedures for official withdrawal and/or official dropping of courses risk receiving a grade of F in the courses at issue and will forfeit all right to refunds which might otherwise be made. Detailed procedures for official withdrawal from the University and official dropping of courses, including deadlines for submitting the forms necessary for the disbursement of refunds, are available on the University website ( and

Academic Misconduct Policy  Integrity is a principle that permeates all the activities of the University and guides the behavior of faculty, students and staff. The spirit of academic integrity denotes adherence to the precept that one's work is one's own.  To learn about Salisbury University's Academic Misconduct Policy and information about plagiarism, refer the following resources:  Academic Misconduct Policy

Turnitin Statement  Salisbury University contracts with Turnitin for plagiarism detection and deterrence in support of The Salisbury Promise and the Academic Misconduct Policy. As a condition of participating in this course, all requirement papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review and plagiarism detection through Turnitin. All papers submitted to Turnitin will be included as source documents in the Turnitin reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism consistent with fair use principles under federal copyright law. You may be asked to directly submit certain written course requirements through MyClasses. The instructor may also submit a student's written assignment through Turnitin if the instructor, in good faith, suspects plagiarism.

Henson Course Repeat Policy  Students may repeat courses offered by the Henson School of Science and Technology one time at Salisbury University without special permission. This policy applies to all undergraduate courses offered in the Henson School of Science, effective academic year 2013-2014.  For more information please see the Henson School of Science and Technology.

Center for Student Achievement  The Center for Student Achievement offers students opportunities to make the most of their out of class study time. Students are encouraged to participate in structured study such as Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring. Students looking for additional assistance with study strategies and time management should make an appointment for an academic coaching session. The CSA offers a comfortable space to study and engage in study groups with peers. For more information and hours of operation visit

Mathematics and Computer Science Tutoring Program  The Mathematics and Computer Science Tutoring Center is located in the Mathematics Emporium, GAC 201. It opens each semester on the first week of class and continues to the last day of class. The center is closed during final exam week and school holidays. No appointment necessary - just drop in anytime during our operating hours.  For more information and hours of operation visit Mathematics and Computer Science Tutoring Program.

Disability Resource Center  Any student registered with the Disability Resource Center who would like to utilize approved accommodations in their courses should contact their faculty member as soon as possible to arrange a meeting to coordinate any and all accommodations.   Students with disabilities can request reasonable accommodations, auxiliary aids and services, and/or modifications to University policies, through the DRC by following the DRC's procedures for Requesting Accommodations, Modifications, Aids, and Services
For more information, refer to our Disability Resource Center page at:
Or contact the office at:    Disability Resource Center
                                            Guerrieri Student Union (GUC) 263 
                                           410-543-6070 or ext 36070

Writing Across the Curriculum  Since 1984, Salisbury University has been committed to assisting out students to improve their writing via writing assignments in every academic course per a national program known as Writing Across the Curriculum. For more information visit the University Writing Center.

University Writing Center  At the University Writing Center (UWC), trained peer consultants are available to work with students at any stage of the writing process. Located on the second floor of the Guerrieri Academic Commons, the UWC offers a place where writers can meet to talk about their papers and projects. In addition to the important writing instruction that occurs in the classroom and during office hours, students are also encouraged to make use of this important service. For more information and to make appointments, visit the UWC’s website at: University Writing Center

Inclement Weather Policy  Should inclement weather result in classes being canceled information will be given to all local radio and television stations. Students can receive information concerning cancellations by listening to local stations, visiting the SU website or by calling the Gull Line at (410) 546-6426.


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY:   Your name on any work you turn in (homework, quiz, exercise, program, examination, term paper, etc.) certifies that you attest to ALL of the following:

    · Either the work is entirely your own, or

    · If it contains work by anyone else, such work by others is completely and fully noted or quoted, or

    · If you received help from anyone else that help is acknowledged, or

    · If you worked with others (which is encouraged!) you have indicated their names;

    · Moreover, the work is only for this course and will not be utilized in any other course (unless I have given you written permission to do so);

    · Finally, the work was completed by you this semester for this course and is not work which you (or anyone else) had completed previously.

     I will consider any work submitted by you which violates any of the above to constitute academic dishonesty/plagiarism, and I will give you an "F" in the course.  Further, I will notify the Academic Affairs Office about your academic misconduct.  In case of particularly egregious violations, I will recommend the student(s) involved be academically dismissed from the University.

     Assisting or allowing another student to commit academic dishonesty is also academic dishonesty, and the same penalties will apply. You are expected to take all reasonable and prudent steps to assure that your work is not copied or reproduced by others.

     I encourage students to work together on assignments, but there is a difference between cooperative learning and academic dishonesty. As long as the final result is your own individual work, and you have made clear anything which another named person actually did and you have indicated the help you have received and the persons with whom you have worked, you have not committed  academic dishonesty or plagiarism.

     Obviously there will be no conversations during tests and exams. Similarly, absolutely no electronic devices (calculators, PDA's, cell phones, etc.) may be used - or even be visible during tests and examinations.  

     Please note: According to SU policy, any course grade of F given because of academic dishonesty will remain on the student's record, will always be computed in the student's GPA, and will not be removed if the course is repeated. Moreover no student with such an F grade may receive academic honors at graduation.

Other than this statement of policy, there will be no warnings concerning this matter.

TESTS AND EXAMS:  All tests and exams are comprehensive.  At least 75% of each test or exam will cover routine material and will be based upon assigned homework and assigned readings.  (The precise material which each exam covers will be indicated in class.)  Makeup's will NOT ordinarily be provided and a score of zero will be recorded if a student misses an test, quiz, or exam.  Prompt notification of exceptional circumstances beyond the student's control is the only reason justifying makeup's. 

     No electronic devices of any kind (calculators, PDA's, cell phones, etc.) may be used (or even become visible) during tests and exams - except that you will be using a computer to take the final (and you will be allowed to use several different types of software).  You must turn off your cell phone during tests and exams.  If your cell phone rings during a test or exam, I will probably collect your test/exam paper immediately.


       The material on any test (but not the final exam) may be re-tested, subject to the following conditions:

         Homework will be assigned in this courrse, and a significant portion of your grade will depend upon your success in completing it.  Some of the homework will be done in ConnectMATH, and some will be done using Minitab.  Moreover the tests and exams will be based upon the homework.  Consequently there will be a homework assignments nearly every class, and each one is due at the beginning of the next class (unless otherwise announced).
 Instead of collecting homework I may give you a quiz instead.

       The purpose of homework is primarily to give you practice as an aid to learning.  It is assumed, therefore, that you already understand what you are doing before you attempt the homework.  It is almost certainly a complete waste of time to attempt to work homework problems if you do not understand the examples worked in class and in the text.  (Under these circumstances you may be able to do the homework, but you will learn nothing.)   

        Throughout much of the semester, you will be unable to understand the new material unless you have mastered the previous material.  The easiest way to succeed is to master each idea as it is presented in class and in the book.  If you study so that you master material in this way, exams and tests become things to review for -- not things to study for.  LEARN AS YOU GO! 

     In particular you are expected to study (even memorize if necessary!) the definitions, terminology, and concepts IMMEDIATELY after they are presented in class, and you are expected to use them to solve problems.  WAITING TO LEARN MATERIAL UNTIL SHORTLY BEFORE A TEST IS A PROVEN RECIPE FOR FAILURE! The tests and exams will attempt to determine if you both know the definitions, terminology, and concepts - and can solve problems similar to those assigned for homework. Attempting to cram material into your brain shortly before tests may well have been a successful strategy for you in the past, BUT IT ABSOLUTELY WILL NOT WORK IN THIS COURSE!  


HOMEWORK FOR MISSED CLASSES:  If you plan to miss a class, you may turn in the entire assignment anytime prior to the start of class and your homework will be graded and counted (even if a quiz is given that day). Under unusual circumstances I may allow students to turn work in late for credit, or may give a short oral or written quiz instead of collecting homework. If due to unavoidable accident or circumstances beyond your control you are unable to attend class, I may allow work to be turned in late for credit if you notify me promptly. In summary, if you know you are going to miss class, either turn in the entire assignment early or make arrangements with me in advance. If you miss due to an unavoidable crisis or accident, make arrangements with me as soon as possible.


HOMEWORK (INCLUDING CHECKMATH AND MINITAB ASSIGNMENTS) SCORE:    Because I usually disregard several of each student's worst homework scores, your total number of homework points will be slightly more than twice the percentage of points you earn, regardless of either the number of actual assignments or the number of points for each one.  

LATE WORK:  Late work will be graded and returned but will not normally be counted.


COMMUNICATION:  You must activate your on-campus computer account, including the SU student e-mail system.  I will use the SU e-mail system for most out-of-class communications.  Moreover the University will send important official  announcements (including reminders about deadlines) to you using your on-campus e-mail account.  Please read your e-mail messages frequently -- and certainly whenever you logon to the campus network.  If you have an off-campus e-mail address, you can set your campus  e-mail to forward messages to your other account(s).  However if forwarding fails to work correctly, you are still responsible for messages sent to your on-campus account. 


ATTENDANCE POLICY:   I believe that regular attendance of class is an essential part of this course. However, each student is assumed to be mature enough to make his/her own decisions in this matter, and as a consequence attendance in this course is optional, subject to the following conditions:
            1.     Attendance at tests and exams is mandatory.
            2.    Work turned in late will likely not receive credit.
            3.    Students are responsible for all material and announcements which are presented in class,
                   whether or not they are in attendance.
            4.    Exceptions to 1. and 2. are at the discretion of the instructor and will be based upon several
                    A)    The promptness with which the instructor is notified will be a factor in any decision
                            about exceptions.

                    B)    Exceptions will not give an unfair advantage to any student.
                    C)    Students will make suitable arrangements with the instructor prior to any absence
                            whenever possible.
                    D)    Exceptions will not be granted for any reasons which are clearly within the student's


     In recent years it has become popular to compare universities to businesses, with students viewed as "customers," university presidents as "CEO's," degrees as "products," and the classroom as "the workplace." Within certain limits, I am willing to endorse that analogy.  However, I absolutely do not subscribe to the various versions of, "The customer is always right."  If you view yourself as a customer and I am the salesman, we need to make clear exactly what you are buying!

           The product I am selling to you is expert services.  Because of my knowledge, experience, and credentials, I am sufficiently expert to help you to learn the material in this course.  I am absolutely not "selling" you a grade nor am I guaranteeing that you will learn anything.  Whether you take advantage of my services or not is entirely up to you.  Stated differently, you have paid for the opportunity to take advantage of my services; you have not paid for any particular outcome.  As the customer you are entitled to receive truly expert, interesting, and dedicated instruction from me.  That is our contract.  But if you fail to take advantage of my services, you have voided our contract and wasted both your time and money.  Moreover if you are insufficiently prepared or motivated to take advantage of my services, you have also invalidated our contract.  

            The course syllabus spells out in considerable detail most of the conditions of our contract.  If you desire to receive a particular grade you will have to accomplish what the syllabus requires for that grade.  Other than meeting the requirements as spelled out in the syllabus, there is no way for you to earn a grade.  I can no more guarantee you a particular grade in this class than an athletic trainer can guarantee that you will be able to high-jump your height.  I can guide you, but your ultimate grade will depend upon many factors beyond my control, including your willingness to work hard, your native abilities, your previous experience, and your interest.  You may consider yourself to be a customer, but what you are buying does not come with any guaranteed outcomes.  Even though you are the customer, what you want is not always what you get -- unless you are truly seeking an education!



WORKLOAD REMARK:   The material in this course will be covered rapidly, and it is dangerous to fall behind!  If you miss class, as soon as possible get the notes from someone who was there.  (My own notes may not be of much use to you because they are almost always just an outline of what I present.)  Keep up - and succeed!  If you start getting behind, see me IMMEDIATELY!